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Coach reportedly refused to ax coordinators

Updated: December 1, 2004, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- David Cutcliffe struggled to replace Eli Manning and refused to make major changes after his first losing season in six years as coach of Mississippi.

Those two issues cost him his job.

Cutcliffe was fired Wednesday, following the Rebels' worst season in 10 years.

The usually stoic Cutcliffe fought through tears several times while speaking regretfully about his final season in Oxford.

"Things just haven't been good in 2004," he said.

He declined ...

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