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TJC Head Football Coach Arrested, Asked To Resign

The head football coach at Tyler Junior College, Jamie Critchlow, has been asked to step down. 

This, after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last Sunday.   TJC leaders met with Critchlow Tuesday.  The coach had already been suspended pending an investigation, the results of which school leaders believe warrants Critchlow's resignation.

Critchlow has been the Apaches' head coach for two years, and he has been given until Wednesday afternoon to meet with his legal counsel and decide whether he will tender his resignation.

Critchlow was arrested Sunday morning after Tyler Police say his vehicle crashed through a fence along a secluded road in southeast Tyler.  The accident report says he refused a breath test, but showed signs of intoxication.  He was taken to the Smith County Jail where he posted $500 bond. 

TJC in a written statement said Tuesday afternoon, "Our college takes very seriously the personal conduct of its coaches, and the roles they play in the lives of young adults and the influence they have on students and the public.  After a careful review, we feel there is no choice but to seek Critchlow's resignation."  

No one was hurt in the incident, not even Critchlow.  His vehicle got stuck in the mud.

This isn't the first time Critchlow has been in trouble.   In 1999, Critchlow was cited for public intoxication.  That's a Class C misdemeanor and it didn't impact his standing then as an assistant coach.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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