A former longtime football coach in Alabama and a special education teacher could have their teaching licenses revoked by the state following an investigation that determined coach Jeff Foshee offered money and “sex or a sex act” in exchange for Abby Butler changing grades for football players last spring, according to a report.
According to letters obtained by the Wetumpka Herald through the state’s Open Records Act the state Department of Education determined that Stanhope Elmore High coach Foshee and Butler “acted in a way that is immoral, unbecoming and indecent” when the coach offer to pay, and did pay, Abby Butler , at least $300 to ensure that (name redacted), a student football player, would pass his class.”
The letter further states the motivation was to keep the player eligible to benefit the football team.
The allegations also include that Butler took one test for the student and provided answers on at least the science and English final exams along with other accommodations. The letter also indicates Butler may have taken tests for two other students, although it is not known whether those were athletes.
Foshee and Butler have 15 days to respond and determine their next steps.
Since the initial investigation, Foshee has maintained “the truth will come out” and that he and his attorney will get the situation resolved.
Foshee resigned as coach in June at an emergency meeting of the board of education. At the time, he said he was burned out and cited health concerns. Foshee, 44, had been the school’s head coach since 2000 and succeeded his father, Jimmy, who won 212 games from 1975 to 1999. Jeff Foshee had a record of 105-72 in 16 seasons and 12 playoff appearances.
In another letter obtained by the Herald via open records request, school principal Jamey McGowin self-reported a violation to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control. In that letter, McGowin wrote that Foshee had promised Buter $500 but a few weeks later, he said he could only pat $250 and would “replace the rest with sexual favors.”
The school was placed on one year of probation but its postseason eligibility was not impacted.