Sacked! Grand Street fires football coach

Booted: Grand Street Campus football coach Bruce Eugene lost his job for helping a player falsify residency records.
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There’s a flag on his play.

Grand Street Campus fired controversial head coach Bruce Eugene for letting a Long Island football player use his Brooklyn address to enroll in the school.

“Mr. Eugene’s employment was terminated following an [Special Commissioner of Investigation] investigat­ion,” said Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness in an e-mail. “[The investigation] found he arranged for a student from Long Island to attend a New York City school using his own home address and without paying non-resident tuition.”

The Department of Education requires students who are not residents of New York City to pay a $7,119 a year to attend public schools.

The school suspended Eugene in August — just days before the season began.

His team quickly rallied around his cause — staging a protest on the steps of the Department of Education building in Manhattan on Sept. 2. Eugene’s supporters claimed the suspension stemmed from a long-standing animosity between the coach and Grand Street principal William Jusino.

The revelation comes less than a year after Eugene led the school to its first-ever Public Schools Athletic football championship. But he was also a contentious figure — Eugene made headlines when he allowed runningback Ramel Ashby to play in the final, even though the high-schooler was facing shooting and gun-possession charges. Ashby has been cleared of the shooting but still faces the weapons allegations.

Eugene — a former Grambling State standout who also had a short stint in the National Football League — has faced recruiting accusations in the past, reportedly attempting to bring in players from other programs.

The New Orleans native — who worked as a substitute teacher at the school — filed a suit against the Department of Education in September challenging his suspension.

Eugene could not immediately be reached for comment.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
A scandalous undertaking that could plague my Alta mater for years to come, especially for the football program and other sports programs that in contention. These prospective students are rather to stick with the arts than any sport that has a corrupted side of things.
Oct. 7, 2016, 7:46 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
Pootie De Buutt, I born in the US and I am a Puerto Rican and an Dominican and I'm entitled to my first amendment right to free speech right now. I am already flagged your comment as a abuse. Stick with the topic at hand. Anyway, read the whole article: It was the former coach who caused this mess in particular for his own personal gain.
Oct. 9, 2016, 9:29 am
Jose Ramirez from Bushwick, BK NY says:
Pedro, you do understand that this practice is santioned by the Principal right ? This is how they were able to bring Dellin Betances and Jerez over to the school. The principal understands the attention that his teams bring when they win championships, players/students understand they have a better chance at being drafted when scouts are present, just look at the long list of draftees. Everybody in the school knows this, but nobody likes to speak about it in fears of retribution by the man who runs the entire show.
Jan. 17, 2017, 12:17 pm

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