Thursday, December 3, 2009

Five and done

Fordham didn't play Navy, but apparently losses to UMaine, Fairfield, Hartford and Manhattan were bad enough for the Rams administration to take a page from the Notre Dame playbook and pull the plug on its coach.

Fordham, 1-4 this year including a season-opening loss to the Black Bears, fired Dereck Whittenberg today, five games into his seventh season.

Among other things, Athletic Director Frank McLaughlin pointed out that the Rams had a "favorable schedule" early in the season and "should be better than 1-4." He also stated bluntly: " ... it was not a difficult decision. The record speaks for itself."

Whittenberg was 69-112 at Fordham. He was 67-50 in four seasons at Wagner, where he unsuccessfully tried to recruit former Black Bear Justin Rowe.

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