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Cottrell not on Foley's football call-back list

Former Alabama assistant applies with Lions, but isn't among 10 interview candidates

Friday, January 07, 2005


Sports Reporter

One of the 40 applicants for Foley High School's football coaching vacancy was a coach with experience at Florida State and Alabama, but it apparently wasn't enough to rate an interview with Foley principal Kenneth Dinges.

Ronnie Cottrell confirmed Thursday that he had applied for the Foley head coaching job, vacated when Lester Smith retired this year after an 0-10 season. Contacted at his northwest Florida home, Cottrell said he applied for the po sition at the request of friends in the Foley community.

"I really think it's a tremendous program, but I have not heard back from the principal (about an interview)," Cottrell said of Foley. "My goal is to get back into college football, but January is the last window for me and high schools would be my next step.

"I spent a lot of time as a high school coach," he added. "It's the purest form of football there is."

Dinges said Thursday that he chose 10 applicants to interview and Cottrell was not among them. He would not say why Cottrell wasn't chosen and he declined to name the 10 coaches on the interview list.

"I felt that I picked the best 10 to interview," Dinges said.

A native of Brewton, Cottrell served as head coach at Flomaton, T.R. Miller, W.S. Neal and Kinston High schools before joining Bobby Bowden's staff at Florida State for nine years. He later served as Alabama's recruiting coordinator under Mike DuBose, but wasn't retained when Dennis Franchione took over the Tide in 2001.

Cottrell was named in one of the secondary violations found against Alabama when the Tide was punished with NCAA sanctions in 2002 for recruiting violations. He still has a $60 million defamation lawsuit pending against the NCAA and several other defendants. Cottrell's lawsuit claims he has not been able to land another job in college coaching because of the NCAA case.

(Sports reporter Derek Belt contributed to this story.)


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wow....talk about a blow to the ego....hell, even ole dubose could get a high school job.....hell, doug barfield got a high school job.....coach hula might take him back if logan young gets off.....i think those two are like siamese twins, joined at the butt anyway

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Maybe he can get a job as "gatorade specialist" for dumbose! ! ! :D

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This is actually old news, from a few weeks ago.

I went to Foley and have to say, their principal is an idiot, as was the one before him. Of course, this only adds validity to his claim in court...

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Just think, In one year, he and hula will be goin' after the same HS coaching jobs.


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