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Trezevant High suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct in championship game

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Bad behavior will cost Trezevant High School their entire 2011 football season.

Tremaine Lartdale, a freshman football player at Trezevant High, said he does not understand why his team is being placed on probation for unsportsmanlike conduct in the Class-4A championship game.

"I think it's unfair because we played our heart out in the state game," said Lartdale.

According to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), Trezevant is now barred from winning its district title in 2011 and is ineligible for the playoffs.

"We can't go to the playoffs," said Lartdale.  "We feel like we're playing for nothing."

In the 60-12 loss to Greenville on December 4, Trezevant was flagged for repeated personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

The TSSAA said the Trezevant Athletic Department was also placed on two-years probation because no system administrator, school administrator or coach was seen trying to control the behavior.

"The coaches, they controlled us," said Lartdale.  "Every flag they threw on us because of our behavior, he talked to us and told us don't do it no more."

Memphis City Schools said they are disappointed with the TSSAA's decision.  In a statement, they said, "while we agree that sportsmanship is essential to healthy competition and that student-athletes should be held accountable for their actions on and off the playing field, these sanctions punish student-athletes from all team sports at the school rather than just the responsible team."

Memphis City Schools is in the process of appealing the sanctions and is hopeful that the TSSAA reverses its decision.

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