Blackwell resigns as Freedom's coach
A week after Freedom football coach and former USF quarterback Marquel Blackwell was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, he has resigned as coach. According to principal Chris Farkas, the Freedom football program is "going to go in a different direction." After last Monday's incident, Farkas asked Blackwell to resign and he complied.
"We felt like (Blackwell) had lost his effectiveness as a role model," Farkas said.
Farkas did, however, stress that the decision wasn't based solely on the latest incident, but a number of events in Blackwell's two years as coach. Blackwell, a former USF standout and Dixie Hollins alum, went 1-9 in 2007, but improved to 4-6 last fall as the Patriots won three of their last four games.
-- JOHN COTEY, Times Staff Writer