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Ross resigns as South Pittsburg football coach

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PITTSBURG, TN (WRCB) -- Barely two months after accepting the offer to become South Pittsburg's new football coach, Ricky Ross has informed school athletic director Vic Grider and Marion County schools superintendent Mark Griffith that he will no longer head the program. The former Calhoun (Ga.) defensive coordinator was named the Pirates coach in late January and had begun overseeing offseason weight training. Spring practice had not yet begun.

"The bottom line is we're on different levels as far as commitment," Ross said. "It wasn't just one thing, it was a series of events and I felt like it was best if I pursued other options. Everything that I've been brought up to believe, as far as a commitment level from the administration and school system was different from how I thought it would be. Ultimately what would have happened is I would have been an unhappy employee so it's better for both sides to go ahead and part ways."

Ross, 38, was not yet an employee of the Marion County school system, but according to Superintendent Griffith, both Ross and his wife were guaranteed teaching jobs in the system beginning this fall.

Ross declined to comment on or confirm one report that he had been in discussion with a high school in Douglasville (Ga.) about its head coaching job.

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