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Augustana football coach says he's been fired

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Augustana College head football coach Mike Aldrich says he's been fired.

Aldrich told the media on Tuesday that he was fired in a morning meeting with athletic director Bill Gross, and that offensive coordinator Steve Olinger also was let go.

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Neither Gross nor Aldrich immediately returned messages left by The Associated Press.

The Vikings finished 5-6 this season. They lost their final three home games of the year, one to city rival University of Sioux Falls.

Aldrich was Augustana's head coach for three seasons, compiling a record of 22-13. He led the Vikings to their best season in school history in his debut season. They went 11-2 and made the NCAA Division II playoffs, losing to eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth.

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