High School Coach Bryan Craig Resigns After Sex Book Scandal

high school coach Bryan Craig sex book scandal An Illinois high school guidance counselor and girls basketball coach might have thought that he was launching a glamorous side-career when he wrote a self-help guide for women. But the book's advice ("Give him oral sex without making the 'ugh' face" ), confessions ("I still have a weakness for cleavage and camel toe"), and amateur physiology ("Latin women's vaginal walls ... are much warmer"), struck some as unbecoming for a teacher of children. Bryan was put on administrative leave last week, reported the Chicago Tribune, and resigned as coach, but wouldn't respond to requests for comment.

The likely soon-to-be-Lifetime-movie tale of Bryan Craig began in July, when the coach at Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, Ill., self-published the 44-page book "It's Her Fault." (He's selling it for $11.95 on Amazon.)

It's billed as a relationship guide for the ladies, with tips on how they can release the inherent power they have over men -- tips that Craig is qualified to give, as he explains in the forward, because of his varied experiences as a counselor, as well as his life "surrounded by women." He's been the coach of a girls basketball team, after all, and a part-time bouncer at a local strip club.

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It's Her Fault bookThe book sparked a controversy at the suburban Chicago public school, documented in detail on Patch, which had profiled Bryan last year. His story is stirring. As a kid growing up on Chicago's gang-ridden South Side, he played basketball every day to stay out of trouble, and went on to earn two masters degrees in counseling psychology and education administration. Girls at Rich Central sang his praises: He was like a parent, pushing them to do better, to go to college, to get a degree.

But not everyone considered the advice that Craig doled out in his book to be "on message." "The easiest kill for a man is through the young lady with low self-esteem," he writes at one point, going on to encourage women to submit to their men ("let him turn you every which way"). He opines about the different shades and textures of vaginas of women of different ethnicities and races, and he holds up strippers as women who have their "mind set in the right place in order to meet the true potential of the point of this book." (You can find other choice quotes here.)

Students jumped to their coach's defense. "He's male and he never came across as even thinking of that stuff," one of his former players, Senica Esco, told the Chicago Sun-Times, adding that Bryan probably wrote the book "because he was bored."

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"You gotta make your money somehow," remarked Eric Stover, a junior who had Bryan as a counselor last year.

"He has his constitutional right to free speech," School District Superintendent Donna Simpson Leak told the Sun-Times. "We are concerned, we don't condone what's in the book, and we are monitoring it so this doesn't create a situation at the school."

School Board President Betty Owens was less diplomatic, calling the book "distasteful" and "inappropriate."

"It breaks my heart a little bit," board member Ceryl Coleman said.

On Friday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the school put Bryan on administrative leave, as the school investigates any potential disruptions that the book has caused.

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Bryan is hardly the first teacher to risk a job because of extracurricular writings. Among some recent cases: An English teacher in Britain was suspended in 2009 for self-publishing a fictional book that featured underage schoolkids drinking and drug-dealing. In January, Luis Aguilera, who like Craig grew up on Chicago's South Side, sued the Chicago Public School District, claiming that he was fired for his memoir detailing a childhood affair with a teacher. And in June, Natalie Munroe sued a Pennsylvania school district where she had taught English -- after it fired her over profanity-riddled, tell-all blog.

Teachers' First Amendment rights aren't unfettered, however. In the the landmark case Pickering v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruled that it was a violation of teachers' constitutional right to free speech to fire them for speaking as citizens on "matters of public concern." Teachers can lose their jobs for broadcasting their private concerns, however, hence the slew of teachers who have been fired over the last few years for tactless Facebooking.

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why didn't he just use a psuedonym? Would've have let him have his free speech and avoid any chance of scandal. i would just be afraid that his mind is not in the right place w/ these youngsters. but i do know plenty of people that are very professional at work and are crazy when they're out an about at the clubs or at parties. Unless someone comes forward saying he was inappropriate, I wouldn't crucify him. But he should've realized it would cause a stir w/ all the parents and school board. These are young kids, if they look up to him, they are gonna take what he says as gold; no matter how professional he is at work. In any profession, it is sometimes better to just maintain one role.

September 12 2012 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

amazing lack of decorum there dude!!It sounds like you are in for a rude awakening if you have had lapses in judgement with any of your students or their parents(single mothers)

September 09 2012 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so i guess letting kids hang out with MJ after the 1st pedophile crap is ok, but writing a book, even if trash, retarded,awesome or even just illogical, is not ok? noted...

September 07 2012 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For those who think that this is simply a free speech issue allow me to enlighten you. When someone works with children in a capacity where we expect that person to set a positive example, anything that person does on their own time that brings into question their ability to set that positive example becomes the business of the institution to whom those children were entrusted. No one is denying this person's right to express himself in a book. The school is only exercising their right and the rights of parents that their children will be taught by teachers who will be a positive influence on the children. To put it simply, children have rights too!

September 06 2012 at 7:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Mike your argument is exactly the same as the argument used to ban or fire openly homosexual teachers. That may not disturb you because your convinced your correct but it truly concerns me. I know hundreds of children who have attended private catholic schools taught only by priests and nuns, and none of them have become either a priest or nun. If children truly followed the example of their teachers the world would be awash in clergy. I guarantee your alot more like your parents then you are alike to any of your teachers you had for 40 min to 1 hour classes once a day. Most students barely pay attention to the course content taught let alone actually read a book published by their guidence counselor. I would understand your rage if the man was counseling students that way in school but the students say he appropriatly keeps those lives seperate

September 07 2012 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 06 2012 at 5:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Notice how HP puts this article in 'AOL JOBS'. Seems like they too envision their amateurish journalism as a full-time glamorous job.

September 06 2012 at 4:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are we not all forgetting that this comes down to again Freedom of Speech. His ability to write what he wants should not interfere with his working profession. The only problem with this is that hes a teacher. Ok so what. If he was a manager at Hooters this would not even be in the news. With the first amendment right that we all have he has that right to express it. For you all to get upset that just because hes a teacher he should not do this I disagree. Because if he can't do it then you are basically saying that every teacher can not write whatever they want and thus you are restricting our SINGLE GREATEST Bill of right. FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!

September 06 2012 at 4:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pen Names- they are wonderful. Use them damnit.
HOWEVER It really shouldn't have any damn dealings with his work no matter what kind of book he writes. Hell, he could have made a book of just him nude for all I care, and for all the school should have cares was weather or not he was still able to teach the girls/coach the girls. HE IS A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER THESE ARE NOT, I REPEAT, NOT LITTLE KIDS!! Do people really think that teens don't look at porn? You can be in highschool and get in a strip club. I've been to them, they are not all "hos" as some put it. Doesn't matter what the guys second job is anyway! Again, so long as he was able to separate the two, and according to the teens he was able to separate the two jobs, it shouldn't have mattered! Pig, yes. Reason to resign? No. Scandal? Shouldn't have been. School needs to mind their own business in regards to what the guy writes. Now, if he raped a girl off school property, that's a different matter. But he hasn't seem to have done so.

September 06 2012 at 4:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He did not write it for his students, he wrote it for adults. The very idea that what he does on his off time is anyone else's business shows how oppressive America has become...

September 06 2012 at 2:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Thank you! A person who has some sense.

September 06 2012 at 4:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

"distasteful" and "inappropriate."???? The guy's a PIG! And a degree in psychology?? What'd he study the most, "Misogyny for Dummies"???
".....tips on how [women] can release the inherent power they have over men"....Gimme a break, why on earth would we (women) want to do THAT!?!??!?

September 06 2012 at 1:42 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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