Blankenship out as Tulsa head coach

Tulsa, OK (SportsNetwork.com) – Tulsa fired head football coach Bill
Blankenship on Monday, three days after the Golden Hurricane concluded a 2-10
season.

The Golden Hurricane were dealt their first campaign with double-digit losses
since 2002 with Friday’s 49-32 setback to East Carolina. The poor showing came
on the heels of a 3-9 season in 2013, a year Tulsa was picked to win the West
Division of Conference USA during the preseason.

“We are grateful for the service and commitment of Coach Blankenship to our
university, our student-athletes and our community, but we have decided that
the program needs to go in a different direction,” Tulsa athletic director
Derrick Gragg said in a statement.

Blankenship, a former Tulsa quarterback, went 19-8 and led the program to the
2012 Conference USA title over his first two seasons after succeeding Todd
Graham as head coach. The Golden Hurricane finished a disappointing 2-6 in
league play in their final season in Conference USA, however, and were near
the bottom of the standings in their inaugural year in the American Athletic
Conference.

Over four seasons overall at his alma mater, Blankenship compiled a 24-27
record. He was named Conference USA’s Coach of the Year in 2012.