Members of the Edison High School Football team in Minneapolis are getting in shape for the upcoming season, but they'll have to do it without a majority of their coaching staff.
“At first I didn't believe anybody,” captain Glenn Pierson said. “I thought they were making jokes then I get to practice and none of my coaches are here.”
Former head coach Carl Brown said he was called into a meeting at Edison High School with school and district officials on Monday, who told him his contract as head football coach isn't being renewed.
In a letter, the district told Brown his inability to organize and perform administrative tasks as well as his overall ability to perform his duties as football coach were the reasons for his dismissal.
“The program was moving in the right direction and it threw me for a loop when they said I was no longer the head coach,” Brown said.
Brown admits the team only won two games in his first season as head coach, but he says the previous coach who was there for eight years didn't win many more. He also wonders why he and five assistant coaches, who are all African American, were let go, while assistant coach Dave Salzer, who is white, was kept on.
“They really want a white head coach, not a black head coach,” Brown said. “He started conspiring with them, things started coming up, I found out later he was a part of it.”
But players want to leave the politics off the field, and their head coach back on it.
“I want answers,” Pierson said. “Who did this? Why? When? Why are we finding out all this stuff from the past now? I don't like it.”