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Guthrie's Rafe Watkins named head football coach at Muskogee

by Jacob Unruh Published: February 7, 2014

Rafe Watkins is leaving Guthrie after all.

The longtime football coach was officially named the new coach at Muskogee on Friday, ending a month of speculation about the coach’s future.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Watkins told The Oklahoman he would likely remain with the Bluejays.

“As far as I know, yeah, that’s the plan,” Watkins said at the time.

Attempts to reach Watkins on Friday were unsuccessful.

He took over the Guthrie program in 2001 and turned it into a Class 5A power, winning four state championships with the most recent being last season. He was named The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Coach of the Year after the Bluejays went 14-0.

But rumors started flying following the title game that Watkins would be leaving. He was named a finalist for the Broken Arrow position last month, but the Tigers ultimately chose assistant David Alexander for the position.

“I don’t know why now,” Watkins said then. “There’s been some opportunities over the years. Obviously, after every championship year you’re faced with some things because everybody then wants to talk to you or give you an opportunity, and I have been blessed to have a few opportunities over the last 13 years, but none that seemed quite as appealing as this.”

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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