Berkeley Prep sophomore linebacker Joe Schiano, the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season by the Florida High School Athletic Association as a result of his ejection from a Sept. 28 game against Lennard.
The younger Schiano has already sat out one game, Friday's 41-19 district victory against St. Petersburg Catholic. Berkeley is now 6-0 and 1-0 in district play. The Buccaneers have an open date on their schedule this week.
Berkeley Prep athletic director Bobby Reinhart and head football coach Dominick Ciao declined to comment on details of Schiano's ejection and subsequent suspension.
The school has appealed the decision to the FHSAA.
"Hopefully we'll know something soon," Ciao said.
According to a FHSAA report obtained by The Tampa Tribune, Schiano was ejected from the Lennard game for using profanity at a referee. The conduct is considered a "Level 2'' unsportsmanlike conduct, which carries a six-week suspension. Schiano's ban started the day of the Lenard game and continues through Nov. 9, which is Berkeley's final game of the regular season.
The suspension includes Berkeley's final district games, next week against Clearwater Central Catholic and Nov. 2 against Tampa Catholic.
Schiano has 11 tackles and a fumble recovery this season.