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.