Amid losses and fights, Clark resigns at Midlothian

You could see this one coming a mile away. While Rockdale prepares for its third straight playoff appearance, its former coach has jumped out of the frying pan that had become his job.

Robby Clark, who was the head coach here from 2004- 2005 and then abruptly left after only two seasons, has tendered his resignation at Midlothian after the Panthers went 1-9 this past season.

Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy received and accepted Clark's resignation on Friday.

Clark, now 38, was 12-28 in four years at the school which did not include a playoff appearance. His best effort was a 5-5 season two years ago.

In six years as a head coach, Clark is 21-40. He was 9-12 at Rockdale, including a playoff trip in his first season.

However, Clark's resignation may have more to do with offthe field problems than simple wins and losses.

According to the Ellis County Press, an off-campus party on Halloween, where alcohol was provided to minors by parents, turned into a riot.

Apparently one of the football players in attendance became annoyed, left the party and returned with several baseball bat wielding friends who proceeded to bash anything within reach including several people's heads.

According to police reports, several of the party planners were children of school board trustees and principals.

Several football players involved in the incident were suspended for the final game of the year.

The football player wielding the bat, is serving a 90-day sentence in the school's alternative education program.

And Clark thought people were upset with him when he left Rockdale!

In his short stay here—also his first head coaching job— Clark did bring some much needed discipline to the Tiger football program—some folks thought too much.

He ran a taut ship and several players were booted off the team.

He angered folks and school administrators alike when he wasn't exactly forthcoming about his accepting a new job after just two years in Tigerland.

A very reliable source had told me about Clark's new position and when I confronted him, he told me that he had "not applied for any other job" and that he "liked it here."

The next day, he was gone.

The thing that upset people here the most was that they felt like Clark had left before finishing the job.

In my short time working with him, he was always very professional, but he was also a driven young man who wanted to coach at the highest level.

You can't blame him for being ambitious.

Midlothian will probably move up to Class 5A next season, sadly, Clark will not make the trip with them.

Be careful what you wish for...

Resignation II

Former Rockdale standout Kerry Locklin has resigned as the New York Jets' defensive line coach in a move the team calls a "mutual decision."

The Jets (4-5) lost to Jacksonville 24-22 Sunday, their fifth loss in the past six games.

Locklin (RHS '78) had just joined the Jets after an highly successful nine-year stint with Fresno St.

Locklin, 50, was friends with New Jets head coach Rex Ryan, the two had coached together at Morehead State in 1990 and had turned down a job with Kansas to take the Jets job.

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