Alabama St names Coe interim football coach

Updated: August 4, 2003, 7:52 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama State named University of Memphis assistant Charles Coe III interim football coach on Monday, replacing the suspended L.C. Cole.

Cole and two of his assistants were suspended for two weeks last Friday by the university, which completed an eight-month internal investigation that revealed the program used ineligible players, changed athletes' grades and entertained recruits with strippers.

Alabama State submitted the report to the NCAA on July 22, and the school will forfeit some games - including the 2001 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division championship - and pay fines for the violations.

Coe comes to Alabama State after spending the last six seasons at Memphis. He was running backs coach the first three seasons before being promoted to assistant coach and receivers coach in 2000.

The 53-year-old Coe served on coaching staffs at Iowa, Cincinnati, Ball State, Louisville, Missouri and Kansas State. In 1990, he coached receivers and running backs at Tennessee under coach Johnnie Majors and went with Majors in 1993 to Pittsburgh, where he was the run offense coordinator.

Coe also has had several NFL fellowships with the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.

A St. Louis native, Coe played defensive back and was a return specialist for Kansas State in 1970. He also earned All-Big Eight Conference honors as a second baseman in 1971.

Coe was drafted in the first round of the 1971 baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers and spent two years in their system. After playing professional baseball, he entered football and spent part of the 1974 season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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