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“A team that didn’t have the same kind of focus and commitment could have been distracted. I was around the team as the news broke and there was really little discussion. It was all game-related,” Buisman said. “I’m not with the kids 24/7. I don’t know when that game face goes away and their minds drift to other things. I know that when they’re in this building and when they take the field and when it needs to be about football, it’s all about football.”

Sooner or later, it won’t be. Despite Hoffner’s desire to rejoin his team, he was not on the Blakeslee Stadium sideline on Saturday. School officials said they were still conducting an internal investigation into the matter and Buisman didn’t want to comment on what the future holds for both coaches.

“There’s a lot of other things kind of swirling around in the background, but it’s about the kids,” Buisman said. “They’ll never have the chance to experience this run to the national semifinals again. My focus is on how do we make it special, how do we make it memorable? So that they’ll never forget and never question anything that we did as an administration, that we didn’t do everything in our power to put them in the best position to be successful.”

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