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Scheidt staying in Merced

Rob Scheidt is staying put.

The Merced coach informed Clovis West on Tuesday morning that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the school's head football coaching job.

Clovis West previously fired coach Marty Martin after a 9-4-1 record in his first and only season.

"There were a lot of reasons," Scheidt said. "For one, their timeline didn't fit. They weren't going to start interviews for two weeks and I thought that would be detrimental to my kids.

"I'm happy where I am. It's not in the best interest for me and my family to move. In terms of football, we haven't finished what we've started at Merced."

The decision ends two weeks of speculation, which started when Clovis West contacted Scheidt on Feb. 14.

"We were optimistic he was going to stay," Merced athletic director Scott Winton said. "Obviously, he was looking at all his options and he was going to do what was best for him and his family.

"We're excited about his decision."

Scheidt is turning down an opportunity to interview for one of the premier programs in the state and a job that could pay him as much as $40,000 more than he makes at Merced.

"I wanted to take my time and make the right decision," Scheidt said.

"I wanted to take a look at everything they had and base my decision on information I learned. Not on rumors or what I heard was (at Clovis West)."

Scheidt was in a meeting most of Tuesday morning and wasn't able to gather his team to tell them the news.

However, word of his decision quickly spread to Stockton, where the Merced boys basketball team was involved in a playoff game.

"Him staying is a good thing for us," said junior fullback Bryan Sims, who was attending to cheer on his friends. "His hard work ethic rubs off on a lot of us.

"He gets the younger guys to focus on football when it's tough for them to focus on anything.

"If he'd have left, it could have been messy."

Scheidt has led Merced to two straight Central California Conference championships and a 31-5 record over the past three seasons -- including a section title game appearance against Vacaville two years ago.

"I'm glad it's over," Scheidt said. "In the end, I'm in the same position I started in and that's a good thing."