Propst out as Hoover coach

The Rush Propst saga unfolded as the Spain Park mafia and Auburn crybabies wanted—with Propst’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 earth—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 isn’t anything new for high school coaches; I’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 rules—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 I’ve seen it in every sport from girls basketball to football.

Don’t be deceived, Propst was despised because Auburn’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 won’t pay players like Pat Dye, and since Alabama no longer was under NCAA sanctions or saddled with incompetent Mike Shula—Auburn can’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.)

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Another reason Propst lost his job was poor handling of the media.

Nobody really cared about Propst’s extra-family. Nobody really cared about him screwing school system employees. Those aren’t crimes—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 wouldn’t die. Much like Watergate, it just got worse.

Compare that with the Reagan administration’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.

You can see lots of coverage from Fox 6 television in Birmingham:

Video of Propst talking about resignation

PDF file of the settlement agreement