“We appreciate Coach Slater for his dedication and contributions to CAU’s football program,” the statement continued. “There is no doubt that Coach Slater has had a tremendous impact on our institution, and we are grateful to him for his support and hard work during his tenure. However, as a university, we have an obligation to provide the best opportunities possible for our students which is the basis of the decision.
Slater was 3-12 in a season and a half at Clark Atlanta. Previously, he won 123 games from 2006-21 at Tuskegee and guided the most dominant program in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The Golden Tigers were 86-19 in conference play under Slater and won seven SIAC championships.
The 2007 squad was named HBCU national champions with a 12-0 record.
“I’m excited about being at Clark Atlanta University,” Slater said in a statement from his 2022 hiring announcement. “It’s exciting coming to a program where I think we can and will be a very good team inside and outside of our conference.”