Former University of Central Arkansas and current Stephen F. Austin State University football coach Clint Conque has been suspended indefinitely by the university for alleged violations of university policy.
“Stephen F. Austin State University has suspended head football coach Clint Conque pending an investigation into alleged violations of university policy,” a statement released by the university said. “The investigation is expected to take several weeks. No comments will be made by the university until the investigation is complete.”
There is no clear indication of the detrimental conduct Conque participated in, but this isn’t his first he’s had issues at a university.
In 2010, the Log Cabin reported Conque admitted to an inappropriate relationship, but remained on as the coach until he made a lateral move to SFA in 2013.
Prior to leaving UCA, Conque coached the Bears for 14 seasons and compiled a 105-58 record, including conference championships at in both NCAA Division II and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
He was also a three-time finalist for coach of the year in the FCA and his UCA teams led the Southland Conference in academic progress raise three straight years.
Conque, who is entering his fifth season at SFA after signing a five-year, $200,000 contract, has not seen the same success he had at UCA.
His Lumberjacks posted an 8-5 record in 2014, his first at SFA, to a 4-7 record in 2015, 5-6 in 2016 and 4-7 in 2017, totaling for a 21-25 overall record.
The 8-5 record was good enough to send the Lumberjacks to the FCS Playoffs since 2010.
The Lumberjacks have lost all four matchups with UCA since Conque left.
It was announced in March that Conque would take over offensive coordinator duties for the 2018 season, as well as his head coaching duties.
Conque served as the Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator during the 1999 season, which helped him get the head coaching job at UCA in 2000.
Now, two positions on the SFA football staff are up in the air for the 2018 season, two and a half months until the Sept. 1 opening game against Mississippi State.
It will be a tough task to take on for newly appointed SFA athletic director Ryan Ivey, a position he is set to officially assume on July 1.
The Lumberjacks will play host to the Bears on Oct. 13.