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Conway football coach, student arrested in connection with ‘physical’ altercation on campus

Conway Coach Chuck Jordan attempts to get a referee’s attention during a game last season. The longtime Tigers head man was arrested on Thursday, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center records.
Conway Coach Chuck Jordan attempts to get a referee’s attention during a game last season. The longtime Tigers head man was arrested on Thursday, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center records. jlee@thesunnews

Longtime Conway High football coach Chuck Jordan was placed behind bars Thursday morning, arrested on charges of third-degree assault and battery stemming from a recent incident on school grounds.

According to J. Reuben Detention Center records, the 60-year-old Jordan was booked at 9:11 a.m.

Jordan was placed on administrative leave with pay following the May 26 incident involving him, a 17-year-old Conway High student and a substitute teacher. While the Horry County School District launched an investigation into the matter last Tuesday, the Conway Police Department opened its own case shortly after.

Few concrete details regarding the incident have been released, though a police investigation found enough probable cause to issue warrants for the arrest of Jordan and the 17-year-old student involved, Kabrian Javar Hickman, based on video, witness statements and interviews detailing the “physical” altercation.

“(Magistrate Judge Aaron C. Butler) found there is probable cause to issue a warrant on (Hickman) for disturbing schools due to (Hickman’s) actions during school hours on school property with loud obscene language and behavior,” a police report courtesy of the Conway Police Department said. “Judge Butler also found that there is probable cause to issue a warrant on (Jordan) for assault and battery third degree due to physical contact by (Jordan) on (Hickman).”

Both Jordan and Hickman were released on recognizance bonds.

Attempts to reach Jordan as well as Hickman’s grandmother were unsuccessful.

Despite his arrest, Jordan’s status with the Horry County School District “remains unchanged,” said district spokesperson Teal Britton.

“There is nothing else to say on (Horry County Schools’) end at this point,” she said. “We were made aware of his arrest, but that doesn’t change anything on our end. He remains on administrative leave with pay pending our investigation. And while what happened this morning is news, it changes nothing for us.”

Jordan has served as Conway football coach since 1983, with the Tigers in his 35 seasons at the helm winning 275 games — eighth-most in state high school football history.

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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