The University of Massachusetts has fired head football coach Charley Molnar after two years on the job. Molnar, who had a 2 and 22 record, was hired to lead the Minutemen through the program’s upgrade to FBS, the highest level of college football. He was also involved in controversy about combative training methods used by the team during the off season, including boxing and wrestling. Athletic director John McCutcheon says molnar’s firing happened after multiple discussions
“The final analysis of that was that we want to create a more positive perception of the program in many circles, and we just felt in order to do that we needed to make a change. And we didn’t come to that decision until just about the beginning of this week.”, McCutcheon says.
Molnar was also the subject of a petition by former players and alumni calling for his firing. The team played home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, nearly 100 miles from the Amherst campus and struggled with fan attendance. Molnar had 3 years left on his contract and is still owed more than eight hundred thousand dollars.. McCutcheon says he anticipates using private funds to cover the expense. The search for a new head coach has already begun.