CONCORD -- Clayton Valley Charter High's football team will now play a full 10-game regular season but head coach Tim Murphy will sit out two games after a Diablo Valley Athletic League hearing board adjusted the team's penalty for committing illegal summer practices.
Originally, the Eagles were penalized six practices dates in August, which would have made the team ineligible to play in the Aug. 30 Honor Bowl against Carson City.
Clayton Valley will still lose six practice dates for beginning summer workouts before June 9, but those will be spread out through August and September. That will allow the team to have the mandatory 14 practices dates required to play its first scheduled game.
Murphy, however, will miss the Honor Bowl and the Eagles' Sept. 5 home game against Tracy as an agreed sit-out.
Murphy and Clayton Valley proposed the adjusted punishment and the DVAL hearing board, made up of principals from the league's schools, agreed.
"It wasn't (the players) that messed up," Murphy said. "I'll pay the price. It was 100 percent my fault."
The adjusted penalty will require that Clayton Valley not practice on Aug. 11-13, Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22.
Coaches will not be allowed to have any contact with players outside of school hours on those dates, eliminating the possibility for conditioning or weight lifting.