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South San Antonio High school coach quits following questions of missing funds and porn on school computer
Thursday, Feb 02, 2012, 05:25PM CST
By Steve Miller
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The antennae rise when a high school administrator abruptly quits and announces, “The second I don't work there any more, the gloves come off. All the secrets I know about this district are going to come out. I don't have anything to lose anymore.”

We’re here if you need us.

The quote comes from a story in the San Antonio Express-News, and the guy delivering the welcome news is the departing basketball coach and athletic director from South San Antonio High School, Gary Durbon.

But first he has a few things to clear up.

His dad, former superintendent Ron Durbon, was fired in November amidst allegations he failed to fire up an investigation after it was found pornography was accessed on school computers, specifically one used by his son – Gary, the guy who is poised to spill the beans.

It also appears that the older Durbon also created some bad blood by obtaining a restraining order against the school board’s president and a trustee, whom Ron and son had sued over the pornography-on-school-computers episode.

The Texas Education Agency found good reason for canning Ron.
Gary was, until recently, best known for being the go-to guy for Tony Limon, the high school basketball player who was sued for punching a player during a game in 1999.

Limon said, coach said it was cool to punch; coach said otherwise.

What’s for sure not cool is stealing public money. And when some $25,000 in football funds turned up missing last fall, Gary was “reassigned.” Gary was supposed to be the watcher of the walking dough. But he told a local TV reporter: "I've never handled money. I don't count it. I don't deposit it. Nor have I ever been given a job description that says I am to oversee the money that comes into this department. So what you were told by the district is false."

We have to wonder the fate of the Ron Durbon Athletic Center.

Especially if Gary follows through on his promise to take off whatever gloves he was wearing. If he does, well, we answer our phone any time of day.
 
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