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ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Texas high school sports officials showed leniency Thursday after a former assistant football coach denied ordering two players to blindside a referee but acknowledged making comments that may have unintentionally instigated the hit.

In doling out final penalties for the Sept. 4 incident, the University Interscholastic League suspended former San Antonio John Jay assistant Mack Breed for the rest of the school year and placed him on two years' probation. Breed could have been suspended for up to three years, but UIL officials said his willingness to testify helped reduce the sanctions.

Breed said he wanted to "clear my name" and got choked up when defending himself.

Head coach Gary Guttierez was given a public reprimand and two years' probation and the two players involved were suspended from all sports or extracurricular activities for the rest of the academic year.

The suspensions will end the career of one player who is a senior. The other, a sophomore, must agree to speak with UIL officials about the Sept. 4 incident before he'll be reinstated.

The hit on umpire Robert Watts came near the end of a heated game that included multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and a player ejection. Video of the hit, which Watts has said caused a concussion, created a national stir when it was posted online.

One of the players is seen on video running into the back of the referee as he watched a play, and the other dove into the official. Both took running starts.

In a CBS report in September, Northside spokesperson Pascual Gonzalez responded to the video, saying, "This is disturbing," as part of the district's official statement. "It is not the sportsmanlike behavior that we teach our students."

The UIL held three public hearings on the incident, but Thursday was the first time it heard in-person testimony from Breed and Watts, who had been accused of directing racial slurs toward players before he was hit.

Breed denied allegations that he ordered the players to smash Watts. He admitted using harsh profanity on the sideline and saying out loud that Watts should "pay the price," but insisted it was never meant as an order and wasn't directed to any players to take action.

"I never told any players to hit or take out" the umpire, Breed said. "I said a lot of things to my players to get them motivated because they were letting the officiating get the better of them."

But Breed also said he realized after the game his comments could have unintentionally instigated the hit. Breed said he resigned shortly afterward because he was told by school officials he would be fired.

"I feel like you can coach again in Texas," panel member James Colbert told Breed. "I feel like you are being honest. You also need to recognize ... your comments added to this powder keg."

Panel members said they were frustrated that the students have not spoken with them to give their version of events.

Watts, who previously submitted written testimony, appeared in person Thursday and again denied allegations by Jay players that he used racial slurs during the game.

"One hundred percent not true," Watts said. "I did not make any racial slurs toward anyone (and) can't speculate why they would make something like that up."

An investigation by the Texas Association of Sports Officials found the claims of racial slurs could not be confirmed. Watts said he is "not well" since the incident but declined to elaborate.

Guttierez, the head coach, was placed on probation because panel members determined he didn't do enough to control the emotions brewing on his sideline during a tense game and noted that his players deemed an attack on a game official to be OK.

Panel member Gil Garza said he was disturbed that one of the players who hit Watts stayed in the game.

The entire incident "was unacceptable, and it shouldn't happen. It's hard to defend," Garza said.

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It also is about guiding young players and giving back to the community through its scholastic sports. Just don't expect to make a lot of money on the high school gridiron.

Pay

An old saying among high school football officials is, "You don't do it for the money." The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics put the median annual salary of elementary and secondary school sports officials at $29,170 in 2010, but high school football officials work part-time and usually make far less. According to RefStripes.com, many high school football officials make 45-$70 for a junior varsity game and $65-$100 for a varsity game, over an eight-game season.

Getting Started

Most high school football leagues require some experience officiating youth or civic league games before you can take on a high school contest. The BLS put the median annual salary of civic and social organization sports officials at $

Memberships to sports organizations usually come with fees, and networking or social functions held by such organizations typically cost money to attend. You also will need to buy your own equipment, such as uniforms and whistles. You can expect to spend $200 to $250 to get started.

Certification

Some communities, such as San Diego County, California, require youth and high school football officials to be certified. Many states have their own certification groups, or you can attend a two-hour online certification course through USA Football. USA Football's certification course is included in the organization's annual $25 membership fee and includes instructional videos that illustrate proper techniques, signals and positioning, plus quizzes. Certification through USA Football is recognized nationally.

In doling out final penalties for the Sept. 4 incident, the University Interscholastic League suspended former San Antonio John Jay assistant Mack Breed for the rest of the school year and placed him on two years' probation. Breed could have been suspended for up to three years, but UIL officials said his willingness to testify helped reduce the sanctions.

Breed said he wanted to "clear my name" and got choked up when defending himself.

Head coach Gary Guttierez was given a public reprimand and two years' probation and the two players involved were suspended from all sports or extracurricular activities for the rest of the academic year.

The suspensions will end the career of one player who is a senior. The other, a sophomore, must agree to speak with UIL officials about the Sept. 4 incident before he'll be reinstated.

The hit on umpire Robert Watts came near the end of a heated game that included multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and a player ejection.

"It is not the sportsmanlike behavior that we teach our students."

The UIL held three public hearings on the incident, but Thursday was the first time it heard in-person testimony from Breed and Watts, who had been accused of directing racial slurs toward players before he was hit.

Breed denied allegations that he ordered the players to smash Watts. He admitted using harsh profanity on the sideline and saying out loud that Watts should "pay the price," but insisted it was never meant as an order and wasn't directed to any players to take action.

"I never told any players to hit or take out" the umpire, Breed said. "I said a lot of things to my players to get them motivated because they were letting the officiating get the better of them."

But Breed also said he realized after the game his comments could have unintentionally instigated the hit. Breed said he resigned shortly afterward because he was told by school officials he would be fired.

Watts, who previously submitted written testimony, appeared in person Thursday and again denied allegations by Jay players that he used racial slurs during the game.

"One hundred percent not true," Watts said. "I did not make any racial slurs toward anyone (and) can't speculate why they would make something like that up."

An investigation by the Texas Association of Sports Officials found the claims of racial slurs could not be confirmed. Watts said he is "not well" since the incident but declined to elaborate.

Guttierez, the head coach, was placed on probation because panel members determined he didn't do enough to control the emotions brewing on his sideline during a tense game and noted that his players deemed an attack on a game official to be OK.

Panel member Gil Garza said he was disturbed that one of the players who hit Watts stayed in the game.

The entire incident "was unacceptable, and it shouldn't happen.

Comments

  1. Vuxanuk

    Robert Morrison is a former Principal of Sweeny High School before moving on to West Texas town of Abilene. He"s making a difference.

  2. Jovocukoh

    Are you the girl from ruston high? Me: ummm, negative. I"m from Texas

  3. Limohonup

    Heads up high boys! Way to represent South Texas. Good job way to compete till the end. Love y"all.

  4. Tovodoxenorav

    Soo smooth not reccless we can get high and ride from Chi to Texas

  5. Foyohajaro

    Thx, I graduated from jr high. Yer mama should know u got a F in citizenship and get out the soap. Texas men are usually much more polite.

  6. Pevecegepune

    The daily Texas flag pledge is a new addition in the 20 years since I graduated high school in Texas.

  7. Tojohosezelo

    Uh huh. I have a buddy that may change jobs. One of his options would take him to Texas and The Woodlands was high on his move to list.

  8. Bihesehadopoto

    T-minus 10 hours till I set off for lovely Maple, Texas -- where the high Saturday ( according to the Weather Channel ) will be 102.

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