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Mon. October 8, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

The son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano is facing a six-week suspension for using profanity toward an official late in Berkeley Prep's 31-19 victory against Lennard two Fridays ago.

Joe Schiano, a 6-foot, 170-pound sophomore TE/LB with 11 tackles, was ejected from the game and issued a six-week "Level 2" suspension from the Florida High School Athletic Association for unsportsmanlike conduct. The school is appealing, Berkeley athletic director Bobby Reinhart said.

Such a suspension results from actions officials deem unsportsmanlike conduct, which can include profanity, striking or threatening a game official, or "physical contact with an opponent which is beyond the normal scope of competition."

According to an incident report from the West Coast Officials Association, which staffed the contest, the ejection occurred with 2:48 to play in the game. After a Berkeley player was whistled for a late hit on a Lennard ball carrier, the following transpired, according to the report from the game official:

As the play was blown dead there was action to my right that I did not see the entire play where a Berkeley player went down. At that time he returned to his feet saying something about did you see that hit? I was still occupied with gathering the info of the late hit out of bounds. At that time he look at me & said 'What kind of (expletive) call was that?' At that time the next flag was thrown for his ejection.

Reinhart added he hasn't yet heard back from the FHSAA "other than they received our appeal and paperwork and were reaching out to the West Coast (officials association) and getting the report from them before they'll make a determination on our appeal.

"I'd like to think we'll hear in the next day or so."

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