Paso Robles High School will be turning to its fourth varsity football coach in the last 11 months, after the school announced that Larry Grant has been let go as the Bearcats’ coach just one game into his tenure.
Grant’s lone game was last Friday's 12-7 loss to Lemoore on the road. Just three days later, Grant was reportedly called into a meeting with Paso Robles Joint Unified School District school administrators, who then informed him that the school had replaced him with J.R. Reynolds, now the interim head coach.
The school district released a statement on Wednesday.
“The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and Paso Robles High School head varsity football coach, Larry Grant, have mutually agreed to part ways,” the statement read.
Grant, who played linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and owns an NFC championship ring that he earned with the team in 2013, was hired to replace longtime head coach Rich Schimke in January. Schimke was placed on administrative leave in October of 2016 after a social media video showed him conducting in inappropriate behavior with one of his players. Schimke was never reinstated as head coach following the incident and assistant Matt Carroll took over from there.
Grant, however, encountered his own controversy recently – which some speculate helped lead to his dismissal at Paso Robles High.
Grant reportedly brought along family members Sincere Jackson and Fred Thompkins via transfer to the Bearcats roster. Jackson came over via Serra High near San Mateo – the same Serra High that nearly won a state football championship before falling to Sierra Canyon 42-40 in the state title game. Thompkins was originally from Kimball High in Tracy, which went 1-9 last year.
In a social media post Wednesday afternoon, Grant displayed a positive outlook despite the abrupt change, tweeting, “God gives his battles to his strongest soldiers," before delivering a lengthy message.
“I would like to thank the Paso Robles High School for the opportunity to serve as head coach for their prestigious school," Grant's statement read. “I’ve gained some amazing relationships with my players at the high school level and even many, many kids in the youth here at Paso Robles. I wish the team and their new coach all the best going forward for the rest of the season.
"My family and I are very excited about our future as we pursue new opportunities in this great state of California and all over America. Keep us in your prayers. I will keep you posted. God bless. #TUNNELVISION.”
This story will be updated.