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Attorney: No inappropriate contact between Cottonwood coach, student

Published April 20, 2012 8:10 pm

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The attorney for the local high school football coach accused of inappropriate contact with a female student said Friday morning that his client denies the accusations against him.

Ed Brass, who was retained late Thursday by Cottonwood coach Josh Lyman, said Lyman "is absolutely adamant that he is denying that he has had any sort of inappropriate physical contact with any student."

A Granite School District spokesman said Thursday that Lyman had been accused by an underage female student of inappropriate contact, and that the coach, who is also a physical education teacher at the high school, was placed on paid administrative leave.

Lyman, who played receiver for the University of Utah from 1999 to 2001, is facing both administrative and criminal investigations by the Granite School District.

"There's obviously multiple outcomes of an investigation," spokesman Ben Horsley said Wednesday, "and we'll take appropriate action at that time."

Brass said Friday that he had not yet sat down with Lyman to discuss the best way to defend against the accusations.

"He wants to go back to being a football coach," Brass said. "He wants his name cleared and he wants to go back to being a football coach."