Early last month, Ernest T. Jones was hired by UConn as its running backs coach. A little over a month later, new head coach Bob Diaco is again looking for an assistant to oversee that position group.
In a move he described as “a shock, absolutely,” Diaco confirmed to Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant that Jones has abruptly resigned his post with the Huskies. The decision is effective immediately and “is entirely family and personally related,” Diaco said.
“He took his time and deeply reflected,” the coach told the Courant. “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.”
Despite his time in Storrs being a brief one, it wasn’t uneventful.
Shortly after his hiring, Jones caused a bit of a ruckus when he was quoted as saying that “we’re going to make sure [players] understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle.” While Jones was publicly chastised by the university for his comments, Conner wrote that “it didn’t sound like it was at the root nor the cause for the resignation.”
Prior to his short stint at UConn, Jones served as the Director of Player Development at Notre Dame from 2011-13.
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