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Gryphons football coach suspended for one game next season

Stu Lang, head coach of the University of Guelph football Gryphons, will be suspended for one game early in the 2013 season.

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced on Friday that the Gryphons violated OUA football rule 6.8.1 on Oct. 20, 2012.

Guelph played a game at York that day, its last of the regular season, and won 39-18.

The rule was violated “when a member of the Guelph football staff used a two way radio to communicate with the Guelph bench. This was in addition to the two lines of communication already provided for verbal contact between the spotters’ box and the sideline,” said an OUA news release.

Lang’s one-game suspension is to be served in either the first or second regular season game of 2013.

Also, the program has been fined $1,500 and a written letter of apology must be given to the York football coaching staff.

“We take this allegation very seriously and fully accept the OUA findings and subsequent penalties,” said Tom Kendall, University of Guelph director of athletics, in the release.

“We demand that each of our sports comply with all OUA regulations and we will have procedures in place to help prevent this in the future.”

The Gryphons were 7-1 this season and reached the Yates Cup game, where they fell to McMaster.

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