by Max Brantley
This breaking news headline just out on Log Cabin Democrat in Conway:
Conque admits to 'inappropriate relationship,' will remain as UCA coach
Here's the story, a vague statement coupled with statements of support from the UCA athletic director and college president for Clint Conque, entering his 11th year as football coach at UCA.
He just got a five-year contract extension after a mediocre season.
He wants privacy and the customary time to "heal" with his family, but doesn't explain what suddenly forced this into the open. It takes two to tango and Conque's dance partner might surface in some context before too long. Or, more likely, there's an inquiry underway from a news organization and some of the underlying details might be available for inspection in public records. If these be email and cellphone records, he wasn't paying much attention to nutty events in Fayetteville.
On jump, statements distributed to media by UCA:
Statement from Coach Clint Conque:
During a period of time in my life I made some poor personal decisions. I had an inappropriate relationship in the past that I regret and these mistakes and missteps have hurt the ones that I love the most. While we have been dealing with these issues privately, I regret that we must now deal with this in a public manner. I take sole and complete responsibility for my actions as my family and I continue the process of healing and rebuilding. I want to once again sincerely apologize first to my family, also to the university community, the administration, the university’s athletic staff, and to our football staff and team. I will emerge from this a better man, husband, father and coach. I appreciate the support that I have received from the Board of Trustees, President Meadors, Dr. Teague, and the university during this extremely difficult time.
I would genuinely appreciate everyone extending Angele and my three sons the privacy and compassion needed to move forward in our personal lives. I look forward to the 2010 football season and the beginning of fall practice.
Statement from athletic director Dr. Brad Teague:
Coach Conque admitted to an inappropriate relationship in his past. He has been honest and forthright regarding his mistakes and has been working on rebuilding his relationship with his family. We support his efforts in his personal life and truly hope these efforts are successful.
Coach Conque and his family have been a large part of our university and community for many years. It is our hope he can mend his personal relationships and we are confident that he will continue to maintain a great football program for our university. We look forward to having Coach Conque and his staff lead our program this fall.
I agreed to having Coach Conque make this public personal statement to end any speculation prior to the beginning of the fall season. His issue is in the past and he has done everything correctly to assure me we are on course for a great fall campaign. As this is a personal matter for Coach Conque and his family, I will have no further comment on this issue.
Statement from UCA President Allen Meadors:
Coach Conque has done a lot for this university, the community, and for our football program over the past decade.
Coach Conque has admitted to making errors in his judgment regarding his personal life and he is working through this very personal matter with his family. We ask that everyone respects the coach’s privacy as he and his family work through this matter.
The university is moving forward and we are focusing on the upcoming academic year, and we look forward to a great and exciting football season.