TSU football coach steps down after upset win

Friday, November 20, 2009 at 1:30am
Staff Reports

Just moments after Tennessee State's upset win over Eastern Illinois, Tigers' head football coach James Webster, Jr., told his players he had tendered his resignation, effective Nov. 19, the date of Thursday night's final regular-season game.

The university confirmed the resignation on the the school's athletic department Web site.

Webster, head coach since January 2005, ends his tenure with a record of 25-31.

“We want to express our appreciation to Coach Webster for the work he has done while guiding the Tennessee State University football program,” said Athletics Director Teresa Phillips. “He instilled discipline and an ethic of hard work in the student athletes under his charge.”

However, Phillips said a national search for a replacement would begin immediately.

“We feel it is best to move in another direction with the TSU football program,” she said in a statement.