Although there seems to be support for his side of the story after last week’s ejection from a game, Aquinas football coach Chris Battaglia said he is embarrassed that he must stay away from the team Saturday afternoon.
A crew from the Western New York Certified Football Officials told Battaglia he had to leave the game in Buffalo on Sept. 17 between the reigning Class AA state champion and Canisius. According to New York State Public Athletic Association rules, Battaglia must sit out when Buffalo Saint Joseph’s plays at Aquinas (1-2), 2 p.m. Assistants at Aquinas will coach the team Saturday.
Frank Marafino, a member of the Rochester Chapter of Certified Football Officials, confirmed there are no appeals that can be made by ejected coaches. Battaglia must stay away before, during and after the game.
“That means the parking lot, the locker room, any place,” Marafino said. “He’s not allowed to have any communication with the team.”
Battaglia declined to share details, but said he wanted it known there was no profanity from him during the disputes with the officials nor in the comments he made to at least one Canisius official. He said this was the first time he has been ejected.
“I have to say, it was my fault to a certain degree, I should have walked away from everything,” Battaglia said. “It doesn’t look great.”
Marafino, who helps coordinate game-day assignments for officials in Section V, said he is surprised that Battaglia was ejected. Marafino said he read a report of the incident.
“I can’t remember the last time we ejected a coach in Section V,” he said. “I don’t know what happened in Buffalo, but personally, I think there was a lack of communication.”