Ernest T. Jones, who was hired last month to coach running backs and take on a player engagement role in the program has resigned.
“Ernest has resigned his position effective immediately here at the university after deep introspection and reflection,” UConn head coach Bob Diaco said Monday morning. “And it is entirely family and personally related.”
Diaco said he was “shocked” by the resignation of Jones who he also worked with at Notre Dame.
“It all was a shock, absolutely,” Diaco said. “He took his time and deeply reflected. He took a week and deeply reflected with his family to make a decision for him and his family to resign his position here and focus on private family matters and pursue other opportunities that facilitate and suit his family.”
You may recall the Jones quote in a recent Courant story that stirred up some controversy “we’re going to make sure [players] understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that’s something that is important” – but it didn’t sound like it was at the root nor the cause for the resignation.
“The university administration and the department were extremely supportive and provided education to me which I passed along to the staff about speaking on behalf of the university as a university representative,” Diaco said. “The fact of the matter is life happens. And things arise in people’s lives that need attention and this is entirely, 100 percent coincidental.”