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Bell City places Brandtner on paid administrative leave

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bell City High School athletic director and boys basketball coach Brian Brandtner has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

Bell City principal Matt Asher and Brandtner would not say what led to Thursday's decision by Bell City administrators that was announced Friday.

"I'm not really at liberty to talk about it because it's a personnel issue," Asher said.

Asked how soon he hoped to get the issue resolved, Asher said: "I really don't have a timeline."

Said Brandtner: "As much as I would like to make some comments about the situation, I refrain from doing so because the situation is under investigation."

Brandtner, whose contract with Bell City runs through August, also teaches five physical education classes. He said he has been instructed not to be on school premises.

Asher will serve as acting athletic director while assistant coach Pat Niemczyk will be acting coach. Asher also will assist Niemczyk.

Brandtner is in his fourth season at Bell City. His first three Cubs teams went 81-14, winning three district titles and twice finishing second in the Class 1 state tournament.

Brandtner's 2005-06 and 2006-07 squads both were 28-5 and state runners-up. Last season the Cubs went 25-4 and lost to Scott County Central in the sectional round.

The Cubs were 6-5 under Brandtner this season.

Niemczyk and Asher directed the team during Friday night's game at Richland, which the Cubs won 68-61.


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What's the deal here? Anybody got any details?

-- Posted by John R Cash on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 11:11 AM

What's the deal here? Anybody got any details?

-- Posted by John R Cash on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 11:11 AM

Well, I don't know if this is the reason or not, but I was listening to the Bell City-Jackson game on the radio last week (Tuesday?) and one of the radio announcers made a reference to Brian dropping the "F-bomb" a dozen times at halftime. I have never heard an announcer do that before. I don't know if what the announcer said is true or not, but even if it is, is it his place to broadcast that on the air? Obviously I wouldn't condone the language, but we could have a slander case here if the announcer overheard another conversation... he said he heard it through an open window.

-- Posted by semosportsfan on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 1:33 PM

Why were my comments removed by the Southeast Missourian?? I actually answered the questions that were posed by your other readers, and somehow you felt that they needed to be removed? The coach was not removed for foul language, but for having something in his vehicle that was found by a K-9 dog? Your readers can put that together for themselves. If I had stated something that was offensive to other readers, I might understand your removing my comments. I thought that this paper wanted to put the truth out there for the readers, but I am not sure now?

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 4:47 PM

Bad language is not that uncommon in an HS locker room. Although I don't condone it, it's generally not the thing to get one ousted mid year.

-- Posted by whitey on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 4:58 PM

If foul language ends up being the reason that Brandtner gets ousted, you can rest assured there were other factors in play. There's no way foul language gets a coach fired mid-way through the season. If that's the reason that BC gives, I'd be pretty confident that something else happened and that's the "reason" that will be given to the public.

Will be interesting to see what happens.

Oh, and if you haven't noticed yet there's a real simple formula to the Southeast Missourian. They condone letting any moron with a computer write a blog, encourage people to anonymously slander the subjects of stories, then somehow draw an imaginary line that can't be crossed by posters and start removing comments. Makes great sense, huh?

-- Posted by John R Cash on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 6:07 PM

What I stated seems to be public knowledge in Bell City. The question was posed; does anyone have any idea what is going on? I have family that have children that attend the school, and they said that the coach was removed for reasons other than foul language. I would not want to slander anyone, but what I stated earlier seems to be the reason. I just hope that this is all a misunderstanding, and these children can get back to learning.

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 6:38 PM

Coach Brandtner was fired last year then rehired the next day. For whatever reason Bell City is ready for him to move on. Coach Brandtner does yell, probably cusses, but he works his tail off for his kids and expects the same back. I hope this has nothing to do with a "K-9 dog", but apparently lady bug has the inside info. I'll be one to wait and see what comes from this before I pass judgement. It's easy for anyone to sit back and talk about these coaches and publically down them but I would not want their job. Their job is dependant on 14-18 year old kids to perform. I have met a few kids this age in my life and wouldn't want to place my professional career on their shoulders. No matter what, I have nothing but good wishes for Brian and his family in this time of trouble.

-- Posted by Dr._Will_B._Inebreated on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 8:38 PM

Dr._Will_B._Inebreated, I also wish the coach and his family nothing but good, however I have family with children at the school, and I do not want anything that could influence them in a negative way to simply be swept under the rug. I only know what was told from those that know the situation, and as I stated, hope that this in all a huge misunderstanding. After all that Bell City has endured over the past couple of years, I would think that they would simply want to put this behind them, and move on.

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 9:01 PM

Word now has it that Mr. Brandtner had no illegal substances in his system at all, and that it is believed that this could all be a misunderstanding. This entire situation is under investigation at this time. Mr. Brandtner is a well liked teacher at Bell City according to my family. I just hope that this will all be resolved and that these students can get back to learning. There have been way to many distractions over the past few years, so Bell City School needs to get it's act together.

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 11:06 AM

Ladybug, I heard at church that sniffer dogs were used after the police got a tip on Brandtner. According to the folks I talked to, the dogs had a positive reaction to his car. This came from reliable people, but you never know, I guess. If you know his parents, you can probably figure out what's true pretty quick.

-- Posted by VFW2006 on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 6:00 PM

VFW2006 I heard the same things that you did. I also heard that the coach volunteered and took a drug test in which he passed that day; so who knows? I would not know his family if they were standing in front of me. I just hope that this is all a huge misunderstanding, and that the kids can get back to learning, instead of having the news media at the school every other week it seems. Since this school has been in the news many times over the past few years, I wonder if the state officials should get involved to try and figure out where this school is going wrong?

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 6:45 PM

Ladybug I wonder how you think that Bell City schools is at fault that a teacher took it upon his own to break the law. If you think that state officials could have told Bell City schools that this was going to happen I would encourage you to contact them. That would save alot of schools the embarressment. What a uneducated idiot you seem to be.

-- Posted by SUPER on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 11:26 PM

Super.. I will not insult you as you have myself. I said that since Bell City Schools have had so much trouble over the course of several years now, that perhaps something should be checked out. Of course I do not believe that the school would have a clue about a teacher possibly having had something illegal in his vehicle. I am only referring to the fact that there have been so many distractions over the course of years for these students, that something needs to happen. The news media seems to be at the school every other month over something. First there was the Heeb incident, then the Finney, Niemczyk incident, the boy who got hit in the head and had to have emergency surgery, and numerous other things here and there. It would seem from an educated perspective that perhaps the school simply needs a closer look at, to try and figure out how to help them? You do not hear about other schools around there having these kinds of troubles, or I have not? I hear of things like this in the cities, or bigger schools. My main concern is for the students and their education. You have a great day, and try not to take things so personal, it is okay to disagree.

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 9:13 AM

VFW-

I am not sure I understand your comment about his parents.

-- Posted by PeggySue on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 1:32 PM

SUPER-Ladybug won't take the opportunity to bash you , but I'll take her/his place. How can you call her/him "uneducated" when you misspell the words "embarrassment" (my son's 5th grade spelling word last week) and "a lot?" Maybe you should quit throwing stones since you apparently live in a glass house. Also, when reading peoples' comments, try to "read between the lines." Either you are being far to literal or are not smart enough to understand what others are really saying.

-- Posted by semosportsfan on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 10:33 PM

Semosportsfan.. Many Thanks for defending me. You have a great day.

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Fri, Jan 16, 2009, at 9:10 AM

Either way, this story apparantly is no longer news because it has been over a week and there has been no follow up or reasoning as to Brandtner being let go.

-- Posted by whitey on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 8:53 PM


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