LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – The last 24 hours have been a roller coaster ride for the Swashbucklers franchise, and as of Friday evening, it appears the ride has finally stopped. Over the course of the day Head Coach Shadrick McAfee resigned from his position, only to later decide not to resign.
Shortly after 3:00 pm on Friday, Swashbucklers' owner Thom Hager told 7Sports that McAfee had resigned from his position. This news came one day after Hager announced he was looking to sell the franchise to local investors.
After speaking with Hager, 7Sports spoke with McAfee about his resignation and he issued this official statement:
"I resigned because of the stress of maintaining my life and family in Atlanta, Ga., and coaching here in Lake Charles has taken a toll on me. I started as a Swashbuckler and have retired a Swashbuckler. It would be selfish of me to not give 100% to the Swashbucklers and continue to try and make it work. I have to give %100 to my family."
However, shortly after 5:00 pm, 7Sports learned that McAfee had a change of heart. Hager informed 7Sports that McAfee was no longer resigning from his position as head coach, and would continue to coach the team for the remainder of the season. Hager and McAfee both commented on the coach's decision to remain with the team.
"Since that, where he was leaving, we had a heart to heart this afternoon and coach Mac [McAfee] decided that the job wasn't finished here in Southwest Louisiana," said Hager. "He thinks that Southwest Louisiana deserves another championship, so he wants to make some tweaks with the team. He wants to rock and roll and put on a little bit of bling at the end of the season."
"I looked at the guys that I coached and the tradition that I set here as a player and the example that I set here as a player, and I wasn't really taking the same knowledge in hand. To look at it, I can't leave these guys in the middle of a battle in our quest to win a championship to be selfish and go home and do some things when I know that we can make it in Georgia and I can give %100 here."
In his first year as head coach McAfee currently holds a 2-2 record with the Bucs. The news of his resignation and now decision not to resign comes on the heels of the Bucs second win. However, prior to the win, the team had lost two consecutive games, which was not typical for a franchise that only lost a combined three games since 2007. Right now the Bucs are in 4th place out of five teams in the SIFL.