Miami High School Football Coach Suspended for Practices During Coronavirus Pandemic
Max Edwards was indefinitely suspended after allegations of unauthorized practices surfaced
A state champion high school football coach in South Florida was suspended this week after allegations surfaced of unauthorized team practices during the coronavirus pandemic. The Miami Herald is reporting that Miami Northwestern’s decorated coach Max Edwards has been placed on indefinite suspension while the school undergoes an investigation into practices, which are not allowed in the city at the moment.
Miami Northwestern referred the Herald’s questions to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, whose spokeswoman, Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, said that the school will also speak to parents of students that “may” have participated in the practices:
Further action may be taken against others who may have been involved in this unsanctioned event. The school is in the process of communicating with parents of students who may have participated.
Athletic activities for Miami high schools have been suspended since March 13, when the Greater Miami Athletic Conferences suspended all events due to the spread of the coronavirus. That was followed by the Florida High School Athletic Association’s decision to shut down athletics across the entire state on March 19th. As of now, there is no set date for a return to athletics, including in the state’s hotbed for football prospects.
Edwards has been the head coach of Miami Northwestern since 2015, winning the state championships for Class 6A in 2017 and 2018 before winning the Class 5A title last season. He will remain suspended until the investigation into the alleged practices concludes, perhaps leading to further punishment.
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