MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- 10 days had passed since Mark Hendrickson was handed a pink slip following 14 years on the staff of the Western Illinois football program, the last five of which as either interim or head coach.
Hendrickson made his first comments through the university Thursday evening, presumably after a contract settlement was agreed to.
Hendrickson's statement read in part, "I am proud of what we achieved on and off the field. We have a great group of young men here. I am confident they will continue to excel, and I wish them all the best."
WIU athletic director Tim Van Alstine, who had been silent since dismissing Hendrickson on November 19, also chimed in.
"During his time as head coach, Mark Hendrickson did everything right," Van Alstine said in a statement.
"He helped raise the academic standards within the football program, was compliant in following NCAA rules and regulations, and improved the discipline of our student-athletes both on and off the field...we wish him and his family all the best."
A national search to replace Hendrickson continues.
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