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Ousted Dunbar head football coach could be seeing the field again

Ousted Dunbar head football coach could be seeing the field again (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Former Dunbar Head Football Coach Darran Powell could be seeing the field once again.

Powell spoke exclusively with FOX 45, detailing his side of what happened when his team tried to throw a game against Belmont. He says it was a directive from Athletic Director Mark Baker after playing an ineligible player. Baker denies those allegations.

Two weeks ago the board voted against renewing Powell's contract, and last Saturday they voted to hire assistant coach James Lacking to lead the Wolverines. He accepted, but has since declined.

"I heard that James Lacking said that he did not want the position, but I have not gotten anything in writing," Superintendent Rhonda Corr told the DPS board at a meeting on Friday.

At the meeting Powell’s future came up, as board member Joe Lacey put the Superintendent on the spot by asking if Powell was the schools next choice for head coach.

"I want to make sure all of our I's are dotted and T's are crossed," Corr said of Lacking's decline of the job.

"She's can't say for sure if it's going to be Darran Powell, but from everything I've seen it's going to be Darran Powell," Lacey said.

The notion doesn't sit well with Lacey who voted not to renew Powell's contract. He was also the only board member to vote against giving DPS Athletic Director Mark Baker a two year extension. Now, his direction turns to Powell, and finding answers.

"We knew we never did anything wrong, we were following orders," Powell told FOX45, "Never in my days would I ever tell someone intentionally to lose a game."

Before Corr left the meeting Lacey had one last request.

"If you do recommend Mr. Powell can you make sure that he's at the meeting in case board members want to talk to him?" Lacey questioned.

"Yes, I can make the request of him," Corr responded.

The Superintendent could not confirm if the vote will happen at the next board meeting on July 11TH. Powell needs four votes to get his job back.

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