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Ill. Coach in Record Flap Resigns

November 18, 2003

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A high school football coach resigned three weeks after making a deal with the opposing team to allow his quarterback to complete a record-setting pass.

The Springfield School Board accepted the resignation of Southeast High coach Neal Taylor on a 6-0 vote Monday. Taylor will continue to teach science at a middle school in the district.

``I am getting no support from the administration at SEHS, so I feel it is the best time to tender my resignation,″ Taylor said in a letter.

Taylor became interim head coach in 2002, then permanent head coach this season.

He made a deal with coach Antwyne Golliday of Cahokia High near the end of a game Oct. 25: Cahokia, which had a big lead, would be allowed to score again, uncontested, and then Southeast quarterback Nate Haasis would meet no resistance on the record-breaking pass.

Haasis completed the pass, giving the senior 5,006 yards for his career and a conference record.

A few days later, Haasis wrote a letter to the football conference disowning the record, saying it was tainted, and the conference agreed Nov. 12 that the 37-yard pass would not count.

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