Tigers coach quits after 5-6 season

Updated: December 2, 2003, 8:08 PM ET

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 year.

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.