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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Fayetteville coach Billy Dawson speaks to his players against Bryant Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, during the first half of play at Harmon Stadium in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Billy Dawson resigned today after two years as head football coach of the Fayetteville Bulldogs.

Steve Janski, Fayetteville director of athletics, said Dawson’s resignation is effective April 30.

Janski said Dawson plans to enter private business. Dawson, who replaced Bill Blankenship as the Bulldogs head coach, was 18-8 in two seasons at Fayetteville.

“We are thankful to Coach Dawson for his leadership with the Bulldog football team and his commitment to his players and their families,” Janski said in a news release. “We wish him well in his new endeavor.”

Janski added a search for a new head football coach is under way.

Dawson came to Fayetteville from Russellville, where he led the Cyclones to a state championship in 2016.

He has made several coaching stops during a long career in Arkansas and Louisiana, including two stints at Nashville, where he complied a 91-13 record over eight seasons. He also coached at Siloam Springs.

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