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Northern Colorado parts ways with head coach Earnest Collins Jr.

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Earnest Collins Jr. will not return as the Northern Colorado Bears head football coach in 2020. He spent nine seasons as the school’s head coach.

A national search has begun to find his replacement. College Sports Solutions will work with the school to find the school’s next head coach.

Northern Colorado Bears head coach Earnest Collins Jr. looks on from the sidelines against the Washington State Cougars
Earnest Collins Jr. looks on from the sidelines against the Washington State Cougars (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

“This is never an easy decision to make,” Director of Athletics Darren Dunn said. “We would like to thank Earnest for his dedication to the student-athletes, the Athletics Department, and the University of Northern Colorado over the past nine years. He has been a positive role model not only for hundreds of football student-athletes but to other coaches, staff, and student-athletes at UNC.”

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During his tenure, the team went 28-72. Collins Jr. had the program’s first two winning seasons at the Division I level in 2015 and 2016.

In 2019, the program went 2-10, including a 2-6 conference record. The Bears ended the season on a three-game losing streak.

The team had one win at home and the other win on the road. The Bears defeated the Idaho Vandals, 27-24 in Greeley, Colorado.

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Northern Colorado then defeated the Idaho State Bengals in a 26-20 win in Pocatello, Idaho.

Since the 6-5 winning record in 2016, the program has had just seven wins over the last three seasons. The team has also had 26 losses over those seasons, as well.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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