One of the most successful high school baseball coaches in Texas finds himself under fire, after briefly being deposed, thanks to a hidden camera video taken by his athletes showing him angrily berating them before a practice.
As reported by The Big Lead, Port Neches-Grove (Tex.) High baseball coach Mark Brevell is back in the dugout at Port Neches as the Texas prep baseball season gets underway, even though he returns to action against the concerted efforts of his players.
Just before a preseason practice, Brevell entered the locker room and angrily lashed out at two of his players for not being ready to play. Unbeknownst to Brevell, one of those players was secretly videotaping his rant, with the subsequent product landing on YouTube shortly thereafter.
The video has since been removed from the social video site, but not before The Big Lead's Stephen Douglas took down a transcription of Brevell's comments.
"Are either one of y'all ever going to do anything I ever ask? Or are we going to go through this [expletive] [expletive] all year?
"What were y'all hoping? That practice was cancelled? Yeah,you were. One senior already told me. I ain't even going to practice with y'all today. Y'all want to go to practice? I'm going [expletive] home to spend time with my family. If you want to work, work. If you want to go home, go home. I couldn't even care less. Just be ready because there might be some things changing.
"I don't care who you are or what grade you're in. Things are going to change right now or I swear to God, I'll play ... I'llplay JV and Freshman teams and ill play with 22 Freshmen.
"I told Coach this morning that today was going to be a great day, a positive day. And the first thing that happen when I get here is ya'll dumb asses standing in the locker room talking, not even dressed."
Little was made in the local media about Brevell's antics, though the school acted quick to remove him from his position after word of his rant began to trickle out on a Port Neches-Groves online community. Yet the coach was apparently quietly reinstated for the start of the season, which officially kicked off on Tuesday.
Part of Brevell's ability to outlive the incident may come from his success on the diamond. The coach won the District 20-4A title in 2012, and enters 2013 with another potential playoff squad.
Yet, just as Brevell's rant had its attackers, the coach also had plenty of supporters who flocked to social media to convince officials to leave him as the team's coach, including this Facebook page, which drew plenty of attention.
That argument eventually won out, even if it may force at least two of his players to play through an incredibly awkward year ahead, sharing the dugout with a man who exploded against them before the season even started.