Charley Molnar left Notre Dame to lead UMass' transition into the FBS ranks, but after two brutal seasons the former Irish offensive coordinator was fired on Thursday.
Molnar's two UMass teams each went 1-11 (1-7 in the MAC). He inherited a difficult job, with UMass' first season in the MAC in 2012.
“We want to thank Charley Molnar for his service and the extraordinary time and energy he devoted to coaching the Minutemen as we entered competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision,” UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement. “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS. Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”
Previously, Molnar served as Notre Dame's offensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011. Before leaving for UMass, he coached with Brian Kelly at Central Michigan (quarterbacks/wide receivers, 2006) and Cincinnati (passing game coordinator/wide receivers, 2007-2009).
If Molnar's willing to return to the assistant coaching ranks, he could make sense to fill Notre Dame's vacant offensive coordinator job. While at Notre Dame, Molnar didn't call plays — those duties were held by Kelly until the 2013 season.
Notre Dame scheduled UMass for a home game in 2016 with the idea they'd welcome Molnar back to South Bend.