Assistant Coach Cut From Longhorns Line-Up

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Details are hazy, but what is known is that assistant coach Bret Morse is no longer a member of the Payson High School football coaching staff.

Morse was not on the sidelines Friday night in the Longhorn's 21-12 loss to Wickenburg.

First-year head coach Steve Saban said he couldn't comment on the situation, because it was a personnel matter. He did, however, confirm that Morse is no longer with the team. Saban said he wanted it made clear Morse did not resign his coaching position.

The decision to relieve Morse, Saban said, was made in the best interests of the team. Morse was relievied of his duties only hours before the bus left for Wickenburg Friday afternoon.

What is unclear is whether Bret's father, Denny, who is also an assistant coach, was fired. Denny Morse was not on the sidelines at the Wickenburg game but was reported to be out of the state.

Bret Morse said he believes Saban's decision to remove him did not affect his father's position and he was going to encourage his father to remain with the team. Morse also said he would not comment further on the situation, but would answer individual queries.

Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley refused to comment, saying he also couldn't publicly discuss personnel matters.

Last spring, after the resignation of former coach Mike Wheelis, Bret Morse also the Longhorn golf coach was offered the football head coaching position, but turned it down.

Remaining on the varsity/ jayvee staff with Saban are defensive coordinator Jack Morris and line coach Jimbo Armstrong.

Jerry and David Daniels, also a father-son team, will continue to coach the freshman squad.

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