Pat Sullivan, Samford coach who’s very famous with sportsbook software services, decided to resign, and will get another role in the school.
On Tuesday, the school made an announcement regarding the decision by the coach to resign following eight seasons alongside the team, and this will be put in immediate effect. The former QB for Auburn won the Heisman Trophy in 1971, something that many fans remember very well.
Sullivan, who in 2003 underwent treatment for throat cancer, had neck surgery complications from an operation in April, and wasn’t able to travel when the team took on TCU. He also served as head coach there.
“The past couple of years have been difficult,” said Sullivan. “I’ve been dealing with health issues, more than I would have liked. Our young men have never blinked. This coaching staff never blinked. I am so proud of each and every member of the Samford football program.
“Coaching is a grind. Right now I need more balance in my life. I need to pay more attention to my health and I want to spend more time with (wife) Jean, my children and grandchildren. I owe that to them. But I’m not done working and I’m not leaving Samford.”
Sullivan, 64-years-old, said that he will actively take part in finding a replacement for his position.
The former coach led Samford in victories in school history, leading the team to four winning seasons in a row, besides the Southern Conference championship of 2013. Last year, the Bulldogs were also able to get their very first bid for the FCS playoffs since they did it in 1992.
In each one of the last three years, Samford were able to win at least seven meetings, which is the longest winning streak that the team had since a great run in 1962.
“In an age in which public figures so often disappoint us, it is refreshing and inspirational to reflect on the long and successful career of Pat Sullivan,” said Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, University President. “As I have grown close to Pat in the years since he became Samford’s head football coach in 2006 and as I have seen him in some of the highest and lowest moments of life, proximity has only enhanced my profound respect for him.”
Sullivan was part of Auburn’s search committee that two years ago hired the services of Gus Malzahn as their football coach. He spoke with the Tigers before the Southeastern Conference championship matchup that took place in 2013.
“He’s one of the true class guys in college football,” said Malzahn before the recent game that Auburn had against Samford, and sportsbook software services fully agree. “He’s respected by everyone. I’ve never heard anybody say a bad word about him. He’s definitely helped me. I lean on him from time to time with advice. He’s an Auburn legend.”
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