Perry Wheat is resigning as Purvis’ head football coach.

The 69-year-old spent the past 12 seasons at Purvis and says his decision is best for both sides.

“It was [a tough decision],” Wheat said. “The group we got right now is working real hard. They’re going to be a pretty good group. But I think it’s just best for me and the program to maybe get some new blood in there and try to get some things done that I couldn’t get done. The program could use kind of a facelift and some new energy. I think it’s going to be best for everybody.”

That being said, Wheat has not quite closed the door on his coaching career.

“I don’t know. I’m going to give it a little time,” Wheat added. “Me and my wife will pray about it and see what happens. I know I’m getting close to the end, but I still love football. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

Between numerous head coaching stops, Wheat has amassed 280 career wins. In his 12 years at Purvis, he led the Tornadoes to the playoffs 11 times. Wheat says the program will always hold a special place in his heart.

“Most of our teams were based on being pretty good up front, working hard in the offseason and that kind of stuff. It’s just a compliment to the kids and coaches that’s been with me and worked. It’s been a good experience.”

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