With the high school football season just under a month away, Carbon head coach Tim Tiller was fired by principal Greg Stansfield Monday afternoon.
Tiller had been at the program for just one year, finishing with a 2-7 record in 2007. Despite anticipated lower numbers this year, he was optimistic about the upcoming season with nine returning starters on each side of the ball.
Stansfield wasn't immediately available for comment Tuesday morning about the firing.
Tiller was reached, however, and said he was fired via a message on his cell phone around 2:30 p.m. on Monday. He contacted Stansfield immediately, but the conversation was short and vague.
"I responded with an email and demanded that they put it in writing," said Tiller. "I'm going to still do my duties until I receive it in writing."
Tiller said the reasons given for his firing were credibility issues within the community. Tiller is convinced his firing means the football program will be cancelled for this year.
"You have to get a new coaching staff in place in two and a half weeks. My coaches are not going to coach, they've made that very clear," said Tiller.
Throughout summer conditioning and weight lighting, Tiller said he's had about 18 kids out each day, even though many of his seniors were doing their own workouts on the side at College of Eastern Utah.
The heart of the matter stems from an open letter to the community Tiller placed in the local Sun Advocate on July 9. In that letter he stressed the importance of encouraging kids to play multiple sports, and encouraged local businesses to be more flexible with the their teenage employers to help make this happen.
Tiller said Stansfield approved the letter before publication.
In the days after the letter, Tiller said he received almost entirely positive feedback. It's his understanding though that Stansfield received negative feedback from a handful of important people in the community. Those concerns apparently brought up some credibility issues and led to his firing.
Carbon is scheduled to open the 2008 season on Aug. 22 at home against Duchesne.