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Kevin Morris Reportedly Fired As UMass Head Football Coach

Kevin Morris has been fired by UMass, which will begin a search for the coach who will lead the Minutemen into FBS - Division I in 2012. Morris was 16-17 in three seasons.

Kevin Morris will not be the man to lead Massachusetts football from the Championship Subdivision to the Bowl Subdivision of Division I football. UMass fired Morris on Monday, according to The Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour.

Morris had two years left on a five-year contract for which he earned a base salary of $200,000 per year. His buyout will cost UMass $400,000, according to The Springfield Republican's Jeff Thomas.

"There's nothing for me to straighten out, I'm ready to go,'' Morris told the Republic after a loss Saturday to James Madison. "I'm working, going recruiting and everything else. It's not up to me.''

The Minutemen have struggled under Morris, owning a 16-17 record in his first three seasons, including a 10-14 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association.

In 2012 UMass will move to the Mid-American Conference. Next season, the Minutemen will move out of their home at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, and will begin to play home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough -- home of the New England Patriots.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Boston for the latest on UMass football and the program's upcoming coaching search.