Parents who complained to the district in December said they were told that they had to buy Under Armour gear in order to participate.
"At a parent meeting, Coach McGeary made it very apparent that this was mandatory, that we were under a contract and not to wear anything visible that wasn't Under Armour brand," said a parent who talked to the Deseret News on the condition of anonymity.
But parents who met Wednesday night said they never felt forced to buy Under Armour gear, and in fact, some admitted that they did not.
"I didn't feel it was mandatory," said Richards. "I felt like he was trying to get us perks as a school. But this isn't about money. It's not about contracts."
Instead, she said it's about parents whose children didn't get to play and parents who felt McGeary needed to work harder to get students scholarships.
"We look like a bunch of pretentious parents up here, and it's embarrassing," she said.
The parents aren't sure what they will do, but they hope to offer support and an alternative view of the man who resigned because of questions about ethical issues on Monday.
If they can't persuade the school to hire him back as head football coach, they intend to try to clear his name.
The Under Armour contract isn't the only issue McGeary faced.
The CEU camp
There could be several issues with the CEU camp. First of all, such a camp cannot be mandatory, and nowhere on the documents given to parents did it say the camp was voluntary. The camp was called "Lone Peak Football Camp" and parents were asked to pay $250 to CEU.
State law forbids public employees from using their position to profit personally, and in this case, McGeary was paid $5,735 from CEU.
State employees are forbidden from requiring participation in a private activity. They're also forbidden from benefitting from their position as public employees.
Even parents who support McGeary said they didn't know he was paid with that entry fee.
Bromley said she couldn't comment on this specific case, but in general coaches have to make it extremely clear that a camp like McGeary ran is optional.
"There is nothing in policy or state law that says a coach can't get paid for running a camp," she said, "but that has to be distinguishable from his role as coach."
Bromley said Alpine is currently reviewing the kind of training coaches have when it comes to the state's ethics policies. Once those new policies are approved, the district will offer new training for coaches, which she expects to occur in the next few weeks.
Parents also discussed how to help students deal with the issues that have caused a rift among the players. Some parents said their boys have been threatened or harassed as their parents complained about McGeary. The parents said they hoped to be able to convince the players to leave the issue to the adults to resolve.
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