Tulsa fires coach Bill Blankenship after 2-10 season

Bill Blankenship went 24-27 in four seasons at Tulsa
Bill Blankenship went 24-27 in four seasons at Tulsa. (USATSI)

Tulsa made things official on Monday morning, announcing that coach Bill Blankenship will not be back with the program in 2015.

"We are grateful for the service and commitment of coach Blankenship to our university, our student-athletes and our community, but we have decided that the program needs to go in a different direction," said Tulsa athletic director Derrick Gragg.

Gragg also said that a search committee would be formed immediately as the school looks for Blankenship's replacement.

Blankenship spent four seasons at Tulsa, but the last two failed to live up to the promise of his first two years on campus. Blankenship took over the Tulsa program after Todd Graham left for the Pittsburgh job following the 2010 season, and he went 19-8 in his first two seasons at the school. The success faded quickly, though, as the Golden Hurricane were only 5-19 the last two seasons, including a 2-10 mark in 2014.

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