St. Petersburg Times
Online: Tech Times
Print storySubscribe to the Times

Good news, bad news for CCC

Riley Cooper returns, but another player is suspended three weeks.

By BOB PUTNAM, Times Staff Writer
Published September 15, 2005

Clearwater Central Catholic's Riley Cooper had his suspension reduced from three games to two by the Florida High School Athletic Association after an appeal and will play in Friday night's game against Auburndale.

Cooper, a receiver/defensive back who was named the sixth-best athlete in the nation by, was suspended after being ejected from a game against Jesuit. He directed profanity at an official.

The FHSAA made the initial ruling based on the severity of the infractions after reviewing the officials' report. An ejected player can be suspended from one to six weeks. When a player is ejected, officials fax or e-mail a report to the FHSAA office. The association makes a decision and notifies the school, which has the right to appeal.

If an appeal is filed, the FHSAA contacts the official for an explanation and reviews any videotape provided by the school.

"We felt like we had a case with Riley and went through the proper channels," Marauders coach Mike Jalazo said.

Colin McCarthy also was ejected from the Jesuit game for being disrespectful to an official. He completed his one-game suspension.

Last week, Corey Pagan was ejected for throwing a punch at a Orlando Lake Highland Prep player. He is serving a three-week suspension. Jalazo said he will not appeal.

"There's nothing to appeal because the kid admitted he did it," Jalazo said. "I've preached to my guys to keep their composure and walk away from things. I'm baffled (by the suspensions) because we don't coach that way."

[Last modified September 15, 2005, 01:06:09]


  • ESPN gets more games, choices
  • Indians wear down Zito to hold lead

  • College football
  • Bowden intrigued by freshman's funk, flair
  • Clausen has name, game
  • Got a minute? Lorenzo Booker, Jr. Tailback
  • UCF confident skid will end this week vs. USF

  • Colleges
  • A place to play
  • Clemson's Bowden: Ask dad about UM? Why?

  • Golf
  • The 19th hole
  • His clients form an elite club

  • In brief
  • Sacramento takes lead in WNBA finals

  • Motorsports
  • The Juniors back together

  • NFL
  • Rams exec faces rebuke for threat

  • NHL
  • Francis makes it official: he's done

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Preps
  • Area players join world action on U-17 soccer team
  • Bears stay perfect in county action
  • Former Packers star turns coach
  • Good news, bad news for CCC
  • Jesuit expects no letdown
  • Tornadoes avoid a rocky start

  • Soccer
  • Hillsborough pair makes U-17 team
  • Rays
  • Rays run out of comebacks
  • Keep Upton at SS or deal him, agent says
  • Bucs
  • You can look now, Mom, little Alex is catching on
  • Bucs' Cox deactivated following DUI arrest
  • Lightning
  • Pressure is on for Lightning prospects
  • Post-op Richards shines in 6-point performance

    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111