|St. Augustine's fires football coach Tim Chavous after 0-3 start|
|School names 2 assistants to handle duties|
|Published Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:57 pm|
|ST. AUGUSTINE'S UNIVERSITY|
|St. Augustine's fired football coach Tim Chavous Friday after the Falcons opened the season 0-3. Okesa Smith and Reginald Cooper were appointed interim head coaches.|
St. Augustine’s has fired head football coach Tim Chavous.
The school announced Tuesday that Okesa Smith and Reginald Cooper were named interim head coaches for the duration of the season. Smith, the Falcons’ defensive coordinator, is in his second season at St. Augustine’s. Cooper, St. Augustine’s quarterbacks coach, rejoined the staff after previously coaching at the school from 2014-16.
Chavous, who announced his firing on social media before the school posted notice of the change today, criticized Athletics Director George Williams.
“Just got fired from SAU University today at 4:09PM because my A.D. George Williams Athletic Director didn’t want to take responsibility for him not doing his A.D. duties but they needed an escape goat (sic),” Chavous posted on Facebook Monday. The posting was removed, and his Twitter account was deleted.
“Within the Department of Athletics, goals and expectations are set for each team,” Williams said in a statement. “Athletes must meet the requirements for eligibility from the institution, the CIAA, and the NCAA to participate. Unfortunately, achieving eligibility is not always easy and our expectations are not always met. It is times like these that we have to re-evaluate and make changes that we feel are necessary.
“This has happened with the football program, and we feel that a change has to take place immediately. Our primary interest is always the well-being of the students.”
Chavous posted a 10-28 record over five seasons, including a 0-3 start this year. His best season was 2017 when the Falcons went 5-5, with a 5-2 conference record that tied for the best mark in the CIAA South Division. Last season, the Falcons went 2-7, 2-4 in the CIAA.
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