Life seems not looking better for the Cooper family. All seems to be of a mess and they’re going through one of their trying times. And in the Young Sheldon season 5 finale, another issue has come up for George. Please keep reading to discover what’s going on.

Who is George in ‘Young Sheldon’?

George Cooper was born on June 10, 1944, in Galveston, Texas, to Mr and Mrs. Cooper. His father often said that he was never proud of him. In high school, George played on the school’s football team and later became a football coach after graduating high school, and married Mary Cooper in 1974.

George Cooper Sr. was the late father of Sheldon Cooper, Georgie Cooper, and Missy Cooper and late husband of Mary Cooper. He has been described by Sheldon through most of The Big Bang Theory as an almost-redneck, “Homer Simpson” Texan. He died approximately 12-13 years before The Big Bang Theory began in September 2007, from weight issues.

How Did George Lose His Job on ‘Young Sheldon’?


Despite the fact that the series is now airing Season 6, that plot point has continued to have repercussions, so it’s worth revisiting. Just how did George lose his job on Young Sheldon? And furthermore, what upcoming story in Season 6 might change his professional future for a second time?

The CBS sitcom Young Sheldon has evolved into more than just a prequel to The Big Bang Theory. It’s fleshed out the lives of Sheldon Cooper’s family, including his cantankerous father George Cooper, Sr. (played by Lance Barber).

In Season 5, a lot of difficulties were placed in front of the Cooper family. One of them was that George lost his job near the end of the season.

BE AWARE: The following contains minor spoilers for Young Sheldon Season 6.

George lost his job in ‘Young Sheldon’ Season 5.
George Cooper was once the head football coach at Medford High School. However, that started to change in Season 5, Episode 13, “A Lot of Band-Aids and the Cooper Surrender.” George learned that several parents had started to complain about the football team’s poor results, putting his job at risk.

The season finale revealed that Medford had approached assistant coach Wayne Wikins about becoming head coach.

Meaning the school had offered someone else his job behind his back (and who wouldn’t be), George quit and vacated his position at Medford High.

Season 5 ended with him looking for another job, but Season 6’s premiere put that idea aside to focus on George having to rescue his son Georgie and Meemaw after they were detained for trying to smuggle cartons of cigarettes into the United States from Mexico.

George got his job back.

While it’s too early to call, Young Sheldon has clearly not closed the door on George Cooper’s love of football and his coaching prospects. However the future episode unfolds, hopefully it will give him a chance to get back in the game — literally.

Young Sheldon airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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