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DPS re-hires Darran Powell as Dunbar football coach

UPDATE @ 7:54 p.m. (July 11): Dayton's school board voted 6-1 tonight to re-hire Darran Powell as head football coach at Dunbar.

Joe Lacey, who has repeatedly said the district needs to take last fall's football game-throwing scandal more seriously, was the only "no" vote.

>>VIDEOS:  DPS’ John McManus on Dunbar coach | Lacey on his ‘no’ vote

The OHSAA punished Dayton Public Schools’ athletic department with fines and three years of probation this month. The issues stem from Dunbar’s Oct. 28, 2016 football game against Belmont. The plays are even odder than previously described.

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Dunbar High School could have a head football coach in place tonight.

The Dayton Public Schools board will vote for the second time in a month on re-hiring Darran Powell at tonight’s meeting.

Powell initially was denied retaining the position by a board vote. James Lacking, who Powell succeeded as Dunbar’s head coach, was the No. 2 candidate, but declined to accept the position when offered last week.

The Dunbar coaching staff from last season has continued to oversee summer workouts. The preseason begins on Monday, July 31.

Late last month the board approved retaining Dayton City League head football coaches Earl White (Belmont), Jim Place (Ponitz) and Brian Carter (Thurgood Marshall). Len Hampton Jr. was approved to succeed John Wortham as Meadowdale’s football coach. Stivers does not have a football program.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association placed all DPS boys and girls athletic programs on a three-year probation and fined the district $10,000 last spring. That was a result of Dunbar coaches accusing DPS director of athletics Mark Baker of suggesting Dunbar should lose to Belmont in a Week 10 game last season. By doing so, it was hoped both teams would qualify for the postseason and an academically ineligible Dunbar player wouldn’t have to be reported.

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