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Bill Cubit addresses football team for final time Sunday


KALAMAZOO (WQLR) -- Following the termination of his contract, former WMU head football coach Bill Cubit addressed the team Sunday, and released the following statement to the media:

I was informed on Saturday, November 17th, after the game and its press conference that the administration had reached a decision on my termination on Thursday, November 15th, before the last game took place.

While I am deeply saddened, I wish to thank some special people who have provided unbelievable support during my career in Kalamazoo. The outstanding academic support staff led by Jeff Stone has always had the best interests of our student athletes in mind as evidenced by our outstanding APR numbers and our football team having the highest G.P.A. in the Mid American Conference. I also would like to thank people who work behind the scenes like Robin Hook, Dennis Corbin, Kyle Blecha and Mat Kanan for all they have done for our players. They were always supportive and helpful in developing the player to his fullest. I would like to thank the Kalamazoo leaders who have given support to my family and myself. Thanks to numerous friends and people in the community who are too numerous to mention for fear of missing someone. I always have appreciated their support in reaching out to Nancy and myself to make sure we are doing well. All last evening and today, we have been receiving constant messages thanking us for all we have done in Kalamazoo, and we thank you all for the supportive and encouraging calls and messages.

We have developed many wonderful and important relationships during our time here and hope we can continue these friendships wherever our next destination may be. Thank you to our fans. I am sorry that we did not deliver what was expected to this administration, but it was not for lack of trying by myself or our staff. We have put our hearts and souls in to making this a first-class program. Our football team has overcome many obstacles that were set forth in front of them but have distinguished themselves in the classroom and in the community. We recently passed the 9000-hour mark of giving back to the community, of which they should all be proud.

Lastly, the most important people who are directly affected by this termination are my coaches and their familes, along with the players. I cannot thank my coaches and players enough who have been part of our lives for the last eight years and three years prior as offensive coordinator at WMU. The determination and willingness to try to achieve our goals despite all the adversity will always be the true measure of a man. I have had the good fortune to see many players come in to the University with very little but hope they graduate and go on to be very successful people. They look to guidance and support to further themselves, and the coaching staff has always been there to guide our players. I am so proud of our players and coaches as our players have gone on to become great ambassadors for their university.

I hope this University will support these players in the future and wish the team much success in all of their endeavors.

Thank you.

Bill Cubit

A nationwide search for the program's 15th head coach is currently underway.