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Larry Grant let go as Paso Robles High varsity football coach

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For the second time in less than a year, the Paso Robles High School varsity football team is without a head coach.

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District says it has mutually parted ways with coach Larry Grant.

Grant's older brother, Lasean Woods-Bey, tells KSBY the news Tuesday afternoon came as a surprise to his brother. "He was called into the office Tuesday, and that's when they told him 'we're parting ways'."

"I was very surprised on the timing of how it happened. It was a mutual agreement given the circumstances. I am excited for the opportunities moving forward for myself and my family," Grant told KSBY.

Woods-Bey says his brother never had an initial conversation, warning or write-up. 

School officials called an emergency meeting Tuesday night to inform players' parents of the news. 

Grant Tweeted Wednesday, "God gives his toughest battles to His strongest soldiers," and "When you can't embrace change you'll be stuck in the same place forever. True Story....."

The former NFL linebacker was hired as the Bearcats' head coach in January after former head coach Rich Schimke was involved in a controversial incident that took place with students inside a school locker room. Video of the incident went viral, prompting Schimke to be placed on administrative leave and not reinstated as head coach. 

Woods-Bey says the family is now in the process of hiring an attorney and is setting up a formal press conference with an invitation to Dr. Amos C. Brown, president of the NAACP San Francisco branch. Grant is expected to speak publicly at that time. 

There was possible concern about a conversation currently being held by the CIF Southern Section about Grant bringing on two family members, Sincere Jackson and Fred Thompkins, his brother's god son, to the team. Concerns also came up in regards to practice schedules.

"I never violated any CIF rules, I have a practice schedule to prove that. I have tried to be the best mentor I could possibly be for these kids," Grant said.

Woods-Bey explains Grant and the school were in full transparency when Grant was hired that he had temporary legal guardianship over the two boys and of their interest in joining the Bearcats football program.

Woods-Bey recalls conversations he had with Grant, saying, "The school had been praising his work and players' parents have called in to say what a positive influence he is to the players."

Woods-Bey said Grant was excited about the coaching opportunity and gladly moved his wife and newborn to the area. 

Grant was reportedly so dedicated to the opportunity, that he donated his entire salary back to the school district.

The district says current varsity offensive coordinator J.R. Reynolds, who has been a coach with the team for six years, will serve as interim head coach for the varsity team until further notice, saying, "additional support will be provided to our student athletes to ensure that they have the best opportunity for success." 

"I wish nothing but the best for Coach Reynolds. I am excited for his future and what he can do for the program," Grant said.

The Bearcats are scheduled to play next on Friday night in Bakersfield. 

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