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Lamar removes interim tag, Tic Price named head coach

Mar 18, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

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After serving as the interim head coach for the final five games of the season, Lamar Director of Athletics  Jason Henderson removed the interim tag from head coach Tic Price on Tuesday afternoon.

Price took over the program after Pat Knight, son of the Hall of Fame coach, was fired after two-plus seasons.

“This is a great job,” Price said in a statement. “From a recruiting standpoint, we are in a great location —  within a 250 mile radius you can find talented players. From an academic standpoint, Lamar can challenge any school in the country. We have some really good professors and an excellent administration. There is a sense of family here, and unless you are a part of Lamar you just won’t understand it.

“My family and I have grown to love the Beaumont area. We have met some wonderful people, are part of a wonderful church and this is a great place to live. I truly love this university. It has given me the opportunity to grow professionally as a coach and an administrator.”

This will be his fourth head coaching job after roaming the sidelines at the University of New Orleans (1994-1997), Memphis (1997-1999) and McNeese State (2001-2006). Price has compiled a combined 168-131 record in those three stints.

The Cardinals are 7-54 (4-32 Southland) in the last two seasons. Price was 1-4 as an interim coach.