UMass fires football coach Charley Molnar

UMass has fired head football coach Charley Molnar, athletic director John McCutcheon announced on Thursday.

"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," 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."

UMass joined the Mid-American Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012. Molnar was hired in December 2011. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame.

In his two seasons at UMass, Molnar was 2-22, finishing 1-11 in each season.