Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Darlington Resigns as Valdosta Coach; Winning Percentage of .650 Is Third-Worst, Statistically, in School's Football History

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Darlington Resigns as Valdosta Coach; Winning Percentage of .650 Is Third-Worst, Statistically, in School's Football History

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Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER

Just two days after his team was eliminated from the playoffs, Rick Darlingon resigned as Valdosta's football coach after just three seasons

Valdosta lost to Camden County in the second round of of the AAAAA playoffs on Friday. On Monday, after speaking with the team, Darlington officially resigned.

He led the Wildcats to a state runner-up finish in 2003 and was 26-14 in three seasons.

His tenure is the shortest by a Valdosta coach since Charlie Greene's two-year stint in 1972-73. Darlington's .650 winning percentage is the third-worst in school history.

Darlington did not return phone calls from the Times-Union.

Warren Weeks, the Valdosta City Schools athletic director, declined to comment, citing privacy clauses and because the school board had yet to meet and make an official statement. Weeks said a statement from the board would come today.

Darlington left Apopka (Fla.), where he won a state title in 2001, to take over the Wildcats program in February 2003. …

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