With the high school football season just under a month away, Carbon head coach Tim Tiller was fired by principal Greg Stansfield on Monday.
Tiller had been at the program for just one year, finishing with a 2-7 record. Despite anticipated lower numbers this year, he was optimistic about the upcoming season, with nine returning starters on each side of the ball.
Efforts were made by the Deseret News to contact Stansfield Tuesday, but he was in meetings at the time and he didn't return any phone calls.
Tiller was reached, however, and said he was fired via a voice 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 e-mail and demanded that they put it in writing," Tiller said. "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 canceled for this year.
"You have to get a new coaching staff in place in 2 1/2 weeks. My coaches are not going to coach, they've made that very clear," Tiller said.
Throughout summer conditioning and weightlifting, 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 the 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 their teenage employees 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 people in the community. Those concerns apparently brought up credibility issues and led to Tiller's firing.Carbon is scheduled to open the 2008 season on Aug. 22 at home against Duchesne.
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