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CFB Coach Announces Resignation After Being Suspended This Summer

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Having your head coach resign less than a month before the season starts is never an ideal situation. One FCS program is dealing with it as of Monday.

Stephen F. Austin head coach Clint Conque announced his resignation Monday evening. Conque had been suspended by the program back in June for unspecified reasons.

SFA defensive coordinator Jeff Byrd, who has been serving as the team's interim head coach, will continue in that role for the regular season.

Conque had been at SFA since 2014. He released a statement tonight on his decision to step down.

"Today I announce my decision to step down as the head football coach at Stephen F. Austin," Conque said. "Although I have remained confident in the ongoing investigation into the potential violation of university policy, as a family of faith and out of respect to my profession, I do not want this situation to be a further distraction to the 2018 football team and season. I deeply care for my players and wish them great success this season and beyond.

“It has been a privilege to serve the university and to work with many outstanding players and coaches – past and present. I am proud of the foundation that is in place both on and off the field. I have arrived at this decision on my own and look to move forward in my career.”

In his four seasons as head coach of the Lumberjacks, Conque posted an overall record of 21-25. His best season came in his first year (2014) when he went 8-5.

He previously served as the head coach of Central Arkansas from 2000-13, compiling a 105-59 overall mark.

SFA will open its 2018 season at Mississippi State on September 1.