Rush Propst says his Nick Chubb money allegations were 'just a bunch of B.S.'
Rush Propst is returning to reality television on Friday, August 27 as the centerpiece of a new Netflix series that captured intimate moments from a 2020 Valdosta High School (Ga.) football season with no shortage of storylines.
But less than 24 hours before the release of “TitleTown High,” Propst told Saturday Down South that the leaked audio of the 63-year-old coach speaking to Michael “Nub” Nelson and accusing former University of Georgia running back Nick Chubb of receiving money in exchange for Chubb’s staying at UGA for his senior season was nothing more than a fabricated story.
“It was just a bunch of B.S. talk,” said Propst during a Thursday phone call with Saturday Down South. “That’s all it was. I wish I could take back some of those things, but I can’t. You just have to own up to them.”
Still, Propst says he isn’t completely to blame.
“I was taken out of context, yes absolutely out of context.”
The audio clip, around 14 minutes in length, features Propst discussing strategies for collecting “funny money” for the football program. But it made headlines across the country when Propst discussed schools like Georgia and Alabama paying star players routinely. Chubb was named specifically and the Cleveland Browns’ star responded on Twitter denying the claims.
If i needed money i would have went pro #fakenews
— Nick Chubb (@NickChubb21) March 8, 2021
Nelson’s audio was recorded in April 2020, but it was not leaked until March 2021, 11 months after the conversation, but just one week after his untimely firing from his post as President of the Valdosta Touchdown Club.
Valdosta, the country’s all-time winningest high school program, was subject to severe penalties from the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) after an investigation found the coach guilty of several infractions including arranging for rent to be paid monthly for families of star transfer players like quarterback Jake Garcia and Amari Jones. Propst was previously dismissed from Colquitt County High School for several similar infractions.
Although Propst wasn’t ready to fully apologize for anything he said in the leaked audio, the coach made famous by his “Two-A-Days” performance in the 2006 MTV series wanted to address the Chubb aspect before the series releases at 3 a.m. ET Friday morning.
“I got nothing but respect for Nick Chubb and I hate, you know that … I hate that his name got brought up in this because, I’m telling you, there’s absolutely no truth to it,” Propst said.
“What I said (to Nelson) … Absolutely no truth, that I’m aware of. No truth of any improprieties that went on with them (at Georgia). And again, there were a lot of things that were said, off-tape, before the recording, that led to that conversation (about Chubb and monetary payments).”
“I do understand (why Chubb would be upset about the allegations). Let’s correct it,” Propst said. “I want people to understand that I know of nothing that went on, and I do not think that anything went on in that (UGA/Chubb) situation. If I can, I want to make that clear.”
Stay tuned to Saturday Down South for a more in-depth look at everything discussed in the SDS interview with Propst and “TitleTown High” Executive Producer Jason Sciavicco.