Valdosta had to forfeit its opening victory against Warner Robins over the use of an ineligible player, who was quarterback Jake Garcia, a transfer from California. Nelson alleged that Propst attempted to help Garcia with $2,500 in monthly rent. Garcia later transferred to Grayson, won a state title there, and now is enrolled at the University of Miami.
Garcia’s ineligibility at Valdosta, ruled on by the Georgia High School Association, was not tied to improper payments, and it has not been proved that any payments were made to Garcia’s family.
Propst’s overall record in 31 seasons as a head coach is 302-101 with seven state titles, two at Colquitt County in Moultrie.