ASU Football Coach Suspended

Alabama State football coach L-C- Cole says the university has suspended him and two of his assistants. Cole says he learned of the suspensions Friday upon returning from the Southwestern Athletic Conference media day in Birmingham.

Players are scheduled to report for preseason practice Monday. Cole says he received a letter indicating the suspension came on the recommendation of athletic director Richard Cosby. Cosby announced yesterday that he had resigned and would resume his old job as A-D at Stillman College on Monday.

Now, Cole says Cosby is coming back to A-S-U. Cosby, Alabama State President Joe A- Lee and other university officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Stillman officials also couldn't immediately be reached. The two assistants suspended were Cole's brother, Johnnie Cole, and Richard Freeman.

A-S-U recently completed an eight-month investigation into alleged improprities in the football program. The Hornets open the season August 30th against Florida A-and-M in Detroit.