A head coach for Mississippi State has called for the resignation of his team’s head coach amid serious issues that are threatening to derail the program’s hopes for a bowl game.
Nick Saban said in a statement Thursday that he is “extremely disappointed” in the way the team has been handling the issues that have come up with the university, including the way it handled the death of the son of a player.
Saban said that while he respects the family’s wishes, he cannot in good conscience lead his team in an environment where there is a “toxic environment” in which to handle the issue.
The statement was released in response to a statement released by the university Tuesday saying that the school is “aware of a number of serious issues, including recent incidents involving student athletes and others that raise questions about how we address such issues.
We are aware of those issues and are working diligently to address them, including reviewing our protocols and protocols for handling student athletes’ concerns.
We will do everything in our power to ensure this does not happen again.
Nick Saban has asked for a meeting with the school’s vice president for athletics, who will make a decision about the team’s next coach.