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Prep coach suspended for paying his players

A governing body says an Ohio high school football team is forfeiting two games because the head coach paid players for their performances.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association says the payments violate rules regarding the amateur standing of the athletes.

Spokesman Tim Stried said Wednesday that East Liverpool High School will forfeit games against Linsly and John Marshall, both from West Virginia. In addition, head coach Pat McNicol has been suspended for East Liverpool’s final game.

Stried said he does not know how much the players were paid. He said two players who received payments have been ruled ineligible to play in the final game.

East Liverpool Athletics Director Bob Shansky referred calls seeking comment to Superintendent Kenneth Halbert Jr.

Messages were left for Halbert and McNicol.