College football coach in Japan to quit over ugly tackle
Nihon University head coach Masato Uchida apologizes as he speaks to reporters at Osaka International Airport in Osaka, western Japan Saturday, May 19, 2018. Uchida said he would resign to take responsibility for the hit in which one of his players tackled Kwansei Gakuinâs quarterback from behind long after he had released the ball. (Nobuki Ito/Kyodo News via AP) (Associated Press) May 19 at 5:19 AM
TOKYO â" The head coach of a Japanese college football team says he will quit after a dangerous tackle by one of his players left an opponent in the hospital.
Nihon University head coach Masato Uchida said he would resign to take responsibility for the hit in which one of his players tackled Kwansei Gakuinâ s quarterback from behind long after he had released the ball.
âThe responsibility for this series of problems lies directly with me. I will resign as head coach,â Uchida said on Saturday.
Uchida had earlier denied claims that he had ordered players to foul opponents.
The tackle in the May 6 game left the Kwansei quarterback with injuries to his spine and right knee.
The hit drew wide media attention in Japan and resulted in an inquiry by the Japan Sports Agency.
The head of the JSA, Daichi Suzuki, described it as âa dangerous actâ that âmerited a straight red card.â
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