FHSAA releases Godby-Robinson officials' report



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Tue. December 11, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

At least one Robinson assistant and a Knights player yelled profanities at officials and school administrators in the combustible aftermath of the Knights' 24-20 loss Friday to Tallahassee Godby, according to an incident report filed by an official.

The report was released Tuesday by the Florida High School Athletic Association, which has leveled suspensions and fines against the assistant, player and Knights coach Mike DePue.

The game ended when Knights receiver Austin Eads caught a second-down pass from Zain Gilmore near the first-down marker inside Godby's 15-yard line in the waning seconds. Instead of stopping the clock to measure, officials allowed time to expire.

According to the the official (whose name is redacted), DePue "exacerbated the situation by running onto the field after time expired and yelling, 'Why didn't you stop the clock for a measurement?' I explained to him that he was a full 2 yards short of line to gain. You have no timeouts and I'm not gonna stop the clock when it's so obvious you're short of a first down to give you a free play to try to win the game."

DePue, who officially resigns as Knights coach today, was cited for "Level 1" unsportsmanlike conduct, fined $250 and suspended for two weeks. He has said he'll appeal the fine.

The assistant, not named in the report, is accused by the official of running onto the field and saying, "Why the (expletive) didn't you stop the clock." He was cited for "Level 2" unsportsmanlike conduct, suspended six weeks and fined $250. The suspension carries over to the next sport in which the coach participates.

The player, whose named was redacted but whom DePue identified as right guard Ted Kelly, is accused of throwing his helmet and using profanities at an official and school administrator. He was cited for "Level 3" or "egregious" unsportsmanlike conduct and suspended from interscholastic competition for three months.

Kelly, a senior, plays no other sports for Robinson.

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