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Peace Fired At Louisiana Tech

December 5, 1995 GMT

RUSTON, La. (AP) _ Head football coach Joe Raymond Peace was fired Monday by Louisiana Tech after the program’s fourth straight losing season.

``Obviously, I am disappointed ... Louisiana Tech and Louisiana Tech football have been very important to me my entire life,″ he said. ``But I also understand how this business is. It’s the nature of the beast.

``You better be able to produce and better meet the expectations that everyone has for the program.″

Peace, head coach since 1988, led the Bulldogs to a 5-6 record this season, the school-record fourth straight below .500. He was 25-15-4 in his first four seasons and had an eight-year record of 40-44-4.

Peace’s tenure at Louisiana Tech was second only to Maxie Lambright, who served from 1967 through 1978.

Peace, an assistant at Louisiana Tech for five years, engineered the program’s switch to Division I-A in 1989 and came within one game of having a .500 record in the top college category.

``I am very proud of what this staff, players and program have accomplished over the last eight years. Nothing came easy,″ Peace said. ``These student-athletes and these coaches have gone and played on the road week after week, faced long odds and still we have managed to come within one game of having a winning record as a Division I-A football team.

``We had three straight winning seasons in I-A and got to the Independence Bowl and those things I will remember.″