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LOSS TO ARMY COSTS NAVY COACH HIS JOB

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Navy is looking for a new football coach after firing George Chaump.

Under Chaump, the Midshipmen had a 14-41 record, including four losses to arch-rival Army.The final blow was a 22-20 loss to Army over the weekend, a setback that snapped Navy's bid to put together its first three-game winning streak since 1981. The Midshipmen finished the 1994 season 3-8, including a 7-0 win over Division I-AA Lafayette.

"There are times when a program while still making progress reaches a point where a change in leadership is necessary, and that is where we find ourselves at this time," athletic director Jack Lengyel said in a statement on Sunday.

Chaump refused to comment on the decision.

A replacement was not named. Virginia offensive coordinator Tom O'Brien is considered one of the favorites to land the job.

Chaump, 59, never had a winning season in his five years at the Naval Academy. The Middies were 5-6 in his first year, then suffered through two straight 1-10 seasons before going 4-7 last year.

In the days leading up to the Army game, Chaump said he had finally laid the groundwork to get the program moving in the right direction.

"We're a pretty darn good football team," he said. "I think our whole program is in good shape in every aspect. We have things in place, and now it's a matter of working hard and keeping it going."

He won't get the chance.

"George Chaump is a very fine individual and knowledgeable coach and he has gone through some difficult times as head coach at the Naval Academy," Lengyel said.

Chaump compiled a 33-16-1 record at Marshall University before being appointed Navy's 33rd football coach on Jan. 8, 1990. In his first year at Navy, the Middies missed a chance for their first winning season since 1982 by losing the finale to Army 30-20.

In 1991, a 24-3 win over Army enabled Navy to avoid their first winless season since 1948. Another one-win season followed, capped by 25-24 loss to Army, and Navy closed the 1993 season with five straight losses.

Chaump's first head coaching job was at Indiana (Pa.), where he rebounded from a 4-6 start in 1982 to go 24-16-1 over four years. Prior to that, he was the offensive backfield coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers under John McKay.

Before that, from 1968 to 1978, Chaump was the quarterbacks coach at Ohio State under Woody Hayes.