The Leon County School Board takes a local coach out of the game--at least for a while. Chiles High School baseball coach, Greg Jones, was accused of physically abusing certain players.
Superintendent Jackie Pons recommended his suspension for ten days without pay. School board members say that Leon County Schools is intolerant of such behavior. Yet, many parents and students spoke on Jones' behalf at Tuesday evening's school board meeting--saying the whole situation has been taken out of context.
Jimmy Marshall, who returned from Omaha with FSU not too long ago, wants his old coach's reputation to stay intact. "I believe firmly that everything that he's ever done has been in the best interest of his team and of his players becoming better student athletes and better young men," said the former Chiles player.
Evan Murrell, a current Chiles baseball player said, "We obviously want the best case scenario for him, just for him to get back out there as soon as possible to help us keep winning."
The Leon County School Board ultimately approved Superintendent Pons' recommendation to suspend Coach Jones for ten days without pay.