Lindsey

Troy parted ways with Chip Lindsey this weekend.

Troy University announced on Nov. 21 that it had fired head football coach Chip Lindsey effective immediately.

The decision came a day after Troy was decimated on Senior Day 45-7 by Appalachian State. Lindsey’s overall record was 15-19 during his three years there and while he held a 3-0 record over rival South Alabama, his teams failed to earn a single win over top Sun Belt schools like Louisiana, Appalachian State or Coastal Carolina. “I appreciate Coach Lindsey’s hard work over these last three years,” Troy Athletic Director Brent Jones said. “However, after significant review, a change in leadership is needed.

“I met with Coach Lindsey this afternoon and informed him that we would be making a change effective immediately. Our expectation for our football program is to compete for championship, and that resolve has not waivered. A full national search will begin immediately for the next head coach of our storied program.”

According to Al.com, Lindsey will be paid the remaining $700,000 of his contract. Lindsey, a Madison native who was a receiver at North Alabama, first made a name for himself in coaching circles as offensive coordinator for Hoover High School in 2007. He would go on to become head coach at Lassiter High School in Georgia before serving as quarterbacks coach for Larry Blakeney at Troy. He then served as head coach at Spain Park High School and then as offensive analyst at Auburn in 2013 and offensive coordinator for two seasons at Southern Miss. After one year as offensive coordinator at Arizona State he returned to Auburn to serve the same position for two seasons. He accepted a position at Kansas before taking the Troy job without ever coaching a game at Kansas.

“Ultimately, we fell short of our goal of producing a championship-winning team,” Lindsey said. “I am grateful to the administration at Troy for giving me this opportunity to serve as head coach.

“Thank you to our players for giving their all, day in and day out. I am proud to have been your coach, and I am grateful for the relationships we forged that will last a lifetime. Finally, I would like to thank my family for their unwavering love and support.”

Defensive coordinator Brandon Hall will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Troy’s final regular season game is this Saturday, Nov. 27, against Texas State and if Troy wins it will become bowl eligible.

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