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Murray State Announces Change to Coaching Staff
Director of Athletics Allen Ward announced today that Head Football Coach Matt Griffin will not return for his fifth season at the helm of the Murray State football program. A search for his replacement will begin immediately.
“I appreciate what Coach Griffin has done to advance the rebuilding process at Murray State”, said Ward. “We have a good nucleus of players, and he made some significant progress in a number of areas important to the long-term stability of the program. But as I evaluate the season and what’s in our overall best interests, I have determined a change would be to our advantage at this point in time.”
“Coach Griffin started from scratch and had to endure the APR penalties imposed by the NCAA that were no fault of his own. It wasn’t easy and he worked extremely hard to improve the program’s foundation both athletically and academically. But unfortunately we took a step back this season and have struggled to maintain any real consistency or identity. I’m optimistic moving in a new direction will allow us to build upon what we have in place and energize a dedicated team and fan base.”
Ward emphasizes that the commitment to the program is evident. In addition to the Field Turf playing surface, the football program enjoys a recently remodeled locker room, new scoreboard & play clocks, a new video editing system, new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning equipment, and much more. The program is also fully funded in scholarships at the NCAA FCS maximum and no longer subject to APR penalties having posted three consecutive years of impressive scores.
“Without question I believe the commitment that has been made to the football program the past four years will entice an exceptional field of candidates for the job,” Ward said. “We have positioned the program for success and its time to capitalize on all we have to offer”.
The Racers close out the 2009 season Saturday afternoon at Tennessee Tech at 1:30 p.m.
Statement from Matt Griffin:
“My family and I have and will always appreciate the generous support of the Murray State University administration, students, loyal alumni, fans and student-athletes. The Racer football program has in place a strong foundation for future success. Thank you for the opportunity to serve Murray State University.”
By Murray State University Sports Information