College Football

Army parts ways with coach Rich Ellerson after Navy loss

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Rich Ellerson's Army teams slipped to a 5-19 combined record over the past two seasons.

Army has parted ways with football coach Rich Ellerson in the wake of the school's 12th consecutive loss to Navy, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Army went 3-9 this season, including the 34-7 defeat to Navy. Ellerson compiled a 20-41 record in his five seasons, including an 0-5 mark against the Midshipmen.

Ellerson's tenure peaked with a 7-6 record in 2010 that included a victory over SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl. But Army combined to win just eight games the past three seasons, leading to his dismissal.

In a relatively slow offseason for coaching changes, the Army job has generated a lot of interest from assistant coaches around college football.

Look for Ellerson's potential replacement to have experience at Army from stronger football eras there. Some names with West Point ties include Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, New York Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica, Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, Richmond head coach Danny Rocco and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

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