Army football coach Brock fired

Updated: December 12, 2008, 7:16 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army football coach Stan Brock was fired Friday, six days after the Black Knights were soundly beaten by archrival Navy.

"I was disappointed with the results on the field, with the Rutgers game and the game against Navy," athletic director Kevin Anderson said. "That was an eye-opening experience. I thought that we had made progress. I thought we had narrowed the gap between the talent levels."

The Black Knights lost 34-0 to Navy, ending a trying season that included a 30-3 drubbing at the hands of Rutgers.

Brock was 6-18 record in two years, going 3-9 each season. He was told of the decision after a short meeting with Anderson, who did an earlier evaluation, made some recommendations, and gave Brock time to think about them.

"I believe that if we could have come to a common ground, the decision that I made could have been different," Anderson said. "There were many areas we had a difference of philosophy. I didn't think we could win."

Brock, a former NFL offensive lineman, was Army's offensive line coach for three years before replacing Bobby Ross in early 2007. He had no previous Division I college coaching experience.

Anderson attributed some of Army's problems to the abrupt retirement of Ross, which eliminated several potential candidates.

"This all started when coach Ross decided to retire very late in the recruiting season," Anderson said. "We had speculated he might retire, but after the season he was re-energized. Then I think he wore down."

Anderson said he selected Brock for the job because of his knowledge of the academy and players.

Army has not had a winning record since 1996, and when Brock changed the offense this year to an option attack that had been very successful under Jim Young and Bob Sutton in the 1980s and 1990s, the Black Knights struggled. Army started the season with four straight losses, three at Michie Stadium, then rallied with three wins in four games before losing their final four.

"There's no question that we started off very poorly," Anderson said. "But we felt the players adapted and we were getting a strong effort."

Anderson, who said the offense would continue to be based on the option, said he would prefer a coach with ties to West Point. He said Brock's successor would evaluate the current staff, but added that he would have input.

"There's no limit to the pool we have," Anderson said. "We have already received phone calls from people who have shown interest."


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