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UMass dismisses football coach Charley Molnar

12.26.13 at 11:00 am ET
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UMass has dismissed head football coach Charley Molnar, athletic director John McCutcheon announced Thursday. The Minutemen finished this season with a 1-11 record and were 2-22 in Molnar’s two seasons at the helm — the program’s first two seasons in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

“We want to thank Charley Molnar for his service and the extraordinary time and energy he devoted to coaching the Minutemen as we entered competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision,” McCutcheon said in a press release. “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS. Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”

Molnar came under criticism earlier this season when a video surfaced showing players wrestling and boxing during winter conditioning workouts prior to the 2012 season. Those kinds of workouts were legal at the time but since have been banned.

UMass said in its press release that the search for a new coach will begin immediately and “will be aided by an advisory committee with membership from the Board of Trustees, the UMass-Amherst Foundation board, faculty, students, alumni and senior administration.”

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