College football legend bizarrely retires in middle of game

He presided over 264 wins. He did not watch one last loss.

Denny Douds, the all-time leader in DII victories and games coached (471), who spent 53 seasons at East Stroudsburg and 45 as head football coach, did not wait until the clock read 0:00 on Saturday to say goodbye to the program, the team and the fans.

Instead, the Pennsylvania legend, down 48-35 to Ohio Dominican in the home finale, called a timeout he didn’t have left to conclude a legacy with a flourish.

“I nudged the official in front of me and I said, ‘Sir, we are going to call a fourth timeout. I know that is illegal, you’re going to penalize it, but that’s OK. I am retiring,’” Douds told WNEP. “I called timeout with four seconds to go, blew the whistle, the kids came in and I told them this is what we are doing.”

To outside observers, the scene was bizarre: The game simply coming to a halt with time still on the clock, Douds addressing his team, who gave him a round of applause, Douds walking to midfield and shaking hands before tipping his cap to the fans.

The penalty for the timeout resulted in a time run-off, and the game was called. The season is not over — East Stroudsburg has two more road games, which associate coach Jimmy Terwilliger will coach — but Douds’ moment now is.

“I told my wife when I leave the stadium, I am going to tip my hat and say, ‘I love ya,’” Douds told WNEP. “I tipped my hat, walked to the car, and smiled all the way home.”

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