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Tusculum cancels soccer season amid theft allegations

9/1/2006

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tusculum College canceled the rest of
its men's soccer season after several team members were accused of
stealing cash from a fundraiser at Bristol Motor Speedway last
weekend.

The team was selling concessions at the weekend's NASCAR races
to raise funds for the program and were accused of taking an
undisclosed amount of money and food.

No criminal charges were filed after the money was returned,
athletic officials said in a statement Friday. The student-athletes
are not being expelled by athletic officials, but they may be
subject to further punishment by the dean of students.

"While there are innocent people on our men's soccer team who
will be affected, this incident has brought great embarrassment to
our entire (athletic) program," athletic director Ed Hoffmeyer
said in the statement.

Both head coach Tony Castainca, in his 17th season at the
school, and assistant coach Louis Thorpe, in his third season, have
resigned.

Athletic officials plan to reinstate the program next season and
search for new coaches.

The Presbyterian-affiliated NCAA Division II school is
in Greeneville, about 65 miles northeast of Knoxville.