Randallstown AD Hall takes over as interim football coach ++ Hughes is dismissed after starting season 0-2

September 21, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Randallstown athletic director Lawrence Hall took over as football coach on an interim basis Thursday, replacing Rudy Hughes.

Hall said it is unlikely he will hire a permanent replacement "until after the season." He referred questions to principal Barry Williams.

"Very simply," said Williams, "I've decided that the football program needed to go in another direction."

Since the season's inception, parents and the Randallstown community have been unhappy with the performance of Hughes, whose Rams were 0-2 for the first time in recent memory, having lost 56-0 to Dunbar and 20-6 to Franklin. The loss to Franklin was the first to that school in the program's history.

In a letter mailed to Hall and Williams on Sept. 9 and faxed to The Sun, parents "cast a vote of no confidence" in Hughes, and stated that his "coaching and communication with our children left us speechless."

Said Hughes, an assistant at Morgan State last season: "I was never told in advance by anyone that I had done anything wrong. The athletic director and I share an office, he came out and watched practice and never said there was anything wrong.

"The only thing I asked of the kids was to be on time and to be at practice. Apparently, that didn't sit right. So I'm still trying to figure out what I've done wrong. If there's another way to run a program, I don't know it."

A meeting, attended by county coordinator of athletics Ron Belinko and organized by parents, was held at the school on Wednesday night.

"As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, I was told I had the support of the administration," Hughes said. "But as of 7 a.m. on Thursday, things changed."

Pub Date: 9/21/96

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