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Hoover school board silent about Spain Park coach's future

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The Hoover school board met behind closed doors Tuesday night to discuss an altercation between Spain Park's suspended head football coach David Shores and a player.

But before they went into an executive session, parents got a chance to address the board.  Board members also heard from the superintendent and from the school's former athletic director.

Superintendent Andy Craig gave the board his recommendation, but neither he nor board members will say what that recommendation was.

Suspended coach David Shores was also at the meeting and listened as parent after parent told the Hoover school board why it should reinstate Shores as the head football coach at Spain Park.

"David loves the kids just more than anyone on the board can imagine," pleaded one parent.

Parents also vented their frustrations with the process.

"This is crazy. So y'all been talking about it for three weeks, and this is the man's livelihood. Not just him- even the kid."

Spain Park's athletic director resigned during the investigation and she cut her New York vacation short to be at the meeting.  Gena Morris says she resigned the post citing "politics and hidden agendas."

"I need all of you to ask why I have not been asked what happened, what I was told by the kid within 30 minutes of this happening," she asked the board.

She's not ready to talk publicly about that conversation, but her statement is part of the investigation.

"It is part of the total record that will be considered in acting upon this situation," board president A.W. Bolt assured Morris and the crowd.

The next board meeting is scheduled for October 11, however Bolt says they may have a special called meeting well before that to make a final decision.

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