Darien football coach Rob Trifone was supposed to return this week from a suspension for slapping one of his players on the helmet. But on Tuesday the school district announced it was extending it for another two weeks, according to a report by the Darien Times, which was the first to obtain a press release.
In the release the school district cited “a campus security video that was not previously seen,” and extended the coach’s suspension through October 30.
He will miss the team’s next two games at Danbury on Friday and at home vs. 3-2 Wilton on Oct. 29.
Trifone is eligible to return on Oct. 3o — exactly a month since alleged incident took place, according to the press release.
“I take full responsibility for the incident and I am truly sorry for my actions,” Trifone said in the school’s press release. “Today I apologized to the team, explained that I fully accept the consequence of my behavior and told them I am looking forward to getting back to coaching following my suspension.”
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Previously, the school originally suspended Trifone for a week while it investigated the incident, which took place October 1 during a 45-6 victory over Norwich Free Academy.
According to a Stamford Advocate report, the player was involved in a verbal altercation with an NFA player and game officials suggested he be removed from the playing field. When the player returned to Darien’s sideline, Trifone verbally reprimanded him and slapped him, open-handed, on the side of his helmet.
Following the completion of that investigation, the school extended his suspension through October 15, which included Saturday’s 57-17 victory over McMahon.
Darien, the defending Class LL state champion, is currently 5-0 and ranked No. 1 team in the New Haven Register / GameTimeCT Top 10 poll.