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Here it is..Spurrier Now Confirms He's Leaving Redskins
By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 30, 2003; 2:07 PM
Coach Steve Spurrier's tenure with the Washington Redskins has ended with the same sort of confusion that marked his brief run with the team.
The Redskins announced Spurrier's resignation today only to have him deny it moments later. But he called a reporter an hour later to say that he had not spoken with his agent, Jimmy Sexton, who was working on the details of his departure.
"I was caught off-guard," Spurrier said when asked about his denial. "Obviously, when a person resigns he usually calls it in himself. The bottom line is if that's what's best for everyone concerned that's what we'll do. We'll get to the bottom of it by the end of the day."
Spurrier said his understanding was that Sexton had authorized the Redskins to make the announcement without telling him. Spurrier had only hired Sexton on Monday.
Spurrier, who left the Washington area on Monday for his home in Florida, said he was unable to communicate with Sexton in part because his cell phone battery died and Sexton was tied up with a personal matter.
In a news release issued early this afternoon, the Redskins said Spurrier had telephoned owner Daniel Snyder and resigned "in the best interest of the Redskins franchise." It was unclear if Spurrier had spoken to team officials as of 1:45 p.m. today.
In the release, Snyder said "I have accepted Steve's resignation with much regret but respect his decision."
The Redskins said in the release that they will begin their search for Spurrier's replacement immediately.
Team sources said Spurrier has informed his assistant coaches of the decision and that there had been no buyout of the remainder of his five-year, approximately $25 million contract. But Spurrier would be paid some money to cover his expenses, sources said.
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