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Authorities Investigating Lincoln Football Team Finances

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DES MOINES, Iowa —The state auditor's office confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating the finances of the Lincoln High School football program.

Officials told KCCI that the investigation is underway. They were contacted by the Des Moines School District who called for an examination of the program's finances.

Auditor's office officials said the investigation started several weeks ago.

School officials have yet to comment on the investigation.

Two Lincoln High School coaches were fired by the school board last Wednesday following an investigation into a case of reported bullying on the team. Tom Mihalovich and Kevin Johnston lost their jobs.

Mihalovich released a statement on the audit on Wednesday afternoon:

"I welcome the opportunity to discuss the Lincoln football team's finances with the state auditor. I know it may be surprising to many, but over the past 12 years I personally invested tens of thousands of dollars to improve the program and provide opportunities for my players.

"I paid for new goal posts, uniforms, football camps and even medical braces for injured players. While I am no longer affiliated with the team, it still holds a special place in my heart. I am appalled to think that some of the money I handed over to a Lincoln High School officials from the team's fund-raising efforts never found its way into the district's account.

"Given Des Moines Public Schools recent track record with internal investigations, I am pleased a neutral third party will be conducting the audit. I look forward to the resolution of this audit, so that the Lincoln High School football program can move ahead and put the focus back where it belongs – on the players and the game."

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