College football coach abruptly resigns after 1 season with program
Despite being at an FCS program, Kevin Kelley is a famed coach for his strategy on the field — he never punts. While “never” is an exaggeration, he seldom punts at all.
Kelley’s Presbyterian Blue Hose finished a disappointing 2-9 this season, and during Championship Saturday around the nation, Kelley abruptly resigned from Presbyterian.
“I have decided to leave Presbyterian College to pursue other football interests,” Kelley wrote on Twitter. “I am proud that we were #1 in the country in passing and #3 in the country in total offense at a school without scholarships and the 1st practice being only 4 weeks before the 1st game.
“I am so appreciative of Presbyterian College President Matt Vandenberg and AD Rob Acunto for the opportunity that I had and for all the support I was given. I am so thankful to the coaches, players, staff and my family as well.”
You can see the quote below he posted on his Twitter page.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/MNQusZuqV2
— Kevin Kelley (@coachkelley1) December 4, 2021
Kelley left the high school ranks last year to try his strategy out in college, and things didn’t go well. During his illustrious high school coaching career, Kelley won 9 state championships in 18 years at Pulaski Academy, a private school in Little Rock, Arkansas. He won more than 200 games while rarely ever punting.
The Blue Hose were 14-46 since 2015 when Kelley took over, and things didn’t go much better in 2021.