Live Oak football coach Tut Musemeche was handcuffed and led off the field by Bossier City police before a playoff game against Parkway on Friday night after a disagreement over how long the Eagles could warm up.
The incident happened before the opening kickoff.
Musemeche was not arrested.
“We just wanted to finish our warmup,” Musemeche said. “I really don’t want to say a lot. But it was well before the time we needed to go to the sideline. I’m fully versed in the LHSAA rules and would never do anything against them. ... I was just going by what the officials told me beforehand.”
KTBS-TV reported that Live Oak refused to make way for the Parkway band, which was supposed to perform before the game.
Live Oak declined to leave with 6:40 remaining before kickoff, according to the KTBS report.
Musemeche said Friday his team wanted to warm up until 15 minutes before kickoff, but that Parkway instead told the Eagles to leave with 25 minutes to go until kickoff.
According to the KTBS report, the public-address announcer asked Live Oak three times to leave the field. At some point, Parkway principal Nichole Bourgeois asked Bossier City police to step in.
“This is my 22nd year as a coach, and I’ve never experienced anything remotely like that in my career,” Musemeche said. “We’ve always followed the same pregame.”
The coach later added: “This had no bearing on the final score.”
No. 7-seeded Parkway defeated 26th-seeded Live Oak 36-13 in the bidistrict round of the Class 5A playoffs.
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