Newark, DE (Sports Network) - The University of Delaware fired highly- successful football coach K.C. Keeler in a shocking decision on Monday.
Keeler led Delaware to three FCS national championship games, including the 2003 title. The Wilmington News Journal first reported the firing on Twitter.
Keeler is considered an outspoken coach, but he's been a big-winner at Delaware, compiling an 86-52 record in 11 seasons. He replaced legendary coach Harold "Tubby" Raymond in 2002.
"We appreciate the efforts and accomplishments of Coach Keeler in leading the Blue Hens football program," University of Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady said. "The 86 wins and the 2003 National Championship will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of the Blue Hen faithful, and I thank Coach for his commitment to his alma mater.
"However, at this important time in UD Athletics, and after thorough evaluation over the past two months, I believe a change of direction is needed in Delaware football. We must reinvigorate our program and reenergize our supporters as we lay the foundation for future success."
Delaware complied a 5-6 record this season after starting the year 4-0. The Blue Hens won just one of their last seven games and lost the last four contests of 2012. It was the longest losing drought in program history since the 1967 season.
The 53-year old Keeler was a Blue Hen linebacker and three-year starter for Raymond and was a junior on the 1979 Division II Blue Hen national title team.