Clayton Sanders, the head coach of ESD’s football team, has been suspended for one game following his actions in the team’s Sept. 14 game.
“On October 3, 2012, the Executive Committee of the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) issued a sanction to the Episcopal School of Dallas for its conduct at the September 14 varsity football game versus the Oakridge School in Arlington,” reads a letter from interim head of school Kim MaGee. “We regret that our behavior at this event did not match the standards set forth by our school or SPC and respect the Committee’s decision. I assure you that the school is taking swift and appropriate measures to ensure that all of our actions reflect ESD’s Mission and Honor Code, including exemplary leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and discipline.”
The decision to suspend Sanders was unanimous, MaGee’s letter goes on to say. The suspension was brought on by “egregious unsportsmanlike behavior by the coaching staff that spawned poor behavior by the players and fans.” In addition to Sanders’ suspension, the team was placed on probation for the remainder of the season, and at least two members of ESD’s senior leadership team and ESD’s athletic director are required to walk the sidelines this year during games.
Here’s Sanders’ letter to the community: