Quitman's coach put on leave
From Staff Reports

Nov. 15, 2004 - The Quitman Bulldogs played Friday night's playoff game without head coach Rick Porter, who was put on paid administrative leave just hours before the team left for the game.

The action was taken against Porter for inappropriate sexual advances toward a high school female volleyball player, according to a broadcast report by KLTV in Tyler.

The Quitman ISD school board is scheduled to meet in executive session tonight to discuss the matter, according to a spokesman for the school district.

Porter will not be on the main campus until the matter is resolved.

Assistant football coach Billy Mack Steed coached the team on Friday, when Quitman beat Hughes Springs, 48-24, and he will continue to lead the team until the school board makes a decision.

The Bulldogs, who will face Elysian Fields in the area round of the playoffs on Saturday, have also been embroiled in a season-long controversy over an alleged ineligible player. The District 17-2A executive committee cleared the player last week, but he missed two games due to the allegations.

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