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Byrnes football coach to take job with Auburn University

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Byrnes High School head football coach Bobby Bentley has resigned and will be taking a job with Auburn University.

Spartanburg District Five Schools announced the resignation on Monday afternoon, saying Bentley will be accepting a job as quarterbacks coach for the university.

"This is a huge loss for District Five, but we're extremely happy for Coach Bentley," said Superintendent Dr. Scott Turner. 

"He has served this district for many years as a quality coach, an excellent role model, and a champion for kids. He's involved in every aspect of their lives, not just on the playing field, but in the classroom, in church, and in the community. We'll miss him greatly," Turner said.

Bentley released this statement about his departure:

"As a 4th grader in Mrs Linda Corne's class at Duncan Elementary School, I dreamed that I was going to be the football coach at Byrnes High School. After 22 years of teaching and coaching at Byrnes, I can truly say that I have been blessed beyond measure. Growing up wanting to be a Rebel and helping build a program that is known nationally was a dream.

"Last week the Byrnes program was labeled the 6th best "Dynasty" in America by Rivals.  Thanks to a bold administration for taking a chance and hiring me years ago. As a 25 year old head coach in 1995, to say we struggled would be an understatement. In 1995 we scored 9 TDs in a season ---we passed for 9 TDs in one game this year! We have come a long way because of people believing and following a dream. We started the youth program with one sport and 120 players. Now we have 11 sports in D5 SAC and over 1000 athletes.    

"Thanks to the District Five administration, school board, Rebel TD Club, and the entire community for embracing the plan to build the brand of Rebel Football. We have made a tremendous impact on many young people. Over 130 players have earned a college education as a direct result of the program. At least 60 players have made professions of faith over the years and nearly every four year player has graduated from high school.

"I will be joining the football staff at Auburn University as an offensive analyst working with the quarterbacks. It will be an honor to work with the SEC Champions and work alongside Coach Gus Malzahn. Coach Malzahn is a Godly leader and the opportunity was too good to turn down. It is my hope that one young person will be motivated by this story and realize you can achieve your goals with hard work, faith in God and believing in your dreams."

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"This is a huge loss for District Five, but we're extremely happy for Coach Bentley," says Superintendent Dr. Scott Turner.  "He has served this district for many years as a quality coach, an excellent role model, and a champion for kids.  He's involved in every aspect of their lives:  not just on the playing field, but in the classroom, in church, and in the community.  We'll miss him greatly."

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