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DCS investigating Memphis high school basketball coach

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis high school basketball coach has been suspended after claims that he hit at least one player during a recent practice.

Rondavius Milam will no longer coach Oakhaven High School's basketball team and has been suspended from the classroom following a decision from the district.

"He's been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation," said Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash.

A player claims that Milam hit him in the neck during practice earlier this month. He also said players were paddled for mistakes during practice and were ordered not to tell other faculty members.

The same student told investigators that Milam, who has not been charged with a crime, would sit and watch as his players took showers.

Police were also told teammates were "paddled" when mistakes were made during practice.

"Complaints dealt more with violation of board policy and maybe some other areas of the law, but nothing to do with sexually inappropriate conduct," said Memphis City Schools attorney Dorsey Hopson.

Milam taught economics and world history, according to the school's website.

Some Oakhaven High School students were outraged to hear that Milam was suspended.

"Player for him since sixth grade," said Oakhaven student Tony Rogers.  "Go to practice every day.  Never seen it, never hit me."

"You look up to coach Milam, that's what you do," said Oakhaven student Roderick Frison.

The Memphis Police Department initially investigated the student's claims, but has since turned the case over to DCS.

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