Fired Troup coach Flowers sues school system for discrimination, rights violations

Former Troup head football coach Charlie Flowers, who was fired in February after being accused of illegally recruiting student-athletes, has filed a complaint against the Troup County School District that alleges race discrimination and violations of his right to due process.

According to the complaint, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Newnan, the school board terminated Flowers based largely on a statement by a co-owner of an apartment complex that Flowers paid for a deposit and two months of rent for a family with two student-athletes who attended Troup High.

Flowers denies those accusations and claims he was not given an opportunity to defend himself. Flowers is seeking lost wages and punitive damages.

Flowers, an alumnus of Troup, coached for 21 seasons and has a record of 161-82. He won a state championship at Shaw in 2000. In 2009, he became the first African-American head football coach at a Troup County school since desegregation.

Flowers is currently the coach of the ninth grade team at Smiths Station Junior High in Alabama.

Flowers was the first of several Georgia coaches this year who lost jobs after being accused of undue influence or recruiting of student-athletes. Football coaches at Cambridge, Shiloh and Rockdale County also were not retained under similar circumstances.

Last month, Milton basketball coach David Boyd, who won two state titles, resigned under pressure over allegations of undue influence, and the school was banned from the 2012-13 boys state basketball tournament.

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