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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.