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Middle School Football Coach Totally Confused By Parents Who Don’t Want Awards Dinner Held At Hooters

150555285__1383671247_142.196.156.251An Oregon Middle School football coach has been fired for planning an awards dinner for his seventh and eighth grade players at Hooters. Well, he wasn’t so much fired for planning it, as for refusing to change the location when parents protested.

Randall Burbach gave the seventh and eighth grade boys on the team the choice about where they wanted to have their banquet. They chose Hooters, so duh – that’s where they’re going to go. They also asked if he could arrange for them to eat french fries and Now and Laters for dinner for the rest of the year – to which he said, Sure boys – whatever you want. Then they all asked to never have homework again and if every student could nap during math – to which he replied, Why not? Okay, I made all of that last bit up but the Hooters part is true.

Burbach seems utterly confused as to why any parents would have a problem with a middle school awards dinner being held at Hooters. When speaking of the kids and the restaurant he says, ”If they did as well as the Hooters did for my boys when they were 12, it would be a great experience.” I don’t even know what that means. Now this guy is kind of creeping me out.

The school’s athletic director, J.P. Soulagnet, implored Burbach to hold the dinner somewhere else, but Burbach was unyielding. Burbach told News Channel 8 Portland, “I’m not allowing myself to be bullied by the vocal minority – is the example, is the war I want to win. It’s the only war I can win right now.” Okay Coach Crazy; way to take a stand. But, you’re fired because you are being ridiculous.

“Some might say that this restaurant objectifies women. I would tend to agree,” Soulagnet said. “It is not a restaurant that I would feel good about my wife or daughter working at. I think it sends the wrong message to our young men and that saddens and worries me the most.”

I’m not really offended by Hooters but I totally understand why parents wouldn’t want their kids having a middle school awards party there. The fact that Burbach doesn’t is frankly, more than a little strange.

(photo: Getty Images)

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  • keelhaulrose

    A few years ago, and I’d be right there with you.
    Now? Hooters is hardly as risque as they once were. They’re not even the most scantily-clad theme restaurant anymore (hello, Tilted Kilt). You see more tit on some cartoons. The food isn’t great, but the couple times I’ve been to one the service has been good. I honestly don’t think this is the scandal it once was, though I do think he should have just sighed when parents complained and changed the venue. It’s not a battle worth fighting.

    • guest

      I don’t know why your comment got downvoted- everything you have said is in fact true. I am constantly in awe of people who suggest that Hooters is this ‘ must shield from the eyes of any man’ place… unless you have stopped going to the beach, pool, living in a hot climate, vacationing, tv, etc. this is hardly the most risque thing a male will see.

    • keelhaulrose

      I find it hilarious that the ad at the top of this was an ‘undressed’ M&M. It’s okay to have that on the site, but a restaurant where the women are clothed, if a little ‘sexy’, is an uproar.
      I’m not apologizing for my thoughts. It’s not a hill I would have died on, but it’s not the scandal it once was. Go to the beach or public pool on any warm day and you’ll see three times the skin.

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I can understand why boys that age would want to eat at Hooters. I can equally understand why their parents would say no. It does objectify women and obviously many parents want to teach their sons not to do that. It’s not a strip club, it’s on the lower end of the sleeze spectrum when it comes to the adult-centred venues that are available these days, but that doesn’t make it appropriate for kids.

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I can understand why boys that age would want to eat at Hooters. I can equally understand why their parents would say no. It does objectify women and obviously many parents want to teach their sons not to do that. It’s not a strip club, it’s on the lower end of the sleeze spectrum when it comes to the adult-centred venues that are available these days, but that doesn’t make it appropriate for kids.

  • Alex

    He didn’t get fired for planning an awards dinner at Hooters, nor for refusing to relocate it when parents objected. He got fired for ignoring a direct order from his boss.

    Whether at Hooters or Red Robin, disobeying your superior is a terminable offense that doesn’t generate a great deal of sympathy for me.

  • Alex

    He didn’t get fired for planning an awards dinner at Hooters, nor for refusing to relocate it when parents objected. He got fired for ignoring a direct order from his boss.

    Whether at Hooters or Red Robin, disobeying your superior is a terminable offense that doesn’t generate a great deal of sympathy for me.

  • Rachel Sea

    The food is overpriced, and they charge a dollar for every individual condiment. I would be pissed too.

  • Rachel Sea

    The food is overpriced, and they charge a dollar for every individual condiment. I would be pissed too.

  • Aimee Beff

    The highly questionable choice of Hooters as venue aside, at what point did he think it was a good idea to take a moral stand with his boss on this issue? When I used to teach I had to put my foot down sometimes too, but I have trouble imaging myself proclaiming to the principal, “My students have the RIGHT to be served overpriced chicken by women in tank tops at a school-sponsored function!”

    • TheGiantPeach

      I know, right? This is the sword he wants to die on? This guy seriously has his priorities screwed up.

  • Alanna Jorgensen

    This is a stupid hill for him to choose to die on…

  • Karen

    My cousin and his hockey team(s) have been going to Hooters for team dinners/celebrations since he was like 6. And yes, now at age 21, he is a complete pig, if you were wondering. Correlation? Hard to say. (I should note none of the teams were school related.)

  • Ally

    Why is the coach planning the awards dinner anyway? Isn’t that a parent thing?

  • FF4life

    This isn’t the kind of thing I would want my 13 year old exposed to. They aren’t naked and they aren’t doing anything lewd but the purpose behind the uniforms is pretty clear. It’s intentionally provocative as a form of entertainment. That’s fine for an older teenager but for a 13 or 12 year old it might send a confusing message about how to treat women.

  • kay

    The big thing with all of this is that the coach keeps saying how much of his own time and money he put into the team (“i paid for the pizza when i had the boys over to my house to watch game footage” “i spent over $1000 on this party” which honestly strikes me as molester-y. It’s one thing to invest some of your time and money into a cause. It’s another to spend ALL YOUR TIME (practice, then they’re at your house on the weekends to watch footage?) and money on 13 year old boys.
    To the best I can tell he doesn’t have a child on the team… It just seems weird to me.