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Medford coach on leave for drinking before game

South Medford High School's head baseball coach says he "messed up big time" and let a lot of people down.

Posted: May 10, 2018 11:50 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The head coach of the top-ranked South Medford High School baseball team has been placed on leave because he consumed alcohol before a game.

In his ninth season as head coach, Ray Smith has guided the Panthers to the Southwest Conference championship and No. 1 spot in the Class 6A power rankings as of Wednesday.

The Mail Tribune reports Smith admitted having drinks before Tuesday's game, a contest from which he was ejected after arguing a call at third base.

Smith says he "messed up big time" and let a lot of people down.

The school district says the duration of the leave will depend on the outcome of an investigation by its human resources department.

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