By John Davis
OXFORD – A week after leading his team at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, Brian O’Neal has resigned from his post as head coach of the Ole Miss men’s and women’s track programs.
The surprising news was announced in a release from Ole Miss on Monday afternoon.
O’Neal, a native of Pontotoc and Ole Miss graduate, had been in Oxford three years after coming from the University of Florida.
In the release, O’Neal said he was pursuing other professional opportunities, nothing specifically tied to coaching.
“I do so with a heavy heart, but I believe this action to be in the best interests of the university and my own interests,” O’Neal said. “I am most appreciative to Ole Miss for my education, its role in shaping my opportunities, and for the opportunity to return to our track as its head coach and not simply as an athlete.
“I am proud of our accomplishments during my tenure, both the success on the track and the academic and personal successes of our student athletes off the track.”
A school record nine athletes just earned All-America honors on June 15 after the conclusion of the NCAAs. It came a little more than a month after the men’s team finished seventh overall.