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Contracts for Head Football Coach and Staff Not Renewed

Officials with the Missouri State University Athletics Department announced late Monday afternoon thet the contracts for Bears Head Football Coach Randy Ball and the 8 members of his coaching staff will not be renewed. Mike Smith has the story:

The current contracts of all 9 coaches run through January 31st 2006. Speaking to KSMU News, Athletics Director Bill Rowe says any decision involving a coaching change is among the most difficult tasks in athletics administration.

Rowe says in the current climate of college athletics, it's not unusual to include an entire staff when changing a head coach, and says any of the 8 assistants to Randy Ball are welcome to apply to work with his successor once that person is named. Rowe says the search for a new head football coaach begins immediately.

Randy Ball leaves Missouri State with a 7 year record of 34 wins and 42 losses. He came to Springfield in 1999 after 9 years as head coach at Western Illinois University.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.