Dec. 12, 2004 wire reports

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Sam Houston State football coach Ron Randleman announced his retirement Sunday, a day after the Bearkats lost in the semifinals of the Division I-AA playoffs.

With an overall record of 219-166-6, Randleman was third among active I-AA coaches in victories before his retirement. The 62-year-old was 132-124-3 in 23 years at Sam Houston, including 11-3 this season.

Sam Houston's season ended Saturday with a 34-13 loss to Montana, which will face James Madison this week for the national championship.

Randleman coached at William Penn and Pittsburg State before coming to Sam Houston.

The Associated Press News Service

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