Brian Smith is out as Blythewood's head football coach after just one season.
Smith was 3-7 in a 2017 season that saw the Bengals lose their final five games.
"I didn't expect to be gone after one year, but it is what it is," Smith told News19.
"We're going to move on. I have no ill feeling. Blythewood is a great community, great place to live. i wish them all the best."
Part of Blythewood's struggles can be traced to attrition as the team suffered major injuries at key positions. At one point, Blythewood was down to its fourth-string quarterback and fourth-string running back.
"We had 16 out of 22 starters that didn't finish the year. That hurt any chance we had of competing. But I don't make excuses. You win or go home. I'm going to hold my head high and know I did the best job I could and I know I'll do a great job at my next job."
Smith is a Massachusetts native who graduated from The Citadel. He came to Blythewood from C.E. Murray where he was the head coach and after two losing seasons, he guided that program to the Class A state championship game in 2015. A region title followed in 2016. He recalled his first year at C.E. Murray his team won just two games.
"3-7 doesn't define me,' Smith said.
"2-8 didn't define me then."
Smith replaced Dan Morgan as Blythewood's head football coach. Morgan went to the Upstate to become the head coach at Eastside High School. Smith has now begun the process of finding his next job.