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Kevin Kelley on the PC sideline

Kevin Kelley will punt no more or no less as head football coach at Presbyterian College.

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After a single tempestuous 2-9 season with the Blue Hose, Kelley, who came to PC after 18 years as head coach at Pulaski (Ark.) Academy, is, according to the news release, “stepping down from leading the program for personal reasons.”

Predictably, the release, issued Saturday, also said that “Presbyterian College is launching a nationwide search for its next head football coach.”

So on, so forth and such-and-such.

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Director of Athletics Rob Acunto thanked Kelley for his contributions during the past year. Kelley joined PC in spring 2021.

“Although disappointed that he is leaving PC, we respect his decision to step down and wish him nothing but the best moving forward,” Acunto said according to the school’s news release.

Acunto, who is working closely with the president on next steps for the program -- imagine that! -- said PC will engage a national search firm to build a strong candidate pool. PC will provide an update once the search for a new coach concludes.

Hmm. That sounds familiar. It seems like the college president, Dr. Matthew vandenBerg, announced back in the spring that no comment would be made on Tommy Spangler’s dismissal until a new coach was hired, which, in practical and/or corporate English, meant that the school would never comment, and it never has.

Yet again, to borrow figuratively from societies of royalty, the king is dead, long live the king.

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President vandenBerg acknowledged the football program has undergone significant transition the past few years.

Yeah. That’s so.

“Change can be difficult, but it can also present important opportunities for growth and continued improvement,” vandenBerg said. “Our PC community is resolutely and passionately committed to the success of our student athletes and our football program. We will invest the time, energy and resources required to continue to build on our championship culture. We believe our best days as a football program and a college are ahead of us.”

Yada. Yada. Yada.

E.G. Lassiter, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Presbyterian College, said he is grateful for vandenBerg’s and Acunto’s steady leadership.

“I see Matt and Rob working tirelessly every day in service of all of our student athletes and athletics programs,” Lassiter said quite obviously in the form of a statement. “They are committed to success both on and off the field.”

Kelley was the program’s 16th head coach and 4th since the school's move to NCAA Division I in 2007.