Idaho State fires coach after wrapping 2-9 season
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Idaho State University fired head football coach Larry Lewis and his entire coaching staff on Monday, a day after the Bengals completed a 2-9 season.
Paul A. Bubb, the school's athletic director, stood beside university president Arthur Vailas to announce the firings at a campus news conference.
"Decisions like this are never easy, and this was certainly true in this case," Bubb said. "While I respect a number of things Coach Lewis and this staff have accomplished, the recent records have not met expectations."
Lewis had a 40-49 record in eight seasons, including a shared Big Sky Conference championship in 2002 with Montana and Montana State.
This season's 2-9 record is the Bengals' worst since 1988 when the team went 0-11. The Bengals have had three consecutive losing seasons.
There were higher expectations for Idaho State coming into this year. University of Michigan transfer Matt Gutierrez took over at quarterback, but the Bengals lost seven conference games.
The contracts of all assistant coaches and coordinators expire on Jan. 27. Bubb said none of those contracts will be renewed.
"In the best interest of the football program I believe a major change is necessary to return the program to a level we previously enjoyed," he said.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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