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Ex-UB AD hires Alex Wood as head coach at Florida A&M

Alex Wood, who served as the University at Buffalo's interim head coach over the last four games of the football season, has been named new head coach at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., the school announced Tuesday.

Former UB athletics director Nelson Townsend is serving as interim athletic director at Florida A&M and hired Wood. A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m.

"I'm excited about being able to name a coach with the experience, success and qualifications of Coach Wood," Townsend said.

Wood did a good job holding the UB team together after Jeff Quinn was fired on Oct. 13. UB went 2-2 the rest of the season. Wood served as offensive coordinator the past four years at UB. The Bulls offense scored a school-record 32.3 points per game this season. Quarterback Joe Licata threw a school-record 29 TD passes and running back Anthone Taylor rushed for the second most yards (1,403) in school history.

Wood, 59, was head coach at James Madison from 1995 to 1998. He served six years as an assistant coach in the NFL and won two national championship rings as an aide at the University of Miami in 1989 and 1991.

Florida A&M plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level. It fired its coach in October. Townsend stepped in as interim AD on Dec. 15. Townsend served as UB AD from 1987 to 1999.

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