Governors football coach Mark Hudspeth has resigned

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mark Hudspeth has resigned as the Austin Peay Governors head football coach. Hudspeth was the Governors head coach for just one season.

Now, the Governors have to scramble as this move came weeks before the start of the 2020 season. The NCAA is moving forward with their season despite concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Austin Peay Athletic Director Gerald Harrison made the announcement one day before the Fourth of July.

“First, I want to thank Mark for his work in moving Governors football to new heights,” said Harrison. “His dedication to Governors football has laid the foundation for our football program to reach even greater success. We’ll get to work immediately determining our next steps to build on the momentum Mark built.”

Hudspeth said that the decision was a personal one. He said he needed to spend more time with his wife and kids.

“This was not an easy decision, but a very personal one,” Hudspeth said. “I need to take some time away from the game with Tyla and the kids. I could not be more thankful for my time at Austin Peay and will be a fan forever. I will miss the players and coaches incredibly and will never forget their commitment to each other and this team. I will return to coaching in the future at the right time.”

The entire coaching staff will be retained by the school. The school now has to determine if they want to name an interim coach for the upcoming season, or if they want to name a permanent coach with the current staff.

The team begins organized activities for the new season on July 31st.

Hudspeth guided the Governors to their best record in school history in 2019 with an 11-4 Mark. The team made it to the FCS playoffs before being eliminated by the Montana State Bobcats, 24-10, in the FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals.

During the regular season, the team was the Ohio Valley Conference co-champion.

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