The Alabama Independent Schools Association is punishing Autauga Academy and its football coach following recent incidences that led to the cancellation of the school’s game against Edgewood Academy.
In a letter sent to Autauga Academy’s headmaster and forwarded anonymously to the Montgomery Advertiser, AISA director Randy Skipper said he was “dismayed and embarrassed” by comments head coach Kyle Glover made to news media outlets about Edgewood.
Skipper has placed Autauga Academy on a year’s probation, fined it $1,000 and suspended Glover from coaching for three weeks. He also ordered that Autauga Academy officials make no comments to the media or school stakeholders about the forfeit or the punishment doled out.
“… the AISA finds that Autauga Academy demonstrated a lack of institutional control in managing its employee and Kyle Glover demonstrated poor sportsmanship and professionalism through his actions,” Skipper wrote.
Last week, Glover admitted to news media outlets that he was angered by insinuations in a letter from Edgewood Academy’s headmaster that Glover’s players had threatened to intentionally injure opposing players during an upcoming game between the two schools.
Reached on his cell phone, Glover said he could not comment on the issue.
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The situation began between the two schools during the summer, when longtime Edgewood coach Bobby Carr abruptly resigned from the school. Lawsuits were threatened and accusations flew between the two sides, before Carr eventually landed at Autauga Academy, serving as Glover’s offensive coordinator.
Edgewood’s program was weakened by player defections following Carr’s resignation and currently has a varsity team that started the season with only three upper-classmen. But the school declined to forfeit the entire season, choosing instead to dress a number of middle-school students on the varsity roster – a move that prevented the players who transferred from becoming automatically eligible at any other school.