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Canisius Lifts Coach’s Suspension

December 5, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Canisius College hockey coach Brian Cavanaugh’s suspension was lifted Tuesday, five days after he confronted one of his players.

``Coach Cavanaugh has apologized to the student as well as to the team, and I believe that he understands that he has made a mistake,″ athletics director Timothy J. Dillon said Tuesday.

In allowing Cavanaugh to resume his full duties, Dillon added that the coach was issued ``a severe reprimand and a warning that any further actions of this type will subject him to immediate dismissal.″

Dillon’s announcement followed the conclusion of the school’s investigation of the confrontation, which reportedly took place during a team practice last Wednesday.

While refusing to discuss the details of the confrontation or identify the player involved, Dillon called Cavanaugh’s action ``unacceptable.″

Cavanaugh was not immediately available for comment.

Cavanaugh is in his 20th year as the Golden Griffins head coach and he also serves as a physical education instructor at the school.

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