Cary "Mac" McCurry was fired as football coach at Marshall County High School
yesterday afternoon following a tumultuous postseason in Lewisburg.
A statement released by Director of Schools John David Pierce
said only that a new direction for the football team was needed, and he
declined to elaborate when asked.McCurry
, 47, believes the reason for his
firing is simple.
"It boils down to playing time issues at one of the most prominent positions on the field," he
was asked to resign his
job last Monday, a few days after Pierce received a petition signed by 30 players that requested his
removal as coach.One of the complaints voiced by parents was that he
used condescending language.McCurry
was granted a public forum to "clear his
name" last Thursday and received a standing ovation from many who attended.
"I felt better," McCurry
said."But in the public school system now, all the hiring and firing comes down to one person."According to McCurry, 65 percent of the players who signed the petition and were surveyed by Pierce said he was a fair coach and should be retained.
The same 65 percent also said McCurry
made condescending remarks.
Starting quarterback Kevin Bishop is one of the players who said McCurry
was treated unjustly.
will seek a new head coaching position in the coming months, even if it means moving with his
wife, Connie, to another state.
"I feel like I have a few more years of that in me," McCurry