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Investigation Into Arnold Football Program Has Been Completed

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Concerns over violations with the Arnold Marlin football program have led to an investigation conducted by Bay District Schools. That report was released Wednesday.

Some of the concerns were found to be valid.

Specifically the driving of students across the bridge to Arnold in coaches personal vehicles.

Now, the two coaches that were responsible left the program before Wednesdays scheduled meeting involving Arnold Principal Keith Bland, Arnold Athletic Director Julie Hale, Arnold Head Football Coach James Hale, Superintendent Bill Husfelt and Chief Operations Officer for Bay District Schools. Dr. John Haley.

Superintendent husfelt told News 13 Wednesday that no other coaches jobs are at stake.


The investigation into the Arnold football program was initiated due to complaints filed by parents.

There were four main concerns raised to the district:

1. Students receiving gift cards from coaches.

2. Students being transported from Panama City to Panama City Beach by coaches

    in their private vehicles...

3. Transportation and living arrangements for students participating in Arnold football


4. Recruiting practices by several Arnold coaches.

Dr. Haley said Wednesday concerns came in that needed to be addressed. They had to look at removing those potentially associated with the allegations, but they had already left.

News 13 talked to Arnold Principal Keith Bland Wednesday afternoon, who said that Coach Hale is still the Head Football Coach at Arnold and that he stands 100-percent behind Coach Hale.