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CWU axes head football coach Blaine Bennett

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University has fired head football coach Blaine Bennett. Friday morning new athletic director Dennis Francois along with president James Gaudino sent a letter of termination to the surprise of Bennett. He was entering the second year of a three year contract. Bennett asked Washington's faculty union to check its collective bargaining agreement. He questioned the just cause of his firing.

"It's very difficult for me. I grew up in Ellensburg. It was an amazing chance to have the opportunity to come back to Ellensburg. It's very difficult. I've got two sons on the football team. So that even makes it more difficult," Bennett said. "It's going to be tough to not be the head football coach of the Wildcats."

"I just think we've had time to analyze the program, look at various aspects of the program, and came to the conclusion that was in our best interest to go in a new direction," Francois responded.

Bennett later added his appreciation, saying, "It's an honor and a privilege to have been the head football coach at Central Washington University. I'm particularly proud of the Wildcats student-athletes and I certainly wish them great success both on and off the field."

Meanwhile the Wildcats give assistant coach John Picha the interim head football coach tag.

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