Propst was let go in the wake of a recruiting scandal that resulted in the Georgia High School Association fining the South Georgia school $7,500 and banning the football team from the 2021 playoffs. Five players, alleged to have been recruited to transfer illegally by Propst, were declared ineligible at any GHSA school. Valdosta’s seven 2020 victories were forfeited.
Propst is one of the nation’s best-known high school coaches. An Alabama native, he has won 295 games and seven state titles, including two at Colquitt County in Moultrie. Propst was fired at Colquitt County after the 2018 season and spent 2019 assisting a college team as he fought to regain his teaching certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.