UMass Fires Football Coach

Massachusetts has fired football coach Kevin Morris. Athletics director John McCutcheon announced in a statement Monday that Morris had been released from his contract after a 15-16 record in three seasons as head coach of the Minutemen.

McCutcheon said he felt the program needed "new direction in leadership" as it makes the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision as a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference next season.

Morris' contract had two more seasons to run.

The Minutemen started this season 5-3, but lost their final three games, including a 34-17 loss to No. 19 James Madison at home on Saturday, to finish 5-6 in the Football Championship Subdivision.

McCutcheon says a committee will be formed to assist in a national search for a new coach.

This program aired on November 21, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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