Buffalo fires Hofher, who will finish season

Updated: November 8, 2005, 5:51 PM ET
Associated Press

AMHERST, N.Y. -- After five losing seasons, Buffalo coach Jim Hofher has run out of chances to turn around one of the nation's perennially worst Division I-A football programs.

Faced with the possibility of a winless campaign, athletic director Warde Manuel said Tuesday that Hofher will be fired after coaching the final two games.

"It wasn't one incident, one game, one score," Manuel said. "It's overall. We haven't grown the way I would like to see. It's just an overall feeling that we needed to move the program in a different direction."

The Bulls (0-9) dropped their 10th straight game dating to last season, losing 54-13 at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Buffalo has been outscored by a 31-10 average and only once enjoyed a lead at the half -- in a 13-7 loss to Akron on Oct. 8.

Hofher, who had one year remaining on his contract, posted a 7-48 record in five seasons. He took over a fledgling Buffalo program that made the jump to Division I-A when it joined the Mid-American Conference in 1999.

The Bulls are 9-68 since joining the MAC, and have lost all their conference games on the road. Hofher's best season came in his first year when Buffalo went 3-8 in 2001.

"It is with pleasure that I have served UB for these past five years," Hofher said in a statement. "It will be my wish that UB achieves success with its football program in the future."

The Bulls play at Kent State on Saturday before closing their season hosting Eastern Michigan on Nov. 19.

Hofher has 27 years of college football coaching experience. Buffalo was his second head coaching job. He spent eight years at Cornell in the 1990s, finishing 44-36 to set the school record for victories and winning percentage.

He was an assistant at North Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Miami. He spent one year as a quarterbacks coach before taking the Buffalo job.

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