Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro announced early Friday evening the resignation of offensive coordinator Willie Simmons effective immediately.
Simmons was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. He cited personal reasons for his resignation.
“I have resigned my position as offensive coordinator and running backs coach effective immediately for personal reasons," Simmons said. "I feel this is in the best interest for me and the athletic department at Middle Tennessee. I need to focus on my personal matters and allow Coach (Rick) Stockstill to begin the process of moving his team forward. I love those players and want to wish them well.”
Massaro offered his support for Simmons decision.
"His concentration and focus needs to be on resolving his personal issues and our efforts need to turn to the needs of our football program,” Massaro said.
Simmons, who played at Clemson when Stockstill was on staff, began as the Blue Raider running back coach five years ago and was promoted to offensive coordinator this season.
“I would like to thank Willie for his service and effort that he has given to Middle Tennessee State University and this football program the last five years," Stockstill said. "I have known him since 1997 when I started recruiting him at Clemson University. He is like a son to me and I will continue to support him through this difficult time in his life.”