Arkansas State fires offensive coordinator

Arkansas State offensive coordinator Doug Ruse has been fired

after the Red Wolves struggled to a 4-8 season.

The school announced Thursday that Steve Roberts will return as

head coach and oversee the hiring of a new offensive coordinator.

Roberts called Ruse an “outstanding football coach” but said the

program decided to go in a different direction.

Arkansas State was expected to contend for the Sun Belt

Conference title behind quarterback Corey Leonard and running back

Reggie Arnold, but the Red Wolves weren’t a factor in the league

race. By the end of the season, Leonard had lost his starting


Roberts, who took Arkansas State to the New Orleans Bowl in

2005, has been the team’s coach for eight seasons.