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SIOUX CITY -- Bob Scott, the general manager/managing partner of the Sioux City Bandits, is as confused about the situation revolving around the sudden departure of head coach Tommie Williams as the rest of the organization.

Two Indoor Football League games remain, starting Saturday night at Wichita, but Williams is no longer coaching the team. Williams didn't return phone calls seeking comment Thursday and when contacted on the same day, Scott said he had not fired, nor received a resignation notice from the first-year head coach, who had guided the team to a 4-8 record.

Scott said earlier this week, Williams told him he was going to quit his position, but Scott talked him out of it, stating, "you should finish what you started."

Williams was at Tuesday night's practice, but Scott, who sensed communication difficulties between Williams and his assistant coaches, hasn't heard from Williams since.

"I told him earlier in the week, 'I hired you to coach this team and I expect you to finish,'" Scott said. "He hasn't called me. Your guess is as good as mine about what's going on."

"It's tough on everyone," said Bandits quarterback coach Jarrod DeGeorgia, who will now call offensive plays, but won't be available for Saturday night's game because of a work-related engagement.

"There's two sides to this story. We, as coaches, haven't spoken to Tommie. Bob hasn't said whether Tommie was fired or he resigned. We've had a players meeting to try to explain what's going on. We understand it's tough, regarding who's right, who's wrong, what's true, what's false, but we have two games to prepare for."

An interim coach will not be hired. DeGeorgia and the four assistants will share head coaching duties, including offensive line coach Erv Strohbeen, who will call offensive plays in Saturday night's game at Wichita in DeGeorgia's absence.

Strohbeen will get the signals from quarterback Scott Jensen in the press box. Jensen, who has passed for 947 yards and 20 touchdowns for a team mired in a five-game losing streak (three games by 10 points or loss), is recovering from broken ribs sustained in last Saturday's 64-29 loss to Omaha. He will make the calls for new quarterback Donovan Porterie, who passed for 6,756 yards and 33 touchdowns in four years as a starter at the University of New Mexico.

Tom Luxford will continue as defensive coordinator and Marcus Pearson remains as defensive line coach. Rounding off the coaching staff is special teams coordinator Andrew Mathers, who also serves as director of player personnel.

No press release or other information regarding the situation was provided by the Bandits.

Scott described Williams, a former Omaha Beef assistant coach, as "an above average coach".

"I'm not disappointed in the team," Scott said. "Sure, I don't like to lose, but our kids have played hard every game. We haven't won as many games as we would have liked, but we've had good moments. I think we've played hard.

"Tommie did a good job preparing the kids to play. All of our coaching staff has done a good job getting the kids in position to make plays."


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