published Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Grundy County High School football coach Nick Bryant suspended this week

Grundy County High School has suspended head football coach Nick Bryant for this week after being notified of an issue with a player during halftime of last Friday’s game.

“The athletic committee has determined the school’s code of conduct was violated, so Nick Bryant has been suspended for all activities for September 16-20, including practice and this Friday’s game [at Signal Mountain],” Grundy County director of schools Jody Hargis said.

According to the parent of one player, Bryant kicked a garbage can as he entered the locker room at halftime of last Friday’s loss to Silverdale Baptist Academy. The can struck a player in the face but did not injure him.

The loss to Silverdale dropped Grundy ’s record to 1-3 this season.

“I won’t comment on specifics from last Friday, but no players were injured and there was no intent by any coach to injure a player,” Hargis said. “The suspension isn’t over just one incident. There were several issues we felt we needed to discuss with Coach Bryant, but this last incident let us know we needed to nip it right now.

“I know he’s young and there’s a lot of frustration with the team right now and morale is low. But Coach Bryant has to understand he has to follow our code of conduct, because we expect our coaches to lead by example. We hold our coaches to a higher standard.”

Bryant did not return phone messages for comment.

Contact Stephen Hargis at or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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