Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum resigns

TAMPA - Tampa Bay Storm Head Coach Tim Marcum resigned Thursday after coming under fire a couple weeks ago.

Marcum admitted in a deposition that he received and forwarded emails that contained pornographic and racially sensitive material.

There were rumors on Wednesday Marcum had been fired.

This move does not come as any surprise, since admitting to the above certainly did not sit well with new owner Jeff Vinik.

“After 15 great seasons in Tampa Bay with the Storm, it is time for me to move on,” Marcum said upon making the announcement. “There is a lot going on in my life right now and I believe, for the good of the Storm franchise, that I need to take a step back, focus on those issues and remove any distractions from the team."

“I cherish the wonderful memories, the championships, and all of our players, but most of all, I thank the Arena Football fans in Tampa Bay. We have the greatest fans in the league and I’d like to thank them for their support over the years. Lastly, I’d like to thank Woody Kern, who as owner, brought me to Tampa Bay in 1995, for giving me the opportunity to help create the best franchise in the AFL."

“As the Storm move forward under Mr. (Jeff) Vinik’s ownership, I am confident it will continue its winning ways, competing for championships, and maintaining a strong relationship with its fans and the Tampa Bay community. I wish nothing but the very best for the franchise.”

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC CEO Todd Leiweke comments:

“As coach Marcum moves on in his career, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for his years of service to the Storm franchise, its players and our great fans,” “Coach built a tremendous legacy in Tampa Bay and we aim to carry on the positive traditions he has established here.”

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