by Jeff Fisher
Sayreville superintendent Richard Labbe has decided that football will return to the school in 2015. Labbe made the announcement at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting saying, “football is a very important part of our community,” according to NJ.com.
The announcement comes about three months after Labbe shutdown the program after revelations of a criminal investigation into hazing incidents within the program. Seven varsity football players have been charged and will face trials as juveniles, not adults.
In addition to the program being suspended, school officials suspended head coach George Najjar and four of his assistants with pay from their coaching and teaching duties. The four assistants have been reinstated, but Najjar, who led the team to three state titles remains on leave. No coaches were charged in connection with the incidents.
A decision on Najjar’s future, we be made by the school board in the near future.