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Dunbar advertises football coach vacancy

Dunbar is apparently looking for a new varsity football coach.

The job vacancy was posted on the school's website Friday morning. Lawrence Smith has been the coach since 2007 and guided the Poets to five state championships.

The school's athletic director, Dana Johnson, originally said the posting was an error and that Smith was still the school's head coach. Baltimore City Public Schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster confirmed Dunbar went through the normal protocol in posting the vacancy, but declined to discuss Smith's status.

When asked for clarification later, Johnson said: "As far as I know, he's still the coach." She said she did not post the opening.

"All I know is I'm still the coach," Smith wrote in a text message after being asked about his job status. He declined to elaborate, citing advice from his attorney.

In February, The Sun reported that Baltimore school officials were investigating hazing allegations involving the Dunbar football program.

At that time, Smith said he was no longer serving as a school police officer at Dunbar and had been reassigned elsewhere, but remained as the Dunbar football coach. He declined to comment on whether the hazing investigation led to him being transferred from his police duties at Dunbar.

Parents were told in February the investigation could result in Smith's removal and some protested the possibility.

On Friday, Johnson declined comment on investigation details, including whether it was completed.

Dunbar came into the 2013 season winners of three straight state titles, but fell to Patterson, 14-0, in the Class 2A North regional final to finish with a 9-3 record.

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