Jerry Browning resigned Monday as Hoover High School athletics director and accepted the same position at Saint James School in Montgomery.First glance, this is a who-cares, especially if you don't live in Alabama... but a veritable flock of little birds are telling me that this won't be the last time you see the words "Hoover High," "athletics," "education" and "integrity" in the same newspaper article this summer.
Browning said he is leaving after three years because of "philosophical differences" with the current Hoover administration and the chance to spend more time with his family.
"There have been some changes this year that differ from my philosophical approach to education," said Browning, who declined to discuss specifics.
"My entire career, one thing that's very important to me is honesty, integrity, character development. Those are things that I cherish, and I think it's very important those things have to be maintained."
Attempts to reach Hoover Principal Richard Bishop for comment were unsuccessful.
Like I said, one to keep an eye on.
UPDATE: From Wednesday's News:
The superintendent for Hoover City Schools said Tuesday he is investigating concerns raised by Hoover High School's athletics director, who resigned Monday and took a job with a private school in Montgomery.Not just football. Perhaps not just one recently-recruited football player, either.
Superintendent Andy Craig said Jerry Browning, Hoover's athletics director for three years, came to him with concerns about the school's athletic programs before he resigned and took a job as athletics director at Saint James School.
Craig would not elaborate on the concerns, saying he did not want to speculate on anything that has not been confirmed.
"It's just too vague. There's nothing decisive," Craig said, adding that he is taking the concerns seriously.
When asked if the concerns related to the football program at Hoover, Craig paused and said: "It's not just football."