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Boca high football coach steps down after alleged shoving

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Keith Byars is no longer head football coach for Boca Raton High School. The former professional football player stepped down Thursday amid complaints he shoved a player at last week's game against Jupiter.

Boca Raton High School Principal Geoff McKee told players at practice Thursday that athletic director Lewis Burnham is now head coach. Burnham was an Assistant Coach under Byars.

One player spoke unanimously with NewsChannel 5 about his relationship with Byars.

"Coach Byars was a very nice and positive man who treated me well. He was energetic, I feel he cared about the team and wanted to see the players succeed."

Byars allegedly shoved one of his quarterbacks on the sidelines during a timeout last Friday. Principal McKee says no one's safety was ever at risk, describing the situation as "complicated". He adds school policy clearly states no adult should ever engage in inappropriate physical activity with a student.

Byars' son Keith Byars Junior is a running back on the team. Some players prefer Byars remain head coach.

"Personally I'd want him to continue being my coach since I had a positive relationship with him," says an unnamed player.

Burnham ran practice Thursday for the first time as Head Coach. He declined to comment about Byars, but said the team is focused on the future.

Byars had a 13-year career in the NFL, playing for the Patriots, the Jets, the Dolphins and the Eagles.

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