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Delsea Regional High School head football coach Sal Marchese just finished up his 21st season there, but he has been suspended and school officials are chasing accusations of academic irregularities to keep his football players eligible to play.
Delsea has won 11 South Jersey titles- four in the past six seasons- including last year’s season's win over Barnegat to finish 10-2 season and a second straight Group III championship.
Here's the semifinal win over Manasquan
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From the Times:
News of board action leaked through the rural South Jersey community after the board activity and a report of the board vote appeared in the weekly Sentinel of Gloucester County and elsewhere. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Marchese has been placed on administrative leave pending a board of education investigation into possible academic misconduct.
At least one letter writer claiming to be a Delsea parent questioned the alleged testing impropriety and the district’s lack of transparency. News of the suspension swept through the school district and South Jersey football community, according to numerous sources.
The school board is not acknowledging who a suspended instructor is and will not go on record to say it is, in fact, Marchese. They do admit, however, that there is an instructor on paid leave and the situation surrounding that instructor is ongoing...