Dean Hood has been relieved as EKU's football coach

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood, a finalist last year for the Eddie Robinson Award, has been relieved of his duties.

Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced on Monday that Hood, who compiled a record of 55-38 in eight seasons as head coach, had been released.

The 2015 squad finished 6-5 and in fourth place in the OVC with a 5-3 mark. Last year, Hood guided the Colonels to a 9-4 overall record and 6-2 mark in OVC action. The nine overall wins are the most for Hood in his tenure with the program.

“I want to thank Dean for his service to Eastern Kentucky University,” Lochmueller said in a statement. “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 EKU’s next head football coach will begin immediately, he said.

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