Little Giants team loses Creighton to Bulldogs' FCS program

Updated: December 20, 2007, 9:05 PM ET
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Chris Creighton has left as Wabash College's coach and will take over as Drake's football coach, Wabash said Thursday.

Creighton was 63-15 in seven seasons at Wabash, which is in Crawfordsville, Ind. Wabash reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals this season, before losing to eventual champion Wisconsin-Whitewater.

He replaces Steve Loney, who finished 6-5 in one season as Drake's interim coach after Rob Ash left the school to coach Montana State.

"This was a really hard decision to make," Creighton said. "These last seven years at Wabash have been the best years of my life, both on the field and off the field."

Drake is a non-scholarship program in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA. It has scheduled a Friday news conference to introduce Creighton.

Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb declined comment Thursday night.

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