Coach discusses McIntosh's departure

John Hart, Paul McIntosh's coach at Evansville Reitz High (Ind.), said the reason why the prized quarterback is leaving Army is, in part, because of the military aspect.

"I've talked to Paul and, to be honest, that's what I took from it," said Hart, who spoke highly of his former star. "I don't think he liked the military side of it. He's a bright kid and he can handle it, but my assessment is that he didn't like it."

It probably also didn't help that McIntosh, a freshman, was not even on Army's three-deep depth chart.

"I felt like, watching the New Hampshire game (last Saturday), from a coaching perspective, I thought Paul could contribute," Hart said. "I'm extremely biased, but I know Paul will have success in college."

Hart said he expects McIntosh to leave the Academy in the coming weeks.

"When it's the proper time, I will try to help Paul (go to another school," Hart said. "I'm not sure if he will go Division I-A or I-AA, but if he goes I-A, he will have to sit out for two years. But right now is not the time to talk about all that."

Just about every Mid-American Conference school recruited McIntosh out of Evansville Reitz. As a senior, McIntosh, who is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, completed 146 of 227 passes for 2,292 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. McIntosh ran 205 times, almost all out of the spread option, for 1,621 yards and 34 scores in 15 games. That helped Evansville Reitz to an unbeaten season and a Class 4A state title. McIntosh was named Indiana's Mr. Football, joining Rex Grossman of Bloomington South as the only players in the state south of Indianapolis to win the award. McIntosh had verbally committed to Ball State, before bolting for Army. Hart said Ball State is the one MAC school that likely wouldn't pursue McIntosh. The coach did not divulge much more of his conversations with McIntosh, but said they've talked regularly, and the decision has been hard on him.

"Paul is one of the greatest players I have ever coached," Hart said. "He epitomizes a football player. He worked so hard and always made the people around him better. I don't like to use the term not a good fit. Look at Brandon Jacobs, he didn't work out at Auburn, and now he's one of the best running backs in the league. I can tell you, Paul will have a successful college career wherever he ends up." Top Stories