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D1 assistant coach resigns for 3 very respectable reasons

Sometimes it’s just time to do something else.

After eleven seasons on the staff at Kent State, A.J. Pratt accepted a position on Willie Taggert’s staff at Western Kentucky in 2010.

One year later, Pratt has decided to resign his position for three very respectable reasons.

Pratt, who served as the tackles / tight ends coach under Taggart, released a statement saying, “My wife and kids know nothing else but being a family of a college football coach for the past 12 years. This decision is based solely upon three factors - my family, my faith and my health.”

“Our family has discussed this decision the past few days, and we are at peace with the outcome though it is the most difficult decision I have ever personally had to make. The opportunity for a new occupation has just recently been presented, and I wish the timing could have been different.”

“We are very thankful for the people of Western Kentucky University, especially the athletic department, administration and our student-athletes. We are thankful and blessed for those relationships. I will continue to support WKU football and the people that make it successful from our home in Bowling Green."

Taggart understood his assistant’s position and said the decision was entirely Pratt’s.

Pratt will serve as a teacher in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area.

Stay tuned to The Scoop. There are always three or four surprising changes just before August camp arrives. About this time last year, Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson decided to hang it up.