Southeast Missouri head football coach Tony Samuel will not return to the helm of the Redhawks next season. The decision came earlier today, according to Athletic Director Mark Alnutt, three days after Southeast completed its 2013 season.
Samuel had two years remaining on his contract.[one_third]
This is a bit surprising, if only because of the timing. Samuel will effectively be paid a full season’s salary next season, and it’s rare to see a school willing to pay essentially two full head coach salaries. His 2010 OVC title might not have been that far ago, but it was clear the Redhawks weren’t “on the cusp” of another. Even if you take Eastern Illinois out of the equation, this Redhawks team wasn’t in the same tier as the top of the conference, and there was little reason to feel that was going to change quickly, given the past three season.[/one_third][two_third_last]
“After conducting a review of the 2013 season, I felt it was the appropriate time to make a change in the leadership of our football program,” said Alnutt. “I want to thank Tony for his eight years of service at Southeast Missouri State University and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”
Samuel led the Redhawks to their first-ever Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) title and NCAA Playoff appearance in 2010. Since then, the Redhawks recorded no more than three victories each of the last three seasons, finishing the 2013 campaign at 3-9 overall and tied for seventh in the OVC with a 2-6 mark. Samuel’s teams were 31-60 over his eight-year tenure.
Southeast will immediately conduct a national search for a new head coach.