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East Tennessee high school football coach accused of vandalizing own team's field house

Associated Press • Nov 13, 2013 at 3:53 PM

JASPER — Authorities say a teacher and assistant football coach at Marion County High School has been accused of vandalizing the team's field house.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Michael Schmitt was arrested Wednesday on a charge of vandalism of $1,000 to $10,000. The Associated Press could not determine whether he has a scheduled court date or a lawyer.

Administrators arrived to the Marion County field house defaced before its District 6-A championship game against cross-town rival South Pittsburg, the eventual winner. Officials say vulgarities were painted on side doors and the backside of the field house in South Pittsburg's colors, orange and black.

Officials estimated the damage totaled several thousand dollars.

Officers involved in the arrest believe the vandalism was an attempt to inspire the Marion County team.

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