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No reason given for resignations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Five Florida A&M assistant coaches,
including the younger brother of head coach Billy Joe, resigned
Friday in another troubling sign for the embattled Division I-AA
program.

Offensive coordinator and receivers coach James Joe, interim
defensive coordinator and secondary coach Derek Hill, running backs
coach Allen Bogan, defensive line coach Herbert Moore and
linebackers and special teams coach Terry Jones all left -- leaving
just two assistants on the staff.

No reason for the departures was announced. School officials
didn't return a call seeking comment.

"I want to thank them for their years of service to the
university and me, and I wish them well in all future endeavors,"
Billy Joe said in statement.

In December, the school declined to offer a contract extension
to Billy Joe, who is 86-46 in 11 seasons. School officials have
told Joe his contract could be terminated after the 2005 season.

Florida A&M's athletic budget was cut by 20 percent last year,
and more cuts may come. Joe, who makes $135,000 annually, said last
year he'd be willing to accept a buyout -- but he was told no money
was available.

University President Fred Gainous was fired Sept. 28, eight
months after pulling the plug on an effort to move football to the
Division I-A ranks. Also, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
stripped the university last year of 11 conference titles,
including two in football, as punishment for 196 NCAA rule
violations.