- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A high school football coach in Weston, Fla., has been suspended for two weeks after a nationally televised ESPN broadcast showed him giving his quarterback an earful before slapping the player’s helmet.

“I should’ve done it a different way,” Cypress Bay High coach Mark Guandolo told the Miami Herald after a 38-14 loss to American Heritage. “I hugged him after and just tried to find ways to get him to compete and he did. He really finished strong and I was proud of him.”

The slap occurred after senior quarterback Lucas Tellefsen overthrew a receiver on a third-and-seven from the 25-yard line with his team trailing American Heritage just 14-7 in the second quarter, Yahoo Sports reported.

School officials responded to a slew of media attention by suspending Mr. Guandolo, a physical education teacher at the school, from coaching for two weeks and from his job for three days.

The player’s father, Eric, expressed gratitude and support for the coach.

“We love Coach G. He’s coached two of my older sons that are in college on football scholarships,” Mr. Tellefsen told the Sun-Sentinel. “There’d be a line wrapped around the corner if you called his players and wanted to know what he’s done for them.”

“This is my life,” Mr. Guandolo told the Herald. “I put 30 years of everything I have into kids today and trying to help them be better people and you hate for something like this to put a damper on all that. I’m sick about it.”

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