Army's Rich Ellerson fired

Army head coach Rich Ellerson will not return for a sixth season at West Point. Ellerson and the Black Knights lost to rival Navy on Saturday, 34-7.

"This is a very difficult day for all of us at West Point," Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan stated in making the announcement. "Rich Ellerson has represented West Point and the Army football program extremely well since taking over as our head coach five years ago. He has been a tremendous role model for our cadet-athletes and great mentor for many within the athletic department.

"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 leadership at this time."

Ellerson, who was hired before the 2009 season, got off to a strong start going 12-13 combined in his first two seasons. His best season was in 2010 when the Black Knights defeated SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Despite the optimism generated in the first two seasons the Black Knights returned to their struggling ways. The last three seasons Army went a combined 8-28. Ellerson was able to beat Air Force (41-21, 2012) once but never could topple nemesis Navy.

In addition to the 2012 win over Air Force, some of Ellerson's biggest wins were over Northwestern (2011), Vanderbilt (2009), Boston College (2012), and Duke (2010).

Many observers believed Army might be able to return to a bowl game this season but losses to previously winless Hawaii and Temple thwarted those plans.

Corrigan said the search for a replacement would begin immediately. Some names that Army may be interested in could include Ivin Jasper (OC Navy), Bob Shoop (DC Vanderbilt), Ben Kotwica (Asst. coach, Jets), Jeff Monken (HC Georgia Southern) and others.

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