Durant AD Drew Young asked to resign

DURANT, OK - Drew Young has been a big part of Texoma football over the years, but now it appears that his days as the athletic director in Durant have come to an end.

After just one year on the job, Young has been asked to resign by the Durant Independent School District. Oddly enough, contracts were renewed on Monday, and Young's contract was indeed renewed. Just two days later Young was called in and asked to resign Young has not complied, as of Thursday evening.

A familiar name in Texoma, Young grew up in Ardmore and coached there under Ronnie Tipps. Young then came over to Sherman High School with Tipps as an assistant before leading the Bearcats as their head coach for six years. Just a year ago he became the athletic director in Durant, and now his tenure there appears to be over.

As for the reason of his potential departure, that hasn't been confirmed, although Durant did have some eligibility issues this year with some of their student-athletes.

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  • by just wondering Location: ardmore on May 9, 2010 at 04:39 PM
    All you are stating there was misconduct done by Coach Hudson....have there been charges filed or are these rumors that have run amuck?? I'm not defending the coach, but I would think if it was my child there would be charges filed so that there is no question of what occurred...and that all the rumors could be put to rest with facts....just my two cents...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2010 at 04:13 AM
    You make good sense G! You got any idea why we the people aren't privy to the truth? Seems the cloak of privacy in public matters is perpetuating some serious ills in our schools and therefore society in general. Any ideas?
  • by G Location: durant on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    Mr Young may very well be a man of great substance--- but can anyone honestly make the case that he didn't fail in his responsibilities by allowing the ineligible kid to play? Did he not know who that kid was and the circumstances that led him to Durant? If he didn't know, he certainly knew enough to ask questions, or not ask questions. Did he not know that those circumstances and the high profile nature of the transfer demanded extraordinary care to insure the kid was eligible? Of course he did, but if you think not then you are labeling him monumentally incompetent. I think it likely that pressure was brought to bear by forces inside and outside of the school administration, but Mr Young is then guilty of collusion, even if reluctant. Which may explain why his contract was renewed. Perhaps a refusal to reprise his role as reluctant collaborator in the recent allegations against a Durant coach could be the reason he was asked to resign?
  • by parenttoo Location: durant on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    I know first hand that the "pep talk" that is being dicussed is pure rumor! Hey people, who are engrossed in hearsay and rumors,...Get your facts FIRST.... This did not happen! Drew Young is a great stand up man. He was a true asset to Durant.
  • by G Location: C on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    Everyone knows why Young had to go. A nationally ranked QB from a metroplex school (and Sherman rival) is expelled and ruled ineligible in TX, ends up in the football powerhouse Durant, OK and is subsequently ruled ineligible the day before the final playoff deciding game. Why that kid ended up in Durant is not publicly known, why he was allowed to play without documented affirmation when Young HAD to have known he was not eligible--- that's why he is gone. He either instigated the cheating or was complicit. I know the transfer happened before Young was officially hired, but he HAD to know something was fishy and it was his job to make sure every t was crossed and every i dotted. I don't think he is incompetent, so he is complicit. As for the other issue, high school teachers and coaches have been hitting on female students EVERYWHERE for a LONG time. The only thing to do is be swift and remorseless in punishing the guilty to keep it to a minimum.
  • by Parent Location: Durant on Mar 9, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    Jeremy, hope you see this. Teaching kids that it is acceptable to use that kind of language is not doing them any favors. There are appropriate ways to act in a professional setting. As an administrator, he should be setting the example. A guy like that can ruin 16 years of parenting in a 5 minute "pep talk". By the way if you work for me, that language will get you fired. Better learn those things while you are still in school. Kids need to know what is expected of them.
  • by kd Location: Ardmore on Mar 8, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    Posted by: Cathy Location: Calera on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:47 PM All I have to say is Thank God for those rural schools!! Academics are the focus in these rural schools. I am a graudate of Durant and I am certainly glad my children attend one of these rural schools. It is sad in a community as large as Durant, there are acutally high school graduates who are unable to read or even write, yet they excelled in sports, so that made graudating them ok. When did atheletics replace CORE? Cathy are you talking about yourself because you can't spell either!
  • by small school parent Location: bryan county on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    Wow!!! I am also glad for county rural schools. I would never send my kids to Durant. It seems like DISD needs some new leadership after everything that is coming to light. It is time the leaders of DISD stop sweeping problems under the carpet because it just makes the problems bigger later. Coach Hudson I have lost all respect for you. You are a grown man who needs to leave teenage girls alone. I feel very sorry for your wife and kids. It is time for an overhaul parents it is time to stand up for your kids. Do what is right demand the leaders of DISD to resign or clean house.
  • by Anonymous Location: Calera on Mar 7, 2010 at 10:12 PM
    Given that, he needs to set aside his pride, man up and fess up. Take a lesson from Tiger Woods press conference. You don't need to give sordid details, just acknowledge, seek forgiveness and resign for the good of all involved and then spend that free time earning your family's trust and forgiveness before you lose something more important than a job. Time to be a man.
  • by Jeremy Location: Sherman on Mar 7, 2010 at 09:15 PM
    Parent, I really don't think that using profanity in front of kids to pep talk them in a game is considered classless. This is a different generation and I don't think these kids (high school I might add) are going to be irreparably harmed by the use of the f-bomb. That kind of language is very common in athletics today. If you consider that classless, then you are more narrow-minded than I thought.
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