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Longtime Central High School football coach resigns

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Longtime Central High School football coach Joel Helton has resigned following accusations of improper behavior towards students.

Helton had coached at Central since 1984.

Helton was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 5 following an investigation into allegations of misconduct that included intimidating students and hit players during team workouts.

Helton has admitted that he committed those actions, but maintains he did so in a joking manner.

According to Helton's attorney, he has no plans to seek another coaching position in Knoxville and will instead accept a teaching position at Farragut High School.

Attorney James A.H. Bell had this response to a letter of reprimand in Helton's file: "Coach Helton has resigned as head football coach at Central High School and has no plans to accept any coaching position in the Knox County School system.

"Coach Helton has also accepted a transfer to Farragut High School where he will continue to teach and prepare students for their future."


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