As McD posted last week, Alabama’s Hoover High School has been revealed as a virtual cesspool of corruption that pretty much everyone expected. In fact, coach Rush Propst’s football program wasn’t just corrupt, it was South American-dictator corrupt. Well now, Rush “Il Duce” Propst, will no longer be able to make a mockery of high school football because he resigned as Hoover’s head football coach yesterday, effective at the end of the current season.
Propst also admitted to having an extramarital affair and fathering a child out of wedlock in a 45-minute speech before the Hoover City school board. The board later voted unanimously to accept Propst’s resignation. The coach continued to deny any wrongdoing as far as being involved with any school administrators was concerned. The accusations that have recently come to light include grade-changing, using ineligible players, spying on a rival school’s practice, “questionable finances” and pressuring administrators to give extra benefits to football players. Propst took responsibility for those actions as the head coach, but denied knowing about or encouraging them.
Propst did, however, apologize for some of the gross misconduct that occurred during his tenure:
“I am remorseful for what I’ve done. I have failed you as a community, I have failed you at the board, but I feel very proud of the accomplishments we’ve had here, and this community has been a huge part of this football team’s success. I’m a tough person. This will be another chapter in my coaching career. I fully expect to coach again. This has been an awesome experience. We’ve been able to do a lot of positive things here. We’ve been able to do things that no program has done, and we’ve done it the right way.”
Uh Rush? Actually you haven’t done it the right way. That’s pretty much what this whole thing is about. And sure, you can be proud of your accomplishments, but pretty much no one else is because you’ve cheated, lied and spied your way to those achievements. You took a random high school with painfully hot chicks and made it the most dominant football program in the state of Alabama, but you did it the wrong way.
Will you coach again? Probably. Will you create a culture where winning is everything and you’re players and coaches will do whatever it takes to come out on top? I have a feeling you might rethink that strategy in the future. You have a 108-15 record since being hired as Hoover’s head football coach in 1999. You won five state titles, brought an MTV show to town and happened to disgrace an entire town and school board in the process. That’s going to be tough to top Rush, it really is. But if anyone can do it, it’s you.