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High School Assistant Football Coach Fired After Brawl

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ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) - A Michigan high school assistant football coach has been fired following a midfield brawl that may have started with a push among two head coaches.

Ann Arbor Public Schools director of communications Liz Margolis said the Ann Arbor Pioneer assistant was fired. The coach’s name wasn’t released.

Margolis said the district also extended suspensions for two head coaches by one game — which means they’ll have to sit out for the last game of the regular season on Friday.

Pioneer had just defeated Huron High 35-6 on Friday when Pioneer head coach Paul Test and Huron head coach Cory Gildersleeve got into a heated exchange following Test’s decision not to take a knee at the end of the game, MLive.com reported.

Test has said he was pushed, but Gildersleeve denied pushing the opposing coach.

A Pioneer assistant coach saw the exchange and allegedly struck Gildersleeve, causing a full-on brawl to break out. Several players got involved, including one that was injured after being hit in the face with a crutch.

Reports say multiple players from each team have been suspended.

An investigation is ongoing.

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