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Report: UM fires football coach, athletic director

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 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The University of Montana has fired football coach
Robin Pflugrad and athletic director Jim O'Day.
   Assistant athletic director Greg Sundberg says O'Day and university President
 Royce Engstrom told staff and coaches Thursday morning.
   Sundberg says neither gave a reason for the firings other than to say it was
time for a leadership change. University Vice President Jim Foley's office says
the school does not have immediate comment.
   News of the firings comes as the football program deals with sexual assault a
llegations against players. Earlier this month, a university student accused
starting quarterback Jordan Johnson of sexually assaulting her. No charges
have been filed.
   Special teams player Beau Donaldson was suspended from the team after being
charged in January with raping an acquaintance.
   Sundberg says the allegations were not raised Thursday.
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   AP-WF-03-29-12 1849GMT

 

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