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March 27, 2014

Mount Clemens High boys basketball coach Jermaine Jackson Sr. resigns after two years

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Mount Clemens High boys basketball coach Jermaine Jackson Sr. resigned from the position March 20. Jackson Sr. is pictured during a March 19 playoff game.

Mount Clemens High boys basketball coach Jermaine Jackson Sr. resigned from the position March 20, Jackson told
C&G Newspapers March 27.

Jackson, who amassed a 45-4 record in his tenure, declined to get into specifics when asked about the resignation. His decision comes after the Bathers fell in the Class C state quarterfinals March 19.

“It was just time to go,” Jackson Sr. said March 27. He also said March 27 that he has received offers from other schools, but will concentrate on his family at this time.

When contacted the morning of March 28 for further comments, Jackson said his attorney advised him to not make any further comments on the issue.

Mount Clemens Community School District Board of Education President Earl Rickman III in a voicemail March 28 said the decision to resign was Jackson's. He said Jackson's decision comes after some issues within the high school community led him to believe he couldn't do what he wanted to do as a coach.

Rickman said Jackson's coaching performance speaks for itself, as three of the team's four losses during his tenure were to teams that went on to win state titles. Rickman, who wished Jackson the best in his future endeavors, went on to say the reasons for the separation on the district's end are still being examined, but stem from allegations of "doctoring game statistics."

Calls and emails to Mount Clemens High school officials March 27 and the morning of March 28 were not immediately returned.

Jackson Sr. runs the Jermaine Jackson Community Center in Mount Clemens. Jackson Sr. is a Detroit native and graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy. He spent 13 years as a professional basketball player and had stints with the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks. He’s also played in leagues in Spain, Italy and Mexico, among other places, winning an Italian Basketball Cup with Pallacanestro Treviso in 2004.

In two years, the Bathers won two division titles. Mount Clemens also captured two Class C district titles. The team won a regional championship this past season, as well.

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