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Report: D.J. Hernandez leaves Southington

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Southington coach D.J. Hernandez

D.J. Hernandez, the former Bristol Central and UConn star who became embroiled in nationwide controversy during his rookie season as the head coach of the Southington football team, has resigned, the Knight Time blog reported Tuesday evening.

According to a press release from the school, Hernandez is accepting a job as quarterbacks coach at Brown University:

The Southington Athletic Department is announcing that Dennis “D.J.” Hernandez has resigned as head football coach for Southington High School. He has accepted a position as quarterback coach at Brown University. Coach Hernandez leaves after completing one year as head coach with an 8-2 record. The search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Southington went 8-2 and fell just short of a Class LL playoff berth in Hernandez’s only season. Earlier in the season, Manchester coach Marco Pizzoferrato accused Hernandez of cheating for using a lost wristband against Manchester during a 28-14 Southington victory on Oct. 22.

Southington suspended Hernandez, who ultimately admitted to using the wristband for four plays. The CIAC later fined Southington $1,000 and placed the football team on probation for the 2011 season.

Sean Patrick Bowley

6 Responses

  1. SWC Guy says:

    Here we go again. Bet Coach Murphy applies again, rumor is that’s his dream job. What else can he do at Masuk.

  2. High School Football Fan says:

    Cochran applied for the East Hartford job so maybe he will interview for Southington also.

  3. CTHSFootball says:

    Rumor is that Cochran is getting the Wilbur Cross position… I’m sure Murphy will get an interview at Southington, just like he did last year. Not sure if he was even a finalist though. Seems that every AD is looking for something different. You just never know.

  4. Rumors Rumors Rumors.

  5. Sunday Sauce says:

    Sean- I think you might be missing a good story. I believe Jack & Casey Cochran are going to Wilby. The only question is whether Coach Murphy goes to Southington and who will be the 2011 Masuk QB.

  6. I’m well aware of the rumors. I’ve spoken to Jack, who didn’t want to comment, but later denied rumors his hiring was imminent to The Day. Rep-Am has said he’s a candidate that has been interviewed. As for Murph, we’ll know when Southington announces its hire.

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