Navy AD: Chaump's job secure

November 21, 1991|By Jerry Bembry

He had been a successful football coach at every level before coming to Navy, so it's no surprise that the administrators at the academy are completely behind coach George Chaump, despite the team's 0-9 start.

As he has said the entire season, Navy athletic director Jack Lengyel said yesterday that the football team is in good hands.

"I'm pleased with George Chaump as a football coach, as I've said all along," Lengyel said. "He has done a fine job under extenuating football circumstances. When he has an opportunity under a full four-year football structure, he will bring the Navy team back to its successful mode of the past."

This is the worst start in Navy history, surpassing the 0-8 start by the 1948 team before it tied Army in its season finale. This year, Navy fell to 0-9 with a 34-7 loss at Tulane on Nov. 9.

"[Chaump's] position has never been a focus of any kind, and I'm surprised anyone would feel that way," Lengyel said. "We feel the program is going in the right direction."

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