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January 9, 2009

Propst considers college job, chooses to stay at CCHS

MOULTRIE — When University of South Alabama head football coach Joey Jones called Rush Propst last month and told him that his offensive coordinator job was open, Colquitt County’s first-year coach said, “I needed to listen to what he had to say.”

Propst went to Mobile and talked to Jones, but has since told him he is no longer interested in what would have been his first college coaching position.

But Propst’s flirtation with another job less than a year after being named Colquitt County’s head coach has had many in the community concerned.

Propst met with Colquitt County High Principal Bob Jones on Friday morning and said he is committed to the Packers.

School Superintendent Leonard McCoy, who recommended Propst for the head coaching job last January, said Friday afternoon that, “Coaches are hired on one-year contracts. This provides not just the school system the opportunity to decline continued employment, it also provides the coach that same opportunity to consider other employment.

“Coach Propst chose to interview with the University of South Alabama and has now stated his intent to remain coach of Packer football. His job performance will be evaluated and a decision will be made on his employment status for next year.”

Propst said he has no intention of leaving Colquitt County for another high school job and added that he has been approached by other schools twice, but turned both down.

“I told them I was absolutely not interested,” Propst said. “There are too many positive things here. I like it here.”

He did defend his interest in South Alabama by saying, “It’s part of the business.”

The offensive coordinator job at South Alabama opened when Les Koenning left to take a job on the staff at Mississippi State.

Jones, the former University of Alabama star wide receiver, was named South Alabama’s first head coach soon after the school decided to form its football program. The Jaguars will begin play in the 2009 season. Jones is a longtime friend of Propst and spent the night with him here in Moultrie last fall. He thought of Propst when seeking to fill the position on this offensive staff.

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