Tennessee State coach shocks team with resignation

Tennessee State ended its season with a victory over Eastern Illinois Thursday, a surprising win over the Ohio Valley Conference leader on the road.

But the real surprise occurred after the game. With the team gathered on the field, TSU coach James Webster announced his resignation, an abrupt end to his five-year tenure in Nashville.

“I just told them I was very, very proud of them,” Webster told the Tennessean. “I’m proud of the way that they fought back tonight. I’m proud of the character they have shown all year long.”

The Tigers finished 4-7, their third losing season in Webster’s five years at TSU.

“Words can’t even describe how I feel right now,” said linebacker Rodney Fritz told the paper. “It hurts me deeply.

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South Carolina State has already clinched the MEAC championship. Now the Bulldogs look to put the finishing touches on their second straight unbeaten season within the conference when they host North Carolina A&T Saturday.

The Bulldogs (9-1 overall, 7-0 MEAC) have won their seven conference games by an average of 24 points while the Aggies (4-5, 2-4) have lost five of seven since their 2-0 start. South Carolina State, ranked seventh in this week’s Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll, will advance to the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) playoffs next week as the MEAC champion.

Prairie View (7-1), which has clinched the SWAC Western Division title, is ranked 19th while Florida A&M (7-3), which was routed by Hampton 25-0 in its last game, is ranked 24th.


Two of the larger HBCU classic games will be held this weekend. Alcorn State and Jackson State will meet in the Capital City Classic in Jackson, Miss. while Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman meet in the Florida Classic in Orlando.

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November 20th, 2009
2:13 pm

Hey, Leo, thanks for posting this info. I had been hearing some rumblings about it for a while now and this just confirms it. I have also been hearing that Pete Richardson (down at Southern University), would be the next coach @ TSU. I am not sure how true it is, but that’s the word that I have heard. Time will tell.


November 21st, 2009
2:47 pm

COACH BARLOW at ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY,has stated he would take a demotion to assistance to learn from a more experienced Coach..WTH??? Locals want him to be fired after Turkey Day Classic. But the question is will this help?? NO. they were suppose to build a stadium on campus,nothing yet!! And they have no Coach in mind. They sound like Alabama- pre-Saban hiring.Plus you have former players coaching at D-1 schools that will not return….NO MONEY AS IT IS IN BCS SCHOOLS.


December 2nd, 2009
7:48 pm

No firing at Howard yet?

What are they waiting for?

Charles Edwards

December 6th, 2009
5:04 am

CONGRATULATIONS to the Tuskegee Golden Tigers on another great football season. They finished the season with a record of 10-2.

They won the SIAC championship and are the 2009 Pioneer Bowl Champions.

The Golden Tigers played at the Edward Jones Dome (RAMS) in St. Louis and The Lucas Oil Dome (Colts)in Indianapolis.

They also avenged last year controversial loss to Alabama State 21-0 at Crampton Bowl in Montgomery.

The Tuskegee Golden Tigers have won 36 of their last 39 games. They had a 26 game winning streak last year.

They are the winningest team in the history of HBCU Football.

The Tuskegee University Golden Tigers are the 2009 Black College
National Football Champions (in my opinion).


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