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.
PERFECT MEAC RECORD WITHIN REACH
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.
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.