Bessemer City’s football program has been placed on probation for conducting illegal practices.
The city’s school board discussed the possibility of additional discipline for head coach Derone Fagan and his assistants at a meeting Tuesday night.
“It’s important that we do the right thing at all times," Bessemer City Keith Stewart said in a news release that confirmed the AHSAA probation.
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The AHSAA recently placed the Bessemer City football program on probation, requiring the school to pay a $300 AHSAA fine and barring the Purple Tigers from playing any summer competition dates. In addition, the school cancelled the 10-day spring practice and forfeited the spring game scheduled against Oak Mountain.
The school self-reported the violation and admitted to the illegal practices.
Bessemer City finished 7-5 last season in Fagan's first season as head coach. He is the Purple Tigers third head coach in that last three seasons, following Martez Edwards' departure after the 2016 season and Quintin Jackson leading the program in 2017.
The Purple Tigers return quarterback Rishard Densmore and UAB commit Demarkus Cunningham at linebacker this season.
Since legendary coach Carrol Cox retired after the 1999 season, the Purple Tigers have had seven head coaches and none of them have lasted more than five years.