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The assistant coaches remain under contract, but none of them is a candidate for the head job, Bates said. He would not comment on potential candidates; Harvard coach Tim Murphy has been mentioned as a possibility.

“This is an incredibly significant hire,” Bates said. “It’s not about me. It’s not about my stamp (on the program). This is about a football program that has a storied history of achievement. It’s about our current and future students.

“I’m really a caretaker of the great things that have happened in the past of this program, and hopefully a catalyst in returning to those standards.”