Former South Florida football coach files whistleblower lawsuit against school

Former South Florida football coach files whistleblower lawsuit against school

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Former South Florida football coach files whistleblower lawsuit against school

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A high school football coach in South Florida has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Broward County Public Schools.

Matt Strout, the former coach at Miramar High, contends in the lawsuit that he was fired last October after he complained about rampant rules violations in the program. Strout’s complaints, according to the lawsuit as reported by the Sun-Sentinel, included grade fixing, illegal transfers and improper benefits.

Strout also said he provided players with gifts, wasn’t paid overtime as either a teacher or coach and that the school required him to teach even though it knew that he wasn’t qualified. Strout had been a substitute teacher but doesn’t not have an education degree or a teaching certificate.

He is also seeking back pay over a two-year period for when he was an assistant under former coach Damon Cogdell.

Shortly after Strout was fired, the school admitted rules violations regarding benefits to players.

Thereafter, the school discovered that Strout has falsified his resume. Among the false claims was that he had played football at Ohio State.

 

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