Former NFL player Greg Scott talks to children at Apple Tree Learning Center in Suffolk. Scott was turned down for the head football coaching position at Southampton High School. -- SUBMITTED

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Greg Scott turned down for coaching job

Published 11:57am Friday, February 8, 2013

BY ANDREW FAISON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
andrew.faison@tidewaternews.com 

COURTLAND—Southampton County Public Schools has turned down former professional football player Greg Scott for the head high school football coaching job.

A 1998 SHS graduate who played for the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals and arena football before retiring in 2007, Scott was told Friday he is not a finalist.

“(Coaching at Southampton) was something I wanted to do,” he said. “I’m not upset. I just would like to wish whoever they select the best of luck.”

The school board is expected to make a decision during its 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, meeting in the Wigwam at the vocational school. The meeting is open to the public.

The new coach will replace Wes Griffith, who resigned after three years. Griffith led the Indians to a 12-19 overall record and 2-8 during the recent season.

Dr. Wayne Smith, executive director of administration and personnel for Southampton, would not say why Scott was turned down.

“We do not discuss individuals during the interviewing process,” Smith said Friday. “We prefer to keep things tight knit until we are finished with the process.”

Athletic Director Parker Littleton and Superintendent Dr. Alvera Parrish could not be reached.

Scott, 33, was among more than 20 to apply. Rumor has it Franklin Head Coach Darren Parker and Willie Gillus Jr., assistant head coach at Elizabeth State University in North Carolina, also applied.

Smith would not comment, and neither Gillus nor Darren Parker could be reached.

In 1998, Gillus led Surry County High School to win the Virginia Group A Division 1 state title in a 46-6 win over J.I. Burton. Also during his five seasons with the Cougars, the team compiled a 53-12 record. Gillus was the Tri-Rivers District Coach of the Year four times and Region A Coach of the Year twice.

Parker, a gym teacher at Franklin High School, led the Broncos to state titles in 2004 and 2008. In the previous season, the Broncos went 10-0 and 3-1 in the state playoffs.

Capron District School Board Member Jim Pope had not heard Scotts’ name mentioned for the job until Friday.

“I just heard his name in an email I received this morning,” Pope said. “Personally I don’t know him well enough to comment on why he wasn’t a finalist. I only know what I have read about him in The Tidewater News.”

School Board Member Roberta Naranjo said they had some pretty strong applicants.

“So many applicants that I didn’t have a chance to go over all of them,” Naranjo said, adding she wasn’t familiar with Scott’s background. “I think (the administration) really had a remarkable choice. I know we wanted not only a coach, but also a mentor.”

Founder and chief executive officer of the Cover 3 Foundation, Scott organizes football camps and the C3 Kid’s Meals program for the non-profit. The program provides food to children from low-income families in Southampton, Greensville and Sussex counties, and Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Emporia and Franklin.

“I’ll admit I have a full plate as it is with all of my current duties,” Scott said. “This just leads me to do more with Cover 3.”

He said he would re-apply given the opportunity.

The school no longer requires coaches to be employees, Smith said. Coaches receive a stipend that’s 15 percent of a teacher’s salary. A first-year teacher is paid $36,740, which means as a coach he would be paid $5,511.

  • handkusp45

    I don’t have a pony in this race. But if it comes down to loving kids and wanting to see them succeed, to football experience and running camps and to integrity and citizenship Scott would be hard to beat. Having said that Parker has a proven track record as a winning coach. I don’t know the other candidates but either of the two I mentioned would be wonderful. If Greg is no longer under consideration then I believe he will continue to be a shining light for many young people in this community.

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  • jigganva

    Rumor has it that The Tidewater News is a gossip column!

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  • DryRain

    The Scott’s are a very nice family, I have been to their home in Sedley several times, I just don’t see why this would be put in the paper for public opinion. Seems the Tidewater News is getting into a person’s personal busy. Kind of upsetting to see this type of news reporting,
    That is just my opinion.

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  • spdrewry

    Why is someone not getting a job getting so much press? Is the Tidewater News Mr. Scotts personal cheerleader?

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    • chilimac72

      The article in itself within the printed newspaper does not focus strictly on Mr. Scott, but he is the one that most people in the community know. The majority of the candidates are not known outside of the coaching community.

      On another note, I believe we all should be a “personal cheerleader” for someone who was blessed and returns the blessings. I would rather hear about a former NFL player doing what all Scott does than hear about drug busts and DUIs. There is no need to always be cynical.

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  • socohomeboy

    People who have known Scott have been given vintage Scott-class. The fact he is not a finalist is hopefully indicative of the caliber of pool of applicants the review panel had to choose from. Unless you have ever walked a sideline in a position of administration/coach you do not have a clue and should withhold comment to save yourself some embarrassment. The level of ignorance some of the comments portray is evidence to that statement. The fact the school division has taken appropriate measures this time in filling the position is somewhat of a relief unlike last time. Lawyers should have filed civil suits for the negligence exhibited as stewards of public tax dollars operated inappropriately when replacing Coach Parker. Rest assured, they are making an attempt to get it right this time. Let the resurrection begin and good luck to the next Chief Indian!

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  • 23851

    Rumor has it Ashley Lee former VT standout got the job. No disrespect, but if that’s the case I’m totally at a loss for words with SCPS.

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  • chilimac72

    She is not a young woman and she has her own specialty. She is a very worthy woman to fill this position and her focus is on other aspects of the school. Football (and I am a huge fan of it) is not the only aspect of her job. Many of our arts and extras at the school are supported by her.

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  • amysuite14

    Can’t believe Ms. Naranjo wasn’t familiar with Greg Scott..time for a new school board member.

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  • country girl

    SHS is crazy is not getting Greg Scott as the coach. He has helped the kids and could help the high school. they need to reconsider that and get Scott. Let the kids vote who they would like for their coach

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  • chilimac72

    I would not totally despair yet. We do not know who they may have still on the slate. The blessing could be that we find a coach who knows the resources that are untapped within this community and we win. Mr. Scott stays with C3F and the new coach sees the advantage of working directly with him. There is so much support for a team that has a relationship with its community. We just need to get someone in the position to see it.

    On the Joe Dirt thing, he is either BSing that he is even on the list, or he needs to be identified to be removed from the list. The childish approach made shows me I do not want him coaching my son. The class of Mr. Scott shows through his willingness to step up and answer. Man I wish you got the job Greg, but I am hoping they will make a good choice.

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  • rw1pack

    Its unfortunate Mr. Scott didn’t make the final list of potential coaches. Greg, I know where your loyalty lies keep doing what you do for not just our community, but all of the surrounding areas! When the time is right you will know. Who is joe dirt?

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  • geographically challenged

    This was an unfortunate choice. It seemed like almost a no brainer who the next SHS coach should be, especially considering all the football camps that he has been doing for the local kids. What a shame.

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  • SandMan

    “The school no longer requires coaches to be an employee”.

    BUT, you can bet your “bottom dollar” Greg Scott, one of the most talented, professional, Christian athletes I know, wasn’t chosen because he’s NOT an employee. Having a teacher for a coach assures he’ll be a “yes” man.We need another Schools on the School Board. Hold your head high, Scott!

    Your friend in the ‘Stan!

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  • happy2

    All I can say is WOW, Looks like Franklin is coming to Southampton!

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  • beachgirl

    Dirt… Yeah you sound like a wonderful role model….NOT

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  • gregscottc3f

    Joe Dirt…Thanks you for your opinions! We all have the right to speak how we feel! I’m starting to think that you are one of the many that I have dunked on or ran over thought! Lol! Sounds personal :-)

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  • 23851

    And when you say you’re still in the running, I hope for Southampton County’s sake you’re not referring to being in the running for the coaching position. If so, you are showing your lack of professionalism and class. If you are a prospective role model for these kids, shame on you and shame on SCPS for even considering you.

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  • 23851

    You’re a joke Joe!

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    • stephwoodc3f

      joewithdirt, what plants? We demolished the building, we removed the plants and shrubs that were overgrown around the building. The rest is understood to be a long term plan. You are really clueless!

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    • Gwen Albers

      Hey Joe Dirt, please call Andrew Faison at the Tidewater News. 562-3187. Doing a longer story for Sunday’s paper. Thank you.

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      • SandMan

        Fat chance of that happening, Gwen! DirtyJoe would rather hide behind his keyboard. Don’t wait by the phone!

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      • chilimac72

        Bahahaaaaa. Sorry I thought that was funny. Better watch out, Joe may be the next HFC at SHS. Ummm… not! Even Ms. Naranjo would figure that one out.

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  • stephwoodc3f

    Cover 3 Foundation and Greg Scott wish Southampton High School and the entire Southampton County School system absolutely nothing but the best. We will always support the programs, both athletic and academic. Greg was honored to be asked to apply and be considered. But rest assured he has plenty to do :-) Thank you everyone for your kind words. Greg really appreciates it. God Bless You All

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  • idalee

    Before you talk. Do your research playa. Holla

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  • shawguy

    Not even a finalist? I guess Lovie Smith applied after he didn’t get a NFL job.

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  • 23851

    Unless the Harbaugh brothers are the finalist you’ve got to be clueless to not have Greg Scott as a finalist. Come on Southampton I thought you had better sense this time around in your hiring process.

    Parents should be beating the school boards doors after this. Where will you find another wealth of experience, knowledge, and dedication to youth around here?

    I feel bad for the football players. Especially the seniors.

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  • amysuite14

    OMG…what’s wrong with Greg?

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    • joewiththedirt

      Waaayy too much to list here!!!!

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      • stephwoodc3f

        joewiththedirt, we are 400 E. Second Avenue if you would like to talk over your concerns. Come in and have a visit! We will put you to work making sandwiches for the THOUSANDS of children we feed every day. You must have stood on the sidelines your entire Little League career!

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      • blackwaterpete

        Must be someone’s second cousin on aunt berthas side of their mother in laws brother who is getting the job. Sound typical of this county. Sometimes or most of the time I am sorry to say my family is from here.

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