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Nichols named new Presbyterian coach

Clinton, SC (Sports Network) - Presbyterian College moved quickly to replace its football coach on Wednesday, naming former Blue Hose quarterback Harold Nichols to take over the program.

Nichols, a 1989 graduate of Presbyterian and a former Blue Hose assistant, spent the 2008 season as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and fullbacks coach at Bucknell.

"I am thrilled to welcome Harold Nichols back to his alma mater as head football coach," Presbyterian athletic director Dr. William Carlton said. "I am confident he will build a winning program as we continue to transition into Division I."

Nichols takes over a Presbyterian program that has completed two years of its transition from Division II to FCS and has joined the Big South Conference.

"This is an exciting time in Presbyterian College football history," said Nichols. "I look forward to moving the program through this transition to FCS and the Big South, where there are a lot of quality teams and coaches."

Nichols replaces Bobby Bentley, who resigned last week to take a job as the athletic director for the Spartanburg 5 school district and the offensive coordinator at Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina.

Bentley was 10-13 in two years at Presbyterian, his alma mater. He had come to prominence at Byrnes, his high school alma mater, by building one of the top prep programs in the country and winning a South Carolina-record four consecutive state championships.

While Bentley was considered an innovator in the spread offense, Nichols has roots running the Georgia Southern triple-option. Nichols was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 1992-1996 under Tim Stowers and Frank Ellwood at Georgia Southern and was Stowers' offensive coordinator at Rhode Island from 2000-2007.

In between, Nichols spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Presbyterian under Daryl Dickey.

01/15 16:06:39 ET

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