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UMASS is looking for a new head coach as they move to the MAC next season

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The Massachusetts football team now needs a new head coach.

Kevin Morris (AP Photo/Nancy Palmieri)

The school’s Athletic Director John McCutcheon has announced the firing of head coach Kevin Morris. Morris was just 16-17 in three seasons coaching the Minutemen.

Morris’ contract is for two more seasons. But Morris will likely be paid a buyout from the school to cover the remaining two years of his contract.

McCutcheon said in a statement released by the school that the football team needs a new direction in leadership. Next season, the Minutemen will join the Mid-American Conference, as a football-only member.

In the first eight games, the Minutemen were 5-3. However, in the final three games, the team sputtered and lost the final three games.

The 5-6 mark was their last in the Football Championship Subdivision. On Saturday, James Madison beat UMASS, 34-17, in front of the Minutemen home crowd.

The athletic department will begin to look for a new head coach immediately.

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