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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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