UPDATE: The Lamar County School District unanimously approved current offensive coordinator Drew Causey as the new head football coach at Oak Grove.
The LCSB approved Causey by unanimous vote.
— Jason Munz (@munzly) August 5, 2015
Randy Butler is out as head football coach at Oak Grove.
Lamar County School District superintendent Tess Smith told The Clarion-Ledger that due to Butler’s certification issues, she will recommend the current Warriors offensive coordinator for the head coaching position.
“At the 3pm meeting today, I am recommending Drew Causey as the new head football coach at Oak Grove High School,” Smith said via email. “Some of the board members will have to call in for the meeting, but I hope to get their approval.”
The Lamar County School District is holding an emergency meeting at the office of Landry and Lewis Architects at 3 p.m. to name the new head coach.
Butler was named as Nevil Barr’s replacement on May 28 after the former Warriors coach retired after 14 seasons. However, Butler still needed to be approved by the school board. That’s when he ran into an issue.
Butler does not hold a teaching license in Mississippi. According to rule 5.4 in the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s handbook, “No school is permitted to use a coach unless he/she is a full-time certified employee of the school system.” There are several exceptions, but none pertain to football. Rule 5.4.3 says that “An off-site coach or non-certified district personnel (para-professional) can be the head coach in tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, track, powerlifting, archery, bowling, cheer/dance and swimming, or an assistant coach in any sport.”
Butler was approved as a substitute teacher when he was hired. A gag order was issued last Friday by Chancery Judge Dawn Bream that prevented Butler and the LCSD from speaking about the issue. Today, that order was lifted.
Butler has most recently been an assistant coach at Troy University, where he has served as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the past seven seasons.
Prior to that, he spent 17 seasons at Southern Miss as an assistant coach. Among the roles he filled while at USM were tight ends coach, defensive line coach, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Oak Grove opens the 2015 season against Wayne County on Aug. 28 after having a bye-week in Week 1.