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West Limestone group says coach wrongly accused
School board launches probe into incidents

By Michael Wetzel
mwetzel@decaturdaily.com 340-2462

A mother of a West Limestone High football player says the team is tired of hearing allegations and one-sided stories involving one of its assistant football coaches.

"What happened is not even a football incident," Diane Morell told The Daily on Tuesday afternoon. "A kid who quit football last year got in trouble with the coach at P.E. yesterday (Monday). We're tired of people blaming him and accusing him of verbal abuse. The kid
is not even on the football team."

But Limestone County School Board member Earl Glaze said a five-page letter he received before Monday's school board meeting paints a different image.

"Whatever happened yesterday had nothing to do with what was in the letter," Glaze said Tuesday evening. "The letter listed several concerns, all involving the football team."

At Monday night's Limestone school board meeting, Glaze said he received a letter from the player's parent that raises "serious allegations." He said he received the letter five minutes before the meeting and needed more time to study it.

The player is requesting a transfer to another Limestone school because of alleged abusive treatment.

Limestone Superintendent Barry Carroll put the transfer request on the school board agenda.

During the meeting, Glaze asked the board to table the item until after an investigation of the accusations.

According to Glaze, Barry Carroll met with the
school's principal and assistant coach in question Tuesday morning.

Glaze said he could not name the parent or the assistant coach because of the ongoing investigation.

But Morell said West Limestone junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach Clint Legg is being wrongly accused of verbal abuse.

She said a group of about 60 varsity and junior varsity football players who support Legg went to the Limestone Board
of Education office after
school Tuesday to meet with Carroll.

She said the group was told Carroll was not in the office.

Carroll and Legg did not return The Daily's telephone calls Tuesday.

Another parent said he had concerns about verbal abuse and other issues with a West Limestone assistant last fall and has moved his family into the Clements High district so his son could play football next fall.

Mitch Rose, former president of the West Limestone booster club, said, "My son didn't like the way the way he was being treated by an assistant coach at West Limestone. I blame the head coach for allowing that to go on. ... So we relocated to the Clements district during the holidays.

"My whole family is from West Limestone. That's where my roots are, but for my son to play football next year, I saw we were going to have to
move. We checked with the Alabama High School Athletic Association. We've relocated by the book. My son's legitimate."

Rose added, "I hate that stuff is still happening there. They've got a lot of issues there."

Morell said a meeting for parents and players to show support for Coach Legg is planned at her house along Easter Ferry Road at 4 p.m. Saturday.

"We all want Coach Legg to be there (at the school) next year," she said.

"He works hard with the boys."

West Limestone is without a head coach after Jeff Prince resigned Friday.

On the football field last fall, the Class 3A Wildcats went 1-9 and 0-7 in Region 8. Daily staff writer Holly Hollman contributed to this report.

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