Corbett Middle School (Oreg.) football coach Randall Burbach was fired earlier this week, but his termination had nothing to do with the team’s performance. Instead, it was his unwillingness to change the venue of an end-of-the-year awards banquet that spelled the end for Burbach.
On Monday, The Oregonian reported that Burbach intended to take his players — ranging in age from 12 to 14 — to a local Hooters to wrap up their season. School athletic director JP Soulagnet asked Burbach to change venues, but the coach said he had not been contacted by anyone who was opposed to the idea and intended to hold his ground.
“I spoke with Randy Burbach this evening [Monday night] and asked him to move the event to a different venue,” Soulagnet said in a letter to the players’ parents. “He was unyielding and emphatically said no for a number of reasons.”
Soulagnet insisted that a number of parents and other people agreed that Hooters was an inappropriate venue to hold an awards banquet for middle schoolers.