A new conference is scheduled this afternoon at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium to announce Notre Dame offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Charley Molnar as the new head coach of the Massachusetts Minutemen.
According to Jeff Wagenheim of The Boston Globe, sources confirmed to him that Molnar will be the successor to Kevin Morris, who was fired Nov. 21 after a three-year record of 16-17, including a disappointing 5-6 this past season, the last for the school in the Football Championship Subdivision. Next year will be the first for UMass in the FBS, where it will be a member of the Mid-American Conference.
The 50-year-old Molnar has been an assistant for Irish head coach Brian Kelly since 2006, when he joined Kelly’s staff at Central Michigan as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. He then held a similar post with Kelly at Cincinnati (2007-09), adding the title of passing game coordinator during that stint. Over his 29 seasons, Molnar has spent 12 years as an offensive coordinator and has coached QBs for 18 seasons.
Although Kelly is the play-caller for the Irish, he worked in close conjunction with Molnar, who was stationed in the press box on game day, in formulating the offense.
Another Notre Dame assistant, wide receivers coach Tony Alford, has been mentioned as a candidate for the vacated head coaching position at Colorado State, Alford’s alma mater. Alford is a Colorado Springs native and a first-team All-WAC selection for the Rams during his playing career from 1987-90.
Who will replace Molnar for the 2012 campaign is uncertain, although current offensive line coach/running game coordinator Ed Warinner might be promoted within.
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