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LONG BEACH – CIF South Section and St. Margaret’s have reviewed allegations of a “dangerous” play by a Tartans player who injured a Claremont offensive lineman in the Division 9 semifinals.
Section Commissioner Rob Wigod said at the media luncheon for the CIF-SS Championships football teams on Monday that his office and St. Margaret’s had received an email with video clips of Claremont coach Shane Hile after the 23-13 victory of the Tartans on Friday.
Hile also posted several clips on Twitter of the same St. Margaret’s player doing hard strikes, including a “dropkick” to a Claremont lineman that allegedly caused a “severe” knee sprain. No flag appears to have been thrown at Claremont’s kicking game.
“(The email) asked the school (St. Margaret’s) and us to watch some clips,” Wigod said. “We will have a discussion with (St. Margaret’s). ”
St. Margaret’s (9-4), who plays Ontario’s Colony (6-6) in the 9th Division final on Friday, met Monday morning about the concerns and plans to hold further discussions, said athletic director Chris Nordstrom.
“We are working with the CIF,” he said. “We’re going to work together, solve the problems and Coach (Kory) Minor is the right guy to take charge of getting a team ready to play in a final.”
Hile said Monday he spoke to referees ahead of the semi-final game “vehemently” about his concerns about the St. Margaret’s player. His Twitter video, which has since been deleted, included clips of the St. Margaret’s player against San Dimas in the quarterfinals.
In his letter to the South Section and St. Margaret’s, Hile also requested that the Tartans player not participate in the championship game.
Thom Simmons, deputy commissioner and spokesperson for the section, said Monday evening that the affair was now between the two schools.
Minor acknowledged his administration’s involvement but declined to discuss the video on Monday. “I am focused on a football game,” he said.
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