Delaware State fires Blacknall, promotes Posey

Updated: October 15, 2003, 6:20 PM ET

DOVER, Delaware - Benjamin Blacknall, who guided his team to an 0-6 mark this season, Wednesday was fired as the coach at Delaware State and replaced by defensive coordinator Butch Posey on an interim basis.

The Hornets were 16-25 under Blacknall, who was hired in December 1999.

"Ben Blacknall has worked very hard with the players and dedicated a lot of time in his efforts to build up the DSU football program," athletic director Hallie Gregory said. "However, it is clear that the football program needs to go in a new direction in its development, and that has resulted in the change."

Gregory said a search for a permanent coach would commence in a few weeks.

Posey has been on the Hornets staff since the 2000 season.

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