Towson expected to give Combs multi-year extension this week

SPORTS DIGEST

Sports Digest

November 23, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Towson University and football coach Gordy Combs are expected to reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension this week, possibly as early as today, according to sources close to the situation.

Combs just finished his 14th season at Towson by guiding the Tigers to a 6-5 record, the school's first winning season since 2002.

One year after entering the Atlantic 10 Football Conference and failing to win a league game, Towson went 3-5 in league play, including a victory over Delaware, which then was ranked No. 5 in Division I-AA. The Tigers closed the 2005 season with blowout losses to Richmond and James Madison.

"I'm extremely pleased with the progress of the football program and with the leadership Coach Combs is providing," said athletic director Wayne Edwards, who declined to comment on Combs' contract situation.

Dr. Robert Caret, the university president, was traveling last night and unavailable for comment. Caret, who gave Combs a six-month extension that is scheduled to expire Dec. 31, said three months ago that he wanted to see "tangible progress" in the coming season.

Combs, who could not be reached for comment, has a career record of 79-69 at his alma mater with 10 non-losing seasons.

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