Leo Miles, who was appointed interim athletic director at the University of the District of Columbia last February, has been fired by interim university president Miles Fisher.

Miles will be replaced by Tommy Waters, who briefly served as interim athletic director before Miles was named. Waters, an assistant to the president, is the 11th to fill this post -- seven of them on an intermim basis -- since 1978..

Miles said he was informed he would be dismissed effective Sept. 11.

"I signed a year contract and I had planned to be here until February," said Miles, a longtime NFL official and former athletic director at Howard. "I wasn't given a reason for the termination. There was a clause in my contract that said I could be relieved of my duties at any time."

One major decision Miles made in his tenure was to suspend the much-maligned football program for the 1990 season.

Waters said he had no comment regarding Miles's status, saying only that he was told by Fisher that he would be the athletic director until the position was filled.

"Dr. Fisher asked me to handle matters until a permanent AD was appointed," Waters said. "He didn't put a timetable on when an AD would be named but I know this is only a temporary measure."