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This coach really supports his players…until he realizes it means losing something…

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  1. September 13, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    anyone not familiar with this story can easily Google it and get up to speed but it looks like a show of solidarity in boycotting two high school football games turned out to be nothing more than a big bluff and this pussy coach can’t even put it into the right words.

    Read on…

    Copyright 2010 The Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc.
    All Rights Reserved
    Palm Beach Post (Florida)

    September 10, 2010 Friday
    FINAL EDITION

    SECTION: SPORTS; Pg. 1C

    HEADLINE: Change of heart: Dwyer won’t forfeit — The school is appealing Nick O’Leary’s suspension.

    BYLINE: By MATT PORTER Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Dwyer said it will not forfeit two games as a show of support for suspended star tight end Nick O’Leary, but that it would ask the Florida High School Athletic Association that his suspension be reduced to one game.

    Coach Jack Daniels explained the decision after Thursday’s practice. After learning of the suspension, he said he was so upset he “couldn’t talk to anyone for three or four hours.”

    “We decided, why not just forfeit the two games,” Daniels said. “I felt our kids have been through so much that we needed to take that stand.”

    But after Dwyer found out that forfeiting the games would prevent the team from making the playoffs, forfeiting “wasn’t an option,” Daniels said.

    O’Leary, a senior and one of the nation’s best tight ends, was suspended two games Wednesday by the FHSAA for making an obscene gesture after Dwyer’s 26-22 loss to Cleveland-Glenville in the nationally televised Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic at Ohio Stadium on Monday.

    O’Leary will not be allowed to play while the appeal is under consideration. The school said it will file its appeal this morning and expects the FHSAA to announce its decision next week. O’Leary will not play in Dwyer’s game Saturday against Palm Beach Gardens.

    O’Leary practiced Thursday but was not in pads. He is allowed to be on the sidelines during games, as long as he is not in the same color uniform as his teammates.

    Players were off-limits to the media Thursday, but the school said O’Leary was expected to release a statement today.

    Dwyer’s season opener against Glenville, televised by ESPN, received national attention because of two disputed calls in the final moments that appeared to cost Dwyer a winning touchdown.

    In a video clip replayed on ESPN and on the Internet, O’Leary was caught on camera making the obscene gesture in response to what Dwyer officials said was taunting from several Glenville players.

    Several videos were sent to the FHSAA for review of the incident, including the ESPN footage, according to FHSAA documents. Daniels believes the footage was sent from Palm Beach County.

    “People don’t want (O’Leary) to play,” Daniels said.

    Herbstreit, the ESPN college football analyst, told a radio station that he was upset about how the game ended and “I’d feel like O’Leary, too. I mean, I’d be upset, too.”

    Herbstreit called Dwyer Athletic Director Tom Pagley, who said that Herbstreit also called the FHSAA, asking to have O’Leary’s suspension reduced.

    Pagley said he understands that O’Leary should be punished. “The only problem we have is that we think it should be one game instead of two. There are kids who get in fights who get one week,” Pagley said.

    O’Leary was disciplined by the team and given an in-school suspension. In letters to the FHSAA, Pagley and Dwyer Principal Dr. Joseph Lee said O’Leary regrets his actions and was disciplined appropriately.

    Pagley wrote: “As an eyewitness to the event, I can tell you that (O’Leary) exhibited restraint beyond his years. What was not captured on the video was the aggressive taunting by a few of the Glenville players during the period just after the final horn.”

    In a letter to Lee, Dr. Peggy Jones, the FHSAA’s assistant executive director for athletic services, wrote that O’Leary’s actions warranted a two-game suspension.

    “I am sure he regrets his action and this is unfortunate for Dwyer High School as this was on national TV, but there needs to be a consequence for his action,” wrote Jones.

    Pagley said O’Leary will speak to groups about setting a good example.

    Pagley said Dwyer plans to use O’Leary’s absence as motivation. Last season, Dwyer won 13 games in a row and a Class 4A state championship after a season-opening loss to Glades Central.

    “This is the kind of thing that makes you family really quick,” Pagley said. “Just like Glades Central last year, we fell apart, and then we did what we did. And we’re going to do it again.”

    ~matt_porter@pbpost.com


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