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Assistant coach fired for disparaging Facebook comments about rival school

Longtime Marian Central (Woodstock, Ill.) offensive line coach Steve Spoden was fired Thursday for writing disparaging comments on one of his players' Facebook pages about a rival school.

In the post, which has since been removed, Spoden said he "wanted to take a bat to the knees of Montini's football players" and "carpetbomb the town."

Spoden says he was trying to console his player, who had posted that he wanted another shot at Montini (Lombard, Ill) after Marian Central lost to the Broncos, 42-27, in the third round of the playoffs. The player posted on his Facebook page on Nov. 24, the day Montini won the 5A state title.

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“I made a huge mistake,” Spoden told McHenry County Sports. “I need to own it. I have no one to blame but me.”

Several Marian Central players expressed support for Spoden, who served as a Hurricanes assistant coach for 13 years.

"We're all disappointed in his opinions, but we all still love him," junior wide receiver Brett Olson said Friday. "He's changed the lives of a lot of kids."

Thanks to Prep Rally for the heads up.



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