Collierville coach off football field, back in classroom

Shawn Abel (Source:
Shawn Abel (Source:

(WMC-TV) – One week after resigning as coach of the Collierville High School football team, Shawn Abel is back in the classroom.

Mike Tebbe, Shelby County School's spokesman, told Action News 5 that Abel was back in the classroom today.

Abel, who was an assistant coach for more than two decades , spent less than two seasons at the helm of the school's football squad. He left his post October 24 after a two-minute, expletive-laden pre-game rant was secretly recorded and posted YouTube.

Click here to listen to the recording (Warning: Strong language)

Abel's rant started several days before, when one of his players asked a friend from another school to tape his ankles before Collierville's game with Wooddale. According to the players, several people recorded the expletive filled rant on their cell phones. One player posted it on YouTube.

The video was later deleted.

Last week, Abel discussed his decision to resign, and the secret recording that led him to do so.

"You never know when someone's gonna be dressed in a uniform and sneak a cell phone that you can't see, and record what you say," he said. "I'm kind of an old-school football guy, and I believe in the sanctity of the locker room. You know, if I reported everything in the locker room, half those kids would be in trouble everyday."

Regardless, Abel said there is no excuse for what happened.

"Obviously I used very poor judgment in what I said and in the language I used," he said. "It was an attempt to get the kids motivated for a football game, and I did it completely incorrectly, and I do apologize to the parents and players and the community that I represent."

Abel expressed regret for what happened.

"I should be more mature than that to let my frustrations get the better of me. But it looks like that's what happened," he said.

Click here to listen to the recording (Warning: Strong language)

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