RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - It's been a long awaited return for some, while not so welcomed for others.
Tuesday the Murrah High School coach suspended for whipping his players made a comeback that many hope will turn the tide.
Basketball Coach Marlon Dorsey quickly left the court having no words for the media immediately following his team's win over Warren Central High School.
When asked his reaction to the win Dorsey waved off the cameras.
"No, no comment," the embattled coach replied.
The Mustangs met the Vikings during the Ridgeland Shootout Basketball Tournament.
It was a hard fought come from behind victory with Dorsey on the sidelines for the first time after completing his Jackson Public School suspension for whipping players with a weight lifting belt.
Some parents who attended the game said it's time to forgive and forget.
Gary Love's son is a forward on the team who he said convinced him that the team needed Dorsey.
Love was initially was upset with the coach but changed his mind after meeting with him.
"I'm thrilled that he's back. The majority of the parents along with all of the players are glad that he's back. We're thrilled. This is behind us. We're gonna move forward with a new season, positive attitude and the kids are gonna respond well," said Dorsey.
Others parents said the national attention is stressful for the players.
They said Dorsey's actions don't represent school practices.
"I'm just tired of all the negative publicity it has brought to the students and the players at the school, and it's not good for the kids. We need to get past this. We should have been gotten past this and forgiveness is in the Bible and everybody should forgive Coach Dorsey for what he has done," said Chauntessa Hines, the mother of a ninth grade basketball player.
On the court Dorsey continued an aggressive coaching style, expressing disappointment with mistakes but showing encouragement for good plays.
At half time the Mustangs were behind 23 to 35, then after emerging from the locker room the players rallied.
They trailed most of the game, until the close of the fourth quarter when Murrah won by ten points.
"The kids are gonna regroup and get an understanding of what he's doing, acclimated to what he's trying to do," added Love.
Jackson attorney Lisa Ross, who filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three basketball players, was disappointed by Dorsey's return.
"JPS just doesn't get it. Obviously their policies aren't worth the paper they are written on. Maybe they'll understand a jury verdict against JPS," said Ross in a statement to WLBT.
The Murrah Mustangs meet Northwest Rankin Cougar in their next game on January 4th.
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