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October 5, 2009

Jenks (Ok) coach Allan Trimble suspends himself

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Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks, the No. 24 team in the RivalsHigh 100, will be without its coach for the rest of the season.

Allan Trimble - who has led the Trojans to nine state titles in his 12 years - has imposed a self-suspension for the remainder of the season, school superintendent Kirby Lehman said.

"He has not resigned, has not been asked to resign and resignation was never discussed," Lehman told the Tulsa World.

Trimble's self-suspension coincided with the suspension of two other members of the Jenks athletic staff. The suspensions have occurred in the wake of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's ruling that Jenks must forfeit nine wins from the 2008 season for improper residency and eligibility rules.

The other suspended staff members were athletic director Tony Dillingham for 15 days and assistant coach David Alexander for two games.

Following the suspension, Dillingham submitted his resignation. The Board of Education has yet to accept the resignation, but could do so anytime between now and June 30, 2010.

The team has been placed under a warning until the end of July 2010 for the treatment of University of Oklahoma recruit Jarrett Lake, but Jenks currently remains eligible for postseason play.

Lake, who moved from Virginia to the Jenks district last season, was ineligible but participated in eight games last season. It is unclear why Jenks had to forfeit the ninth win.

According to a report submitted to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association by Jenks High School, Trimble violated residency rules when he arranged for Lake to reside in the Jenks district.

"Jarrett was not only allowed to live with a representative of the Jenks football program (Mr. Clyde "Red" Griffith) who was not his parent or guardian, but this living arrangement was facilitated by the head coach, who obtained the lease form and prepared the lease provisions," the report submitted to the OSSAA said.

The report also indicated that Lake, before his move to Oklahoma, was academically ineligible to play at his previous school in Virginia.

In a statement released by Trimble on the Jenks team Web site, the coach said, in part, "It is my responsibility to ensure our football program abides by all the rules of the OSSAA and our school system, and I need to be accountable for my actions completely just like I ask my players to be."

Attempts to reach Trimble were unsuccessful.

Jenks, without Trimble, defeated the Sapulpa Chieftains 62-27 last Friday.

Lake, who has not played a game for Jenks in 2009 and is not listed on the team's roster, still is committed to Oklahoma.

According to SoonerScoop.com publisher Carey Murdock, the school intends to honor the scholarship offer.

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