Skrosky resigns as Elon head football coach
Elon University head football coach Rich Skrosky has resigned his position to accept a coaching job at Florida International University. Director of Athletics Dave Blank made the announcement Tuesday, saying he only recently learned of Skrosky’s interest in the FIU position.
Blank noted that Elon’s football program has made progress in many areas during Skrosky’s three years as head coach. “We remain committed to building a successful football program in the Colonial Athletic Association, and we expect to begin a national search immediately to find the right person to continue our progress,” he said.
Skrosky was named head coach in 2013 and oversaw the program as it transitioned into the CAA, the top Division I FCS football conference in the nation. The Phoenix earned a victory over eighth-ranked William & Mary this past season for its first win over a top-10 team since 2007. Elon received votes in numerous national FCS top-25 polls following the win. Elon had two student-athletes earn All-CAA Football accolades in 2016.
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UNC: Destinee Walker scored a season-high 25 points to pace the team to an 87-57 victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday night from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Tar Heels (9-2) shot a season-best 53.4 percent from the field. Stephanie Watts had 18 points, and both Jamie Cherry and Hillary Fuller each tossed in 10. The Heels will host Coppin State on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.
ECU: The Pirates held Southern to just four points over the final six minutes of Tuesday night’s non-conference contest at Minges Coliseum to record a 62-55 victory and improve its home record to 6-1. The team ends its non-conference schedule on Dec. 28 with a matchup against William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Tipoff at Kaplan Arena is 7 p.m.
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