Louisiana HS coach who banned Alabama for 'not being ethical' relieved of duties

Louisiana HS coach who banned Alabama for 'not being ethical' relieved of duties

David Feaster's ’Bama ban had been in place more than a year, but his comments this week made Parkway HS officials unhappy.

The Louisiana high school football coach who banned Alabama from his school's campus — this week accusing Nick Saban and his staff of "not being ethical" — was relieved of his duties Friday after six seasons, the Shreveport Times reported.

In making the announcement that David Feaster had been removed from his job as head coach, Parkway High School principal Waylon Bates said in a statement: "Coach Feaster and I do not share the same philosophy or vision for Parkway High School athletics."

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Feaster — at 59-17, Parkway's winningest coach — gained national attention this week for prohibiting Alabama football coaches from the Bossier City school's campus, although, according to the Times, Tide coaches have been unwelcome for more than a year, as Feaster first told a local radio host in 2015.

Feaster's unhappiness with Alabama coach Nick Saban and his assistants stemmed from Feaster's feeling that they mishandled their recruitment of former Parkway and LSU QB Brandon Harris.

The ban bubbled to the surface again this week when Feaster told a Baton Rouge radio station that his players were welcome to play for the Crimson Tide if they choose, but he told them to be wary of the recruiting process and called out Alabama football for "not being ethical" in its recruiting. 

According to the Times, school officials felt Feaster, who they say is "not the spokesperson of Parkway High School," was "undermining" them and potentially hurting Parkway athletes who might be recruited by Alabama.

"Coaches work at the pleasure of the principal, and it was the decision of the administration to make a change in Parkway’s football program and go in a different direction," Bossier Parish Schools superintendent Scott Smith told the Times.

Parkway had been very successful in Feaster’s tenure, losing more than two games in a season only once, in his first season. With Harris at quarterback, Feaster led Parkway to its first state title-game appearance in 2013.

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