Brookwood can’t overcome mistakes, flags in semifinal loss to Colquitt County

Brookwood Broncos head coach Philip Jones and Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst talk prior to a 2017 state playoff game at Brookwood High School in Snellville. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

The fallout from the dismissal of Colquitt County head football coach Rush Propst, which was announced by the Colquitt County school system this past week, continues.

Several accusations against the controversial and successful coach were first reported by The Moultrie Observer after the newspaper obtained an investigation report, through an Open Records request, that outlined the Colquitt County school system’s internal investigation into Propst after he was suspended last month.

The Colquitt County Board of Education eventually relieved Propst of his coaching duties Thursday citing violations of five standards of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators, including by giving pills to students “on more than one occasion,” according a separate Moultrie Observer story published Friday.

Other allegations cited by the board included violations of Georgia’s Code of Ethics for Educators involving legal compliance, conduct with students, honesty and public funds and property.

Propst — who compiled a 119-35 record that includes two state championships in 11 seasons at Colquitt County after gaining national prominence in a highly successful and equally controversial tenure as head coach at Hoover (Ala.) High School — remains on administrative leave from his teaching position with pay pending an investigation by the Professional Standards Commission, according to the Moultrie Observer story.

Meanwhile, a figure familiar to Gwinnett County high school football fans is at the center of trying to help the Packers program move forward for the time being.

Former Shiloh head coach and North Gwinnett assistant Troy Hobbs, a current assistant on the Colquitt County staff, is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the program’s offseason workout program, and will continue to do so until the school selects a new head coach.

Given the controversy generated by the recent developments and their sensitive nature, Hobbs was not in a position to say much when contacted Saturday.

“I’m just in charge of the day-to-day (operations) right now,” Hobbs said. “The kids are still working hard and doing what they need to do. That’s all I can say.”

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