After a couple weeks of wrangling, New Britain football legend Tebucky Jones is back as the Hurricanes’ high school football coach, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday night.
Jones, who resigned Jan. 10 and then complained he was forced to resign by members of the town’s board of education, met with New Britain Superintendent Kelt Cooper and Athletic Director Len Corto for two hours on Thursday. When they emerged, Jones had his old job back.
“I wished I had met with him before,” Jones told the Courant. “We both want to win. We talked about that, me being a role model for the players, players doing well now and in the future and promoting community involvement. When I played here, the entire New Britain community was involved, and the stands were filled. That’s what we want again.”
Jones said there was a faction on the Board of Education “that has been slandering me since I started,” and singled out board member Carlos Piña. “It’s like the Garden of Eden and he’s the serpent,” Jones told the Courant.
Corto, the school’s longtime athletic director, called Jones’ resignation “a loss for New Britain.”
But Jones, 39, said he rescinded his resignation based in part on the overwhelming show of support from the New Britain community, he told the Courant. A petition sent to the Board of Education collected 500 signatures.
Recognizing the emotions, Cooper requested a meeting with both Jones and Corto. Several hours later, the ordeal was over.
“A strong, vibrant, successful football program may make a significant difference in the lives of our young men at the high school who taste success on the gridiron and then work hard towards graduation and a possible chance at the college level,” Cooper said in a press release from the Consolidated School District of New Britain.
“These are the values that have been important to the residents of hard hittin’ New Britain.”
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