Tebucky Jones resigned on Friday after three years as the head coach of New Britain.

"No, I was forced to resign," Jones told Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant on Saturday.

Well, then.

Carl Josephson of the New Britain Herald was the first to report that Jones was out. Jones told him on Friday that he felt he was being forced out by certain folks from the city's Board of Education.

"(Board of Education member Carlos Pina has) been trying since day one and he's like a slick dude," Jones told Josephson. "We went to camp in the summer and he would come around at the time and be like, 'Hey, are you working in the school?' I said 'no, not right now.' Then he said, 'Tebucky shouldn't be coach.'"

Jones had more to say on Saturday.

"There's group of people that has been slandering me since I started," Jones told Yantz. "He (Pina) is the main guy. ... He's the same guy who also belittles the players. It's like the Garden of Eden, and he's the serpent."

Josephson talked to Pina on Friday. Pina said he had "no idea where this is coming from", and, "I could care less if he's the coach or not."

Jones went 13-17 at New Britain, where he tore it up as a player in the early nineties. He's been a substitute teacher at the school.

In non-rancorous coaching news, Matt Cersosimo is the new el jefe at Conard.

Cersosimo, 36, will be continuing the family business. Bob McKee, his grandfather, was Conard's first coach when it opened in 1957.

Rob Cersosimo, Matt's father and McKee's son-in-law, took over in 1984. Rob Cersosimo retired this season after 30 years.

Matt played for his pops at Conard. He was an UConn assistant from 2006-12, and resigned last June to work with his dad as the offensive coordinator.

"Conard has a proud, distinctive way of conducting itself on and off the field," Matt told Yantz. "I saw it with my grandfather and my dad. I'm excited about continuing the legacy and the opportunity to work with a great group of young men."

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HATS OFF to Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome and Tom Brockett, who were named the Walter Camp Connecticut High School Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, at Saturday's Breakfast of Champions.

It was the third straight season that Newsome won the award. He paced the Chargers to both the CIAC Class S title and the first 15-0 season in state history. He set single-season records for rushing (3,867) and touchdowns (68) in 2013. He also owns dozens of other state records, including career rushing yardage (10,672) and career touchdowns (187).

Brockett has coached Ansonia to five state titles during his eight-year reign. He has a 100-7 career record, and his .935 winning percentage is tops in state history for those who've coached a minimum of 40 games, according to the Connecticut High School State Record Book.

(Jack Hunt, Brockett's predecessor and former boss, is third — .881).

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God, we miss college and high school football.

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