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Haywood Head Football Coach Ernie Jackson Suspended

Haywood County head football coach Ernie Jackson has been suspended from both his coaching and teaching duties and is being investigated by the Haywood County school system for alleged unprofessional conduct.

The suspension was immediate and Jackson was not on the Tomcat sideline on Friday night as they lost to Dyersburg 39-18 and are currently 1-1 on the young season.

Haywood County school superintendent Teresa Russell released a statement via press release on Saturday.

"Ernie Jackson has presently been suspended from Haywood County Schools pending an investigation of alleged unprofessional conduct. No determinations regarding the allegations have been made. No further statements from this office will be released until the conclusion of the investigation."

Jackson is in his second season as head coach of the Tomcat program and led Haywood County to the Class 4A playoffs and a 6-5 record last season.

The playoff appearance was the first for the Tomcats since 2009.

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