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Nicholls State names Keith interim coach

Thibodaux, LA (Sports Network) - Nicholls State University on Tuesday named Kent Keith interim head coach while a search committe decides on a permanent replacement for the dismissed Jay Thomas.

"Kent Keith has head coaching experience. He was the most logical choice in terms of keeping the program moving forward during this important recruiting period," said athletic director Rob Bernardi.

Keith has been apart of the program since 2004, serving as the position coach for the wide receivers, running backs and offensive line.

The program compiled a record of 27-35 with Thomas as head coach, including a 21-21 record in his first four seasons and a Southland Conference title in 2005.

But the Colonels have not had a winning conference record since 2005 and have gone 6-14 over the last two seasons, including a 3-8 mark in 2009.

12/01 19:18:55 ET