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Briarwood suspends head football coach

The Briarwood Academy Board of Trustees will meet tonight to discuss the future of their head football coach.

Blake Duncan, who was just four games into his first season as the head mentor of the Buccaneers, was suspended with pay last Thursday by school board trustees, according to David Joesbury, board chairman.

"In response to concerns raised by parents, the board of trustees of Briarwood Academy has placed Blake Duncan on paid administrative leave effective Friday, Sept. 28, 2007," Mr. Joesbury said in a prepared statement. The suspension will last "until a thorough review of all issues have been concluded."

The Bucs have won only one game this season. Coach Duncan was not with the team in Statesboro last Friday when the Bucs lost to Bulloch Academy 31-14. During that game, the Bucs were coached by assistant coaches Bo Fleming and Josh Morey. Mr. Joesbury said Clayton Parish, who serves as athletic director, also is overseeing football operations.

Repeated efforts to reach Coach Duncan at his home in Augusta on Tuesday night were unsuccessful.

Coach Duncan was hired by Briarwood in February to replace Jimmy Barnett, who compiled a 27-18-1 record in four years as head coach. Briarwood was Mr. Duncan's first head coaching job after serving as an assistant in several locations such as Americus-Sumter, Wayne County, Warner Robins and Hardaway.

Web posted on Thursday, October 04, 2007

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