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Bristol Eastern Football Coach Paul Philippon Quits, Shocking Team

Bristol Eastern head football coach Paul Philippon told his players that he will not be returning next year to lead the team, GameDay has learned. It is unclear what his current plans are, but it looks like the Lancers will be looking for another coach to lead the program in 2009 and beyond. It also looks like that man won't be D.J. Digiacomo, who also stepped down from his assistant spot. It is unclear as of now what will happen with assistant coaches Mike Archangelo, John Hannon, Eric Carbone, Rich Klett, Jay Bouvier, Christian Echeveria and A.J. Julius. The news came as such a shock to the team that when Philippon and Digiacomo told players they were quitting, the team thought it was a joke. It wasn't until Philippon and Digiacomo started tearing up that they realized it was for real. Philippon just recently led his charges to a victory over Bristol Central in the Battle for the Bell game on Thanksgiving. Philippon did lead Eastern to a resurgence over the past several years, including a return to the state playoffs in 2007. Check back for the latest news on this surprising turn of events at Bristol Eastern.

(George Arasimowicz photo, top, of Paul Philippon)

10 comments:

  1. Nobody likes a quitter but in this case I say good! See you and have a nice life!

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  2. Coach Flip always talked TEAM but he should of practiced what he preached! He didn't give good players a chance because he had his favorites and it's a shame because there were some better players than his so called superstars that never got a chance. Hopefully we can get a Coach who doesn't show favoritism and will treat these kids fairly!

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  3. Brad, I don't want to judge, and I know that you like Flip, but why did you leave out the quote, "I didn't believe it was a good fit with the working conditions for me, and I was frustrated by that"

    Just curious. Did you know have this quote? Gotta be honest, bro, can't have the Courant scoop you on this one. If you got the quote after publication deadlines you gotta put it in your blog or else after the Press shuts down, your blog will be worthless as well.

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  4. I'm not sure about getting scooped by anyone ... I got the story first that the coach resigned and then handed the story off to our Eastern beat writer for a more in-depth story, which was in today's paper. The quote in the short Courant story was given to that writer, not anyone here at The Press, so it has no place on this blog or in our paper. The actual quote is meaningless if it can't be backed up with more information, which no one can "on the record." And, finally, don't worry about the blog being worthless. I get readers from all over the state, country and world checking in every day to read what I write. If you think it's worthless, than you don't need to stop by anymore. I'll survive.

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  5. Sorry Brad. I didn't mean to insult you. I just thought you withheld the quote "I didn't believe it was a good fit with the working conditions for me, and I was frustrated by that"

    Why didn't you publish this? This is important, isn't it? Do you know what he means?

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  6. The problem is we can't get any further concrete information to back up the statement. Maybe we will when things settle down a bit and people are more willingly to talk. Do we know more than what we have printed? Yes. But, again, we can't get anyone to talk on the record as of yet, so we can't go with it. It sucks, but something we have to deal with, and continue to try and work on. Sorry for coming back strong in my last comment and thanks for checking back.

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  7. I think you know my point. Check out you most viewed comments, or most commented on post. The Legion article on Monico, I believe would be the answer. If you want results/readership or viewership in this case you must be controversial. Do not hold back.

    Just my 2 cents...

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  8. Hey, Bob
    Brad is being a responsible journalist by trying to get the facts on the record. He has learned something from Legion firestorm. Good for him and the paper.

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  9. I think I need to clarify this because it seems like the people in town still don't seem to understand: The Philippon story is a sports news story, one that should not and cannot include commentary or opinion. On the other hand, the Legion story was a column, and is all commentary and opinion. Big difference. People need to realize that. Thanks.

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  10. Aaron Coggins a former lancerMarch 19, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    How about showing a little apriciation for the guy who made the whole football program do a 180.
    Obviously it was hard for him to leave. I dont think enough people know what a differance he made in the spirit of the school and the players on the team.
    THANKS COACH FLIP!

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