BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Ferris State University head football coach Tony Annese will not be on the sidelines Saturday when his Bulldogs have a NCAA Division Two playoff game against rival Grand Valley State University.

Annese was suspended after two players lit cigars in a smoke-free locker room after they won their second straight national title last year.

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He says he learned of the suspension in March and says it was intentional to do it for the postseason as he expected the Bulldogs to go up against the Lakers.