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UConn assistant football coach resigns

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Assistant Football Coach Ernest Jones has resigned following comments he made about Jesus in huddles. (uconnhuskies.com photo) Assistant Football Coach Ernest Jones has resigned following comments he made about Jesus in huddles. (uconnhuskies.com photo)

An assistant football coach at the University of Connecticut who made a reference to Jesus in huddles has resigned, the school said.

Ernest T. Jones's resignation was effective immediately, according to a statement released Monday from UConn Athletic Communications.

"The University or the Division of Athletics will have no further comment on the matter as it is personnel related," officials said.

Jones made headlines when he said that UConn's players will understand that, "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."

The comment created a firestorm of controversy that forced President Susan Herbst to release a statement on Jan. 15.

She said all students must feel welcome and employees at the public school cannot appear to endorse any particular religion.

Jones was hired as a running back coach in January. He was also to work on player engagement, according to UConn's website.

He and new coach Bob Diaco worked together at the University of Notre Dame.

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