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May 10, 2010
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May 10, 2010

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Fired

By South Plaquemines (La.) High, football and track coach Cyril Crutchfield, one of the faces of rebirth in New Orleans following the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. On April 26 Crutchfield was fired from his coaching position for an incident on April 19 in which he is alleged to have used profane language in front of a female teacher and her class. Crutchfield, who denied the charge, will appeal to the school board on June 7. The 43-year-old Crutchfield came to prominence in '06 at South Plaquemines, a combination of three displaced schools, and led the football team to Class 1A state titles in '07 and '08, inspiring news articles and, in '08, a book named for the team, The Hurricanes. But Crutchfield also came to be known for his fiery temperament and for his team's swaggering play, which earned the school a $1,000 fine, probation and, for Crutchfield, mandatory coaching classes in response to the team's unsportsmanlike behavior after a loss in the '09 state final.

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