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Furman coach Lamb resigning post

Greenville, SC (Sports Network) - Bobby Lamb will resign as Furman's head football coach after nine seasons, effective after Saturday's season-ending game against Georgia Southern, the university announced Friday.

The Paladins are 5-5 this season and 67-39 under Lamb, including 43-24 in Southern Conference games. He coached the program to a SoCon championship in 2004 and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearances in 2002, '04, '05 and '06.

Lamb's Furman tenure spanned 29 seasons, dating from 1982 when he came to the university as a quarterback. He was a two-year starter, and led the nation in passing efficiency as the SoCon player of the year while Furman was the national runner-up in 1985. He was an assistant coach before becoming the head coach.

"I am resigning my position as head football coach at my school tomorrow (Saturday)," Lamb said. "Since walking on this campus as a freshman in 1982, it has indeed been an honor beyond measure to play with the finest teammates and for a model head coach; work alongside coaches of impeccable character, integrity and ability; and recruit and direct the most outstanding players, students and young men any coach, at any level of this great sport, could possibly seek. I have been truly blessed, and for that I am eternally grateful.

"The last few years have been very difficult for me, for my staff, our families, our players and the many loyal fans who love Furman football. We have not won as many games as we had certainly hoped to win, but it is not for lack of effort, especially those of our coaches and players. I am very proud of our accomplishments, both on and off the field, and the manner in which we attained them."

Furman director of athletics Gary Clark announced the university will conduct a nationwide search for Lamb's successor.

11/19 16:16:52 ET