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Florida state champion coach suspended after team allegedly practices during pandemic

The coach of one of Florida's top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended pending the result of the investigation, school district chief communications officer Daisy Gonzalez-Diego told The Miami Herald on Saturday.

The district said football practice at this time would be an "unauthorized athletic activity," and that parents of players who might have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation.

Northwestern won the Class 6A state title in 2017 and 2018 before winning the Class 5A championship last season. The Bulls are seven-time state champions overall.