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East Tennessee State re-instates former FSU coach Randy Sanders

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A controversial week in Johnson City, TN, at East Tennessee State has concluded with new head coach, and former Noles offensive coordinator, Randy Sanders being re-instated as the school’s boss. This is after Sanders had been placed on administrative leave last weekend after an incident at the end of last Friday’s practice, where Sanders struck a freshman defensive back in the helmet for not kneeling during a group gathering.

The Johnson City Press was first with the story on Monday and also had the latest here:

ETSU athletic director Scott Carter announced at a Friday afternoon news conference that Sanders had been docked one weeks pay and that the incident would result in “a letter of reprimand” being placed in his personnel file. The Buccaneers played their Spring football game without him on Thursday night.

That likely means that anything else questionable Sanders might do with his conduct could result in his firing with cause by the school.

Sanders was not present at the Friday news conference, but the school released these comments from him detailing what he did, how he informed the school immediately and then, expressing regret:

Last week, I responded to a situation with poor judgment towards the end of practice. I immediately apologized to the player directly involved and to my team, and contacted my athletic director to explain everything that happened. Since that time, I have cooperated freely and fully with the university and its review of the situation.

I accept the decision by the university and recognize that through my role I have an obligation to lead by example. As I said back in December, I am truly grateful to be your coach and I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by our President Dr. Brian Noland and Athletic Director Scott Carter. I look forward to returning to the sideline.

Sanders was Jimbo Fisher’s QB coach and offensive coordinator for the last five years at Florida State, including during their national title season of 2013.

He agreed to to the ETSU job, which is in the FCS division, back in December accepting a five year deal with a base pay of $225,000 plus incentives.

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