Fired McNair coach watches Mustangs lose 42-0 in opener

Michael Carvell

Michael Carvell

McNair High School, which fired its football coach two days before the opener, dropped a 42-0 decision to Stephenson on Saturday.

The team’s former coach, Roderick Moore, sat in the crowd at Hallford Stadium and observed McNair’s worst loss to Stephenson since the two DeKalb schools began playing in 1998.

PHOTOS: Take a look at former McNair coach Roderick Moore over the years.

Stephenson, ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA, led 21-0 after the first quarter over the unranked Mustangs, which are directed by interim coach John April.

“It was painful to watch, and I felt every ounce of the boys’ pain from up there in the stands,” Moore told the AJC on Sunday.

Moore, 40, was abruptly fired last Thursday after four seasons as McNair’s coach by the school’s principal, James Jones over “some issues, some concerns”, according to DeKalb School spokesman Dale Davis.

No further details were provided by the school; Moore said he was initially called to the principal’s office over “miscommunication” over having cooking grills on campus for a meal before a scrimmage, and then conversation “snowballed from there.” [Click here to see the previous blog on Moore's firing]

Last Friday, a group of around 100 supporters had a public meeting for an hour with Jones at McNair.

“I felt like most of the peope there, that very little answers were provided to the questions that were asked,” said Carlton Jackson, a former McNair player who graduated in 2003.

“Coach Moore laid out any infractions he may have committed. All were very minor, and none in my opinion warranted dismissal, especially two days before the season.”

Jones is standing by last week’s decision, and Moore has been relocated to Redan Middle School as a math teacher. “Nothing has changed,” Davis told the AJC on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Moore says he is still unclear about the reasons for his termination. “If it would have been something really bad, then I would’ve lost my teaching job along with my coaching job.  The only person who can answer that question is Mr. Jones.”

Moore guided McNair to a 26-18 record, three appearances in the state playoffs, and helped nearly 60 players earn college scholarships. He was also an assistant coach at McNair for five years.

“I don’t know any details about the situation, but I feel bad for him, McNair’s program and football in general,” Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell said. “It kind of a black eye for all of us in the profession when you have a football coach getting dismissed from his program.”

Said Peachtree Ridge coach Bill Ballard, “[Moore] is a great person who spent a ton of time mentoring and helping those kids at McNair. If they didn’t have food, he’d get them food … so many little things like that.

“He was making a positive difference in the lives of a lot of young people, and I really think he’ll be missed in that community.”

In 2006, Moore made headlines around the state for helping 28 of 30 McNair seniors earn college scholarships.

On Sunday, Moore said he plans to attend the remainder of McNair’s Friday games to “support the kids.” On Saturdays, he is planning trips to go and watch as many former McNair players as possible playing in the college ranks. He also will begin applying for other football coaching jobs in December.

“I’m a coach, that’s what I do,” Moore said. “I love working with and helping young people. I’ve got to get back out there on the football field.”

69 comments Add your comment

SuperB

August 30th, 2009
9:23 pm

It’s McNair’s loss. It just shows you how little some educators know about management. And I know, my Dad was a HS principal for two decades. He would have applauded Coach Moore, not fired him.

JohnnyT

August 30th, 2009
10:50 pm

Coach is right. If he did something real bad, he wouldn’t be teaching. Really a shame, and sounds like the principal needs to be the one to go. I hope the principal and the county are getting flooded with calls and emails.

Hairofthedawg

August 30th, 2009
11:42 pm

What a shame for the kids on the Mcnair football team.

DOMINIQUE DUNN

August 30th, 2009
11:46 pm

I’m a student at Mcnair and I’ve been knowing coach Moore for about 7years. He have lead them to the playoffs lots of time. From my point of view its on some personal ish….

HOWARD

August 31st, 2009
3:32 am

I THINK JAMES JONES NEEDS TO BE FIRED AND HAVE A LAW SUIT THROWED AT HIM. COACH MOORE I STAND BY YOUR SIDE ON THIS ISSUE AND I’M FROM GRIFFIN. SOUNDS LIKE THE PRINCIPLE HAS A BIG HEAD AND IT NEEDS TO BE SHRINKED. GOOD LUCK AND KEEP SUPPORTING THE YOUNG MEN AND MR.JONES WILL GET HIS DAY SOON.

America's Best, UF

August 31st, 2009
6:36 am

I don’t know any details however, why doesn’t the Supertendent of Schools get involved. It seems only fair to me that Coach should have due process here. If he was dismissed for cause then so be it. If his dismissal is a result of a clash of personalities then SHAME on the principal and the COACH should be reinstated!

PT

August 31st, 2009
7:40 am

Believe me I know first hand. Administration and Boards are far more worried about themselves then the kids. It has to be about the kidsunless the infraction is directly related to the kids.

DCB

August 31st, 2009
7:53 am

For a change, give the school administration a break. It would be unprofessional for them to reveal all the reasons for a dismissal such as this. I’ve been in such a situation. As a head of school, you sit back and take your lumps while what you’d really like to do is publish the infractions of an electronic bulletin board in front of the school entrance. But you just can’t and shouldn’t do that. Whether at the high school or college level popular coaches often times decide they need not follow school guidelines – for the “good of the players and program” they say. And past players, players, and parents of players, especially of winning teams, agree with them. It would be interesting to know the feelings of other members of the school faculty. More often than not most are smiling and saying “about time.”

Darryl Moore

August 31st, 2009
8:41 am

It would be interesting to know the feelings of other members of the school faculty. More often than not most are smiling and saying “about time.”

@DCB—I doubt it. That “PRINCIPAL” is a JOKE!!!

Personal egos got in the mix with his decision making. He won’t have his job much longer. He has lost the respect of the students, parents, and community at large. The best he can hope for is a transfer. To be honest, he is NOT safe going into that hostile environment each day. I would request a transfer if I were him.

PMC

August 31st, 2009
10:34 am

Goes to show you that idiot principals on power trips are bad for everyone involved.

PMC

August 31st, 2009
10:41 am

Firing your head football coach the week of a football season for reasons undisclosed to the public is an absolutely idiotic decision.

R.W. Gweed

August 31st, 2009
11:32 am

Can’t we all just get along?

JBOB

August 31st, 2009
12:52 pm

More often than not, the entire story does not get to the press and as such, is not open for discussion on the bulletin boards of the net. A litle information is a dangerous thing. The measures were drastic but give the school administration their due too. Perhaps, just perhaps, it was warranted. Until you have walked in those shoes, don’t be to microscopic in criticism. I feel for the kids the most because they have their devotion to the program and coach. In the long run, and I have seen it in the school business, things turn out they way they are supposed to.

Rich Simpson

August 31st, 2009
1:34 pm

I don’t have any connection to McNair.I have been a Parkview fan for a long time. Something is not right. From what I hear Coach Moore is the kind of person that today’s young people need to be around. He knows what he’s doing on the field and off the field. Again, something is simply not right with this firing.

Former Gordon General (now McNair Jr)

August 31st, 2009
2:24 pm

Partially quoting Shakespeare “Something is rotten in the ’south Dekalb’” There is something not being told here because firing a coach because he had parents bring grills up to the school to feed his player before a game is a tad bit harsh. This man still went to support his boys from the stands even though he did not have to. I remember reading the paper 3 years ago about all the kids he help get scholarships and wish my son (who played for Marietta) went there. Coach Moore keep your head up and come on up here to Cobb County. We could use couple coaches of your cailber up here.

Juan Torres

August 31st, 2009
2:26 pm

First let me say to CT (Casey Thomas), #17 and Lil Mustang YOU know Coach Mo didn’t do what he was suppose to do when it came to his certification. Seems like he cares more about the students/players than handling his own personal business. Every teacher must keep their certification current. Casey you are the REAL TURNCOAT! You can hide behind this blog, but lets see how much you really do for Mo. He knows he didn’t handle his business thats why he’s in the predictament he’s in now. CT, #17 and Lil Mustang TELL IT LIKE IT IS. That’s whats wrong with our people now. They point fingers instead of TAKING RESPONSIBLITY for their OWN ACTIONS!! Now who needs the gasoline draws????

GCW

August 31st, 2009
2:32 pm

JBOB and DCB, we are not stupid and realize that there is more to the story. Discipline is administered in steps that progresses,here is a guy that is helping kids get scholarships and you fire him. Would you fire your CEO 2 days before an important board meeting? The principal is a public officals and should be required to explain his actions. If the school board is not up to answering question, it’s called voting them out.

MUSTANG PARENT

August 31st, 2009
3:21 pm

FIRST OFF JUAN TORRES IF YOU FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT MO THEN WHY DIDNT YOU TELL HIM TO HIS FACE WHAT YOU ARE SAYIN NOW. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU ARE THE ONE HIDING . FROM MY UNDERSTANDING IT SEEMS THAT EVER SINCE COACH MO GAVE YOU THE OPPURTUNITY TO RETURN TO THE TEAM THINGS HAVENT BEEN RIGHT . AND FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN IN YOU DIDNT KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOIN CALLIN THE OFFENSE. AND WHATS EVEN FUNNY IS THAT I WAS @ THE GAME AND YOU AND THE REST OF THE COACHES WERE LIKE A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS. THE GAMEPLAN SUCKED ,YOU MADE NO ADJUSTMENTS AND THAT OFFENSE WHATEVER IT IS LOOK LIKE SOME PARK BALL STUFF. COACH MO WAS MCNAIR TO THE BONE WHILE YOU GUYS ARE JUST IN THE WAY AND MAKING WHAT HE BUILT LOOK TERRIBLE. AND IF I WERE YOU I WOULD QUIT AND GO BACK TO WEREVER YOU CAME FROM .

Past Parent

August 31st, 2009
5:02 pm

My son grauduating from McNair last year and played football with Coach Mo for 3 years. Coach Mo is not giving you the whole story. He is doing what he is good at, he knows they cannot reveal the truth behind his firing. he is using this to make hisself look good. Coach really thinks that what he does is about him and not the children. He had me fooled for 2 years and then my son became a senior and his true colors were revealed.COACH MO IS NOT MCNAIR THE STUDENTS, THE PARENTS, THE STAFF, AND THE COMMUNITY IS MCNAIR. Although I don’t agree with the way it was handled I do agree with the firing. Mr.Jones has done a wonderful job getting McNair on tract. I commend him for doing what was best for the school. Coach Mo take your punishment like a man and move on already. STEPHENSON WOULD HAVE WON LIKE THAT EVEN IF YOU WERE ON THE FIELD.

C. Thomas

August 31st, 2009
7:22 pm

Juan Torres, you wet back, no spine, worthless sack of…!!

KEEP MY NAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH YOU LOSER!!!

How dare you come and call my name out on a blog site!! Anybody that knows me knows I’m not going to hide from ANYTHING, especially not your a…$. I am now, and always have been Mo boy. Anybody that even knows him, knows that I might be the most loyal person that is in his circle! Unlike you, you yella coward punk stupid f-ool!!
If you are going to post things, you need to be CLEAN when you do it! Your hands are dirty on this one dogg. You don’t deserve to Coach in this state or any other. NO ONE IS GOING TO RESPECT YOU!!
Its bad enough that you are a sorry excuse for a coach, but to try to come on here and CONTINUE to put Mo on blast tells me that you are a bia-ch made punk. You not his boy, you not loyal….THIS IS THE AJC! And you trying to put his business out there you lil G-A-F!

C. Thomas

August 31st, 2009
7:24 pm

Tell you what, wet back punk, the next time you feel like putting something on a blog…
Put on there that you gone tell me face to face that bull TIHS you talking, that you willing to meet me and do that (tell me when and where).

Put on there your resume and put it up against the man you on here slandering AND put it up against mine and ANY OTHER COACH THAT HAS COACHED SOMETHING HIGHER THAN MIDDLE SCHOOL!

You got fired from Tri-Cities where you were awful, ran out of Cobb where you flopped, almost single-handedly ruined McNair a few years ago. Now you want to call MY name out you weak hearted punk …!!!

C. Thomas

August 31st, 2009
7:26 pm

Juan Torres, you wet back, no spine, worthless sack of s-hit!!

KEEP MY NAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH YOU LOSER!!!

How dare you come and call my name out on a blog site!! Anybody that knows me knows I’m not going to hide from ANYTHING, especially not your (a-s-s)! I am now, and always have been Mo boy. Anybody that even knows him, knows that I might be the most loyal person that is in his circle! Unlike you, you yella coward punk stupid f-ool!!
If you are going to post things, you need to be CLEAN when you do it! Your hands are dirty on this one dogg. You don’t deserve to Coach in this state or any other. NO ONE IS GOING TO RESPECT YOU!!
Its bad enough that you are a sorry excuse for a coach, but to try to come on here and CONTINUE to put Mo on blast tells me that you are a bia-ch made punk. You not his boy, you not loyal….THIS IS THE AJC! And you trying to put his business out there you lil fa-g!

C. Thomas

August 31st, 2009
7:28 pm

Juan Torres, you wet back, no spine, worthless sack of sh….

KEEP MY NAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH YOU LOSER!!!

How dare you come and call my name out on a blog site!! Anybody that knows me knows I’m not going to hide from ANYTHING, especially not your as….I am now, and always have been Mo boy. Anybody that even knows him, knows that I might be the most loyal person that is in his circle! Unlike you, you yella coward punk stupid f-ool!!
If you are going to post things, you need to be CLEAN when you do it! Your hands are dirty on this one dogg. You don’t deserve to Coach in this state or any other. NO ONE IS GOING TO RESPECT YOU!!
Its bad enough that you are a sorry excuse for a coach, but to try to come on here and CONTINUE to put Mo on blast tells me that you are a bia-ch made punk. You not his boy, you not loyal….THIS IS THE AJC! And you trying to put his business out there you lil ….!

King Solomon

September 1st, 2009
10:06 am

RE: Statement of Support for Coach Roderick Moore

To Whom this May Concern:

I, Anita King, am writing this letter of concern for the, what I feel, is an unethical dismissal of Coach Moore.

On Tuesday, August 25, 2009 there was a meeting called by Mr. James Jones, McNair Sr. High School Principal. This meeting was called together for the booster club cabinet, Selena Hamilton (president), Victor Sheppard (VP), Anita King (Secretary), Cowanna Davis (Treasurer), school Principal, Mr. Jones, Administrator of Athletics, Mr. L. Harrell, and Coach Moore. This meeting was to inform us as a whole what was going on with some actions of our Head Coach, Coach Moore, that took place over the weekend of August 22, 2009.
There was an overseen communication between the Coach, Mr. Moore, and the Principal, Mr. Jones about the activities that needed to take place at the school for the purpose of feeding the team, and a DJ playing music at the game that night. After only being asked 3 questions by Mr. Jones, question #1) Who authorized the grilling at the school on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009? Coach answered, “I did, and I will take full responsibility for that.” #2) Who authorized the DJ at the game? Again, Coach answered, “I did, I will take full responsibility for that, but I did receive the ok from Mr. Cammat. I didn’t know I had to also get the ok from the school because it wasn’t on the school property. I used the DJ that the school uses for every event given by the school, like the proms. Since it was jus a Jamboree game, I just wanted to add a lil’ flavor for the kids. ” #3) Have you gotten your paper work done for your certification? Coach answered “I have contacted my school, and I am waiting for them to fax my results over.”
With the things that needed to be discussed about the mishaps and the actions of Coach, I was very shocked that Coach Moore was asked to leave the meeting, seeing how it was concerning him (Coach Moore) and his wellbeing. After Coach Moore left the room, Mr. Jones told us this will now began our “Executive Session, of our meeting.” Mr. Jones had the remaining of us to sign an Executive Cabinet Session Guidelines form. (Please See Attached Copy). After so Mr. Jones immediately began to tell us of some things that coach had being doing that has brought him, Mr. Jones, to considering going in a different direction in the coaching staff. Mr. Jones also stated that he had given Coach Moore a dead line of August 28, 2009, to have everything he needed in order to stay employed with the school. At this point there has not been any decision made as to weather or not Coach will be dismissed. Again there was a dead line given, Aug. 28, 2009.

So, as of Wed. Aug. 26, 2009, we have come to this line of actions: not Friday Aug. 29, 2009 that was told to us as the deadline given, Mr. Jones called a meeting with all football players to inform them that there’s a new Head Coach of the team. Then on Friday August 29, 2009 another meeting was called for a question and
answering session on the decision of dismissing Coach Moore. In attendance; Parents of Players, Coach Moore & supporters, and to answer the questions, Mr. Jones. We left the meeting still with NO answers. To every question we asked, we were told, by Mr. Jones, to speak with, Dale Davis and/or his Attorneys. It was very obvious that Principal Jones has been given advice to not say much from his advisors, but if this is a fact then the information that he voluntary gave up to the booster cabinet and administrator of athletics on the night of Aug. 25, 2009, in the meeting was unethical on his behave. There was personal information told to us about Coach Moore, like an isolated incident of a weapon found in the equipment bag of the football team, still no write up on Coach Moore. There was an incident of a child getting a staff infection, for which Coach was being blamed for, saying that Coach was not keeping the equipment clean enough. Once again no write up. It was also heard at this meeting about Mr. Jones took money from an account, coach account, to pay for the 2008 football banquet. If Principal Jones is advised not to speak on the situation at hand, then why was he so willing to give up SO MUCH information behind closed doors and without Coach present? After to many unanswered questions, we asked Mr. Jones if he can not answer the questions, for what ever reason advised to him by his advisers, would it be possible to have the coach himself come up and speak. There was a question that I, Anita King, feel was one of the most important questions. “If such or so many said insubordination was done by Coach Moore, then as with any given organization before firing an individual there should be or has to be a paper trail of written warnings, write ups, and possibly suspensions that leads up to the termination of the individual, is there a paper trail on Coach Moore, or was this one weekend the cause for dismissing him?” At this point Coach Moore to the floor and answered, what we feel, was as truthfully as he could. He told us that he had never been wrote up or suspended for any said insubordination. Coach Moore has always stood for and teaches all students that has ever comes his way, especially the football players (his sons), “you stand up and be a man, if you did it you fess up to and take the consequences!!!!!!! “
My opinion of Coach, by dealing with him for the last 5 going on 6 years, he stands for the truth, doing what’s right, teaching how to take the high road & not the easy road, he stands for FATHER in all that it stands for when one is missing from the family, keeping it REAL when most will only say what they think you need to hear so that they can move on to the next thing on there agenda, he is the true meaning of I CAN and I WILL, Coach Moore is the one who steps up to the plate when you cant even see a way to make that son, of a single mother, sit up straight, stand tall, walk a straight line, pull up them pants, tuck in that shirt, mow that loan, take out that trash, DO THAT WORK and PULL UP THOSE GRADES so that you CAN AND WILL BE SOMEONE in life!!!!!!!!!!!

In closing I would like to say, to take a MAN like this away from well deserving kids that need, love, want and most of all RESPECT him, for reasons at this point what has become a very openly seen personal vendetta against Coach, will be a very devastating plow to many lives. I will say that we also respect the authority of the Principal, Mr. Jones, and the Administration at McNair High School, and will also respect there decision, if there has been treatment, and the proper procedures be taken to assure the respect and well being of a person that has foreseen the safety and well being of our kids for the pass several years, the one and only COACH RODERICK MOORE.
This statement is written to you with an open mind and broken heart. I ask and I thank you for your time and proper handling of this matter at hand.

Sincerely,

Anita R King
(6year Football MOM)
(Booster Club Secretary)

Artist

September 1st, 2009
10:36 am

Sorry to hear that happen to you coach Moore. I am a
former student of mcnair and graduated in 2005. I had a math class with him my freashmen year there. They never make it clear why he was fired, and I’m guessing it had something to do with the facualty that is at the school now, which became increasingly strict on students around the time of my senior year. I’m guessing that goes for the teachers too.

The real juan torres

September 1st, 2009
10:40 am

that person who is playing you are me
let’s set this thing straight i dont blog
your are a man hiding behind something crazy
putting casey name in my mouth i have read this blog until u texted me 6 times last night
saying threating thing i saved them so all any has to do is check my phone i kept them
JUAN TORRES IS A MAN
THAT DOES NOT WRITE BLOG USEING SOME ELSES NAME TO MAKE PEOPLE MADE AT THAT PERSON
COME ON MAN UP
PLEASE I ASK
I HAVE STAYED OUT OF ALL THIS
I PEOPLE TALK TO ME I SAY WANT I KNOW
I NEVER PLAYED ANY ONE I JUST WANT TO COACH
DO WANT YOU BECAUSE IT MAKES U FEEL LIKE A MAN

The real juan torres

September 1st, 2009
10:50 am

HE REALLY CRAZY PUTTING STUFF UP I NEVER SAID OR WROTE I AM PUNK CASEY
THATS UR BOY SAYING ITS ME
I WAS TEXTED TO CHECK THE BLOGS I NEVER GO TO THIS PAGE
HE TOLD ME ILL BE SORRY
THE TEXT U CAN SEE THEM FOR UR SELF
HOW CAN A PARPRO GET A COACH FIRED
JUST BECAUSE A MAN THAT HAS NEVER DO ANYTHING TO ME PERSONALLY
I AM HIS BOY
I JUST WANT TO WORK
EVERYONE ASKED WANT WAS GOING
SO 9 GAMES ARE LIFTED U SAYED I WELL BE FIRED TO
IF THAT’S GODS WELL SO BE IT
I NEVER WOULD BELIEVED U WOULD ACT LIKE THIS
I SAW WANT U PUT ON MY COACHES CARD
4O YEARS OLD MAN

Can't believe what he's reading

September 1st, 2009
10:54 am

Sounds like the principal has personal issues with the coach. It’ll all come out. What concerns me more is the grammar I’m seeing. Please tell the “real” juan torres isn’t involved with mentoring high school kids. Just listening to this guy talk could set their education back years.

The real juan torres

September 1st, 2009
10:57 am

LOOK AT THE TIME THAT THE BLOG WAS WRITTEN 2:17
I WAS IN A MEETING AT GLEN HILLS ON THE 31ST
UNTIL 3PM I HAD NO WAY OF WRITTING ANY OF THIS ON THE 31ST
IT IS A SHAME THAT A MAN WOULD ACT LIKE THIS
ACTING LIKE HE IS ANOTHER MAN

S. Newman

September 1st, 2009
11:13 am

That’s dekalb County. They feel they do not have to communicate with the public, parents or children on any matter. They will only give information they want heard. Wheather it’s proceeds from a championship game that grossed thousand of dollars, of which they are unable to state where the money actual went, to the dissmisle of a head coach 2 days before the season opener. Its all about ego’s, statistics and the federal government. They care nothing about the physical being of our children. They demolish building all around our kids. Take away funds to prorgams that a meant to strenghten and enlighten our childrens futures. They tigh the hands of good, caring teachers because of state, and federal numbers. Its a shame what they are doing to our children. They have forced our children to be bullied and made cowar down to there authority with the “0″ tolorance policy. If you are getting your brains beat in by someone and you raise a hand to defend yourself, you as well as the attacker will get suspended. This is just a way to lower the student to teacher ratio. They spend more time suspending children than creating structor and teaching them.

Past Parent

September 1st, 2009
4:51 pm

To everyone who keeps defending Mo…….He knows what he has done, he knows he deserves to be fired!!!!!!!! That’s why you don’t see an outburst of a lot people defending him only 2 or 3 of the same people frpm our school. LEAVE MR.JONES ALONE HE DID THE RIGHT THING BELIEVE ME ON THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FYI

September 1st, 2009
7:24 pm

Past parent you have an ax to grind with Coach Moore what happen he didn’t get your son a scholarship. He must not have been good enough you are the only one defending Mr. Jones that let blog know you have a personal problem with coach moore what happen he got with your wife or if you are a woman he didnt take your advances. So look at the blog between you, one former player and a board member thats jones sign I just read the blog by a current player parent and her reaction is the majority and seems to me that mr. jones is doing some shady sh$$. Did you read that coach moore if that is true coach they should fire mr. jones for telling your business to parents. Past parent you need to get some Dic! or get some Pu$$y or maybe you are gay so it might be vice versa LOL

Past Parent

September 1st, 2009
8:21 pm

To FYI

MY SON IS IN COLLEGE WITH A FULL SCHOLARSHIP WITH NO THANKS TO COACH MOORE I HAVE PLENTY OF PU$$Y. i AM PU$$Y ENOUGH TO SPEAK THE TRUTH. MY SON IS IN COLLEGE PLAYING FOOTBALL AND STARTING. YOU KNOW NOTHING OF WHAT YOU SPEAK 2 PEOPLE FROM MCNAIR SUPPORT HIM THE REST OR JUST READING THE STORY AND COMMENTING DUMMY!!!! I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED LIKE I SAID. HAVE YOU SAW WHAT COACH MOORE LOOKS LIKE I WOULD NOT BELITTLE MYSELF BY HITTING ON ANY COACH…MY SON WAS RANKED IN THE COUNTY SO HIS TALENT SPOKE FOR ITSELF. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AGAIN MR. JONES WAS RIGHT IN WHAT HE DID. COACH MOORE NEEDS TO TAKE HIS PUNSIHMENT LIKE A MAN AND STOP ACTING LIKE A B_ TCH. THE QUESTION IS ARE YOU FUC_KIN HIM YOU CAME TO HIS DEFENSE LIKE HIS B_TCH!!!

Wendy Summerville (TORRES)

September 1st, 2009
9:05 pm

The words, comments, and topics in this blog are shameful…Should I remind the coaches here that you are all educators! Our professional ethics codes do apply! It’s bad enough that these students (young men) have lost their coach – regardless what anyone thinks of him, nor if he was perfect – the players session has been shaken, and instead of rallying to support them, the grown men are playing games, pointing fingers and making up blogs to slander, smear, and cut each other. Should I also remind you that everyone of you (coaches) have confessed to “know” God, to be Christians, leaders in the community, role models for these boys…WHAT ARE YOU SHOWING THEM! Get off this blog and figure out how to help the young men you claim to care about! I understand the raw emotion of parents and students – coaches and teachers must be held to a higher standard.

Secondly, I know J Torres’ writing and he does not write well enough nor have the use of correct grammar to have written the first statement…”the real Torres” blog is what I get all the time, broken English, missing words, etc… AND HE NEEDS TO GET OFF THIS Blog TOO!

Dirty Diana

September 1st, 2009
10:39 pm

I worked in DeKalb once and I can tell you that Coach Moore will probably never get another coaching job in DeKalb. S. Newman is right. The powers that be in DeKalb feel as though they do not have to communicate with the public, parents or children on any matter. They will only give information they want heard. I’ll bet a coach on the northern end would have never been fired like that. As far as the Coach’s certificate is concerned, he is on a provisional certificate that was issued on 07/01/2005 and that expires on 06/30/2010. So, Jones should not have fired him because of that. When they want to get rid of you in this county, they will try their best to find things on you to let you go. Jones was probably not going to renew Moore’s contract at the end of this year anyway. Jones uses the same methods that the powers that be don’t want teachers to use on students. It seems to me that Jones wanted to get rid of him anyway. If the community would get together and demand that Moore be given his job back, then maybe they will listen. It is a shame that we haven’t heard anything from Crawford, yet he sent an email to teachers suggesting that they embrace the two administrators who tampered with the CRCT. Now, if Jones used club funds to pay for something without the coach’s permission, theres a serious problem there. Moore could report him to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. As for you coaches, I would NEVER place my real name on this blog because don’t you fools know that the DCSS will black-ball your behinds. That’s how they work. That’s how they operate. Say something they don’t like and your years in Dekalb will be HELL. DeKalb was once one of the highest paying counties. Now it lags behind all the other metro counties. The reason being…….check out the county office at about 5:00. There are people sitting in that county office doing absolutely nothing. Good luck Coach Moore. The players should have said, “We’re not playing if Coach Moore is not her!?” They should have also called every media outlet in Metro Atlanta to discuss their disdain with Jones’ decision. DeKalb County, you are worse than Clayton or APS. I’m glad I teach in Gwinnett.

LifelongDawg

September 2nd, 2009
1:02 am

Wow. I’m stunned. Are these really the comments of secondary school educators in this state? I’ll let the parents off the hook for the atrocious grammar, misuse of synonyms, poor spelling, etc., but all adults who have a dog in this fight need to tone down the coarse language. As for the “real” teachers, and support staff, on this site, I can only thank God I don’t have children in this school district who have to try and learn whatever it is you guys purport to teach.

I’m really, truly stunned at what I read from people who were claiming to be adults, and instructors, at that. Our education system is in worse shape than I could have imagined.

I weep for the future…

msbssy

September 2nd, 2009
9:50 am

amen lifelong!! Good Lord people, enough already. The players don’t need to see this day in – day out. Whether you support Coach Moore or not, the well-being of the players is what is at stake. Take some of the vitriol & anger and use it in a positive manner. There is plenty of work to be done in DCSS focus your energy on improving the situation for all students—Lord knows they need all the help they can get.

Reader

September 2nd, 2009
10:09 am

Reading this blog, I can’t believe you all call yourself educators, which is probably the reason why the kids of this PARTICULAR school has low test scores. Where were you guys at when those students were getting shot in front of the school at the bus stop. TWICE??? You bunch of sorry coaches, do society a service and go to JAIL with the rest of your homeboys. And don’t call me racist because I am black. Yall are a bunch of punks to get on a message board and complain about each other, take your stupid butts into a classroom and iron out the issues.

EagleNationRising

September 2nd, 2009
11:47 am

Wow, Reader. You say to coaches that they should “go to jail with the rest of your homeboys.” That is absolutely brilliant. You sound so credible. I have always been amazed at the amount of coverage teams in Atlanta get from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This is a borderline joke, Micahel. Is this the best story you can come up with? Seriously??? After reading this chaos and name calling, it is no wonder that these programs rarely win outside of metro Atlanta. It sounds as if McNair is run like a zoo. It also speaks volumes about you Michael to print this “zoo news.” Of course, as a native of Warner Robins and judging from the on the field results of football in DeKalb County, this is no surprise.

No teacher should keep his or her job if that teacher is unable to maintain certification. What I would love to be investigated (I can assure that the AJC will not) is was this Coach hired without his certification. It seems obvious that this is the problem. The school system can NOT make a public comment about his certification. It seems that you (Michael and the AJC) is simply giving an uncertified teacher a forum. We live in one of the best football states in the nation and this is what the AJC is writing about. Where is Todd?

The truth is a COMMUNITY has control of its own school system. It appears someone needs to take control at McNair. This blog makes the entire process over at McNair seem like a joke, which any person in Atlanta could have told you prior to this blog. It is McNair. What would anyone expect? Can the AJC focus on programs across the state that are doing things in the right way. All of this name calling and finger pointing from a hapless program like McNair is a waste of true high school football fans’ time. Let these guys iron out their issues on one of the radio stations, like V-103, who regularly follows these bad programs across metro Atlanta more regularly.

Shocked Parent

September 2nd, 2009
3:21 pm

Like others here, I am absolutely horrified to think that the comments, grammer, spelling etc. etc. are those from grown adults and educators. Please dear God tell me this is a cruel joke!
Is it any wonder that our youth is in the shape that it’s in with what has been so eloquently expressed by some of the Dekalb County teachers, coaches etc?

Scholorships? Did you say Scholorships? And we wonder why/how the current College/NFL players act the way they do. Like another poster on this blog, I really pray for our youth and suggest everyone else on here pray as well.

And while you are at it, please take a remedial English class. God strike me down if I ever make a negative comment about the state of African American students. While I certainly do not agree with any of our Presidents politics, if he really want’s to do well by his own admission, I’d start by cleaning up the Dekalb school system!

CeeJay

September 2nd, 2009
8:54 pm

It is really a shame when grown men and women blame others for their shortcomings. Due to confidentiality laws, the school system is not able to publically disclose all the information behind Coach Moore’s firing. Furthermore, Coach Moore is well aware of the numerous infractions he committed.

CeeJay

September 2nd, 2009
8:56 pm

It is really a shame when grown men and women blame others for their shortcomings. Due to confidentiality laws, the school system is not able to publicly disclose all the information behind Coach Moore’s firing. Furthermore, Coach Moore is well aware of the numerous infractions he committed.

Carl

September 2nd, 2009
10:50 pm

To Anita:

Love your letter. Please send a copy to the Dekalb School Board, particulary your elected official in district 3. The blogs are great but we need to put pressure on our elected school board officials and administrators who tend to forget they work for us. I have written the entire school board concerning this matter and would love for everyone who supports Coach Mo to do the same. I don’t know him personally, nor have I attended McNair High School. I do know this man gives of himself to deserving kids so we need to give of ourselves to put him back where he belongs. And also get this Principal Jones out of McNair High School. South Dekalb, make your voice heard, put the pressure on your school board representative to make this happen and don’t stop until we get results.

Carl

September 2nd, 2009
10:58 pm

To Dirty Diana:

I wouldn’t necessarily have the kids boycott if Coach Moore wasn’t their coach. These are kids that have been damaged enough because of a dumb arse adult. I would hate for a kids who is on the brink of a scholarship not get it because a scout didn’t see him play. Adults need to take on this battle and not put that burden on our kids. McNair parents, community, stand up and stop letting this school system run you.

Eric B.

September 3rd, 2009
3:19 am

Meeting TODAY (THURSDAY, Sept. 3rd) about Coach Moore in the McNair High School cafeteria to hear any and all concerns regarding the releasing of Coach Roderick Moore as Head Football Coach at McNair High School. Please feel free to contact DeKalb School’s Asst. Superintendent Ralph L. Simpson at 678-898-9632 for more details. (Simpson forgot to list the time).

A.Walker's Parent (PAST PARENT)

September 3rd, 2009
10:00 am

Do you really think that Mo had nothing to do with your son getting in school?
Who made the tapes? Who sent them off? Who talked to the Coaches? Why don’t you call up there and ask them who did all that. Call and ask them what role Mo played in the whole thing. What about Morehouse? Didn’t he get an offer for there too? Who do you think made that happen? A gust of wind or a FOOTBALL COACH?
Do you really wanna come on here and put Mo on blast about your son? Truth of the matter is that your son got exactly what he earned. If anything, Mo should be on blast for showing favoritism towards him.

A.Walker's Parent (PAST PARENT)

September 3rd, 2009
10:01 am

Stats don’t make your son be a football player, they just mean Mo gave him the ball Waaaay more than he should have. If anything, PJ’s parents should be the one complaining because PJ transferred in and stole the show. He scored on 1 out of every 6 times he touched the ball. YOUR SON DID NOT. He had a certain finesse when he played, YOUR SON DID NOT. He was a much more versatile back, YOUR SON WAS NOT. He didn’t get to play as much as he earned the right to play because Mo was being loyal to his returning Senior RB. That’s what it is…

But you would rather blame Mo for him not going D-I than to look closely at yourself! Believe it or not, even though he called Mo is daddy, it is YOUR DNA and GENES in him, not Mo’s! Look at yourself first! Is it Mo fault that he was concerned to be too short for D1 or yours? Mo fault he was too slow or yours? Mo fault he had bad footwork and appeared clumsy at times? NO, ITS YOURS!!!

A.Walker's Parent (PAST PARENT)

September 3rd, 2009
10:09 am

Lady, stats don’t mean anything. They don’t tell what he can do…SURE, he had a lot of yards but that’s because Mo fed him the ball. But when he went to combines, where his TRUE athleticism is supposed to show, what did he do? HE STUNK UP THE PLACE!!!
He ran as SLOW as some of the linemen. You talk about him being “RANKED IN THE COUNTY” but that again, is just stats….what does the recruiters think? Well look here and find out
(tried to post the link but it won’t let me, go to rivals.com and search for Arnold Walker from 2009 prospects)

What about the (scout.com) combine he stunk up? What did they say? Lets see…

http://recruiting.scout.com
(search Arnold Walker from 2009)

Why is it the nation’s TOP two recruiting forums had your son as NOT RATED and NOT RANKED. Mo didn’t run that 4.75 (40) did he? YOUR SON DID! Mo didn’t perform horrible at EVERY SINGLE D-1 COMBINE HE WENT TO….your son DID!

Why is it you wanna come on here and slander a man that when out of his way to give your son the breaks that he got? Your son screwed up his test scores, your son screwed up the combines, your son did not meet expectations enough to get a bigger offer. But everything he DID get, was a result of MO helping him the way a Coach does. A fairy doesn’t come and sprinkle pixie dust on a PLAYER and make him an ATHLETE. Your son was a good player, unfortunately, TOP colleges recruit ATHLETES!!

Kick Rocks!!!

Coach Authur Tatum

September 3rd, 2009
10:44 am

I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND ALL THE DETAILS,BUT THE ONE THANG THAT I DO KNOW IS COACH MO HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION IN MY LIFE ,SINCE I WAS 16 AT (SWD).THIS WAS IN 1995,WHEN I WAS ONE OF HIS PLAYERS,HE TAUGHT THE GUY S I PLAYED WIT THE TECHNIQUES OF THE GAME,WHICH INDEED MADE US SUCCESSFUL WE WENT ON TO WIN STATE THAT YEAR ,(THE YEAR HE ARRIVED!!)OVER THE TIME SPAN OF ABOUT 10 YEARS WE LOST CONTACT,UNTIL I DECIDED I WANT TO BE A FOOTBALL COACH. COACH MO AFTER 10 YEARS,STILL WELCOME ME TO HIS STAFF AND FOR MAN WHO WAS HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.COACH MO MEANS MORE THAN JUST FOOTBALL.KEEP YA HEAD UP,I REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS SAID, WHATS MAKES A MAN GREAT IS HOW HE HANDLE ADVERSTY.

Past Parent

September 3rd, 2009
4:50 pm

A. Walker played for 4 years under Coach Mo not 3 dummy!!!! Coach mo did not send out any tapes to get someone in school. I paid somesone to send my son tapes out and it was professionally done idiot.