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Kentucky coach breaks bus window in postgame tantrum

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Dayton (Kentucky) High has not been having a stellar season. Outscored 65-6 through the team's first two losses, the Greendevils were unable to mount any kind of a challenge on offense or defense last week in a 51-0 pasting at the hands of Taylor (Kentucky) High. Then, after the final whistle things got really bad.

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According to the Cincinnati Enquirer and WLWT-TV, Dayton coach Zach Deaton, one of the youngest head football coaches in the Midwest, punched out awindow of the team's bus during a heated argument with a group of his players. The bus incident, which Deaton accepted full responsibility for, occurred after the Greendevils arrived back at Dayton High following the loss. That incendiary fit landed the 28-year-old coach a three-game suspension, which was handed down by Dayton superintendent Gary Rye earlier this week.

"I don't have a lot to say about it," Deaton told The Enquirer. "I just want the football team to concentrate on the task at hand."

Deaton is still clearly upset about the encounter, though it's impossible to tell whether he's frustrated with his players, himself, or both parties. As of two days ago, the coach had yet to apologize to the players involved and their parents -- which is one of the conditions of his suspension -- but had already paid to replace the broken window.

The fourth-year coach is still teaching American history at Dayton High during the suspension, and the school expects no issues with his return to the team following his ban. One of the team's assistants, Chad Montgomery, is coaching the Greendevils during Deaton's absence.

"I know him very well," Rye told The Enquirer. "It's totally isolated and totally out of character. I think Zach just lost his temper. He does an excellent job in the classroom and he's always had the utmost regard for students and the community."

Deaton will return for Dayton's trip to Ludlow on October 1 after sitting out the team's games against Lloyd, Newport and Beechwood.

Photo from dayton.kyschools.us.

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