The Rush Propst saga unfolded as the Spain Park mafia and Auburn crybabies wantedâ€”with Propstâ€™s resignation as Hoover High School football coach effective at end of the football season.
Propst probably got what he deserved, but there is a part of me that feels sorry for him because of who his enemies were. The scum of the earthâ€”those jealous of a man because he was successful.
However, Propst brought on most of his own problems. His ego was the size of the Galleria. That isnâ€™t anything new for high school coaches; Iâ€™ve known and worked with many, and almost all of them are insufferable. Propst had the impudence to actually dominate state football by winning five Class 6A titles.
So, not only did Propst have an ego, he had reason to have one. He dominated all the other arrogant pricks in his business.
Propst was despised by those in and around high school football. He played fast and loose with the rulesâ€”but every other coach in high school football does too. Propst (allegedly) recruited. The others do it to from the smaller Class 3A all the way up to Class 6A. Many will deny it, but Iâ€™ve seen it in every sport from girls basketball to football.
Donâ€™t be deceived, Propst was despised because Auburnâ€™s coaching staff lost recruits to Alabama. The real crux of the issue boils down to fretful Auburn fans blaming a high school and its coaches for the larger failures of the Auburn regime. Since Tuberville wonâ€™t pay players like Pat Dye, and since Alabama no longer was under NCAA sanctions or saddled with incompetent Mike Shulaâ€”Auburn canâ€™t dominate recruiting. Querulous Tiger fans in denial try to blame Propst, and made him the scapegoat. But these same fans will soon turn on one another, or Tuberville (like they did following the early season losses.)
Another reason Propst lost his job was poor handling of the media.
Nobody really cared about Propstâ€™s extra-family. Nobody really cared about him screwing school system employees. Those arenâ€™t crimesâ€”and football fans will accept turpitude provided you win on the field. Alabama fans made that clear with the Mike Dubose fiasco.
But Propst should have admitted his affair, begged forgiveness and been done with it. Just like a contrite politician, he would have been forgiven.
But the Propst saga has dragged on for months. Since the broiling days of the summer. Since the firing of a hard-working reporter on the airwaves. Since the official probe…one thing after another. A new detail leaked. The saga just wouldnâ€™t die. Much like Watergate, it just got worse.
Compare that with the Reagan administrationâ€™s handling of Iran-Contra. The Reagan administration laid it all out on the table as soon as possible. It never got worse. It was as bad as possible from Day one.
In the end, the Propst hubris was the the culprit. He was done in by his faith he was invincible. Like Agamemnon, it was arrogance that was his undoing. But Clytemnestra had her part too.