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Tenn. Tech hires UAB’s Brown

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Watson Brown, who oversaw UAB’s move to Division I-A football during 12 seasons but suffered through a disappointing 3-9 year, resigned and was introduced as the new coach at Tennessee Tech hours later Saturday.

Brown, 56, is a Cookeville native and said he was excited to be coming back home.

“The time is right, and this is a great opportunity to make a quick move and really improve the Golden Eagle football program to the point where we can win conference championships and make a run at a national championship,” Brown said at a news conference. “We want to win immediately.”

Tennessee Tech officials planned to introduce Brown to fans at halftime of a men’s basketball game later Saturday night where a local bank gave away 2,000 tickets.

“We are excited to attract a coach with the head coaching experience that Watson Brown has,” Tennessee Tech athletic director Mark Wilson said. “We look forward to him leading our team to Ohio Valley Conference championships, regional and national prominence.”

Brown told his UAB Blazers about his resignation and move during a meeting Saturday before leaving for Cookeville and the Division I-AA program.

Brown’s record at UAB was 62-74, and he has a career record of 94-151 that includes stops at Cincinnati, Rice and Vanderbilt.

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