Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox has modified a one-game suspension for Noblesville football coach Jason Simmons following his ejection in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game against Zionsville.
Cox said Simmons would be allowed to meet with his team before Friday’s home game against Hamilton Heights but not take the field and coach. Simmons will be allowed to observe the game from the press box and rejoin the team “upon the conclusion of the contest.”
Cox met with the game officials and administrators from both schools Tuesday. An IHSAA rule states that any coach ejected from a competition is suspended for the next game.
Cox said Simmons was “ejected because he shoved a player from the other school” in the fourth quarter of Noblesville’s 45-24 win at Zionsville. After reviewing film of the incident, Cox said the circumstances did not call for a full one-game suspension.
“On that surface, that’s what happened,” Cox had said Tuesday. “He was out of the coach’s box, and it’s pretty clear from the rule book that if non-playing personnel contacts a player, it’s an automatic disqualification. That made it a penalty on the field and he was out the rest of the game.”
Simmons, in his first season as Noblesville coach, is the assistant executive director of the Indiana Football Coaches Association.
“I saw the video (of the incident),” Cox said Tuesday. “Jason Simmons is a gentleman of high character and a good football coach. The game of football is emotional and things happen.”
Noblesville is 2-3 this season. Simmons coached at Hamilton Heights in 2009 and 2010, leading the Huskies to a 21-4 record.
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