Posted: 10:55 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
By Todd Holcomb
Football coach Steve DeVoursney, who led Griffin to its first state championship in 35 years last season, resigned Tuesday night ahead of a specially called school-board meeting Thursday that will discuss an investigation that began in October, according to Griffin-Spalding superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones.
‘’This process began based on a complaint we received that dealt with the school year 2010-11,’’ Jones said. “It’s not about this year’s (2013) football team. It’s a personnel matter. The board will consider his request for being release from his contract.’’
Jones would not provide details of the complaint except to say that the school system would release its findings after the 3 p.m. meeting. Jones said it involved a student-athlete who attended Griffin but never played football for the school.
DeVoursney, reached Wednesday, said the complaint was not directed at him but declined to comment further until after Thursday’s meeting.
DeVoursney said he told his players of his decision Wednesday morning.
“Today will be my last day at head football coach at Griffin,’’ DeVoursney said. “We won a state championship. Lost a bunch of coaches. It was a long season. Felt like it’s time to move on and pursue other things. I have no idea where I’ll coach again. I’m wide open. I’ll start looking today and see what happens.’’
DeVoursney was 128-35 in 13 seasons at Griffin. His teams reached the state semifinals in 2005, 2008 and 2009 before winning Class AAAA in 2013 with a 15-0 record.
“Somebody’s going to walk into a good situation,’’ DeVoursney said. “They have facilities, lots of support and money in the booster club. It’s set up for someone to come in here and keep this thing rolling.’’