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Leon Coach reinstated after investigation shows no evidence of pushing a student

By Sascha Cordner

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Tallahassee, FL – A Leon High School investigation into an assistant coach accused of pushing a student athlete came to an end Tuesday morning. As Sascha Cordner reports, the investigation concluded with the Coach taken off suspension and restored to his position.

Leon high School Principal Rocky Hanna says during an August 16th football practice, Coach Matt Williams was trying to keep the peace between two players.

"It was a very heated Scrimmage. The defense was beating the offense pretty bad. The offensive players began to get frustrated and started pushing and shoving. The defensive player rushed in and hit the quarterback again. The quarterback got up, took exception to it, and the coach then intervened and started breaking the kids up."

An anonymous caller accused the coach of shoving the player from behind, causing his head to snap back, and hit the ground. But, after Hanna met with the student, his mother, and Coach Williams, he says the allegations were unfounded. On Tuesday, Williams was taken off administrative leave and reinstated as the Lions Offensive Coordinator.