- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana State football coach Rob Ash has been fired after the team went 5-6 this season, including just 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference.

Athletic director Peter Fields said Monday that the team didn’t meet expectations.

The Bobcats shared league titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and advanced to the FCS playoffs in those three years and in 2014. However, the team has struggled late during the past three seasons.

Ash was 70-38 over nine seasons at Montana State, but only 2-7 against rival Montana, including a 54-35 loss Saturday.

Ash came to Montana State from Drake in June 2007. He was charged with improving the team’s academic and off-the-field reputation.

Fields said the school will begin a national search for a new coach immediately.

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