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Patriots player's brother suspended from high school football coaching job

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  November 9, 2010 04:28 PM

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D.J. Hernandez
The brother of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was suspended from his job as head coach of a high school football team in Connecticut for one game after he admitted using an opponent's play list during an Oct. 22 game.

D.J. Hernandez, a former quarterback and receiver at the University of Connecticut, is the head coach at Southington High. Manchester High filed a protest with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association that alleged Southington was unethical and cheated when it recovered the Manchester quarterback's armband-style play list during the game and then used it to identify plays and relay the information to its defense on the field.

Southington High principal Martin Semmel told The Associated Press that D.J. Hernandez admitted using the list in Southington's 28-14 victory. He also said Hernandez would abide by any additional punishment levied by the CIAC.

"It's what we call ethics between coaches and good sportsmanship," Larry Williams, the CIAC's football committee chairman, told The Associated Press earlier today. "I don't think it's cheating per se."

D.J. Hernandez, 24, is in his first season as head coach at Southington.

The Hartford Courant published the release from Southington High on its web site. In it, Southington said Hernandez used the play list for one series.

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