Cheerleading coach at Southern resigns after sexual misconduct allegations, placed on leave as middle school principal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The cheerleading coach at Southern University has resigned after reportedly being accused of sexual misconduct.

James Smith, the head coach for Southern's cheer team, resigned last week, a spokesperson with Southern confirms. The allegations were presented to the university by two students. Smith was notified and immediately resigned, the spokesperson says.

Smith was a part-time employee at the university. East Baton Rouge School System Superintendent Warren Drake confirms Smith is also the principal at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy.

The school system said it has placed Smith on administrative leave pending further investigation.

Southern is also conducting its own internal investigation.

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