Georgia school hires coach of MTV fame despite Alabama "baggage"

By: associated press
By: associated press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Rush Propst, who built a football powerhouse at Hoover High School that was featured on MTV's "Two-A-Days," then left under a cloud last year, has landed a job at rural Colquitt County in Georgia.

Propst won five state championships in nine years at Hoover, success that made the program the subject of the MTV reality show and landed some of its big games on ESPN. He quit in October after months of controversy over program finances, player eligibility, academics and his personal life.

Colquitt County Schools Superintendent Leonard McCoy said he believes Propst will run the program in Moultrie, Georgia, with integrity.

McCoy told The Birmingham News in a story today, "The first thing that attracted us was his success and record. We realize there's considerable baggage. We will insist that we have a man who represents himself with character and integrity with our children, and I believe coach Propst when he says he'll be a man of integrity."

The school board voted 4-2 to hire Propst. McCoy said the two dissenters were against the move because of the coach's notoriety.

Propst said he was honest during the job interviews and believes a report released by retired federal judge Sam Pointer Junior on Hoover last fall exonerated him in most cases.

Hoover forfeited four games this season for using an ineligible player.

Propst will make $95,000 annually and is permitted outside income and use of a free vehicle, McCoy said. He is receiving his $100,678 salary at Hoover through Aug. 31 as part of a settlement agreement.

A state power in the 1990s, Colquitt County has gone 31-33 in the past six seasons and was 2-8 last year competing in Georgia's Region One 5-A.

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