Gary Kinne will continue to coach the Sherman football team for the foreseeable future and will be on the sideline Friday night when the Bearcats travel to Wylie East.

Gary Kinne will continue to coach the Sherman football team for the foreseeable future and will be on the sideline Friday night when the Bearcats travel to Wylie East.


But Kinne’s duties within the Sherman ISD have been altered as part of his punishment for University Interscholastic League violations.


Kinne has been relieved of his position as athletic director by superintendent Dr. Al Hambrick, in a personnel move that Hambrick hinted at during a special school board meeting Monday night. Kinne confirmed the change on Wednesday.


"I’ve talked to my team about it, and I’ve talked to some people about it," Kinne said. "That’s a decision that (Hambrick) made. I don’t have to agree with it. I don’t think the punishment fits the crime as far as him doing that.


"But at the same time, just like my players, when I dish out punishment to my players, I expect them to accept it, deal with it and move on. That’s exactly what I’ll do. I’m a team player. He’s given out punishment. I don’t have to agree with it, but I’ll accept it and I’ll move on."


Kinne, who is in his fifth season as head coach at Sherman, will temporarily keep his title as the school’s AD until a replacement is named in the coming weeks. His contract, which runs through the summer of 2016, will remain in place.


Hambrick had left his office for the day on Wednesday evening, and a later attempt to contact him by cell phone was unsuccessful.


The move finally puts to rest a turbulent week that arose abruptly on the eve of the Battle of the Ax and continued into the early part of this week.


As late as last Wednesday afternoon, Kinne was planning to coach the Bearcats in the 115th renewal of its rivalry football game against Denison.


But on Thursday afternoon, Kinne was handed a one-game suspension by the UIL executive committee in Austin for violations of UIL by-laws, which included participation in offseason 7-on-7 football and use of school equipment during a June 7-on-7 tournament in Arkansas. Kinne was also handed a two-year probation and a public reprimand.


Kinne served his suspension on Friday night during the annual rivalry game, which the Bearcats lost, 42-24. Offensive coordinator Don Purdy coached the team in Kinne’s absence.


Saturday morning, Kinne was back in his office, and the matter seemed over and done with — until Monday evening — when a sudden special meeting of the Sherman ISD board of trustees was called to discuss the UIL decision.


The board took no action after a two-hour closed session, but Hambrick’s statement at the end of Monday’s meeting suggested that Kinne may face additional sanctions from the school district.


Hambrick’s comments fueled speculation that Kinne might be handed another suspension for this Friday’s game. But Kinne put that to rest on Wednesday, saying he will don the headphones once again on Friday night.


"I’ll be there on Friday," he said. "Of course, I thought I’d be there last Friday, too. Sometimes things change, but I’ll be there on Friday."