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High School Football Team Coach Criticised After Taking Team To Hooters

 

A high school football coach in the US has landed himself in hot water after taking his team to Hooters for a post-match meal.

A high school football coach has come under fire for taking his team to Hooters. Credit: PA
A high school football coach has come under fire for taking his team to Hooters. Credit: PA

The Lake George High School team were enjoying an undefeated season until they came up against Voorheesville Blackbirds, who beat them 3-0 on 2 November.

Keen not to let the defeat crush the morale of his team, coach Blake White decided to perk up his boys by taking them for a feed at Hooters.

Now, if you’ve never heard of Hooters before, then you’re probably a tad confused as to what all the fuss is about. Basically, the chain is better known for its scantily clad waitresses than its food – hence it’s probably not the most appropriate choice of diner for a high school football team.

The school’s superintendent, Lynne Rutnik, said the incident was being treated ‘very seriously’.

According to Times Union, she said: “It’s been taken seriously and we addressed it. Other than that, I can’t comment on personnel issues.

“As a female superintendent I took this very seriously and addressed it immediately with the students and the individual.”

School board president, Tricia Connor Biles, added: “We at the board level are aware of what occurred. Corrective action is being taken.”

Mr White has been a teacher in the district for more than 30 years, however it is unclear whether he will continue to coach the football team.

While it seems obvious it wasn’t right for Mr White to take his team to Hooters, he is not the first coach to make the error.

In 2013, aptly-named American football coach Randy Burbach was sacked by Corbett Middle School after he planned an end of season team party at a Hooters restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Despite his sacking, Mr Burbach went ahead with the party and Hooters even donated $1,000 (£750) to the school’s sports program.

However, the donation was not enough to change the mind of the school district’s athletic director J.P. Soulagnet.

In a letter to parents, he said: “As a school district and athletic department, we do not support nor condone the decision to hold an end of season celebration at Hooters for any of our teams.

“It is not a restaurant that I would feel good about my wife or daughter working at. I think it sends the wrong message to our young men and that saddens and worries me the most.”


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