Missouri Southern University football coach Bart Tatum resigns

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 8:11 a.m. CST; updated 11:35 a.m. CST, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

JOPLIN — Missouri Southern University football coach Bart Tatum has resigned.

Tatum's resignation was announced Tuesday by Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman.

The Lions went 3-7 this season, their fourth straight seven-loss season. The Joplin Globe reported that Tatum resigned Monday after meeting with Bruggeman on Sunday night.

Tatum's two-year contract, at $85,696 per year, expires on Dec. 31. He will stay on staff as a football consultant until a new coach is named.

Bruggeman said a nationwide search for the Lions' next coach has already begun.

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