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Wildcats coaches wondering why they were fired

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Former South Georgia Wildcats head coach Rodney Blackshear is wondering what the motivation is for his firing and that of his assistant coach Lucious Davis.

Blackshear says the AF2 notified him and Davis in separate e-mails Monday night they were both fired with still over a month left on their contract with the league.

The firings come after both coaches were waiting to be paid for the final two weeks of July.

Wildcats managing partner Silvio Fazzini says the decision to terminate the coaches was made solely by the AF2.

In the AF2, coaches and players work for the league.

The various teams recruit coaches and players and send sign contracts to the league.

If accepted, the coach or player is assigned to the team by the AF2.

The teams send all salary money to the AF2 before the season starts.

Fazzini says the league is investigating whether to dock Blackshear's pay for practices he missed last month while in Texas interviewing and accepting a high school coaching job.

Fazzini says Davis is also under investigation for possibly covering up Blackshear's absence.

Blackshear missed practices during the week of the final regular season game at Tennessee Valley and the playoff game against Kentucky.

The Wildcats beat the Vipers but lost in the first round to the Horsemen.

Blackshear was open with the media about his job search in Texas and he says he kept Fazzini and general manager Ryan Nolen up to date on every development.

Blackshear would not comment on speculation his firing has to do with the departure of line coach Dominic Bramante during the season.

Bramante was asked to leave the team in June after Bramante did not show for a game in Kentucky.

AF2 president Jerry Kurz recommended Bramante to be the Wildcats head coach last fall.

When Blackshear was hired by then general manager Darren McPhail,  Kurz then pushed for Bramante to be hired as an assistant on the Wildcats coaching staff.

WALB Sports did leave a message with AF2 football operations director Scott Wentzel asking for comment today.

Wentzel has not returned the call.

Blackshear says he ended up not getting the high school coaching job in Texas due to a certification issue.


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