DCCCD Says Fired Mountain View Athletic Director Pocketed Cash From Field Rentals

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For nearly two decades, Reginald Osborne worked for the Dallas County Community College District, first as a teacher at Cedar Valley and then, for the past 17 years, as an administrator and athletic director at Mountain View. He did until last month, at least, when DCCCD fired Osborne for allegedly renting out the school's athletic fields without authorization and keeping the cash.

"We have only one receipt linked to these incidents; consequently, we do not know the total amount of lost revenue that occurred," DCCCD spokeswoman Ann Hatch wrote in an email.

According to an audit conducted by the district, an area resident who had gone through the standard practice for renting the fields (contract with the district setting price, time of use, etc.) complained when they found upon arriving that they were already in use. Auditors and Mountain Valley police talked with witnesses, as well as Osborne, head soccer coach Steve Rodriguez, and Rodriguez's wife. Osborne and Rodriguez admitted, according to the district, to renting out the fields, for cash and without a contract, and keeping the proceeds. Osborne was fired; Rodriguez stepped down.

Both men deny profiting from the soccer field rental. Osborne, asked about the allegations by phone on Thursday, told Unfair Park "No that wasn't me. That was somebody else" and that "you will hear from someone" if his name is printed. He called back shortly after to refer questions to his attorney, Matthew Scott.

Osborne did rent the fields without district contracts, Scott said, but he did it to allow Mountain View coaches to run athletic camps. "This is a system they had used in the past and has not been an issue," Scott said. Furthermore, he added, the allegation that Osborne kept any of the money is fundamentally untrue.

"Frankly, I think there were some racial issues going on," Scott said, alluding to "issues with a particular board member of a different ethnicity."

He and Osborne are contemplating legal action over his firing.

Rodriguez paints a somewhat different picture. Several months ago, he was sitting in his office when he says he was approached by Osborne, who told him "I have a way for the volunteer coach" -- Rodriguez's helper -- "to make some money. But you're going to have to come up here and work on Saturday and work on Sunday."

Rodriguez knew there had been a similar setup with the baseball coach a year before, and that the school's vice president of business was aware of it, so, he says, he agreed. For the next six months or so, the volunteer coach would arrive in the mornings to unlock the gates and open up the bathrooms, then return in the evening to clean the area and lock up. It wasn't quite every weekend, but it was most.

"Basically, in the beginning Osborne was collecting all of the money, so I was not aware, and the volunteer coach was not aware if there was a contract or not a contract," Rodriguez said. Osborne would then pay the volunteer coach for his work from the rental proceeds.

Rodriguez says he never received any money. The auditors pegged him because he had signed a receipt -- the single one the auditors found -- for an $1,800 field rental that did not go through the district's contracting process. But that was to someone with Mountain View for an event celebrating the school's 40th anniversary in 2010. He says he promptly passed the check on to the school.

Rodriguez said auditors targeted him to make it easier to get to Osborne, and he resigned under pressure.

"We were totally in the dark," Rodriguez said. "We were used."

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Blackman2day
Blackman2day

Isn't Mountain View College the field where Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy were going to play their home games?  Is there a connection between Reggie Osborne, Deion Sanders and Deion's crooked business partner D.L. Wallace?  It seems everywhere Deion goes, he leaves a trail of lies and corruption and hurting people.

SLOPPY
SLOPPY

City of Dallas Park and Recreation emloyees have same scam going on at White Rock Lake park. Rent out lake parking lots for weekend training events for discounted cash under the table without a contract. Why do you think there is no parking on the lake Saturday and Sundays???

johnnybegood89
johnnybegood89

Oh my god this is totally wrong, someone should really get fired for this injustice. Anyone who has been around Coach Rodriguez knows that he is a giver not a taker. Just ask anyone that has associated with him at one time or another. Look what he has done at Mountain View College with the soccer program. He has put MVC on the map. He made players believe that MVC could be a great soccer program but most importantly a great place to receive your degree. Coach Kim was hard but she was your best supporter. She made sure we didn't get put into all developmental classes like all the other advisors did. They brought in the discipline and made the school a better place, even the traditional students cleaned up. For once the south was being represented. The Women's team that Coach Rodriguez & Coach Kim recruited for the 2012 season is still winning. "No credit should be given to Jimmy Garcia, he is a big joke" he won't last. The Women's team is going to go back to New York for the second time in a roll. I truly believe that they would have gone every year as long as Coach Rodriguez was at MVC. When people think of MVC they think of Coach Steve Rodriguez. I know with all my heart that Coach Rodriguez wouldn't take any money. He is a good man and a great role model. If the MVC staff doesn't get him back it is their loss and I hope they can sleep at night for letting him go. Coach Rodriguez, if Mountain View College doesn't call you back they don't deserve you. Any other college looking for a great future Hall of Famer now is your chance. Grab him while you can, he is a winner!!!!!!!!

Edward
Edward

If what Rodriguez is saying is true (and it makes sense) then I really feel sorry for him. His superior says to do something, and the VP knows about it, so of course he does what he is asked. If he didn't take any money then the school needs to rescind any punishment toward him. That would be the moral thing to do.

jonesb514
jonesb514

I agree with want2know. How much money did the VP make for looking the other way. 

want2know
want2know

So why no quotes from the VP of Business at Mountain View? If that person knew of these arrangements--why didn't the terminations reach the top?  It would seem that person would have been in the know concerning rentals with no cash flowing to Mountain View.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

"This is a system they had used in the past and has not been an issue," Scott said.

 

This means they got away with it once, then again, so they kept on going.

I wonder how much cash he has in his safe.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

"Frankly, I think there were some racial issues going on," Scott said, alluding to "issues with a particular board member of a different ethnicity."

Well we have an official time out the RACE CARD has been played.

Now as in the recent past we should view the proceedings as an outpouring  of something even more sinister  in someone else tainted  mind  rather than the issue at hand .

So I guess if you aren't one of "they" you need to move along because as we all should know its not about what happened its about the someone not liking this one fellows pigmentation 

So I guess that makes everything else OKAY ?

Confused ? you won't be after this episode of SOAP

 

"They" is a neutral  term .

 

 

 

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