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Utah State announced the firing of head coach Brent Guy on Monday.
The firing, which was reported by The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday evening, came after Guy lost his ninth game of the season. The Aggies are 2-9 this year. Guy has failed to win more than three games in each of his four seasons, giving him the lowest winning percentage (.174) of any Utah State coach in history.
The Aggies have a bye this week, but Guy will finish the season, coaching his final game at home on Nov. 29 against New Mexico State.
"I would have liked to have been able to finish my contract, but that was not my decision," Guy said. "It's about production and wins on the field. We had some opportunities this year that got away from us. I wish we could have won those games and I could have finished out the project that I started a few years ago."
Guy's team had shown marked improvement this season despite having what Guy called more injured starters than he'd had in his previous three seasons, but it wasn't enough to keep his job. It was believed that Guy needed to win four games to remain head coach until his contract expired on Dec. 31, 2009.
According to his contract, Guy's base salary was $210,000 with additional money for radio, appearances and sports camps as well as stipends and incentives for both winning the conference championships and participation in bowl games. He would also have earned $3,000 for beating either Utah or BYU in any given season, but he never did.
Under Guy's contract, Utah State only has to pay the remaining balance of his base salary on a monthly basis through Dec. 31, 2009.
"Brent has undoubtedly made some progress during his four years but the program has yet to established any significant or consistent momentum nor has that progress translated into wins. I feel a change in leadership at this critical time in our program's history will help us create and sustain a new level of success," Utah State athletics director Scott Barnes said.
Several names have been reported as possible replacements for Guy, including former Utah State coach John L. Smith, who coached the Aggies from 1995-97 and had a 15-18 record. Smith is also being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Wyoming job should coach Joe Glenn be fired.
Other names for the Utah State job include Kent Baer and Mike Canales, former Utah State players who were the other finalists when Guy was hired.
Baer is currently San Jose State's linebackers coach, but has been a defensive coordinator with Notre Dame and Washington. Canales is passing game coordinator and receivers coach at South Florida. There's also some talk that Utah defensive coordinator Gary Andersen would be in the mix.
Graham Watson covers college football for ESPN.com.
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