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UMass hires Mark Whipple as head coach

Bobby Petrino’s return to Louisville won’t mark the only FBS head coach making his second stop at a former school.

UMass has named former Minutemen coach Mark Whipple to replace Charley Molnar. (Photo: AP)UMass has hired Mark Whipple, who coached the Minutemen from 1998-2003, to replace Charley Molnar.

Whipple’s UMass teams compiled a 49–26 record, including a 1-AA (FCS) National Championship in his first season and two more playoff appearances.

He left UMass to become quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Most recently, Whipple was the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach in 2011-12.

The Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback in 1977-78m Whipple is 121–59 in sixteen seasons as a head coach, including stints at Brown and Division II New Haven.

UMass relieved Charley Molnar as head coach following back-to-back 1-11 seasons.

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UMass fires head coach Charley Molnar

UMass has fired head coach Charley Molnar after two seasons as head coach of the Minutemen, the school announced Thursday.

UMass has fired head football coach Charley Molnar after two seasons. (Photo: AP)Molnar’s UMass teams one just one game in 2012 and one game in 2013 for a record of just 2-22. The Minutemen moved from FCS to the FBS in 2012.

The university will owe Molnar the $836,000 for the remaining three years on his original contract.

“We want to thank Charley Molnar for his service and the extraordinary time and energy he devoted to coaching the Minutemen as we entered competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision,” athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement. “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS.

“Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”

Molnar came to UMass after spending 2010 and 2011 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame.

His old job is currently open as  Chuck Martin, who replaced Molnar in 2012, became head coach at Miami (Ohio) earlier this month.

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