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April 22, 2014

Buffs’ Pratt turns down Yukon

McALESTER — Any coach that’s had the success McAlester head football coach Bryan Pratt has had will likely draw interest from other schools. Pratt’s been no exception, getting looks this year from Class 6A schools like Broken Arrow, Muskogee and most recently Yukon.

Though Pratt has acknowledged he might someday move on, it won’t be this season. Pratt turned down a job offer to become Yukon’s new head coach Monday.

“I really like it here,” Pratt said Tuesday.

“I just felt like it was the right thing to do to stay and keep trying to pursue a state championship.”

The Yukon offer, Pratt said, was certainly enticing. It offered a considerable raise, a chance to coach 6A football and a beautiful multimillion-dollar athletic facility that hosts the state track meet every spring.

But Pratt said taking the job would mean moving farther from his family in Broken Bow. It’d force his daughter Bailye to start high school in a new city, and he’d have to drive much farther to watch his son Caden play at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant next fall.

It’d also mean Pratt wouldn’t be able to get his new team on a spring and summer workout schedule, which often has to be planned earlier in the year.

“I just felt like it wasn’t the right situation,” Pratt said.

“It’s hard to get going if you move somewhere this late. ... It wouldn’t have been the spring ball like I have here.”

Pratt said he met with his players Monday to discuss the team’s upcoming plans and to dispel any rumors that he’d taken the job.

“Everybody knew that I was probably going to get offered the job,” Pratt said.

“I just wanted to make sure they understood that I was here and that rumors aren’t always true.”

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