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Coaches suspended due to verbal and physical altercation (updated)

Tempers flared on Oct. 13, when two Columbus North football coaches were involved in an altercation on the sidelines after a missed field goal.

“The game was tough, and we got off to a slow start, and that added to the frustration,” a football player said. 

Head Coach Tim Bless and Assistant Coach Aaron Karrer got into a heated argument that turned physical.

“A few inappropriate comments were made, and the whole argument went south,” the football player said.

Coach Aaron Karrer has been suspended for the first round of sectionals by the school corporation, while head coach Tim Bless has been suspended for the remainder of the season. He will be allowed to coach the team during practice, but will not be permitted to coach the team during games. 

“I’m disappointed. We have a Bull Dog Way at Columbus North, where we respect each other, and I didn’t see that happening,” Principal David Clark said. “I just want to move forward from the whole situation.”

akshaya.sabapathy@cnhsmedia.com

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