Carrollwood (Tampa) football coach fired days before kickoff classic

TAMPA – Just two days before its kickoff classic, Carrollwood Day has fired coach Lane McLaughlin after a successful nine-year period with the school, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

McLaughlin, however, said he saw the move potentially coming.

“I could kind of see it coming. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with our program for the past 10 years, especially (former athletic director) Frank Mabry for hiring me. I enjoyed my time there and I’m sure they will see me on the field somewhere else,” McLaughlin told the Times.

McLaughlin had an overall record of 61-31.

MORE FROM FLORIDA: Visit for news, schedules, previews

The move was unavoidable, according to athletic director Baker Mabry, who told the Times, “it was a decision that we had to make.” He did not specify why.

The Patriots will rely on one of their assistants to lead the team through the season as interim head coach.

One of those assistants is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, who’s son Jayson is a sophomore on the team. The report did not indicate whether Gruden would consider a more prominent role with the staff.

Carrollwood Day first reached the playoffs in 2013 under McLaughlin and reached the playoffs last season as district runner-up in District 2A-5 to district champion and eventual Class 2A state runner-up Cambridge Christian.

Follow on Twitter: @FlaHSFootball

More Stories

Bronny James ranks No. 1 among nation's top 10 highest NIL valuations

Here are the top 10 NIL valuations for amateur athletes in the nation, per ESPN.

Read the full article

Current high school NIL rules in each of the 50 states (plus D.C.)

A current rundown that shows which states have adopted rules in favor of high school athletes benefiting from name, image and likeness.

Read the full article

High school football coach at the center of prayer debate gets reinstated, receives $1.7 million settlement

Kennedy was terminated from his coaching position after he continued post-game prayers with students.

Read the full article
More News