ELMIRA, Ore. -- Football players at Elmira High School are defending their coach after he was recently denied a contract extension due to a controversial locker room pep talk.
The pep talk was recorded by one of the players and released to KEZI 9 News.
In the recording Dusty Burchfield, the assistant football coach, can be heard cursing at the players.
The administration then decided to take action.
One of the players that was called out in the recording, Josiah Hernandez, spoke to KEZI 9 News about the recording.
"He was just talking about how we could improve in the game and in general, and he was calling me out 'cause I'm one of the leaders on the football team, and we needed to pick it up and do better," said Hernandez.
Another player, Gavin Parker, said the recording was released to smear Burchfield's coaching and character.
"It was actually one of the players that wasn't playing that game that was upset by it and weeks later ended up turning it in. I think he wasn't happy with his playing time, so he decided to take it out on the coach," Parker said.
The players on Elmira's football team have started a petition to get Burchfield back and said it has around 200 signatures.