No Suspension, No Playoffs

October 4, 2017

On Tuesday, the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League's board of directors ruled that unless Valley High School suspends its Head Football Coach, Muzzy Colosimo, the school will be barred from this year's playoffs.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the WPIAL board of directors made its decision in a closed meeting, in response to a football game between Valley and Ellwood City. With two minutes left in the game, a fight broke out and Colosimo pulled his team from the field. Tim O'Malley, WPIAL's executive director, sad Colosimo was responsible for the game ending early.

“The game should’ve been completed,” said O’Malley. “All of the officials and Ellwood City felt the game could’ve been completed [after the fight], but Valley wouldn’t finish.”

O'Malley said that while the WPIAL cannot order a school district to suspend an employee, any teams that do not do as the WPIAL says can be subject to penalties. The WPIAL also put both schools' football teams on probation, censured their coaches, and asked both schools to give written reports to indicate their plans to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

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