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High school football coach in alleged COVID cover-up

A high school game scheduled for this Friday in Arkansas between Bentonville West and Fayetteville has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Several Fayetteville students, including football players, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in quarantine.

Parents of Fayetteville football players told the local news station KNWA/Fox 24 that their kids were told by head coach Casey Dick to be dishonest about COVID exposure.

According to reports, Coach Dick was aware that some players had attended a party, where some of the party-goers ended up testing positive for COVID-19. The coach allegedly told players to lie so that the players would not have to quarantine nor have to miss any games.

The parents have hired an attorney to look into these claims. The attorney, Lucas Regnier, and KNWA have sent in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the school. Prior to the FOIA request, the news station reports having obtained messages between the players communicating about the situation.

Regnier spoke to KNWA saying, "At this point the facts are still being developed and we don’t want to cast any kind of negative light that may be undeserved".

A lot going on here. If players went to the party and spent time with people who subsequently tested positive, you would think their parents would require them to stay home from school and quarantine.

Coach Dick has also released a statement addressing the concerns.

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Feels like there likely is more to the story than has been reported at this time.

Earlier today Arkansas AD Hunter Yurchek offered a show of support for Coach Dick:

We'll keep an eye on this one and keep you posted as to any developments.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.