The head football coach at Eaglecrest High in Colorado has resigned just one game into the 2018 season, citing ongoing safety concerns and unsanitary conditions at the school.
As reported by Denver CBS affiliate KCNC, Eaglecrest football coach Dustin Delaney decided to step down from his position because of his frustration with the field conditions his team was forced to practice on, saying they put his players at an elevated risk of injury.
Per Delaney’s resignation note, two Eaglecrest players have already been injured because of poorly covered sprinkler holes that they then stepped in, leading to lower body injuries.
As proof of the threat to his players, Delaney posted the following to Twitter:
Delaney’s full resignation letter was posted on Twitter Wednesday, giving Eaglecrest fewer than 72 hours to find a replacement to lead the team for Friday’s game at Fountain Fort Carson; the Raptors dropped their season opener against state power Highlands Ranch.
“I don’t know how else to protect them, and draw attention to it,” Delaney told KCNC. “Player safety is an issue I won’t jeopardize.”
That’s apparently true even if it means Delaney can no longer be part of the program himself.