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Published November 18, 2013, 01:42 PM

UND fires head football coach Chris Mussman

The only head coach the UND football program has known in the NCAA Division I era has been fired by the university, the school announced this afternoon.

By: Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald

The only head coach the UND football program has known in the NCAA Division I era has been fired by the university, the school announced this afternoon.

After six seasons as head coach at North Dakota, Chris Mussman has been let go after finishing with a 3-8 record for the second time in four years.

“Coach Mussman and I met this morning at which time I shared with him my decision to make a change in our football leadership,” said UND athletic director Brian Faison. “I want to thank Chris for his service to UND and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

UND finished the 2013 season with a 2-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The only wins came against 3-8 Idaho State and 1-10 Northern Colorado.

Earlier this afternoon, Mussman tweeted "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

Mussman, who has a career UND head coaching mark of 31-34, was hired at UND in 1999 as an offensive line coach by then-head coach Dale Lennon. Mussman had spent the previous eight seasons at Minnesota State-Mankato after playing college football at Iowa State.

He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2001, winning an NCAA Division II national title that season.

When Lennon left for the head job at Southern Illinois, Mussman was hired as UND’s head coach on Jan. 4, 2008. Mussman was hired as head coach by UND's co-acting athletic directors Steve Brekke and Betty Ralston. Brekke and Ralston were in that role after UND fired athletic director Tom Buning in November of 2007.

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