College Football: Miami (Ohio) Fires Head Coach Don Treadwell

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIOctober 6, 2013

Sep 21, 2013; Oxford, OH, USA; Miami (Oh) Redhawks head coach Don Treadwell waks back to the sideline in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fred Yager Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
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Don Treadwell has a long-standing connection with Miami University, located in Oxford, Ohio. He played for the RedHawks as a wide receiver from 1978 to 1981, when the team was known as the Redskins.

Once his playing career was over, Treadwell would once again return to the school, serving as the running backs and wide receivers coach from 1992 to 1993. After eventually becoming a successful offensive coordinator elsewhere and leading Michigan State as an interim head coach for a couple games in 2010 while Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio recovered from a heart attack, Treadwell would once again return to his alma mater in 2011, this time as head coach.

Unfortunately for Treadwell, there was no happy ending to this reunion. Miami fired Treadwell as the team's head coach on Sunday, in addition to firing offensive coordinator John Klacik (h/t CBSSports).

In two-and-a-half seasons at the helm, Treadwell was never able to turn the RedHawks into winners.  His first two season both ended with identical 4-8 records, including a 3-5 conference record in each of those seasons.

With his seat already hot from that pair of lackluster seasons to begin his tenure in Oxford, Treadwell needed a big turnaround this season.  What he got instead would seal his fate.

The RedHawks started off this season 0-5, including a 9-21 loss to fellow MAC team Central Michigan on Saturday that wound up being the final game of Treadwell's time in charge of the team.

Klacik's firing also comes as no surprise, as the failure of his offenses to get anything going was one of the major factors in the RedHawks' struggles this season. Miami has yet to score more than 14 points in a game so far this season, and is averaging only 8.8 points per game.

So far, an interim replacement for Treadwell has not been announced.