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Suspension of Enright Advised : Capo Valley Forfeit Also Recommended Because of Spying

November 12, 1987|TOM HAMILTON | Times Staff Writer

The Southern Section's Executive Committee has recommended that Dick Enright, Capistrano Valley High School's football coach for seven years, be suspended for the remainder of the 1987 season and the entire 1988 season and that the Cougars forfeit a 22-21 victory over El Toro, Ray Panici, the Cougars' offensive coordinator, said Wednesday night.

Panici said he learned of the sanctions from Eric Patton, the school's defensive coordinator, after a nine-hour evidentiary hearing in Buena Park Wednesday. The recommendations were made to officials of the Saddleback Unified School District.

Southern Section Commissioner Stan Thomas said a press release would be issued at 8 a.m. today.

If the district follows the recommendations, Enright will not be allowed to participate in any of the football team's activities. The forfeit means that the Cougars, the top-ranked team in Orange County with a 9-0 record, will fall to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in South Coast League play. El Toro will improve to 7-2 and 3-1.

Earlier, Enright told the committee that an acquaintance, Mark Donohoo, a former El Toro football player, videotaped an El Toro practice and screened the 10-minute tape on Enright's home television on the Tuesday before the teams' game on Friday, Oct. 30.

This violates rule 522 of the California Interscholastic Federation bylaws, which reads: "Motion pictures, video reproduction and/or any other type of reproduction such as still pictures shall not be taken for scouting purposes in any sport by a representative, official or unofficial, of a Southern Section school in which his/her team member is a not a participant, without written consent of the participating schools."

Donohoo testified that he taped the practice on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from his father's camper parked along Serrano Road, about 50 yards from the Chargers' practice field. He later telephoned Enright and told him, "I have something that may help you."

Donohoo, an instructor at a Laguna Hills martial arts studio, appeared at the hearing after earlier refusing to cooperate in the investigation of the incident. Donohoo said he met Enright at a therapy center two years ago and described him as "a good friend."

Donohoo said he had watched three Capistrano Valley football games from the Cougars' sidelines, but he denied having any contact with Enright before he visited him on Oct. 27 with the tape.

When asked what provoked Donohoo to film his alma mater's practice session, he said, "That's a question I'm going to have to live with. I was bored with nothing to do."

Donohoo told the committee he left Enright's home with the tape on Tuesday evening. He told Enright he planned to film El Toro's practice session on Wednesday afternoon, the day he was caught by El Toro school officials, who later reported the incident to the Southern Section office.

Bob Johnson, El Toro football coach, testified that Donohoo was caught after a telephone tip came from Jeff Jacquot, an Orange County sheriff's deputy. Johnson said Jacquot called him that morning and warned him about a camper parked near the school's practice field. Jacquot said that while on a routine investigation, he had overheard a man in a bar talking about his son "spying on El Toro."

"The guy called me out of the blue," Johnson said. "He told me he used to be an assistant at Saddleback High, and the ethics of the whole situation didn't sit well with him, so he decided to call me.

"I walked out to our practice field at noon, and there was a camper-van parked near our field. I informed our athletic director (John Johansen) of what happened, and when practice started, he approached the van and caught the guy red-handed."

El Toro school officials later reported the incident to Thomas, who began an investigation the next day. Meanwhile, Donohoo telephoned Enright that evening and told him he had been caught.

"I was naive about the whole thing," Donohoo said, when asked why he refused to cooperate in the subsequent investigation. "I thought this was just a minor thing . . . the worse that could happen was a slap on the hand or perhaps a forfeit. Now, I realize this is a major thing."

Enright, who has coached on the high school, college and professional level, said he repeatedly lied throughout the subsequent investigation about his relationship with Donohoo until Tuesday, Nov. 10, when he met with Donohoo and Tom Anthony, Capistrano Valley principal.

"My mistake was not hanging up on him (Donohoo) when he first called me or locking the front door before he came over," Enright said. "I certainly didn't think he was coming over to show me something.

"I was on the telephone with a reporter and he walked in and set up the VCR in the next room to my TV. The next thing I knew, he was showing me an El Toro football practice."

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