No action will be taken against Joel Barlow High School Football Head Coach Rob Tynan after his squad improved to 5-0 following their 56-0 rout of Immaculate High School on Saturday.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Joel Cookson of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletics Conference (CIAC) said the incident had been reviewed and it was determined that Tynan didn't intentionally run up the score to that game. Under CIAC rules, all games must be reviewed if the score differential is more than 50 points to see if proper sportsmanship was exhibited.
"After a review of reports received from both schools involved and the game officials in regards to Joel Barlow High School’s 56-0 varsity football victory over Immaculate High School on Saturday, it has been determined that the proper sportsmanship protocols as written in the CIAC Football Tournament Packet were followed, and that there was no violation of the CIAC Score Management policy by the winning school’s head coach," Cookson said in the statement. "Due to this fact the review committee will not take any action against Joel Barlow High School in regards to Saturday’s game."
According to the Danbury News Times, Tynan, who's coached Barlow for 21 years, could have faced a one-game suspension if it was determined he intentionally ran up the score. But many of Barlow's backup players were used in the game.
"Those second-string kids practice hard all week, too, and they deserve some success. We just ran our offense," Tynan said, according to the News Times. "It's a tough situation, as a coach. But I'm not going to tell a kid to miss an extra point or something. We started switching kids in the first quarter. It's not a great position. Games like this, I don't take a lot of pleasure in. I don't. I feel bad."
Tom Taylor, head coach of Immaculate, defended Tynan and said he didn't feel as though Barlow intentionally ran up the score.