The GBI says it's now involved in the investigation of a Friday-night brawl in Hancock County that severely injured a visiting football coach.
A news release from GBI spokesman John Bankhead says they'll get involved in the case at the request of Hancock Sheriff Tomlyn Primus.
Warren County coach Dave Daniels suffered severe facial injuries when a Hancock player allegedly struck him in the face with a helmet.
Trouble between the two teams reportedly started during the post-game handshakes and continued as the teams walked to their locker rooms.
Witnesses say Daniels was struck when he stepped between a Hancock player and one of his own.
He went through surgery last week for face and eye injuries. He's back at home and, the school district says, watching films and helping his team prepare for Friday's game.
Hancock sheriff Primus has not returned our phone calls.
The GBI news release says:
"Sparta, Ga. - Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus has requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) with the investigation into the assault of a Warren County football coach which occurred after last Friday's football game between Hancock Central and Warren County High Schools.
"GBI agents met with Sheriff Primus this afternoon as well as Glenn Ingram, Chief of the Hancock County Board of Education Police Department, to discuss the case and the results of their investigation to date.
"GBI Director Vernon Keenan indicates he will provide the necessary resources from the GBI to assist the local authorities in pursuing a thorough investigation into the incident."