May 30, 2024
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South River Football Coach Suspended

Both The Washington Post and The Capital have reported on the surprise suspension of South River High School Football Coach, Steve Erxleben earlier this week.

According to the Post and Capital, the coach was suspended on Tuesday “while an investigation takes place regarding the care and safety of his student-athletes.”

Several readers contacted Eye On Annapolis to see if we could obtain any further clarification on the vague allegation.  School spokesman, Bob Mosier, is unable to offer any comment as it is an active investigation. He did confirm that Erxleben has indeed been suspended indefinitely.

From sources at the school, it appears that one of his players (name withheld by Eye On Annapolis) suffered a serious back injury during practice on August 16, 2010 before school was in session. We learned that the player, a sophomore at the school, was hit during a passing drill and broke his back. Currently, the student is not in school and is confined to a wheelchair for at least six months and unable to walk. Doctors have said that he likely will never play football again.

It appears the suspension of Erxleben stems from policies in place (or perhaps not in place) to insure the safety of players while practicing.  It is also unknown if the hit on the player was an accident, or an intentional dirty hit.

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