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Assistant Coaches Suspended


An investigation by Miami University is under way in connection with two incidents that occurred following the Nov. 12 football game with Marshall University in Huntington, V.Va.

Miami has suspended two assistant football coaches pending the outcome of the current investigation.

“It is my desire and that of President Garland that the university‘s investigation be both thorough and impartial,” said Steve Snyder, interim athletic director.

The fact-finding effort is being coordinated by the university‘s general counsel, said Snyder. It is not known when a final report will be available.

Defensive coordinator Jon Vauford was suspended for allegedly shoving a Marshall fan following the RedHawks‘ 36-34 loss. Assistant coach Taver Johnson‘s suspension followed his acceptance of full responsibility for damaging the Miami coaches‘ box.

Both suspensions are with pay. Neither coach has been allowed to participate in practices or coaching activities since the suspensions were imposed Nov. 14.

“Miami has a rich tradition in athletics with high expectations for its coaches. These are leadership positions, and the individuals holding them are held to the highest standards,” said Snyder. “Ve are disappointed that the actions Nov. 13 took away from the competitive efforts of both teams.”

Snyder noted that tensions surrounding the Miami/Marshall rivalry were intense and included various threats to RedHawk players and coaching staff, such as Internet bulletin board warnings about food poisoning efforts.

“However, these tensions in no way excuse any unsportsmanlike behavior,” he said.

Miami has told Marshall University officials that the athletic department will be paying the cost of repairs to the coaches‘ box.


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