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Friday, December 12, 2008
Brock's ousting was not a shock


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Stan Brock was given just two seasons, but apparently that was enough to show that he wasn't the right coach to lead Army into the future.

 
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  Stan Brock was fired Friday after two dismal seasons as Army coach.

Brock's not-so-surprising firing was announced on Friday. Brock was 6-18 in his two seasons and had been thoroughly dismantled by Navy each of the past two years, including a 34-0 loss this year, the first shutout in the series since 1978. Overall, Navy had beaten Army 72-3 in their two meetings and the Black Knights have lost seven consecutive games to the Midshipmen, the longest streak in the 109-year history of the rivalry.

"I'd like to thank Stan for his hard work and dedication to the Army football program for the past five years and wish him and his family well in the future," director of athletics Kevin Anderson said in a statement on the team's Web site.

Whoever Army hires will be the fifth coach since 2000. During the past five seasons, the Black Knights are 12-56 and Army has not had a winning season since 1996.

"I support the athletic director's decision," Lt. Gen. Buster Hagenbeck, West Point superintendent, said in the Web site's story. "This was not a hasty or emotional decision, and Stan has been a great member of our community, but winning is particularly important to the military academy and to an Army at war. There is no substitute for victory."

According to the Times Herald-Record, possible replacements include New York Giants receivers coach Mike Sullivan, University of Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke, and New York Jets assistant coach Bob Sutton.

Sullivan and Warinner were both assistant coaches at Army and Sutton was the last Army coach with a winning record. Lobotzke played at Air Force.