A high school football coach in Oneida County is out for a week on suspension. But he claims he was just looking out for his players' best interests. YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us why Notre Dame's coach is out and why he says he'd do it all over again.
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.-- When head coach Byron Abraham's Notre Dame football team takes the field against Sherburne Friday night, he won't there. He's on a one week suspension allegedly for keeping players off the field.
"Quite honestly, all four kids, good kids, young kids, 10th graders, sophomores on our football team, were told well in advance, just about a week in advance, that they would not be playing in the football game on Saturday," said Abraham.
The ten year coach sat four students last weekend because they spent the week at a JROTC boot camp and missed practice. Abarahm said none of the players, nor their parents, voiced any concern before the game.
"And quite honestly, that would have been explained to the parents in full detail that your sons won't be prepared," he said.
The coach said the decision wasn't about kids choosing other extracurriculars above football, but rather it was a question of safety.
"From week to week, you're putting in plays, you're putting in certain things that you want to be prepared for from the other team," he said.
Abraham feels it ends up being dangerous for the players and their teammates.
"If you miss the entire week, there's no possible way that you're going to be prepared for that," he said.
It's the same decision Abraham said he's made in years past and he'll face it again next year when his son joins the same JROTC program.
"I've already informed my son that, when you go on your boot camp, be prepared to not play the next game," said Abraham.
But the decision has landed him an off week for now, leaving his players to figure out how to prepare for Friday without him.
Syracuse Diocese Schools say they can't comment on the suspension because it's a personnel issue.