Fines, probation imposed on Walker and Cullman High Schools afte - WRBL

Fines, probation imposed on Walker and Cullman High Schools after sideline fight

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The AHSAA has imposed probation and fines on Cullman and Walker High Schools after last week's sideline brawl.

Walker High School was placed on restrictive probation for the remainder of this season, while Cullman High School was placed on non-restrictive probation for a year. Under restrictive probation, Walker will not be able to participate in any championships, post-season games or any contests involving more than two schools. 

Both schools were also fined $1,500 for flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct.

Walker Head Coach John Holladay and Cullman Assistant Coach Matt Hopper have been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 football season, as well.

It's not the first time Walker has had issues with unsportsmanlike conduct -- the school is currently on non-restrictive probation for an incident that occurred during the 2012 football season. The AHSAA warned them that if it happened again, they would be assessed restrictive sanctions.

If Walker continues as head football coach, a second year of restrictive probation will be assessed. If not, the school will be given a non-restrictive probationary period for the 2014 football season.

Both schools have the opportunity to reduce their $1,500 fine to $1,000 if football players and coaches complete a professional development session administered by the AHSAA mentoring program.

Walker High School released a statement this afternoon apologizing for the events that occurred and vowing to prevent similar behavior by students, coaches or teachers from Walker High School.

"We want to assure everyone that we take these matters seriously and regret that the incident has cast a negative light on Walker High School, Cullman High School and the state of Alabama. We see this as an opportunity to provide a positive learning experience for all concerned," Walker High School principal Gary Boling said in a statement released this afternoon.

A statement from Cullman City Schools underscored that no CHS football coach has been ejected from a game in the past 12 seasons, and no students have been ejected or AHSAA fines imposed despite "competing at the most intense levels."

"No player or coach on either team was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game. We deeply regret that such an outstanding contest will be remembered for the events that occurred after the final whistle," Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth wrote in a statement.

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