Samson steps down as Northern football coach

HAVRE (AP) — Montana State University-Northern officials say Mark Samson has resigned as the Lights’ head football coach.

Wednesday night’s announcement came a day after school officials confirmed the 10-year coach had been placed on administrative leave for an undisclosed personnel issue.

The statement from the university did not give a reason for Samson’s resignation or why he was placed on leave.

Samson told the Great Falls Tribune Wednesday he made a mistake by depositing money meant for football camp operations into a personal bank account and not a university account.

He says it was a bad decision, and he is not fighting his punishment.

University spokesman Jim Potter would only say Samson violated university policies related to the operation of a football camp.

Defensive coordinator Jake Eldridge has been named interim head coach.

The Lights went 45-60 under Samson, who began coaching at the Havre campus 2004.

Eldridge has been defensive coordinator for three years and was previously the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

He played defensive back for the Lights for four years starting in 2004.

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