PORTLAND Corbett Middle School football coach Randall Burbach has been fired for planning an awards dinner at a Jantzen Beach Hooters.
The restaurant's brand includes waitresses in skimpy outfits. Burbach told KGW that he had not planned on Hooters for the sexual overtones. His own children had a positive experience there at age 12, he said.
Plans for the dinner, first reported in the Oregonian, were outlined in a letter to parents by the school s athletic director, J.P. Soulagnet.
I spoke with Randy Burbach this evening and asked him to move the event to a different venue, Soulagnet said in the letter. He was unyielding and emphatically said no for a number of reasons. As a school district and athletic department, we do not support nor condone the decision to hold an end of season celebration at Hooter s for any of our teams.
Soulagnet said the party was no longer considered a school event. One football player s family so far has said they will not attend the party at Hooter s, which bills itself as delightfully tacky yet unrefined.
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.