SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) – University of Rhode Island football coach Tim Stowers has been fired from his job after producing a single winning season in eight years, school officials said Monday.

Stowers, who became the Rams’ head coach in 2000, leaves with a 33-57 record. His team went 3-8 this season.

“Winning is an important part of the student-athlete experience and is important to who we are,” URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn said in a written statement.

A new coach is necessary to move the program forward, he said.

A search committee will be formed this week to recruit a new head coach, Bjorn said. URI officials are negotiating a financial settlement with Stowers, who has one year left on his contract, school officials said.

Stowers said he respected the university’s decision.

Before coming to Rhode Island, he served as assistant coach at Temple.

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