Lincoln County head football coach Tim Johnson is currently serving a suspension according to Lincoln County Director of Schools Bill Heath.
Although Heath would not say why Johnson was suspended, multiple sources have told tnhighschoolfootball.com that a locker room incident between Johnson and a player was the cause of the suspension.
The Lincoln County school system is currently investigating the incident. Assistant coach Don McNeese served as the interim head coach for the Falcon’s 30-3 loss to Shelbyville last week and will continue in that role until a final decision is made.
“At this time the status is the same as it was Friday with Don McNeese as the Interim Head Coach. A communication will be available when a further decision is announced,” Heath said in a statement to tnhighschoolfootball.com.
“Coach Johnson is not working with the team at this time. The coaching staff and team are preparing for the next game at BGA with Coach McNeese at the helm.”
Lincoln County is currently 2-5 on the season and 1-2 in region 5-5A play and will travel to BGA next Thursday night as they have an open date this week.
The Falcons are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2015 as they went 5-6 last season losing to Hillsboro in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Before taking the Lincoln County job, Johnson served as the head coach at Franklin (2002-04), Giles County (2005) and BGA (2006-09) as he posted a 59-35 record in those three stops.
He led Franklin to three Class 5A playoff appearances as the Rebels finished as the 5A runner up to Riverdale in 2004 and BGA made back to back playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009.
After leaving BGA, Johnson transitioned into administration as he served as the headmaster at Pulaski Academy (AR) for five years (2010-14) before coming back to Tennessee to be the headmaster at Davidson Academy for three years (2015-17).
Matt Daniels to Come Off Two Week Suspension
According to Williamson County Communications Director Carol Birdsong, Ravenwood head football coach Matt Daniels will return off a two week suspension next week, while assistant coach Ryan Fowler will continue to be suspended.
Both coaches were placed on suspension last week pending investigation into Fowler injuring a Ravenwood player during practice on September 18.
“Based on our Human Resources Department’s investigation, the initial suspensions remain in effect until Friday, October 11, 2019, with Coach Daniels receiving a two-game suspension. At that time he will return to his coaching and teaching responsibilities. Coach Fowler will remain suspended as the investigation continues,” Birdsong said.
Both Daniels and Fowler missed the Raptors 70-6 win over Dickson County and both will also miss tonight’s game against CPA but Daniels can return to coaching duties on Monday.
“I try to hold myself to the highest of standards in everything that I do. As the leader of the football program, I failed to uphold those standards. I want to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone involved. I take pride in doing things the right way and will learn from this and grow as a teacher, coach and mentor. I love being with our boys and our staff and I can’t wait to rejoin the team,” Daniels said.
Coming into Thursday’s contest against CPA, the Raptors are 5-1 and are ranked No. 7 in this week’s AP poll.
“We believe that our teachers and coaches are among the best in the State, and we hold them to a high standard. This standard includes expectations for good professional judgment at all times. While other entities may not view coaches actively participating in football practice in a helmet and pads as a violation, that practice is not one that is within our professional expectations in WCS. Our district athletic director will be working with our coaches and school athletic directors to establish protocols for appropriate participation by our coaches during athletic practices,” Birdsong said.
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