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Oregon middle school coach fired for planning awards dinner at Hooters

Posted at 3:18 PM, Nov 06, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) — A middle school football coach was fired for planning an awards dinner for kids at a Hooters in Oregon.

And he said he’s moving forward with the event at the restaurant known for its chesty waitresses in skimpy outfits. In fact, Hooters has even said it will pick up the tab.

According to KGW, Corbett Middle School football coach Randall Burbach said he would not be bullied and will still hold the event without district support.

"If they do as well as the Hooters did for my boys when they were 12, it will be a great experience," Burbach said.

It was reported that the coach asked the boys where they wanted to have their awards dinner and they chose Hooters. His own children had a positive experience there when they were young, he said.

Plans for the dinner were outlined in a letter sent to parents by the school’s athletic director, J.P. Soulagnet.

The coach maintains that he didn’t hear any negative concerns from parents. He said the vast majority of the feedback he’s gotten has been positive.

"Not allowing myself to be bullied by the vocal minority, is the war I want to win, is the only war I can win right now," said Burbach.

Hooters has announced that it intended to donate $1,000 and 20 percent of its sales on Saturday to the Corbett Boosters Club.

Click here to read more on this story from KGW in Portland.