Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame basketball coach Phil Ingersoll has filed an age discrimination suit with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Oklahoma City Public Schools.
The suit is in regard to Ingersoll accepting an offer to become the basketball coach at Douglass High School in June, then having the offer rescinded less than a week later.
In paperwork filed Oct. 5 with the EEOC, Ingersoll, age 59, says he met with OKCPS Superintendent Karl Springer in June to inquire about the reason for the offer being rescinded and Springer told him it was due to the “‘totality of our relationship,' which he declined to elaborate on. No reason was given for hiring a younger, less experienced person for the job.”
Ingersoll told The Oklahoman Tuesday that “my attorney and I did not feel that was an adequate explanation.”
Anthony Andrews, 49, was hired in July as the Douglass coach. Previously, he was the head coach at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and he coached travel teams on the summer circuit. He most recently had worked as an assistant coach at Newcastle.
“As of (Tuesday), the Oklahoma City Public School District administration has not been served with a lawsuit from Phil Ingersoll alleging discrimination,” Springer said.
SHAWNEE COMING OFF KEY WIN
Despite a 2-4 record to this point, the playoffs aren't out of the question for Shawnee in its return to Class 5A this season.
The Wolves defeated Skiatook 51-0 Friday, a game they needed to win to stay in the hunt. Currently, Shawnee, Tulsa Hale and Durant are tied for fourth at 1-2 in 5A-3 play. And 0-3 Noble could be in the mix after playing the toughest portion of its district schedule the last three weeks.
The Wolves exploded on Skiatook on Friday, when Kendall Gilbert returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. He later caught a TD pass, and quarterback John Jacobs added a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The Wolves host Tulsa Kelley (4-2, 3-0) on Friday, then face Durant, Tulsa Hale and Noble in the final three weeks of the regular season.
DEFENSE LEADING THE WAY FOR DOUGLASS
While the offense has been up and down to start the season, the Douglass defense has been on top of its game, especially in last Friday's 14-0 win at Glenpool. The Trojans allowed only 69 rushing yards to the run-heavy Warriors and dominated the line of scrimmage.
The Trojans have allowed 27 points total the last four weeks, all victories, with strong play at all three levels. Deondre Clark and Johnny Jones have powered the line, with Chris High anchoring a banged-up linebacker unit. Terry Harris and Anthony Williams have been strong in the secondary, with Williams picking off five passes.
After giving up 42 total points in two losses to start the season, Douglass has gelled after some position changes.
“Everybody's in their right position and we understand what we've got to do,” said High, also the team's top running back with 766 yards on just 70 carries. “Everybody's locking down at their position and doing their job.”
NO FAVORITE IN 6A GIRLS
The race for the 6A girls' individual state cross country crown is wide open after Friday's pre-state meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Kyra Fuller of Mustang won the meet, defeating her teammate and defending state champion Emily Helms, who finished second.
Helms and Jaci Smith of Edmond North, who finished fourth in Edmond, had been trading victories all season.
Add to the mix Abby Hoover of Sapulpa, who finished ahead of all three at the Cowboy Jamboree the previous week and was third Friday at the pre-state meet, and the state championship is anybody's race.
“There are about seven girls who have the times that could win it,” Mustang coach Mike McGarry said. “There is not going to be one clear-cut favorite going into state.”
The 6A state cross country meet is Oct. 27 at Edmond Santa Fe.