Cedar City assistant football coach asked students to bring him drugs, officials say

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  • cambo St. George, UT
    Feb. 19, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Coach Miller was the best coach I have ever played for, and one of the best men I know. He taught me more than just how to play a game. for example loyalty. He was always there for me when I needed anything and I know he always will be. and I plan on always be there for him. It is a shame that the world is so quick to over look the good in a man. This is an opportunity to grow. love you Coach

  • idaholover St.George, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    @ BOO YA
    Who gave you the first stone to throw at him? Good people still make mistakes. Read the Bible.

    @ GOSH DUH
    You have no idea how much a person loves their family and have no right to say that. I don't see anything that anyone who has said something positive about Coach Miller has agreed or justified his actions. Its called showing love and support for him! Take that stone out of your hand too.

    Fact: Coach Miller is a good man that made a big mistake. He is still a good man.

    I am glad he got caught and so now he can get the help he needs in overcoming this addiction and move on with his life.

    I am praying for you Miller. Fight this thing and get over it and move on. Love you buddy.

  • APotter360 Cedar City, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    I didn't know Miller personally but he taught at my school. If that you guys are being rude with some of the things you are saying. We all make mistakes it is not our place to judge the mistakes of this man. It came as a shock and a hurt to our school that he was doing this. I do not believe the blame should be put on him for a terrible year in football. Sadly we have never been the best football team and so he is not to be blamed for the bad year this year. I say this for most students (or at least the ones I have talked to) when I say we are sad to hear what he has done but he will always be seen as an awsome teacher and amazing coach. My prayers are with him and his family and anybody else effected by this event. "There is no such thing as a bad person. There is just good people making bad choices."

  • Whiteshoes Hurricane, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    to Gosh-Duh:

    You really need to re-read the article. Miller resigned his job. He expedited the process. Remember, he's charged with the crime. Once convicted, businesses tend to fire people. To save the embarrassment, people tend to resign before they get fired.

    Miller's mistake is serious and he will get the penalty deserving of the crime if he is found guilty. My guess is that he will plea out and get something less as the school district no longer employs him. He'll lose his teaching license for such a crime.

    I don't condone his actions one bit. He will pay the price for this error in judgement. I just hope he gets help for this addiction...and I hope his family can recover as they are victims as well.

  • Boo Ya!!! SLC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    @ owlmaster2

    You're right. Let him say he's sorry and put him back at the school. I mean, we all make mistakes so we should just forget the whole thing and allow him back around the students.

    We should just listen to the kids and forget the whole thing happened.

    My bad.

  • cvguy Lehi, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    He may be a good guy, but I am not sure I would use words like 'great' or 'role-model' when talking about him. I know I would not want my kids in his classes or on his teams.

  • UnKnown85 tooele, ut
    Feb. 17, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    DOB on Miller 03/14/77

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    A drug addict who convinced high school students to get him the drugs that he wasn't man enough to get himself. no wonder these kind of creeps are proliferating in the schools. read the accolades being paid to him in the comments. can't get rid of these druggie teachers/coaches until everyone recognizes that not only was he using drugs, he was also using the students for his benefit. obviously he doesn't care enough about his wife and family, much less his students, to seek treatment for his addiction. Students - wake up!!! he used you, just like he used drugs. he didn't care about any of you, really, despite your love for him. He is a criminal, an addict. and he will continue to draw his teacher/coach salary through all of this. Fire him.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    @ Boo ya!!!

    Listen to the kids.

    Educators are human beings just like most of us. Yes, some make mistakes. Yes, some even make big mistakes but I've never met an educator that didn't have the well being of his students in his/her heart and gave more than they were ever paid to give.
    Some of your comments are in my opinion, "mistakes".

    Even legislators make mistakes, even big mistakes.
    I know of LDS General Authorities that have made mistakes. Priests in the Catholic Church also.
    Cops make mistakes as well. AND SO DO YOU!

    How many times do we forgive?? Some guy once said 70 times 7.

    "As ye judge, ye shall be judged".

    Use some good judgment and restraint.

  • Boo Ya!!! SLC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    Yes I hope he gets the help he needs and that he can get him and his family through this ordeal. AND YES, I've made mistakes and tried to make them right.

    But I would use the word "role model" carefully. My frustration with the "WOW..THanks for NOTHING" comments was that we keep seeing educators making poor decisions. Taking pain meds is one thing...ASKING students to bring them to you is a completely different issue. It's not a personal, private matter it is a breach of TRUST with those kids and by the tone of some of the comments he was WAY loved in his community and that makes it more difficult.

    Yes...I hope he changes and shows the good example and regaining his "role model" status, however, what do you really think was going through the minds of those that were bringing him meds?

    Did you think of that?

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    What confusion exists in these posts. Maybe the story was not written well. Maybe people jump at conclusions. Sounds like he needs his day in court and a chance to clear the air. Sounds like he has also done a lot of good and has a multitude of friends. Perscription drug problems seem to be all over the place with plenty of good people involved.
    Good luck coach. Hope you can get on top of the problems and continue to serve well.

  • screenname123 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    There is no way this kid can only be 23 is there? He's been teaching for 2 and a half years. With that math he would have had his teaching cert at 20-21 years old. I was going to comment that 23 years old is way too young (in my opinion) to be coaching high school and attribute this mess to age and not being a mentor but a peer. However, as I look, there is no way he can be 23. Am I right?

  • ranger1001 Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    Hey you guys can judge all you want. As a student, and athlete, it has been my dream to play football. But most of all i always wanted to play for Coach Miller, i never had the chance. It doesn't matter that he made a mistake, My school, Canyon View high school, will always RALLY behind him. He was and is STILL a Great man. Go head and point fingers at him. It is his problem not yours. He did not distribute drugs out to students. He was a Amazing teacher, a Amazing coach. But most of all a Amazing man. He was a Role model for many students and a mistake doesn't change that. You people thrive off of peoples misery and pain. Sadistic, angry people. You should care for another person and try to help. You don't know him, you shouldn't judge him. Miller, You are a Great Person, stay strong and keep your head up high. I wish you the Very best, do what you gotta do. Canyon View is a Great school and i think we all support you. I know I do. Your a Black shirt Forever! Stay Strong.

  • UnKnown85 tooele, ut
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    @ JFFR, did you read the article. He was getting pills from the students. Never once did he give any students any pills. read the article

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    @sky2k1 and Whiteshoes

    A good person doesn't give kids drugs. Quit making excuses for him.

    He might have a good heart, care and do a lot of good things, but that does not cover up the fact that he gave kids drugs.

    I imagine a lot of you were his players. Your still young, one day you'll grow up and learn a little more wisdom. There are plenty of people that are 95% fantastic, but that is not good enough. There are quite a few well respected men in Cedar City who just got in trouble for prostitution. These were great teachers and leaders. Fantastic husbands and fathers. 99% of their life was in order, but they had one glaring weakness that is unacceptable. In my mind, prositution isn't as bad as giving teenagers drugs.

    I'm glad you are sticking up for him, but realize he's not that great of a man. There are better mentors for you.

    I used to live in Cedar City, they've suffered quite a few black eyes in the past couple of months. I love that town, hopefully things will get better.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    Hey hey hey people, maybe he just wanted to check the experation date on these bottle and make sure the pills were still good?

  • Whiteshoes Hurricane, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    Ignorant comments come from uneducated people. Those who don't know Coach Carter are making comments without knowing the man. Good hearted individual. Not a pill-pusher. Good man to kids. However, he has dealt with pain for a long time, so I can guess he is another victim of pain-killer addiction.

    I've had two friends who both played college ball who have died from pain-killer addiction. I wish Coach Carter the best and hope he recovers. He is a family man who loves his wife and kids. He's supported his father for years and looks after him. And yes, he is not 23. Probably 32 as he coached and taught at Dixie HS for several years.

  • dhs2004 St. George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    WOW...thanks for nothing??? are you serious???
    You have no idea what this great man has done for our town. He is a great young man coached for many years. I have had the privilege to have known him personally. He has made a mistake big one at that. But who are you to judge? Are you saying you have never made mistake or error in your life? wow, how lucky your family "MUST" be! This he will fight for the rest of his life. He is a great father/coach/mentor & teacher. If anything we all could learn from this. Think about what you are doing and the affect it can have on you and or your family? Were with you coach miller. Love you

  • hood CC, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    Good luck getting the admin. to punish the students, then the parents would sue to school for having a drug addict on staff. Should the students have notified the staff? Yes, but no one wants to be the person who turns in a favorite coach. It sounds like this coach had a problem and was using the pills that were brought to him. Unfortunatley, we see all the time how celebrities and politicians are given a second chance, but a low paid teacher has to give up his profession. Good luck to this young man, get the help you need and move on. Most fast food managers make more money than you did teaching, so it won't be hard to find a new job that at least is financially as rewarding.

  • sky2k1 Saint George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    First off, Coach Miller isn't 23. He has a wonderful wife and kids and unfortunately he made some mistakes. Minus the wisdom from bslack, you other northern utahns fit the stereotype of judgmental (@ogdenite: ogden, i'll just assume that's where you're really from since you're making assumptions too)... it's not so enjoyable to be grouped like that is it?

    I played for coach miller, and while I wasn't a fan of his coaching, I liked him as a person. I can tell you he wasn't addicted since college because he wasn't that way when he coached me a few years ago. He was in control of his life and making great choices and a family man. He would often have his kids there or his mother who was sick that was in his care.

    He is human and makes mistakes, just like the rest of us.

    You disgust me for judging him like this when you don't even know him.

    Good luck coach

  • belly7 Cedar City, 84720
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    I know that he was a well-loved teacher. This story should be a warning to what drug addiction can do: Ruin the career of a talented teacher. I am not excusing in anyway what he did, but it does bring to light the shadow addicts that exist in every community, family or neighborhood. Don't be too judgmental because you might find that someone you love has a similar problem. Should he be punished? Of course he should, but only demonizing the addict does not solve the very real problem of prescription drug addiction in Utah or elsewhere.

  • nicgif St. George, ut
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    coach MIller was a good guy no matter what anyone says about him. I have known coach MIller for a long time i was one of his students and he was one of my coachs, and i have learned a lot from MIller, and he has always cared about other people no matter what they do.
    much love to him and his family and all of us for 2008 flyer football we love you.

  • achunter08 St.george, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    What gives you people the right to judge? There is not one person on this earth that hasn't had there fair share of demons. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for bashing someone who is human and made a poor decision. Coach Miller is an amazing individual he shows a kind and caring attitude towards every student he has ever taught. I feel privledged to have been able to know him for the time i did. I think that all of you need to take a good look in the mirrior before you even think of judging anyone esepcialy someone as kindhearted selfless and loving as Coach Miller. I know i can speak for all of the 08 Flyer Football family when i say that we are behind you 100% and our prayers are with you, and if there is anything any of us can do we will be there for you. Much Love your favorite Jailbird A.H.

  • Tired Of The Mess Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    I think this is really a sad situation and reality for a former NCAA football player who probably got hooked to painkillers while playing football in college, yet didn't get the help he needed for this addiction. It is easy to crucify this guy, but at the same time, can we all be fair and give a good rap to the football trainers who get paid to win at any cost? Even if it destroys another humans life within a few years?

  • CVHS2 Cedar City, Utah
    Feb. 16, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    This is so sad! But the kids involved should be held accountable too. They had DARE instruction since elementary school and they knew right from wrong. In fact they benefited in grades. Please bring back accountability. Kids at Cedar High were held accountable a few years ago for bringing drugs to school and they paid the penalty.

  • Willie Saint George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    Sad story. Their team was winless this season and it could be attributed to a "high" coach. Hopefully the players weren't using too.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    At least the caught him and he was arrested so he can't quit and move on to another school. Records only become public if they are fired, if they quit then they can move to another school and the next group of parents have no idea what happened at the last school.

  • Boo Ya!!! SLC, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    WOW.......THANKS for NOTHING......


    You are a disgrace to the teaching profession. I am so glad they caught you. Now punish him n a way that discourages this from happening again.