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Rob Gross fired as Bowman football coach

Bowman Academy head coach Rob Gross poses for portrait during practice Monday Aug. 9 2011 Gary Ind. | Scott M.

Bowman Academy head coach Rob Gross poses for a portrait during practice Monday, Aug. 9, 2011, in Gary, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 10, 2013 10:54PM



Bowman football coach Rob Gross was fired after two seasons on the job. Gross was 10-11 overall for the Eagles.

Gross said he met with Bowman athletic director Marvin Rea for two hours Wednesay. At the end of the meeting, Rea told Gross it was time for them to part ways.

“I wasn’t going to argue with the guy,” he said.

He’s not sure why Rea pulled the plug on his tenure but is sure of one thing: He plans to pursue legal action to get the $5,000 stipend that Bowman owes him. Gross agreed to a three-year deal to coach the Eagles after coming over from Hobart. Rea told him he’d pay him when the season starts next fall. Gross said that wasn’t the deal though he admitted that there was no written contract, only a verbal agreement between the two parties.

Gross is the third football coach to work for Rea.

The Eagles finished 6-5 this past season and 4-7 during Gross’ first season. Gross was hired in June of 2011 to build up the program after the Eagles finished 7-13 in two seasons under Andre Kelly.

According to a statement he issued, Gross instituted a weight training program, beat Clark two straight seasons and he instituted a team meal every Thursday during the season. He also coached Cornelius Strickland, the first player from Bowman ever to qualify for the North-South All-Star game.

Strickland said there was no “reason for his termination.”

Rea couldn’t be reached for comment.



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