While the AHSAA investigates what caused two north central Alabama football coaches to come to blows, the Jasper community reacts to the news that Walker High School head football coach John Holladay has resigned.
The residents FOX6 spoke with Tuesday are not happy to what happened to their coach after he got into a fight with a rival Cullman coach. They feel Holladay is being portrayed as the bad guy in this situation when he was provoked. They add that one bad moment can't erase all the other good moments he brought not just to the team but the community.
"Sometimes things happen to good folks and in this case that was it," John Rollins said. "We couldn't find a better coach, a better man to have over these kids."
"He's put so much into this program and he had a moment," Sally Greene, the parent of a player, said.
Parents here feel the media isn't showing the full video. In video obtained from Combs Broadcasting/TV16 Jasper, we can see Holladay taking his team off the field. Over to the left, approaching Holladay, is one of Cullman's coaches. What is still unknown is what one or both of the men may have said but whatever it was, Holladay can be seen fighting back.
But those who know him say this moment is not indicative of his personality.
"Very even keel, never had a hot temper," Greene said.
"You never saw him here on the practice field fly off the edge," Rollins said. "He's always steady right down the line."
Which is why the community is standing by the coach until the end.
"He's getting a bad rap. Hopefully he will come back; somewhere, if it's not here," Rollins said.
"He's great. I hope it has somewhat of a happy ending. I'm sorry it happened. I hope he can come back and have something to do with the program. Everybody hopes that," Greene said.
Monday, FOX6 reported that the reason the Cullman coach was upset was because Holladay was taking players off the field before the teams shook hands. Parents in Jasper tell me that was the plan from the beginning of the game because of the tension between the two teams.
They say coaches for both teams knew the arrangements. FOX6 will continue to look into this and other aspects of this story.
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