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Saban steps down at Chowan

MURFREESBORO, N.C., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Lou Saban has resigned as football coach at Chowan College after winning just two games in two season.

Saban, 81, was hired on an interim basis in October of 2001 with five games to play after the resignation of Steve Lee.

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The Braves went 2-3 during his 2001 tenure, and Saban was hired full-time.

In 2002, the Braves went 0-10 under the former NFL coaching great. They were plagued by injuries and inexperience.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to work with such a successful football legend," said Athletic Director Debbie Warren. "I am also very encouraged by the spirit of competitiveness that he has instilled in the football program while at Chowan."

"I would like to say that I am deeply grateful to Coach Saban for his willingness to step in at an awkward time to help Chowan's athletic program," said President Dr. Stanley Lott. "He brought a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and experience that is hard to find."

Saban is a member of the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame. In 1964 and '65, he led the Bills to record of 12-2 and 10-3-1, respectively, and two AFC titles. His overall record of 70-47-1 is second-best in Bills history behind Marv Levy.

Defensive backs coach Steve Gill has been named as Saban's successor.

"I am looking forward to working with someone as energetic as Steve," Warren said. "I feel he is someone who is ready to take the reign and build a solid program at Chowan College."

Gill has coached ten seasons at the college level, including stints at Frostburg State College, Western Maryland, and Waynesburg College.

"I am excited about this opportunity," Gill said. "I feel truly blessed with the chance to make a difference to help build a new tradition of winning at Chowan College."

Chowan is plays in the Division III Dixie Conference.

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