Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sport Shorts: Winslow Resigns as AD at Florida A&M

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sport Shorts: Winslow Resigns as AD at Florida A&M

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Winslow resigns as Florida A&M athletics director

College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow has stepped down as Florida A&M University's athletics director eight months after taking over the program, the school announced Monday.

Winslow, 57, a former star at East St. Louis High, Mizzou and with the NFL's San Diego Chargers, took over a program that faced fiscal problems and sanctions on the football and men's basketball teams because of academic performance.

He also upset students and alumni after firing football coach Earl Holmes during homecoming week. Holmes took over the team for the final two games of the 2012 season and had an overall 6 -16 record. Winslow later issued an apology for the way he handled the firing.

University President Elmira Mangum acknowledged the criticism during a news conference Monday.

"Whatever your expressions of Mr. Winslow may have been and I've had quite a few comments I ask you to take the moral high ground and wish him well," she said.

Winslow was an All-American tight end at Missouri before being picked 13th in the 1979 NFL draft. He was a five-time Pro Bowl tight end with the Chargers and is one of three NFL players to have five touchdown receptions in a game. He still holds the Chargers record for most receptions in a season.

Mangum named Nelson Townsend as the interim athletic director. Townsend has 40 years of experience in athletics and has twice served as FAMU athletics director.

College football * Paul Chryst still is the head coach at Pittsburgh. For now at least. While the former Wisconsin player and offensive coordinator said Monday that he has talked to the Badgers about the vacant head coaching position, he hasn't heard anything concrete and doesn't expect to before Wednesday, the earliest Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez can name a successor to Gary Andersen. …

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