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Jones County coach reportedly leaving for Colquitt job

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Jones County coach reportedly leaving for Colquitt job

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Ten days before spring practice is scheduled to start, it appears the Jones County Greyhounds must begin a search for a new head football coach.

According to published reports, the Colquitt County Board of Education is expected to vote at its meeting Monday night whether to approve Jones County coach Justin Rogers as the new coach for the Class 7-A Colquitt County Packers.

Rogers said he could not comment until after Monday night’s meeting.

Jones County athletic director Barry Veal said he was aware of the situation but declined further comment.

Rogers, who at 45-15 in five seasons as Jones County’s coach, has the best winning percentage (75 percent) in school history and is only one win shy of the school record for a coach behind Bubba Williams, who was 46-57-1 in 10 years.

The Greyhounds have advanced to the state playoffs each season under Rogers, reaching the quarterfinals twice. Only one other Jones County coach, Jeff Lee in 2000 and 2001, led the Greyhounds to the playoffs in consecutive seasons.

The Colquitt job, one of the most coveted in the state, came open when Rush Propst was fired in March and accused of violating the standards of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators. Propst, who is appealing his dismissal, was accused of owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in income taxes, providing medication to players, charging a hotel stay to the school system, interfering in the hiring of a new principal and failing to control his players following their 14-13 state final loss to Milton in December.

Propst was 119-35 in 11 years at Colquitt, taking the Packers to the state finals five times and winning back-to-back state titles with perfect 15-0 records in 2014 and 2015. Colquitt lost in the championship game each of the last two seasons.

Before that, Propst was 176-61 in 19 seasons at five schools in Alabama, including a 110-16 record in nine years at Hoover, Alabama.

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