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Sorry, Charley: UMass fires Molnar after two seasons

Charley Molnar AP

Uh, Merry Christmas?

One day after celebrating the birth of Jesus, the death of Charley Molnar‘s head-coaching tenure at UMass was confirmed, with the Minutemen announcing that Molnar has been relieved of his duties.

Molnar’s two seasons with the Minutemen coincided with the football program’s move from the FCS to the FBS in 2012.  In those two years, UMass has gone just 2-22 — one win in 2012 and one in 2013.

The university will owe Molnar the $836,000 for the remaining three years on his original contract.

“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,” athletic director John McCutcheon said. “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 to UMass after spending 2010 and 2011 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame.  There would appear to be a possibility for a return to South Bend for Molnar as Irish coordinator Chuck Martin, who replaced Molnar in 2012, was hired as Miami of Ohio’s new head coach earlier this month.

With Molnar’s dismissal, there are just two jobs open at the FBS level: Texas and UMass.

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6 Responses to “Sorry, Charley: UMass fires Molnar after two seasons”
  1. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:20 AM

    How much longer before you guys report: Saban to UMASS?

  2. tigersfandan says: Dec 26, 2013 11:35 AM

    Why now? UMass played its last game almost a whole month ago.

  3. ndfanatic31 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:38 AM

    I think ND will promote OC from within, IMO. Wonder why UMass so quick to let him go. They had to have known it wasn’t going to be a quick transition to “D One”

  4. fatediesel says: Dec 26, 2013 1:06 PM

    It would probably help if UMass didn’t play their home games 2 hours from campus in a 70,000 seat NFL stadium when they only get 15,000 people per game.

  5. basebuck says: Dec 26, 2013 2:45 PM

    I think this guy was in way over his head! Won 2 games in 2 years? Yikeesssss! Give some one else a try…”

  6. whitdog23 says: Dec 26, 2013 7:34 PM

    tigersfandan says:
    Why now? UMass played its last game almost a whole month ago.
    He simply asked for a contract extension and was laughed at, then shown the door.

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