Alabama State AD resigns

Updated: August 7, 2003, 4:44 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama State athletic director Richard Cosby resigned, citing health reasons after overseeing an investigation into the football program that led to last week's removal of coach L.C. Cole and two assistants.

Cosby will return to the athletic director's job at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, where he worked before coming to Alabama State.

Alabama State president Joe Lee said he received a letter Wednesday from Cosby informing him of his decision to leave.

Stillman College had announced six days earlier that Cosby was returning.

"We are expecting to have Dr. Cosby come on board early next week," Stillman spokesman Wesley Peterson said Thursday.

At a news conference Monday to introduce interim football coach Charles Coe, Cosby declined to comment on the Stillman job. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

He was hired in November and oversaw an eight-month investigation that led to the recent football shake-up. Two weeks ago, he called Cole's program "almost totally out of control."

The university suspended Cole and assistants Johnnie Cole and Richard Freeman last Friday.

Coe spent the past six seasons as an assistant at Memphis before the school released him from his contract in December.

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