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Lexington, SC (WLTX) --- The Scott Earley eraat Lexington Highis over as he abruptly handed in his resignation Wednesday morning after three seasons as the school'shead football coachand athletics director.

Earley told his players that his mother-in-law lives in North Carolina, and his family would like to move closer to her. He also says he'd like to pursue other opportunities.

Earley's first sesaon at Lexington saw him guide the team to an 11-3 record. In year two of 2011, the Wildcats rolled through the regular season, but suffered their first loss of the year at home to Blythewood in the opening round of the playoffs. This past season, Lexington struggled to a 3-8 record.

Before coming to Lexington, Earley spent the 2009 season at Chapin, guiding the Eagles to a 7-4 record. That came one year after he led Myrtle Beach to the state championship with current Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golston at quarterback.

A district spokesperson says Early told them about his intentions now so administrators would have plenty of time to hire a replacement.

Brandon Smith, who currently serves as one of the school's assistant athletic directors, has agreed to step in and serve as interim athletic director.

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