Former Villanova great Billy Joe is taking over as head coach at Division II Miles College in Birmingham, Ala.
The 67-year-old Joe ranks behind only former Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson in victories at historically black colleges with 237 wins in 31 seasons at Cheyney, Central (Ohio) State and Florida A & M.
"My sabbatical is over with," Joe, who spent last season out of coaching, told the Associated Press.. "I took some time out for rest, research and travel. Now, I am invigorated, I'm energized and ready to go back to work."
Joe replaces Wade Streeter, who was fired after 7 seasons at the school, which competes in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Miles was 2-9 last season.
Joe was fired at Florida A & M in 2005 when the school self-reported 196 rules violations over a 7-year span among its 15 men's and women's sports. The NCAA found no wrongdoing by Joe; the university later agreed to a $135,000 settlement with him.
Joe was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame Divisional Class in July.
"When I took the program over at Florida A&M in 1994, they had only won five games the previous year. I am very familiar with that scenario," Joe said. "It just fuels my engine."
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* Delaware senior running back Omar Cuff and junior placekicker Jon Striefsky were named I-AA first-team All-Americans by the . Lafayette senior offensive lineman Jesse Padilla was on the second team, and the Blue Hens' Mike Byrne was a third-team offensive lineman.
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