Alabama State head football coach Reggie Barlow has been asked to resign, according to a report.
Barlow told the Montgomery Advertiser Tuesday that athletic director Melvin Hines asked him to step down either immediately or at the end of the regular season.
“I’ll be honest, it was a complete surprise to me,” said Barlow, who has a record of 46-41 as a head coach at ASU. “It caught me off-guard completely. We just signed a contract here.”
Barlow recently signed a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season.
Heading into the 2014 season, Alabama State was the preseason favorite to win the SWAC East.
After getting off to 4-1 start, ASU has lost four straight, including to in-state rival Alabama A&M to fall into third place in the division.
Barlow, in eight seasons, won the SWAC East in 2010.