Texas Southern coach fired, replaced by defensive coordinator

Updated: November 8, 2007, 9:54 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Texas Southern football coach Steve Wilson was fired Thursday and replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator DeChon Burns.

Texas Southern is 0-9 this season and has been outscored 355-138.

The team was 4-38 in Wilson's four seasons. His best season was 2006 when the team went 3-8.

"We appreciate Steve's tireless effort and commitment to our football program," athletic director Alois Blackwell said.

Wilson told Houston television station KRIV he appreciated his time at Texas Southern and alluded to some of the school's troubles.

"I came here four years ago to build a championship football program that everybody would be proud of. A lot of things at the university that are well documented caused circumstances to change that you have to have to build a program," Wilson said.

Gov. Rick Perry called for a state takeover of the university earlier this year because of reports that revealed a pattern of financial mismanagement at the school. The entire board resigned at Perry's request. The call for a takeover was later put on hold.

Texas Southern is heading into its bye week with games remaining against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Houston.

"People want a football coach to be everything and there are just too many things to do and not enough resources," Wilson told the televison station.


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