HOUSTON, TX, February 12, 2008 – Texas Southern University (TSU) President John Rudley announced today that Alois Blackwell has been released as the Universityâ€™s Athletic Director, effectively immediately.
â€œWe appreciate Mr. Blackwellâ€™s contributions in his seven years guiding this program,â€ Rudley stated. â€œNow we must take the TSU athletic program to the next level and improve all areas, starting with student performance in the classroom and in athletic competition. To achieve that, a change in leadership is in our best interest.â€
Head Football Coach Johnny Cole will serve as Interim Athletic Director while a search is conducted for a successor. Blackwell will remain on staff and assist during the transition.
â€œWe will search for a new AD that can build a competitive and compliant program,â€ Rudley said.
Blackwell served in the position since 2001 and is credited with a number of achievements, including the 2005 opening of an Academic Enhancement Center. During his tenure, the TSU Tigers earned seven SWAC championships in various sports.