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Published March 29 2012

Montana fires athletic director and football coach

Helena, Mont.

The University of Montana has fired football coach Robin Pflugrad and athletic director Jim O'Day.

Assistant athletic director Greg Sundberg says O'Day and university President Royce Engstrom told staff and coaches Thursday morning.

Sundberg says neither gave a reason for the firings other than to say it was time for a leadership change. University Vice President Jim Foley's office says the school does not have immediate comment.

News of the firings comes as the football program deals with sexual assault allegations against players. Earlier this month, a university student accused starting quarterback Jordan Johnson of sexually assaulting her. No charges have been filed.

Special teams player Beau Donaldson was suspended from the team after being charged in January with raping an acquaintance.

Sundberg says the allegations were not raised Thursday.