Troy coach Larry Blakeney to retire after season

Troy coach Larry Blakeney is retiring after the season.

Troy announced the decision Sunday night with the Trojans off to their first 0-5 start since the 1982 season. Blakeney informed his staff and team after Sunday's practice.

The 67-year-old Blakeney is in his 24th season with the Trojans, the second longest tenure among active coaches behind Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.

Blakeney and athletic director John Hartwell will hold a news conference Monday.

Blakeney currently ranks seventh among active coaches with 175 career victories, which is one shy of former Auburn coach Shug Jordan for the third most in the state of Alabama.

Troy hosts New Mexico State on Saturday in Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Trojans have fallen 66-0 to No. 13 Georgia and lost to FCS team Abilene Christian.

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