LOGAN, Utah -- Utah State fired football coach Mick Dennehy after a five-game losing streak and 2-7 start to the season.
Dennehy and athletic director Randy Spetman met Sunday, a day
after a 32-25 loss to Louisiana-Monroe, and Spetman told the coach
he was being fired, sports information director Mike Strauss said
Dennehy agreed to coach the Aggies during their last two games
of the season, Spetman said.
"I think it is important for his own closure and for the
team," Spetman said.
"He is an incredible person, who has poured his heart and soul
into this program. Unfortunately through some of the some of the
things that have come down the line and some unfortunate injuries,
we have not had the program that we expect to go into the Western
Athletic Conference," Spetman said.
Dennehy was in his fifth season at Utah State and was under
contract through next year. Dennehy, who came to Utah State from
Montana in 1999, was 18-36 with the Aggies. His best seasons were
2001 and 2002, when Utah State went 4-7 through schedules that
included visits to Nebraska, LSU and Iowa.
"In the end, we didn't win enough," Dennehy said in a
statement released by the school.
Utah State (2-7 overall, 1-4 Sun Belt Conference) visits
Arkansas State on Saturday and closes the season at home Nov. 20
against New Mexico State.