A college football defensive coordinator has stepped down less than two weeks before his team’s 2020 season opener.
Louisiana-Monroe defensive coordinator Mike Collins announced he was resigning Wednesday afternoon. After telling his players, Collins confirmed the news on Twitter.
“There comes a time for everyone when you figure things out and realize it’s time to step away, and that time has come for me,” he wrote. “Every day, I ask our players to give me their very best, and now I know that I can’t do it for them. What I have to give them right now isn’t good enough.”
Collins has been the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at ULM, his alma mater, since 2016. He also had an earlier stint with the Warhawks from 1998-02.
Mike Collins Steps Down as ULM Defensive Coordinator pic.twitter.com/tvb0ku8jrs
— ULM Football (@ULM_FB) September 2, 2020
Earlier this year, Collins gave a kidney to his sister Katie who was in desperate need of a transplant.
“It has been an unbelievably emotionally and physically draining year for me,” Collins said in his statement. “I pride myself in coaching with great passion and I just can’t provide that for our players right now.”
The 59-year-old Collins has also coached at LSU, McNeese State, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State.
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