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Tuttle board accepts football coach Philip Koons' resignation

About 50 people crowded into the Tuttle administration building, many of them in support of Philip Koons, who won 205 games and two state championships in 21 years at Tuttle.
by Scott Wright Modified: April 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014

— A night set up to be both dramatic and emotional for Tuttle football fans turned out to be only one of the two.

Drama was absent but emotions were strong as the Tuttle board of education unanimously voted during a special meeting Friday night to officially accept the resignation of football coach Philip Koons.

Board president Karen Osborn wept at times while reading a written statement accepting Koons’ resignation. She said Koons had contacted the board asking them not to overturn his resignation.

About 50 people crowded into the Tuttle administration building, many of them listening to the proceedings from the lobby through the open board room door. Several of them were there in support of Koons.

A Facebook group had been formed earlier in the week to show support for getting the coach reinstated, and a few people left hastily after the announcement that Koons’ resignation had been accepted.

“As a board, we have to respect his decision and wishes to resign so he can move forward,” Osborn said, choking up as she read. “We accept his resignation with sadness. We love Coach Koons and his family, and wish him the best.”

Discussion and action on Koons’ resignation was the only item on the agenda for the meeting. The board entered into private executive session shortly after the meeting began at 6 p.m., and returned just after 6:30. But the time in executive session was not spent debating whether or not to accept Koons’ resignation.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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