GRIFFIN, Ga. — The Griffin-Spalding County school board accepted the resignation of championship-winning football coach on Thursday.
Griffin High coach Steve Devoursney unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday amid an investigation raised about his football program. His wife, Jessica, a teacher at the school, also resigned.
According to files obtained via an Open Records request, the five-month investigation alleges that a Griffin High student-football player completed an 18-week online biology class in one day. The student said it was “arranged by the head football coach,” the “coach’s wife was the teacher who provided guidance” and it was “done to keep his athletic eligibility.”
Griffin-Spalding Schools Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said that Jessica Devoursney “probably needed to resigned.”
The coach himself was not directly implicated. Had he not resigned, Jones said that he likely would not have been asked.
Included in the investigation files in an interview with Jessica Devoursney where she is asked why the student would make the claims after her. She responded, “Because he hates my husband.”
It took nearly three hours for the school board to make its decision to accept the resignation.
Steve Devoursney is the second winningest coach in Griffin High history with a record of 128-35 from 2001-2013.
DeVoursney led the Bears to their first outright state title in modern times and only 15-0 record ever in 2013. In 13 years as the Bears Head coach the Bears have won 9 or more games 11 times in the last 12 years and made the playoffs 13 years in a row. Griffin won the state AAAA title in 2013, the school’s first in 35 years. The Bears have been in the semifinals three other times
During his 13 years as head coach, Griffin High football has thrived, winning nine or more games 11 times in the last 12 years. Griffin also sports an active school-record state playoff streak of 13 consecutive years.
Along the way Griffin has won the state title in 2013 — the school’s first since 1978 — and made it to the state semifinals in 2005, 2008 and 2009, and the quarterfinals in 2003 and 2004, while winning region championships in 2006, 2009 and 2013.