Coaches Suspended For At Least One Year After Teams Tried To Lose

high school basketball2The head girls’ basketball coaches at Smyrna and Riverdale high schools have been suspended through next school year after their teams tried to lose a recent game in order to achieve better seeding in the region tournament.
Rutherford County Director of Schools Don Odom said the suspension is effective immediately and their potential for coaching after the 2015-2016 school year will be evaluated annually.
Riverdale’s Cory Barrett and Smyrna’s Shawn Middleton will also not be permitted to affiliate with either team during the 2015-2016 school year or any other athletic programs with Rutherford County Schools.
In addition, both men will not be eligible for the coach stipend pay during the 2015-2016 school year, which totals $8,393 each.
The suspensions come after their teams tried to throw the game against one another because the winner would’ve possibly been matched up against Blackman in the Region 4-AAA Tournament.
Both teams have been banned from postseason play.