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A high school football coach in Des Moines is fired over reports he bullied a player. Tom Mihalovich was put on leave September 5th. An investigation by the school showed he made the player run extra laps and forced him to read out-loud a tweet he made slamming the varsity team. The school board made his termination official last night.

"They lost probably the most loyal Des Moines public school employee they ever had. I'm really just disappointed because that's my school, that's my home," said Tom Mihalovich.

Mihalovich has been with the team 12 years.

Coaches across Iowa are looking at this case and reviewing how they handle players and discipline.

Columbus Head Football Coach Aundra Meeks sets up guidelines at the beginning of the season. He puts discipline in the hands of his senior players.

"I tell them here are some directions we need to look at whether it is detentions, tardies, and lates. You guys come up with the plan and bring it back to me and the coaching staff and we'll look at it and see if it's an acceptable plan," said Meeks.

One tardy can equal an extra 50 push-up and 50 sit-ups. He says these are learning moments for the players.

"You're trying to get those young people to understand that during class time we want them to act in the right way. We want to make sure they're getting to class on time," said Meeks.

Meeks also says having a collaboration between the senior leadership and himself will hopefully prevent any punishment from going to far.

"I will only go through two or three detentions before they have a sit down one-on-one meeting with me the coach. So there are some things in place so it's not just run, run, run. We're going to get an 'X' amount of detentions or an 'X' amount of tardies before you have a one-on- one sit down with the coach," said Meeks.

Meeks has been head coach at Columbus for 11 years. He says during that time he has never had to talk to a player one-on-one about their actions. He says so far his disciplinary measures have worked.

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