Towson's Combs gets 2 more years

16-year coach given deal through 2010

College football

November 09, 2007|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN REPORTER

Gordy Combs' long-running affair with Towson University football just got longer.

Combs, who has been in the Tigers' football program since he transferred from the University of Dayton as a player in 1970, has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Towson through 2010.

The extension was announced yesterday by athletic director Mike Hermann.

"I feel like Gordy has done a great job and is the right guy to lead our program to the top of the league," Hermann said.

The announcement comes with the Tigers (3-6) mired in last place in the Colonial Athletic Association's South Division with a three-game losing streak. It's been a tumultuous season marked by injuries, turnovers and the arrest of two players on drug charges.

"It's a positive step because we're 3-6 and it shows confidence by Mike Hermann and [university president] Bob Caret that I can get the job done," said Combs, 89-79 in 16 years as head coach.

The extension was 10 months in the making and puts to rest speculation Combs, 57, might not return.

"My confidence in the staff hasn't wavered," Hermann said. "The last couple of years, they exceeded expectations from a young program growing into scholarships."

Since replacing Phil Albert as head coach in 1992, Combs has overseen the growth of the program from no scholarships to 63 in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA). He's also taken the Tigers from an independent schedule to stints in the Patriot and Atlantic-10 leagues and now the CAA.

"I hope to end my career here. I have no aspirations of moving on," Combs said. "I bleed black and gold."

ken.murray@baltsun.com

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