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Ricky Watters resigns as Oak Ridge High School football coach

Former NFL running back Ricky Watters resigned Tuesday as the head football coach at Oak Ridge (Orlando), according to a statement released by Watters through his attorney.

The statement was published in the Orlando Sentinel and reads, in part:

This was a difficult decision; however, I am stepping down so that my team can go on with their season without any further distractions. There are several seniors with opportunities for college scholarships and I want them to stay focused on that goal. I am sad that cannot continue to be their coach, mentor and confidant. I would like my players to know that I care deeply for them and I believe in each and every one of them.

Watters had been on indefinite leave for two weeks, pending an Orange County Public Schools investigation. WFTV.com reported that Watters, who was hired over the summer to replace Elijah Williams, used harsh language and bumped a player.

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"I have no knowledge of anything," Oak Ridge interim head coach  Travis Gabriel told the Orlando Sentinel. "All I can tell you is that I'm just coaching. I'm just coach Gabriel, Coach Gabe to my players. That has nothing to do with me. That stuff is all internal."

Oak Ridge was 1-2 under Watters. The Pioneers have won their last two games with Gabriel at the helm.

Thanks to Prep Rally for bringing this story to our attention.

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