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Jim O'Day Fired: Ex-Montana AD Says School Wanted 'Change Of Direction'

The University of Montana is staying mum on why athletic director Jim O'Day and head football coach Robin Pflugrad were fired -- possibly related to overseeing a football team that has had members accused of sexual assault by other students. O'Day and Pflugrad have stayed mostly quiet as well, but O'Day did talk a bit with the Missoulian later in the day.

Related: Robin Pflugrad Fired: Did Sexual Assault Allegations Against Players Lead To This?

In an interview with the Missoulian, O’Day said he was told: "Mostly it was about a change of direction was needed."

Without directly mentioning the sexual assault allegations, O'Day hinted at it by using the phrase "the different things that have been going on for some time." There could be other incidents or other situations outside of sexual assault allegations that we are not aware of yet (and may never be), but it seems that Montana President Royce Engstrom couldn't allow the current culture surrounding the football team to exist any longer.

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