Former coach talks about TPS resignations

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Updated: 1/26/2012 1:20 pm Published: 1/25/2012 7:06 pm

A week after Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Director Stephanie Spring resigns, a former East Central High football coach comes forward to share what he says he saw when others thought no-one was looking.

For five years, Scottware Patton coached alongside Travis Hill at East Central High. They won a state football title in 2006. Neither man is coaching there now, but Patton has chosen to speak out about what he calls "shady deals".

"If I'm the athletic director the facility isn't mine," he said, “I can't rent it out anytime I want to and keep the money."

Patton says in one case, a little league team was charged rent to use the East Central football field.

He believes that cash was pocketed by school officials and no receipts were kept.

"I knew something was up right then," said Patton.

When he questioned his bosses about what was going on he says he was fired in 2009.

The official reason is because he was teaching off the curriculum.  But Patton says it was really because he wouldn't ignore what he was seeing.

"Where is that money and how much was it?" said Patton. “What is to be "quiet" about? What is there to be quiet about?"

Patton says his frustration comes from seeing schools close and teachers lose their jobs because there's not enough money.

"If the embezzlement fund was over $300,000, then yes, that's enough money to bring back all of those people," he said.

FOX23 spoke with TPS Thursday about the former coach's allegations.

"There is an on-going investigation,” said Public Information Officer Chris Payne. “We can't really elaborate on it at this time."

As for former East Central Coach Travis Hill, he resigned last month, amid the investigation into the athletic department.
Even though Patton is out of a job, he still has questions.

"Where is that money? How much is it? As a parent with four kids in Tulsa public schools, I want to know."

A search committee has been formed to find the school district's next athletic director. That search could begin as early as this week.

Spring's resignation will be effective February 7th.

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shawn0762 - 1/12/2013 10:16 PM
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Scott Patton is a crook and was a pushover coach. He was an idiot and wanted this interview to boost his meathead ego.
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