N.C. State Fires Amato After 7 Seasons as Coach
North Carolina State fired football coach Chuck Amato yesterday, a day after he completed his seventh season at his alma mater.
The former Wolfpack linebacker had a 49-37 record at the school and led the team to five bowl games. But his squads were 25-31 in the ACC and never finished higher than fourth.
This season, N.C. State (3-9) lost seven straight games to finish with a losing record for the second time in three seasons since quarterback Philip Rivers went to the NFL. On Saturday, the Wolfpack finished the season with a 21-16 home loss to East Carolina.
In a statement yesterday, Athletic Director Lee Fowler credited Amato with helping the Wolfpack improve its football facilities and ticket sales, but said the program needed a change in leadership. He said a search for a replacement would begin immediately.
"No Wolfpack fan can question the excitement and enthusiasm that Chuck Amato brought to the N.C. State football program when he came here in 2000," Fowler said. "However, because the results on the field in two of the last three seasons have fallen far below where we feel our program should be at this point, we have decided to take the program in a new direction."
Amato, who had three years remaining on his contract, said he was disappointed by the decision but proud of what he accomplished during his tenure.
"This is obviously a disappointing decision for me, but I would never do anything to hurt North Carolina State University," he said in a statement. . . .
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Athletic Director Lisa Love made the announcement following the team's annual awards banquet.
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