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San Diego State Fires Long

Courtesy San Diego State University

San Diego State athletic director Jeff Schemmel announced Sunday that Chuck Long will not return as the school's head football coach for the 2009 season.

"Yesterday, athletic director Jeff Schemmel informed Chuck Long that he will not be returning as our head football coach at San Diego State," said senior associate athletic director Don Oberhelman, who spoke on behalf of Schemmel, who was scheduled to have surgery later in the day. "Jeff's goals for each and every one of our sports is two-fold - win championships and graduate our student-athletes - and Chuck certainly excelled on the academic side. We thank Chuck for his service with regards to academics, citizenship and APR, where we're vastly improved in those areas under his leadership. Because of the inroads that coach Long has made, we are going to be a better football program in the future. We're closer to being a winner than we have been in the past. This football program is better for having Chuck Long serve as our head football coach.

"We felt moving forward, however, a change was needed - a change in leadership, a change in direction. We are appreciative of all our supporters who stayed with us during a very difficult season and I assure you, brighter days are ahead for the Aztecs. We're determined to bring football up to the same level of standards and success that are enjoyed by so many of our 17 other intercollegiate sports that we have here at San Diego State."

Long, who was named SDSU's 16th football head coach on Dec. 17, 2005, compiled a 9-27 record in three seasons with the Aztecs. This season, San Diego State had a 2-10 record, including a 1-7 mark in Mountain West Conference play. The Aztecs concluded their 2008 campaign Saturday with a 42-21 victory over UNLV at Qualcomm Stadium.

Schemmel indicated that a national coaching search will begin immediately to fill the vacancy.


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