Live Oak, Parkway sportsmanship hearing set for Thursday

A sportsmanship hearing regarding the Nov. 9 Class 5A football playoff game between Live Oak and Parkway high schools is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association office.

Live Oak coach Barry “Tut” Musemeche was handcuffed, but not arrested, before the game in a dispute over his team warm-up time on the Parkway field in Bossier City before the game.

LOHS Principal Tracy McRae filed the complaint, said LHSAA assistant executive director Keith Alexander.

Live Oak contends Musemeche and the Eagles were warming up on the field during the time allotted for the LOHS band, which elected not to perform.

Musemeche said Parkway coach David Feaster agreed LOHS could warm up until 6:45 p.m. Parkway contends that its band was scheduled to perform.

“We got a complaint about a sportsmanship issue from Miss McRae at Live Oak regarding their game at Parkway,” Alexander said. “Both sides submitted reports and Mr. (Kenny) Henderson (LHSAA Executive Director) decided there was enough evidence to warrant a hearing, and he assigned it.

“The committee will look at that evidence submitted and listen to both sides before rendering a decision.”

Alexander is set to serve as the moderator and won’t be involved in the decision-making process. Three member principals of the LHSAA’s executive committee, Tioga’s Kim Bennett, LaSalle’s Ronda Richardson and Church Point’s Lee Bellard, are scheduled to serve on the committee and will make the decisions, Alexander said.

Musemeche presented additional evidence to the LHSAA on Wednesday, including a time-stamped video that shows he was handcuffed before 6:45 p.m.

Thursday’s LHSAA hearing is just one event stemming from the incident. Last week, Musemeche filed suit in state district court in Baton Rouge claiming he was unlawfully detained and defamed by the incident. Television footage of the LOHS coach in handcuffs was broadcast across Louisiana and the South.

Parkway Principal Nichole Bourgeois, the Bossier Parish school system and Bossier City Police Department were named as defendants in the suit. District Judge William Morvant has been assigned the case, and no court date has been set.