Dean ousted at Ada

ADA, OK -- It only took 13 minutes for the Ada School Board to decide to terminate the contracts of Head Football Coach Steve Dean, and assistants Gregory Dean and John Higbee.

Today's decision ends a month of speculation surrounding the future of the Cougar head coach. The specially called board meeting was short, to the point, and ended the way many expected.

"What they've done is set a precedent that if you don't like the coach, or your baby's not getting to play on the right side of the football, or your baby gets talked to in the wrong kind of manner by a coach, that you can go get ahold of a board member and the ball gets to rolling," Dean said.

Coach Dean was 30-18 during 4 seasons at his alma matter. His teams made 3 playoff appearances including a trip to the state Semi-finals in 2004. The Cougars were a disappointing 5-5 overall this past season, 4-3 in district and failed to make the playoffs.

"All I can simply say is that this is based on my reccomendation, based on what I think is best for our district at this point," said Pat Harrison, Ada Superintendent.

As the meeting adjourned, one of the spectators in attendance said, "Aren't you going to tell us why?"

There was no response, eventhough Coach Dean himself didn't know the answer to that question.

"You have parent complaints on one hand, wins and losses on the other hand, and [the Superintendent] says it's neither one of them. What's the concrete reason? It's politics. What we've turned into, is that we are just like any other small town in Oklahoma," Dean said.

Dean said that eventhough his termination only became official on Thursday, that he has already been approached by 2 Texas high schools about their head coaching jobs.


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