WEST POINT, N.Y.-- Army coach Todd Berry was fired Monday
with the team 5-35 in his four seasons and mired in an eight-game
"The Corps of Cadets and the fans of Army football deserve a
competitive program that is representative of this great
institution," said Lt. Gen. William Lennox Jr., superintendent of
the U.S. Military Academy.
Army (0-6) has just one win in its last 17 games. The Black
Knights are averaging 63.8 yards rushing to rank last in the nation
and are the only team averaging under 2 yards per carry.
South Florida, playing its inaugural Conference USA game last
month, shut out Army 28-0 at Michie Stadium, marking the first time
the Black Knights had been blanked at home since 1981.
John Mumford, who served as defensive line coach the past four
seasons, was made interim coach.
"We have a commitment to restore the competitive vitality to
the program," athletic director Rick Greenspan said.
A search will be under way in the next few weeks for a
successor, Lennox said.
"I hate losing and the players hate it," said Greenspan, who
hired Berry. "It bothers them significantly. You can certainly
sense their frustration. They're bitterly disappointed because
they're representing a historic program."
Army is 7-31 in the Conference USA, which it joined in 1998.
Citing schedule constraints, Lennox announced in July that Army
would leave the conference after the 2004 season to become an
Greenspan said he had heard a "good amount" of dissatisfaction
from alumni. The precipitous fall for a team that won a
school-record 10 games in 1996 under former coach Bob Sutton and
also went to the Independence Bowl that year was especially
disconcerting to former players.
"I think the fact they're not competitive and have had a tough
time has been difficult to accept," Doc Blanchard said in a phone
interview from his Texas home.
Blanchard, "Mr. Inside" and the 1945 Heisman Trophy winner,
and Glenn Davis, "Mr. Outside" and the Heisman winner the next
year, led Army to national championships in 1944 and 1945.