CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) -Kent Briggs was fired as head football coach at Western Carolina on Monday, two days after his team gave up 79 points to archrival Appalachian State.
Athletic director Chip Smith said the search for a replacement for Briggs would begin immediately. Smith said in a prepared statement that Briggs would be reassigned to a position within the university.
Briggs has a career-mark of 22-42, with a Southern Conference mark of 12-31. The Catamounts have lost their last 14 conference games dating back to 2005.
Last season, Briggs received a three-year contract extension to lead the Catamounts after the team challenged for the conference title in 2005. He finished 2006 with a 2-9 record, including an 0-7 finish in the conference. It marked the first time Western Carolina had gone winless in the Southern Conference since 1977, when it joined the league.
After last Saturday's 79-35 loss to the Mountaineers, Western Carolina fell to 1-9 with an 0-6 conference mark. The Catamounts finish the season next Saturday with a conference game at home against Furman.

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