The University of Connecticut says an assistant football coach who invoked Jesus as part of his job has resigned.

UConn said Monday it would not explain why Ernest Jones has left, calling it a personnel matter. His resignation is effective immediately.

Jones, who was hired as a running backs coach and director of player engagement, told The Hartford Courant in a story published last month that he and others were going to make sure UConn's players understand that "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."

Days later, university President Susan Herbst said in a statement that all students must feel welcome and employees at the public school cannot appear to endorse any particular religion.