Grambling State University stopped its search for a new athletic director over the weekend amid looming budget cuts to higher education, The News Star reports.

Grambling president Willie Larkin said in a letter that the search for a new athletic directoris on hold until there is less uncertainity about Grambling's budget.

Grambling's interim Athletic Director Obadiah Simmons will continue in the post he's held since May 2015, according to The News Star. Simmons has also served as the interim Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies director since 2008.

Still, Grambling has not had a permanent athletic director since July 2014 when Aaron James was fired, acorrding to The News Star.

Last week the state suspended TOPS payments given a lack of funding from the previous year. Hours later, the state paid 80 percent of TOPS bills for this semester, forcing universities and colleges to absorb the leftover costs.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said in his televised address last Thursday that if the budget shortfall is not made up many universities and colleges will be forced to close by April 30.

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