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Richard Basil No Longer Interim Head Football Coach at Savannah State

December 10, 2003

Savannah State University has named Richard Basil as head football coach effective immediately. He had been interim head coach since the fifth game of the 2003 season.

A Savannah State alum, Basil began his career in 1993 as quarterbacks and receivers coach under Joe Crosby. The following year he went to Tennessee State where he was quarterbacks coach under Bill Davis.

Two years later he accepted an assistant coaching position at Johnson C. Smith University under Daryl McNeill. In 1997, Basil returned to SSU, following McNeill’s appointment as head coach.

After McNeill left to join the staff at South Carolina State, Basil remained at his alma mater coaching quarterbacks and kickers for Steve Wilks in 1999 and for Bill Davis from 2000-2001.

In 2002 and into this season, Basil coached defensive backs for Ken Pettiford until being named as his replacement.

Basil was an outstanding quarterback in the glory years of Tiger football. The Demopolis, Alabama native transferred to Savannah State from East Central Community College and quarterbacked the Tigers to an 8-2 season in 1988 and an 8-1 season in 1989. In his two seasons as a Tiger player, he rushed for 18 touchdowns and passed for 3,645 yards and 44 TDs. He was named SIAC Offensive Players of the Year and the George H. Hopson Offensive Back of the Year in 1988. In 1989, he led NCAA Division II in passing percentage, completing 57 percent of his tosses.

Basil is married to the former Mary Daise of St. Helena, SC.

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