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EKU parts ways with football coach

Went 55-38 in eight seasons

RICHMOND, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2015) — Eastern Kentucky University has fired head football coach Dean Hood, multiple news sources are reporting.

Dean Hood
Dean Hood

EKU started the season 5-2—earning a national ranking—and nearly upset the University of Kentucky, holding a 27-13 lead in the fourth quarter, before the Wildcats rallied to force overtime, winning 34-27.

But the Colonels finished the season 1-3, losing to Ohio Valley Conference opponents Jacksonville State (34-0), Murray State (41-34) and Eastern Illinois (21-7).

Hood was 55-38 in eight seasons at EKU.

Hood led EKU to Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearances in 2014, 2011 and 2008, all resulting in first-round defeats.

But EKU was overlooked for a playoff bid this season after finishing 6-5.

Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller said in a statement: “I want to thank Dean for his service to Eastern Kentucky University. These decisions are never taken lightly. After a careful review of our football program, I feel a change in leadership is needed.”

A national search for Eastern Kentucky’s next head football coach will begin immediately, Lochmueller said.