St. Augustine's names interim football coaches after Chavous tweets his own firing

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
St. Aug's names interim staff  after football coach tweets his own firing
St. Aug's names interim staff after football coach tweets his own firing

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- It's not been a good football season at St. Augustine's so far. The Falcons are 0-3, having been outscored 148-28.

Things went from bad to bizarre Monday when head coach Tim Chavous sent out an all-caps tweet that he'd been fired.

Chavous subsequently deleted his social media accounts, but News and Observer reporter Jonas Pope IV captured a screenshot. Chavous laid the blame at the feet of Athletic Director George Williams, claiming he was being made into a scapegoat.

St. Augustine's made the news official Tuesday afternoon, sending out a release naming Defensive Coordinator Okesa Smith and QB coach Reginald Cooper as interim coaches. Chavous was let go with a three-year-and-change record of 9-23.

In the release, Williams said his decision to fire Chavous was clear cut.

"Within the Department of Athletics, goals and expectations are set for each team. Athletes must meet the requirements for eligibility from the institution, the CIAA, and the NCAA to participate. Unfortunately, achieving eligibility is not always easy and our expectations are not always met. It is times like these that we have to re-evaluate and make changes that we feel are necessary. This has happened with the football program, and we feel that a change has to take place immediately. Our primary interest is always the well-being of the students," he said.

Chavous, for his part, spoke with Donal Ware of Boxtorow media to share his side of the story:

St. Augustine's travels to Bowie State this Saturday.