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Army fires Ellerson

By Associated Press


Army fired coach Rich Ellerson on Sunday after five seasons at West Point and no victories against Navy.

Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a statement released by the school that Ellerson was notified that he would not be retained about 24 hours after the Black Knights (3-9) finished the season with a 34-7 loss to Navy.

"Rich Ellerson has represented West Point and the Army football program extremely well since taking over as our head coach five years ago," Corrigan said.

"Unfortunately, our team has not experienced the level of success on the football field that we expect, and we feel it is necessary to make a change in the leadership at this time."

The 60-year-old Ellerson, a former University of Hawaii player and assistant coach, went 20-41 at the U.S. Military Academy and couldn't snap the Black Knights' losing streak against their most important rival. The Midshipmen have won 12 straight in the series, the longest streak by either side. Army seemed to be closing the gap on its most important rival when it lost in 2011 and '12 by a total of nine points. On Saturday in the snow in Philadelphia, Navy dominated again and it was clear Ellerson was in trouble.

He came to West Point, N.Y., after eight seasons at Cal Poly and brought the triple-option offense back to Army. The Cadets went 7-6 in his second season, their first winning season since 1996, and it included Army's first bowl victory since 1985. But the last three years, Army went 8-28.

Ellerson's offense averaged more than 300 yards rushing the past three seasons, but the rest of the team never developed. He had two years left on his contract.


Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press

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bobbob wrote:
Unfortunately hawaii likes retaining losing coaches. He shpuld apply as our defensive coordinator. Primary defensive scheme is turning around and running away from the offense. That way the opponent only has 1 long run for every possession,, and the team has plenty of energy for the after game party at the dorms.
on December 16,2013 | 02:30AM
bobbob wrote:
For new offensive scheme, norm should implement "chow time". As soon as the offense gets the ball, the center turns around and snaps it directly to the defense. The entire team then rushes for the end zone where all the papa johns "best seats in the house" pizza is.
on December 16,2013 | 02:35AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Its okay - now it is Chow turn. He needs to go. How can Norm fire his DC? It is not his fault for Hawaii loses it is the Head Coach. Remember the captain always goes down with the ship. Norm is just a loser. Lets see next season.
on December 16,2013 | 05:55AM
kong2985 wrote:
At least Texas HC Brown made the best coaching decision by retiring at age 62. If only Chow Fun would do the same and retire at age 67...he will make his best decision ever in the short HC
on December 16,2013 | 12:51PM
KKawa wrote:
"If you can't even beat Norm Chow's team, you're fired."
on December 16,2013 | 06:30AM
kennie1933 wrote:
That, plus he's never beaten their arch-rival, Navy.
on December 16,2013 | 08:35AM
cojef wrote:
Ouch, that really is a sore spot and hit a nerve.
on December 16,2013 | 10:38AM
mitt_grund wrote:
3 and 9, and he's fired. His overall after Agree, it's probably because of the shameful loss against UH. His overall won/loss over five seasons - 20-41 - a lot better than good ol' Chow.

Proves that UH admin is inclined to choose losers, is both generous and gracious to losers, encouraging them heartily to continue their losing ways. Geez, but what can you expect when the UH admin and BOR, are likewise a bunch of losers?!

on December 16,2013 | 06:42AM
DocG wrote:
So sad ... Army knew they had to make the move .... UH on the other hand seems committed to 1 - 11 seasons and millions lost ..... with the peak of the recruiting season at hand all FBS teams have their OC's, DC's, Line Coaches, Etc. out on the road getting it done for this years recruiting class. And we have who out there recruiting for us ? Another job well done Norm. I'm sure this year's recruiting class will rank in top 25 !!! But Hey, Norm's program is really building for the future !! We all know it takes several years to turn a program around ... just ask em at Auburn .... !!!
on December 16,2013 | 10:22AM
Jiujitsu_Fighter wrote:
Coach Chow should hire Rich Ellerson as DC. He could possibly thrive only focused on running the defense.
on December 16,2013 | 12:07PM
gobows wrote:
Ellerson and Tomey....................BACK as Co-Defensive Coordinators!!!................ yes!...I said it FIRST!
on December 16,2013 | 02:51PM
808warriorfan wrote:
And throw in Duane Akina is he is not retained by the new coach at Texas.....
on December 16,2013 | 07:44PM
Jiujitsu_Fighter wrote:
And Jeff Ulbrich as Linebackers coach.
on December 17,2013 | 08:13AM
syhud wrote:
I really think losing to lowly UH really set the tone in to his let go.
on December 16,2013 | 03:29PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Lucky buggahs.
on December 16,2013 | 09:53PM
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