Governor's Cup Coach Banned For Life

A Russell High School teacher will never coach again after a ruling by the Kentucky Academic Competition Board Wednesday.

The board also excluded some Russell High's team scores in regional competition and put the school on probation until 2011.

Russell's district superintendent told the state that Matt Knupp manipulated a rule to gain a competitive advantage in the Governor's Cup competition. Other schools accused him of delaying the start of the testing.

Knupp reportedly claimed bad weather delayed his team, but some claim he was waiting for his star player to return from a college visit.

Because of the delay to the competition the results still aren't in. More than a dozen schools have filed formal complaints, and an complete investigation is being launched.

Knupp is suspended from the Russell Independent School District until the investigation is complete.

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