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  • Jose Luis Villegas / Sacramento Bee file

    Marhsall Sperbeck was action from the first game of the 2013 season, against San Jose State in August. Sperbeck has resigned after seven seasons and a 35-44 record with the Hornets.

  • Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee file

    Marshall Sperbeck, whose resignation as Sacramento State’s head football coach was announced this morning, is shown working with one of the Hornets’ quarterbacks in 2010.

Sac State football coach Marshall Sperbeck resigns

Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 - 1:46 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Marshall Sperbeck has resigned as Sacramento State’s football coach, effective immediately, the university announced today.

No explanation was provided by the university, and the sudden announcement was a surprise to some area recruits who had been excited about playing for him.

Two of them learned about the news from The Bee when contacted this morning.

“What? Are you serious?” Franklin High School All-Metro linebacker Joey Banks said when told about Sperbeck. “I have not heard. No one from Sac State told me anything. I want to know what’s going on. I’m disappointed, really disappointed. Coach Sperbeck really recruited me hard, and I was with him a lot. Really like him, too. Sorry to hear about this.”

Added Dre Terrell, a Bee All-Metro all-purpose player from Pleasant Grove: “I had no idea. I haven’t received a call from Sac State yet. I don’t know what this means. It seems so random. I saw Sac State work out a lot this spring, talked to Coach Sperbeck. Everything seemed normal, cool, going well. Not to get this news ...”

Terrell said he had confidence in Sperbeck because Sperbeck had confidence in him.

“That’s what it came down to, and what sticks,” said Terrell, a projected receiver or cornerback. “He’s one of the few coaches who had faith in me in the recruiting process, and he gave me a great opportunity. I can’t thank him enough, but it really hurts to hear that he’s resigned.”

Sperbeck, who spoke with excitement about the 2014 season during two interviews in recent weeks with The Bee, could not be reached for comment today.

Jody Sears has been named the interim coach for the 2014 season. Sears, who joined the Hornets staff as the defensive coordinator this spring, was the head coach at Weber State the past two seasons and has been a defensive coordinator at Washington State and Eastern Washington.

“I appreciate Marshall’s dedication to improving our football team and promoting the success of our student-athletes,” Sacramento State president Alexander Gonzalez said in a statement. “I want to assure our student-athletes, fans and supporters that the University will work quickly with interim coach Sears to ensure a successful transition and 2014 season for the football program.”

Sperbeck had a 35-44 record in his seven seasons as Hornets coach. During his tenure, the Hornets gained national attention with victories at Oregon State and Colorado.

Before joining Sac State, Sperbeck was head coach at Foothill College in Los Altos, where he compiled a 109-53 record in 15 years and led the team to 11 bowl games.

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