Tim Chavous wasn't off to a great start at Division II Saint Augustine University. The Falcons began the season 0-3, and have been outscored 148-21.
It is hard to fathom a much worse start for any program, but clearly Chavous didn't believe his job was in danger this early in the season. And then, yesterday afternoon, he became the first college football head coach fired this season.
News of the move didn't come down from SAU, or from the local media in the Raleigh area. It came from Chavous himself, in a very aggressive all-caps tweet.
Chavous ripped athletic director George Williams in the post, and called himself the "escape goat" in the situation. The full message, which was posted to Facebook, has been taken down.
He has also deleted his entire Twitter account, previously @CoachChavous.
Chavous was promoted from interim head coach in 2016, and went 5-5 in 2017, with a 5-2 conference record in the CIAA. Last season, the Falcons fell to 2-7, with a 2-4 conference mark.
Beginning with his eight-game interim stint in 2015, Tim Chavous leaves SAU with a record of 10-30 overall. Suffice it to say, it isn't overly surprising to see someone let go with that kind of record, though September firings are very rare, and we're obviously not privy to whatever greater athletic department strife may be going on at the program.
SAU continues its season at Bowie State University on Saturday.