(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- After winning three straight Class 1 state basketball championships, Scott County Central head coach Kenyon Wright may be shown the door.
Speculation about his position as basketball coach and athletic director at Scott Central has been suspect over the last few days as rumors about replacing the state champion coach has grown.
Amid the growing concern about the status of Scott Central's head coach, supporters of Wright have taken action whether they are just rumors or not.
A Facebook group created on March 19 by Carmen Thomas named "Save Coach Kenyon Wright's Job @SCC" has some Braves fans up in arms.
"We're around 60 members now," Thomas said about the Facebook group. "Even the ball players from his team this year are on there and they're a little upset about this too. Why wouldn't they be?"
The description of Thomas' group states "The purpose of this group is to show support for Coach Kenyon Wright, who is the head coach and AD at SCC! He just coached the SCC Braves to State Championship #16!!!" As of press time, the group was up to 63 members.
"In my opinion I feel that he has done everything that he could," Thomas said about Wright. "He can only do so much being a coach and a teacher."
Wright has been with the Scott County Central program for four years. His first year involved with the Braves was behind legendary head coach Ronnie Cookson, who soon after handed the reigns to Wright.
Wright has guided the Braves to an 80-14 record during his three-year tenure. Phone calls to Wright were not returned as of press time.
According to Thomas, who is a 1993 graduate of Scott Central and also volunteers at the school on the weekends during youth basketball season, concern about Wright's job arose before the 2011-12 basketball season when one of the administration told Wright he needed to "update his resume."
"My thing is, why would he need to update his resume. He hasn't done anything wrong," said Thomas. "You have so many other things going on around the school but they want to pinpoint on Kenyon. There's more emphasis on his job but he's actually doing a good job with the boys. It's like they're nitpicking."
Scott County Central Superintendent Al McFerren is aware of the rumors and declined to comment based on speculation.
"I don't have any comments at this time," said McFerren. "I can't comment on something that is basically a rumor. I'm aware that someone is throwing rumors around. This is something that is the board's decision. We will be discussing the position of all of our employees at the next board meeting. Nothing special."
Scott County Central School Board President Steve Johnson also declined to comment.
"Not really," Johnson said, when asked if he would care to comment on the situation. "I don't have any comments at this time."
When asked if there was reasonable cause for the removal of Wright as head coach, Thomas replied, "If they have a cause it's a hidden cause. If he's a good coach and the kids listen to him and they have productive seasons, then why bother?"
A special meeting about teacher contracts is scheduled for Tuesday of next week.