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Northwestern football coach Billy Rolle fired

       With help from Herald writer J.T. Wilcox, I confirmed that Northwestern's coach Billy
Rolle was fired late Saturday night following the Bulls' narrow 19-7 victory against Edison.

   "It was a principal's decision,'' Northwestern Athletic Director Earl Allick said. îîThat's all I can say for now.''

   Rolle did not return phone calls from The Herald.

   While Allick did not elaborate on the reasons behind the dismissal, he said that assistant junior-varsity football coach Monte Dilworth was named the interim coach.

    Northwestern (6-2, 3-1) has won its past two games, and clinched the runner-up playoff berth in District 13-6A. However, consecutive losses the prior weeks to Central and Columbus cost
the Bulls the district championship, and cast doubt as to the team's chances to win a state title this season.

   During the loss to Columbus, Northwestern lost its starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury that has sidelined him the past two games. The Bulls also had several players
suspended earlier this season after being involved in a brawl during a game against Hialeah.

  Rolle, the only coach in Miami-Dade County history to win a state championship with two different schools, has won three state titles overall in his 14 years as a coach. He has won two
state titles, and one mythical national title during two successful stints as Northwestern's coach.

   Rolle, who has helped send numerous stars to college, including Vernon Carey, Antonio Bryant, Jacory Harris, Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Sean Spence, and Marcus Forston, led the
Bulls to a state title in 1998. He was also an assistant on the 1995 championship team under then-coach Willie Goldsmith.

   Rolle guided Killian to a state crown in 2004, and then returned to Northwestern in 2007 to lead it to a state and national title, following the dismissal of several of its coaches
at the time due to a sex scandal involving an athlete.

 

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Coach Drummond

This is all BS. Principle is wrong for that. Rolle was thinking about resigning before the season anyway. Principle thinks he can do a better job but has no clue to what it takes. He himself was a weak BB coach but i guess he thinks his philosophy is better. I'm glad Rolle spoke his mind and stood up to the principle. It was not a firing because of performance. Anywayz, no sympathy from me. Players and parents...come to the J.

ikeem higgs

i.higgs#5 red raiders/// wow he got fired

MIDNIGHT RIDER

Losing two games and just getting by Edison is not why he got fired. That is all I'm going to say.

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

IN LAW, WE HAVE WHAT IS CALLED AGGRAVATING OR MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES. ONE HELPS BURY YOU, WHILE THE OTHER HELPS TO BAIL YOU OUT. HOPEFULLY THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT ON THIS CIRCUMSTANCE. I THINK COACH ROLLE IS A VERY GOOD COACH, BUT THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. I WAS SOME WHAT PUZZLED IN REGARDS TO MIAM NORTHWESTERN. THEY ALWAYS SEEMED TO HAVE THE TALENT TO WIN, BUT SOM ETHING SEEMED TO BE LACKING. I HOPE THIS IS NOT A CASE WHERE YOU DON'T MISS YOUR WATER, UNTIL YOUR WELL RUNS DRY. I HOPE COACH ROLLE AND MIAMI NORTHWESTERN GREAT SUCCESS. MAYBE THE PRINCIPAL KNOW MORE THAN WE DO, OR COULD IT BE AN ILLUSSION , CONFUSION. I THINK TIME WILL TELL. NEVER MIND THE FAST RIDE, IT'S THE SUDDEN STOP THAT GETS YOU. PSALMS 23

Bullpride

He has removed every member the the football staff and faculty that has ties with Miami Northerstern. The alumni as no access to the school or team. He and his group of merry men have carefully and successfully tried to destroy Bull Pride. Football team has no resources. This principL wants out of mnw and this is his method of doing so. He always says that he doesn't care about football and he just proved it. These players are regularly picked on by the administration and the
kids are never rewarded. No pep rallys, no banquet no support. People please help coach Rolle. This so junkyard.....

djack

Rolle firing was personal. That sorry principal has been waiting for any reason to fire Rolle. Hankerson needs to remember all these under handed things he has been doing will come back around and bit. Hank better get the FCAT score up,if not he will be on his way out too.

troy

these attacks on Mr. Hankerson aren't warranted. wasn't it Mr. Hankerson who hired this head coach after the other coaches were fired by the board? Amazing we get upset about a sporting event and not the academic side of this high school. the school board and new woes going on, you should ask them. Right now, we should worry about children. The head coach will find another job, and the schools find another head coach and both will continue their winning tradition.

Coach Richmond Giant

It seems everywhere Rolle has been kids go to college and they have a wonderful program I am a Killian grad and his tenure at Killian we had consecutive most kids recieving athletic scholarships in dade county at least in the top two. Dont know what happen at MNW but sure hope he comes back to Killian we havent been the same since he left.

Football Guy

It was all in the plan. Smith is coming back. Now there is rumors Rolle is coming to coach a talent team in 16-6a that always has D1 players but never went further then the 2nd round in the last 20 years.

TRU ROCKET

CENTRAL ROCKETS! LETS CAPITALIZE ON THIS FUMBLE! SCOOP IT UP N SCORE!!!!!!...IM CURRENTLY MAKING MY RESERVATIONS AT THE HOLIDAY INN IN ORLANDO BCUZ WE R GOING TO STATE DIS YEAR WITH NO ROAD BUMPS!...N IF U A BULLS FAN WE WUDDA BEAT YALL N THA PLAYOFFS AGAIN SO GET OVER IT HOMIE! TEDDY IS INJURED FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG N MY U CAN CONVINCE FAVRE TO COME PLAY FOR U GUYS! LOL!!!! WE GOIN TO DA SHO! WE GOIN TO DA SHO! WE GOIN TO DA SHO!

Bullpride

Coach Roole is back. It's great when two respectable brothers allow
level heads to prevail. Billy and Hank have some philosophical differences but have made a committment to the kids and program. Rolle
and Hank are what's best for the program. We need the Bulls alumni to come out and support these kids. They need food after the
game and instill the importance of being a responsible
student athlete. Be on time, respect school rules and
dominate on the field. Bull alumni come
to the game on Friday and support this program. We CAn Win It All with u. Bulls Pride Bulls Pride

CC FOR LIFE


Well If Northwestern doesnt want Coach Rolle then Carol City would love to have him. Because the way our talent has diminished due to the helm of our coaching staff we need to get back on the map and dominate like we have been known to do. Of course academics do come first but word is out on the street that this involved some personal issues not work related. Oh my is this another Easterling scandal going on over at the WEST??? STAY TUNED

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