M-S football coach Keith Pogue resigns from position

After a disappointing 3-6 season, Mahomet-Seymour football coach Keith Pogue resigned from his position last Friday. Pogue was at the helm of the Bulldogs' program for 11 seasons after serving as an assistant under legendary M-S coach Tom Shallenberger.

Pogue led the Bulldogs to the playoffs in each of his first seven years. M-S had two nine-win seasons (2008, 2013) under Pogue.

Pogue finished with an outstanding 72-39 record, but the Bulldogs could never advance past the second round of the playoffs. In 2014, M-S got moved up from Class 4A to Class 5A, and the Bulldogs responded by going 7-2 in the regular season

Behind big-time performances from Joe Kenney and Andy Livingston, M-S defeated Washington 27-7 in the first round, which was the last playoff win for the Bulldogs.

M-S missed the playoffs for the first time in Pogue's tenure in 2015, and it was the first time that the Bulldogs had missed the playoffs since 2001.

M-S followed that up with back-to-back six-win seasons, but M-S struggled this season and finished 3-6 overall and 2-4 in Apollo Conference play.

The Bulldogs' defense gave up 29.5 points per game this year, which was unlike the vicious defense that Pogue's teams were known for early in his coaching career.

M-S started the season 1-6, including a 64-28 loss on homecoming to Effingham that officially eliminated M-S from playoff eligibility.

The school district issued a press release on Friday, thanking Pogue for his efforts.

"Mahomet-Seymour would like to thank Keith for his dedication to the Bulldog football program and look forward to Keith continuing as an educator in the social studies department at Mahomet-Seymour High School," the statement read.

Pogue declined to comment on the resignation.

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