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McCollum relieved of duties as head coach; will stay on for last two games

November 21, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Athletic Director Chris Massaro announced today that Head Football Coach Andy McCollum has been relieved of his duties effective at the end of the current season. McCollum has a contract that runs through June 30, 2007.

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    McCollum will stay on through the end of the season to coach the Blue Raiders' final two games at Troy this Saturday and a December 3 makeup game at Florida International.

    "I want to thank Coach McCollum for seven years of dedication and service to Middle Tennessee," said Massaro. "This is a difficult day but one I feel is in the best interest for the future of our football program."

    McCollum, a graduate of Austin Peay, took the Blue Raiders into the I-A era when he became the school's 13th head coach in December of 1998. In seven seasons, McCollum has an overall record of 33-44 including a Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2001. After a difficult transition year in 1999, McCollum put together back-to-back winning seasons in 2000 and 2001 and earned the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year award on both occasions.

    "Right now my only focus is on these last two games and our players," said McCollum. "I will not comment on this situation until the season is complete. All of my energy and this staff's energy will be spent on trying to win these two games."

    A search for a replacement will begin immediately.

    McCollum's Year-by-Year Record
    1999: 3-8
    2000: 6-5
    2001: 8-3 (5-1)
    2002: 4-8 (2-4)
    2003: 4-8 (4-3)
    2004: 5-6 (4-4)
    2005: 3-6 (2-3)

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