Alshon Jeffery’s ex-coach suspended

Calhoun County’s Wilson made comments about school’s academics in star receiver’s era Comments to ESPNChicago about school’s academics in Jeffery era preceded discipline

ainelson@ thestate.comSeptember 13, 2012 

The Calhoun County Saints will play against Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday without coach Walt Wilson, according to published reports.

Calhoun County schools superintendent Dr. Steve Wilson on Monday told the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that Wilson is serving a two-week suspension for an unconfirmed offense. The timing of Wilson’s suspension is apparently related to Wilson’s recent comments regarding former Saints and USC receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Wilson was quoted by ESPNChicago.com’s Melissa Isaacson in an article on Jeffery, who now plays for the Chicago Bears.

Amid comments on Jeffery’s affable personality and remarkable talent, Wilson made disparaging comments about Calhoun County academics.

He was quoted as saying, “Before I got here, I’m just going to flat out say it, teachers were passing him because they just wanted to keep him eligible to play basketball. But I told him, ‘You can’t get into college with 70s,’ so we had to make a plan and in his junior and senior years, he made the honor roll.”

Calhoun County athletics director and head basketball coach Zam Frederick did not return phone calls on Wednesday.

Defensive coordinator Keith Scott led the Saints in a loss against Keenan on Sept. 7, as Wilson’s suspension began, and is expected to retain that responsibility this week.

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