The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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May 29, 2007

Players turn out to support ex-coach, while others offer different view of Legg

ATHENS — Several West Limestone football players and their parents showed up at The News Courier Tuesday to show support for former assistant football coach Clint Legg.

Legg was a leading candidate for the head coaching position before the Limestone County Board of Education declined to renew his contract last Thursday. That development stunned many of the current players.

“It’s the maddest I’ve ever been,” said Austin Gillian who has played for Legg for two seasons. “I’ve learned more under Legg than I have from all my other coaches combined.”

Many of the players spoke of Legg’s work ethic and the sense of hard work he instilled in the team. They also said he was a coach that would make sure the players did well in the classroom.

While eight varsity and four junior varsity players showed their support, some former players and their parents gave a different account of Legg’s coaching style.

“I won’t let my kids play because he verbally abuses kids and throws stuff around the locker room,” said Todd Crowe. “Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good coach. He just needs to control himself.”

The controversy surrounding Legg began several months ago and came to light at a school board meeting in March. At that meeting, a West player sought to transfer to Clements because of conflicts with Legg.

The student’s father, Rickey Tribble, was trying to get the transfer approved because of alleged retribution from Legg and other players over accusations made by Tribble.

Tribble died before the matter could be resolved. Crowe, the legal guardian of Tribble’s sons, provided The News Courier with a letter outlining the complaints against Legg.

Tribble planned to present the accusations in the letter to the school board, but died before the scheduled meeting.

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