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Hampton fires head football coach Holmes

Hampton, VA (Sports Network) - Hampton University announced Tuesday that head football coach Jerry Holmes will no longer hold his post, effective one month from now.

According to director of athletics Lonza Hardy Jr., defensive coordinator Donovan Rose will take over as Holmes' replacement.

"I want to personally thank coach Holmes for his eight years of service to Hampton, including last season as our head coach," said Hardy. "Unfortunately, we were not on one accord as it related to the future direction of the football program. I felt a dire need to have atop our football program a coach whose commitment, loyalty and devotion to Hampton University were without question."

Holmes began his coaching career as the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator at Hampton from 1992 to 1994, and was later named head coach back in December 2007. The Pirates went 6-5 last season and lost four of their last five games.

The former NFL cornerback posted 25 interceptions with the Packers, Lions and Jets, and returned a pair for touchdowns.

01/27 16:22:34 ET