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Legendary Football Coach Leaving

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 09:43 PM EST
Byrnes High School (Duncan, SC) football coach Bobby Bentley has accepted a position at Auburn University as the quarterback coach under Gus Malzahn.

This is the second time in Bentley's career that he has left Byrnes for a college position, the first coming in 2006 when he left to coach at his alma mater, Presbyterian College. After a 2-year stint there, he returned to Byrnes as athletic director and assistant coach, until he steered the team once again for the 2013 season after coach Chris Miller left for Spartanburg High School.

"I'm excited about it," said Bentley during an interview Wednesday morning. "I'm not sure that any other timing would be better than right now. I think the success Gus has had at Auburn is gonna continue. It's good to jump on board and help him out, learn from him and his staff, and catapult my career."

Bentley stepped down Monday after a vaunted career at Byrnes. He established a program that became nationally ranked, appearing on ESPN earlier this season. Byrnes has won 8 of the last 12 state championships, including 4 in a row under his helm from 2002-2005.

"I consider what we've accomplished here as legendary, monumental because of the way this community has bought into the brand of Rebel football. It takes a little dream, a group of people who believe in it, sacrifice for it, fight for it, stand up for it, and we've accomplished it," said Bentley.

Bentley's three oldest sons--Chas, Shuler and Jake--have all played quarterback at Byrnes. Chas went on to play at Rutgers, and Shuler will play next year at Old Dominion. Jake is a rising sophomore and has already been offered a scholarship to play at Auburn.

Bentley hopes he can bring more to Auburn than just his football knowledge. The school is coming off a memorable year, winning the SEC title and losing the BCS Championship on a last-minute drive by Florida State.

"I think anytime you go into a position, you're going in to learn and study, make myself [get better]. I hope I can give back to those players. Any time you're on a staff or team, you pour yourself into players, pour myself into [Auburn junior Nick] Marshall and the other QBs, and there's some good young ones in program as well."

Bentley leaves for Auburn next week, but his family has not yet bought a home or picked the school district they'll be living in--a significant consideration for a state like Alabama, with some of the most ravenous high school football fans in the nation.
Legendary Football Coach Leaving


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