TSSAA severely punishes West TN baseball team after head coach’s dirt-kicking tantrum

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVC) – A West Tennessee baseball coach’s outburst at the state championship has cost not just his team, but the entire athletics program as well.

Haywood High School’s baseball team was playing Sequatchie County on May 22 when Haywood head coach Dusty Rhodes and his assistant coach got into an argument with the umpires.

In video NewsChannel 9 captured at the Spring Fling game, you can see coach Rhodes confront the official and follow him around the field, kicking dirt at him along the way. Rhodes was ejected from the game.

The TSSAA also says assistant coach Alex Whitwell was ejected for swearing during the incident.

Sequatchie County High School finished the game victorious, 6-4 over Haywood.

In a May 30 statement to Haywood High School Principal Latonya Jackson, the TSSAA removed Rhodes from of the first two varsity games.

It was the team and athletics program got the brunt of the punishment, however.

The TSSAA says the baseball program is being placed on two years restrictive probation, and the total athletic program has been placed on probation for two years.

Under restrictive probation, a team is not eligible to participate in the postseason and cannot receive any award recognizing their regular-season finish.

Haywood High is being fined a total of $4,500.

Haywood County Schools said in a post on Facebook page Friday that their administrators are working with TSSAA to resolve the matter.

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