In addition to Robinson High head coach Mike DePue and senior Ted Kelly, an unidentified Knights coach was fined and suspended by the FHSAA as a result of the chaotic ending of Friday's Class 5A semifinal against Tallahassee Godby.
The Florida High School Athletic Association released the officials' report of the incident Tuesday. However, due to the game's chaotic ending and that the officials were not local, their report was unable to identify the assistant coach they claim ran onto the field and cursed at them.
And from what DePue remembers, they may never know.
''I have no idea who that was,'' DePue said. ''It could've been any number of people. There was pandemonium out there after the game.''
Whenever he is identified, he'll be hit with a six-week suspension and $250 fine by the FHSAA.
Visiting Godby defeated Robinson 24-20 to advance to the state title game. The game ended in controversy when Knights receiver Austin Eads made a catch near the first-down marker inside Godby's 15-yard line with less than 5 seconds to play. Officials allowed time to expire rather than stop the clock to measure for a first down.
Before the clock reached zero, Godby players stormed the field from their sideline.
Robinson players and coaches also ran on to the field, many screaming for officials to stop the clock and measure. DePue and Kelly were among them. The report said DePue did not use profanity, but Kelly ''cursed out an administrator.''
DePue received a $250 fine and a two-week suspension for the Level I infraction. But since he is retiring from teaching at the end of the school year and from coaching once he takes care of final details of this season, the penalties are relatively meaningless.
Kelly received a three-month ban from athletics and a $250 fine for his Level 3 infraction. He is finished playing sports at the school but will have to pay the fine to obtain transcripts for college.
Despite retiring, DePue said he will appeal.
According to the game officials' report, DePue "exacerbated the situation by running onto the field after time expired and yelling, 'Why didn't you stop the clock for a measurement.' I explained to him that he was a full 2 yards short of line to gain. You have no timeouts, and I'm not gonna stop the clock when it's so obvious (you're) short of a first down to give you a free play to try to win the game."
The report went on to say an assistant coach – "a taller fellow" – also ran onto the field and used an expletive when asking officials why they didn't stop the clock.
The report makes it clear the game officials were concerned about Robinson's home crowd at Jack Peters Field, where spectators filled the stands and many were on the home side of the track near the sidelines. The report claims an official spoke with Robinson Principal Johnny Bush about the situation, to no avail.
''Additionally there were approximately 200 people ringing the field and at times spilling into the players boxes," the report said. "I told the principal that something had to be done about that but little was done.''