With less than two weeks before Gilbert’s first football game, coach Tim Rutt has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to Alex Nardone, chief of staff for the Gilbert Public Schools.
Gilbert High Principal Christopher Stroud directed all questions on the matter to Nardone, who would not say what caused the district to look into Rutt and keep him away from the football team at this time.
“Gilbert Public Schools strives to communicate with the public on important issues that may impact the educational process,” Nardone said in an e-mail. “We do have a staff member, Mr. Tim Rutt, placed on administrative leave with pay.
“However, at this time we are unable to comment further since we are beginning a thorough investigation into the matter. This is for the protection of both the school organization and the individual involved. We will be able to comment once the investigation is completed.”
Rutt did not return a message.
This is Rutt’s second season at Gilbert. Last year’s injury-plagued team went 2-8.
Gilbert has not had much coaching stability since Jesse Parker left in 2008.
He was followed by Dan Dunn, who stepped down in 2011 after three seasons, going 15-18 in his second tour of duty at the school.
Leland Rodgers lasted one year at Gilbert before he was fired at the end of the 2012 season.