Philomath cancels varsity football season

Philomath cancels football season after hazing

PHILOMATH, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon high school shaken by a hazing scandal will not play varsity football this season.

The Gazette-Times reports the Philomath School Board canceled the season at a meeting Thursday night, but will allow some junior varsity game to be played.

A volunteer assistant coach and six players face criminal charges for a hazing initiation in which a prosecutor says 11 freshmen were targeted. The incident happened during the team's July trip to Camp Rilea on the north coast.

All football activities were suspended during the investigation and players only resumed practice this week.

Superintendent Melissa Goff told board members that outside experts evaluated this week's practices to determine the readiness of the athletes for competition. She said they unanimously agreed the school isn't ready to play varsity football.

KGW


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