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Bedford school officials release statement on coach suspension

TEMPERANCE, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Sources confirmed that Bedford High School has suspended their head football coach, Jeff Wood, for the season opener against St. Francis.

Rumors have been swirling of inappropriate behavior during the team's camp at Sauk Valley Resort in Brooklyn, MI. Those rumors have not been confirmed, but some parents said the behavior involved horseplay and possibly nudity.

It's unclear how many student athletes attended the camp.

WTOL reached out to the school, but officials would not discuss details of the investigation. School officials later said in a statement:

On Monday, August 17, 2015 at approximately 2:00 pm, Bedford Public Schools was notified of a situation involving varsity football players while they were at football camp…Our investigations did reveal violations related to the student handbook. It was also clear that there were deficiencies in regards to the overall planning for the camp. As a result, the appropriate consequences will be enforced, according to the guidelines set forth in the student handbook and District Board Policy.  

A woman who manages Sauk Valley Resort, who does not want to be named, says the facility has a long association with Wood. She says Wood is a quality coach and the resort has never had any problems with the teams he coached. 

During the team's time at Sauk Valley, the woman says nothing happened that caused concern. She says there were no reports of property damage or improper conduct. 

The woman says no one at the resort has been contacted by law enforcement about any incidents involving the Bedford football team. She added that she would gladly book the team for another visit. 

Some parents of the football players continue to support the team and coach.

"We are going to carry on with business as usual, and we are going to support our team, and our boys, and our coaches, and Coach Wood as well," said Michelle Isaacs, president of the team's parent group. "We are going to win our game Friday against St. Francis."

Bedford school officials say Friday night's varsity football game will be played as scheduled. 

Read the entire statement from Bedford Public Schools here.

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