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Middle school football coach fired after trying to have Hooters banquet

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Hooters isn't an appropriate place for a middle school football banquet.
Hooters isn't an appropriate place for a middle school football banquet. (USATSI)

This should go without saying but if you're coaching a middle school football team, don't have your end-of-season banquet at a Hooters. Randy Burbach of Corbett Middle School in Oregon did just that, though, and it cost him his job. (Obviously.)

What makes Burbach's case even more ridiculous is that he got fired because he refused to change the venue.

The chain of events is fairly fascinating. Burbach planned the banquet, the school got wind of the banquet, the school asked him to change the venue and he flat-out declined to do so.

"I spoke with Randy Burbach this evening and asked him to move the event to a different venue so that all of the athletes and their families could attend and feel comfortable about the location and enjoy the season," Corbett Athletic Director JP Soulagnet wrote in a letter to parents of the players. "He was unyielding and emphatically said no for a number of reasons. As a school district and athletic department we do not support nor condone the decision to hold an end of season celebration at Hooter's for any of our teams, groups, or clubs cross the board and at at all levels including high school."

Burbach is still holding the event, although the school's disassociated itself. His logic is, ironically, that of a middle schooler: that Hooters is an "OK venue" for middle school kids.

"I still do not feel what has been done is wrong," Burbach said. “I feel the restaurant, in my opinion, is an OK venue."

Hooters isn't a strip club. Taking your kids there isn't illegal. It's more like really, really tacky (and possible unrefined). But it's wildly inappropriate to take someone else's kids -- much less a whole group of them -- there to celebrate a football season. If those kids really want to visit Hooters -- and it stands to reason a bunch of middle school boys would like to do that -- they can do it once they're old enough to drive themselves there.

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