A rookie Knoxville-area varsity football coach has been put on indefinite administrative suspension after allegations were made that he had placed his student athletes at unnecessary risk of injury.
As reported by our Gannett partners, Knoxville CBS affiliate WBIR, and the Knoxville News-Sentinel, among other outlets, Powell High football coach John Allen was placed on administrative suspension on Friday, just hours before Powell’s scheduled weekly game at Oak Ridge. The school released a statement about the suspension on Friday afternoon:
“John Allen, head football coach at Powell High School, has been placed on administrative suspension from coaching pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of unnecessarily placing students at risk of injury. The matter has been referred to the Department of Children’s Services.
“Mr. Allen remains a teacher of economics and personal finance at Powell High School.”
The suspension comes to a coach who had been on duty at Powell for less than a year, appointed in January after the school’s previous coach left to take over another Knoxville-area program. Allen has hardly found success at Powell, with the Panthers struggling to a 1-7 start, guaranteeing the program will miss the state playoffs for a second-straight season.
In a unique twist, the last coach to lead Powell to the state playoffs was also placed on administrative suspension at one point, with 2012 head coach Derek Rang suspended for allegations of testing irregularities, according to the News-Sentinel.
There have been no further details about the allegations of improper coaching actions at Powell as yet, only that they were significant enough to justify his suspension immediately.