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Polk County deputies ended up being the ones to blow the final whistle at Saydel High School football practice.Saydel football parents tell KCCI their kids had the worst practice of their lives.Players say head coach Austin Stubbs punished them, by pushing them to the brink of exhaustion — all because one of the coaches thought a player stole $100 from him.”He was making the boys run for almost an hour straight,” said Amanda Boyer, a parent of a Saydel football player. “My son said he ran up and down the football field 20 times. He also made injured players hold 20-pound bags over their heads.” Players began sending desperate messages for parents to come pick them up.That’s when Polk County deputies showed up.Saydel superintendent Todd Martin sent KCCI a statement that read: “At this time the head coach has been put on administrative leave and we cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters.” But Boyer says other coaches let this happen.”As far as I know there were three coaches, but it was coach Stubbs, the head coach that was doing this,” Boyer said. Boyer says the school didn’t notify the parents that the deputies had to come to the practice.She believes just putting head coach Austin Stubbs on administrative leave is not enough.”You don’t expect to send your kids to school, to their practice and them come home crying,” Boyer said.No arrests were made when deputies showed up to practice.No word on any other coaches facing discipline at this time.

Polk County deputies ended up being the ones to blow the final whistle at Saydel High School football practice.

Saydel football parents tell KCCI their kids had the worst practice of their lives.

Players say head coach Austin Stubbs punished them, by pushing them to the brink of exhaustion — all because one of the coaches thought a player stole $100 from him.

“He was making the boys run for almost an hour straight,” said Amanda Boyer, a parent of a Saydel football player. “My son said he ran up and down the football field 20 times. He also made injured players hold 20-pound bags over their heads.”

Players began sending desperate messages for parents to come pick them up.

That’s when Polk County deputies showed up.

Saydel superintendent Todd Martin sent KCCI a statement that read: “At this time the head coach has been put on administrative leave and we cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters.”

But Boyer says other coaches let this happen.

“As far as I know there were three coaches, but it was coach Stubbs, the head coach that was doing this,” Boyer said.

Boyer says the school didn’t notify the parents that the deputies had to come to the practice.

She believes just putting head coach Austin Stubbs on administrative leave is not enough.

“You don’t expect to send your kids to school, to their practice and them come home crying,” Boyer said.

No arrests were made when deputies showed up to practice.

No word on any other coaches facing discipline at this time.

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