PETTIS ON THE RECORD: Former Crestview athletic director tells all

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

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Q: Did you ever physically abuse football players by bending their fingers back or grabbing them by the wrist and making them slap themselves in the face— or any other way?

A: No. Did I horseplay with them? Absolutely. Did they horseplay with me? Absolutely — that's part of the whole deal. But there was no abuse on any student any way at all.

Q: Did you ever verbally abuse players?

A: Did I scream and yell? Probably, yes. This past year, absolutely not. We were absolutely told after the whole Coach Moore incident that we are not to touch those kids — lovingly or in anger — so we didn't, and it changed our whole style of coaching, absolutely.

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Q: What would you say to other local coaches who have accused your players of playing dirty and taking cheap shots during 7-on-7 last summer? (7-on-7 involves summer scrimmages in which players wear shorts, T-shirts and helmets.)



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