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Ryan E. Poppe

At a hearing in Round Rock on Thursday, UIL committee members in charge of investigating two John Jay High School football players' intentional hit of a referee earlier this month were able to hear coaches and officials recount the incident.  

John Jay Principal Robert Harris said Assistant Coach Mack Breed told him he was involved with the players hitting referee Robert Watts.

Mack Breed

According to district officials, an assistant coach at John Jay High School in San Antonio has admitted he told two players to blindside a referee while playing a game against Marble Falls High School on Friday, September 4.  But news of coach’s directive isn’t as surprising to those studying the changing ethics of the game.

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Tonight the John Jay High School Football team will play its first game since two football players tackled a referee last week in a match against Marble Falls.

Ryan E. Poppe

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) says it will not suspend San Antonio's John Jay High School from playing in future football games this season.

Members of the UIL executive committee made that announcement Wednesday morning after a public meeting with representatives from the Northside Independent School District, the Marble Falls School District, and members of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. 

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Depending on where you go to school, getting caught skipping repeatedly in San Antonio could mean anything from a slap on the wrist to a day in court. The disparity in how school districts addressed the problem plaguing the city concerned many. 

A task force composed of city, county, and state lawmakers, as well as school officials, was formed to address the problems of truancy in San Antonio. One of the chief goals was to address the root causes and keep kids out of a courtroom.