SAN JOSE — There were testimonials, both for and against the longtime coach, at meetings the past three months.
Yet the future of the Oak Grove High football program remains stalled at the 1-yard line.
Administrators and prominent names in the storied South Bay program’s history are in a tug-of-war with polarizing coach Jay Braun, who is fighting to retain his job despite the strong opposition.
The school believed it had cause to terminate Braun from his coaching position after what it viewed as the latest in a string of questionable episodes.
Braun, who also teaches history at the school, and the teacher’s union rightly maintained that he was entitled to due process to retain the coaching job he’s held for nearly a decade.
He is now on administrative leave from his coaching duties.
The situation has led to an awkward state of purgatory for a program that has won seven section championships — the last under Braun in 2015 — and produced a number of college and NFL players.
“We’re at the 1 and we don’t know if we want to pass, run; we’re burning our timeouts, and nobody knows what to do,” said the program’s junior varsity coach, Brandon Younger, who sat with a group that wants Braun removed at last month’s district board meeting. “Everybody is waiting for a call.”
The decisive play could arrive this week. The East Side Union High School District board is expected to discuss the matter at its monthly meeting Tuesday night and a decision about Braun’s future is anticipated soon after.
“I just want it to be over with,” Braun said Sunday night.
Younger does, too, but not for the adults in the equation.
“Ultimately, it’s the kids that suffer the loss,” he said.
Oak Grove head coach Jay Braun reacts to being doused with liquid as the Eagles celebrate a 27-21 win over St. Francis for the CCS Open Division II championship at San Jose City College on Dec. 5, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
A memo from Oak Grove principal Martha Brazil was sent to parents dated Nov. 14, 2017, 11 days after Braun cursed at a school administrator along the sideline during a game and then left with a little less than two minutes to go on the clock.
The letter thanked Braun for his years of dedication while introducing Marcus Reese, a former Oak Grove star and current assistant to Braun, as the interim head coach.
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