Titans Honor Loretto's Jason Busby as High School Coach of the Week

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -** The Tennessee Titans announced today that Jason Busby, head football coach of Loretto High School in Loretto, Tenn. has been named as the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week 10. Busby led the Mustangs (1-9) to a surprising 35-14 victory over Richland High School (1-9) to capture their first win of 2009, breaking a 21-game losing streak that dated back to 2007.

Switching between the double-slot Wing-T offense and the I-formation, the Mustangs used a powerful rushing attack that amassed 303 yards to defeat Richland. Loretto's 12 seniors were integral in leading the team to victory, determined to win their last contest of the season against one of the school's long-time nemeses.

"Though our record might not show it, Coach Busby, his staff and all of our players have put forth a phenomenal effort this season and we could not be more proud of them," said Loretto Athletic Director Harvey Simbeck. "Coach Busby's work ethic is second to none, we were happy to get the win against Richland and I'm sure it's a sign of good things to come."

Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Loretto High School football program in Coach Busby's honor.

"High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee," said Adams.  "That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character.  I'm very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!"

Coach Busby will be the team's guest at the Titans vs. St. Louis Rams contest on December 13th when the team honors all 2009 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2009 Coach of the Year!  Coach Busby is now eligible for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year award and Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the Titans Coach of the Year winner on that date.

Also receiving strong consideration in this week's poll was Jeff Morris of Milan High School who captured the District 13AA title with a 26-0 victory over Crockett County; Andy Shattuck of Clinton High School who has turned the team from a team struggling to win one game to an undefeated one who will contend for the 5A state championship with their latest victory over Anderson County 35-21; Phillip Shadowens of Blackman who led his team to a 14-13 hard-fought victory over powerhouse Riverdale to capture the 7-3A district title.

Now in its 12th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $124,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week winners. 

"High school football coaches can play a role in the lives of their players that will have lasting results," said NFL director of football operations Gene Washington.  "A competitive spirit, good sportsmanship and character development are some of the issues confronted on a daily basis by football coaches.  We are thankful for the many coaches around the country who assume such a demanding role."

The criterion for selection includes the coach's impact on his team, school and community.  A statewide media panel votes each week to determine the weekly winner.  All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school's size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week.  The program is designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication, student-athletes into the best possible football players and citizens in their community. 

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