Dallas head football coach Ted Jackson has been barred from having contact with his football team until the fifth week of the season because of his role of an incident that occurred in Dallas’ 2009 football game with Tunkhannock.

(rodfrisco.com was first alerted to Jackson’s penalty by Eddie Walker of prepnationradio.com. Big thanks to Eddie.)

At that game, Dallas football players, with Jackson’s permission, urinated outside of the visitors’ locker room at halftime. Jackson and school officials said that the deplorable condition of the locker facility at Tunkhannock left them with no choice. Dallas officials said the locker room at Tunkhannock was not clean and that the toilets contained human waste.

Tunkhannock officials did not deny that the locker room was small and not in top condition. But the fact remained that Jackson did permit his players to relieve themselves in a grassy area that resulted in damage to some tennis courts.

As a result of Jackson’s decision, District 2 suspended Jackson from coaching for a year. Dallas appealed the decision and brought the matter before PIAA, which had two hearings on the matter, including an factual hearing Saturday morning in State College.

At that meeting, the PIAA Board of Appeal found Jackson had permitted his players’ actions, and modified the District 2 penalty after he acknowledged his role and took responsibility for it.

PIAA executive director Brad cashman told rodfrisco.com that Jackson’s penalty means he cannot engage in any activities that would qualify as coaching, including meetings, off-season weight training, etc., until the completion of the fourth game of the 2010 season.

Jackson must also successfully complete a coach’s education program approved by PIAA. Cashman said once the program is approved, Jackson make complete the program online.

In addition, Dallas’ football program is on a two-year probation during which time the school must submit season reports to District 2 on the conduct of the program. Dallas’ principal and athletic director were also publicly censured for their roles in the matter, and Dallas was ordered to pay restitution for clean-up costs related to the damage to the tennis courts.

Dallas also must send a formal letter of apology to Tunkhannock for the incident.

  6 Responses to “Alert: Dallas football coach Ted Jackson suspended until Week 5 of the 2010 season”

  1. Seems to me that Tunkhannock should be doing some apologizing of its own for greeting visiting teams with such horrendous conditions. Did the PIAA take that into consideration at all?

  2. Thank you for the love, Rod. I want to acknowledge Steve Bennent of the Wilkes Barre Citizens Voice, for feeding me the imformation. Eddie Walker PrepNationRadio.com

  3. No, thank you, Eddie. I was squirreled away at Bryce Jordan watching hoops. You’re a great one, and I appreciate the call

  4. Seems to be missing from the equation, doesn’t it?

  5. Rather harsh penalty dont you think?

  6. Ah, I don’t know. Jackson has caused just enough friction over the years that when something like this happens, he’s going to be held to a different standard. Right or wrong, that human nature. And his District 2 one-year suspension was slashed considerably. District 2 didn’t want him coaching for a full year. He’ll be able to do one-half of the season. So, I don’t think it’s over the top.

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