Tigers coach quits after 5-6 season

HOUSTON -- Texas Southern football coach Bill Thomas
announced his resignation Tuesday, ending a 10-year stint at the
Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Thomas recorded four winning seasons at Texas Southern, a school
that had not posted one since 1977. But his teams were just
12-20 over the past three season, including a 5-6 campaign this

The Tigers dropped their last three games of the season, ending
it with a 38-26 defeat to Alabama State.

Thomas was 50-58 at Texas Southern, dropping his career mark to
84-82-3. He coached at Tennessee State from 1984-88.

"I would like to thank coach Thomas for his outstanding
commitment and accomplishment," athletic director Alois
Blackwell said. "We are looking forward to using his foundation
to build a strong program."

Associate athletic director Ricky Holden will assume the
adminsitrative football duties until the coaching position is
filled, the school announced.