AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Was a popular east Alabama high school football coach forced out of his job? Many parents at Auburn High School feel that's the case for head coach Tim Carter.
The Auburn City School Board accepted Carter's resignation at Tuesday night's board meeting before a packed house of parents and students.
Carter had served as head coach for nine years, helping the team capture four regional titles and a trip to the state championship game.
He is extremely popular and well-respected in the community, and many want to know why he's out of a job.
"I have two nephews who played under him and think he is great and when they found out about this they said you're kidding… Coach Carter? He is a wonderful man and was a great coach," said former Auburn High counselor Kim Spencer.
"Coach Carter won more games in the last nine years than any decade since the 50's...almost double that number..." said supporter Nick Autrey.
The school board did not say why Carter resigned. He was not at Tuesday night's meeting, but in a statement read by his attorney he thanked the school system for the opportunity and credited his success as head coach to his coaches, administration, fans and players. He plans to continue teaching at Auburn High.
Meanwhile, supporters say Carter's job was posted well before his resignation and they're calling on the Alabama Education Association to investigate.