Tuttle coach Phil Koons suspended after comments about officials on radio show

BY RYAN ABER Modified: October 16, 2009 at 12:18 am •  Published: October 16, 2009
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TUTTLE — Tuttle football coach Phil Koons will not coach tonight’s game against Newcastle after making disparaging remarks about officials during a radio show.

Koons said the suspension was self-imposed but added he was given the choice of suspending himself or being suspended.

Koons remarks came on his Saturday morning radio show on Chickasha’s Kool 105.5 FM. The Tigers squeaked by Clinton 7-6 the night before on the road.

"I don’t know if I can get in trouble for talking about officials like in college or pros, I know those guys get fined. It was ... those guys were cheaters last night, just blatantly cheating,” Koons said on the program.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s policies include a section on coaches’ ethics and professional standards. One of the subsections reads: "Respect the integrity and judgment of sports officials, never baiting or taunting officials in any way...”

Tuttle, ranked second in Class 3A, hosts Newcastle at 7:30 tonight in a game that will be televised on KSBI.

"What do you do?” Koons said. "I have no other recourse. Life goes on.”

Colin Steverson will coach Tuttle’s offense tonight. Brandon Blizzard will coach the defense.

"Tuttle High School has taken action, and we have accepted those actions that were taken,” said Ed Sheakley, the executive secretary of the OSSAA.