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Millikan Football Coach Romeo Pellum Reinstated

Millikan football coach Romeo Pellum confirmed Thursday afternoon that he’d been reinstated as the Rams coach, following a paid leave during an investigation of the Millikan football program by the Long Beach Unified School District.

“I’m back, I’m happy to be back, and we have three games to win so we can get to that next season,” said Pellum.

Pellum was placed on leave following an announcement from school administration that it was forfeiting the team’s first four wins of the season for use of an ineligible player. The Rams went 1-1 over the last two weeks, beating Jordan in a 58-54 thriller before falling to Long Beach Poly last week.

Pellum is back on the field immediately and was coaching practice Thursday afternoon ahead of a huge Moore League contest with Lakewood tomorrow night.

“It’s huge to be back for this game, it’s a must-win game for us and I think after a tough loss they’re excited to get back to it,” said Pellum.

Millikan has two league losses to Poly and via forfeit to Wilson, but would likely still be in the playoffs if the Rams win out.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.