Penn State football fires offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich after 3 years with program

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Penn State has made a sudden change at offensive coordinator. Nittany Lions OC Mike Yurcich has been fired, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. He will not coach the team the rest of the season.

The change comes after the team scored only 15 points against Michigan Saturday afternoon and struggled to find explosive plays all season. The loss effectively eliminated the program from College Football Playoff contention, meaning they will have gone the entire four-team playoff era without earning an opportunity to win a national title.

Yurcich was in his third season with the program.

Penn State head coach James Franklin hired Yurcich in January 2021 after moving on from previous offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca.

Franklin confirmed the firing Sunday afternoon with a statement, and said tight ends coach Ty Howle and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider will share interim offensive coordinator duties for the rest of the season.

“We thank Mike for his contributions over the last three years but feel it is in our program’s best interest to make a change at this time. We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future,” Franklin said.

Penn State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich watches the offense warm up before the game against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. Abby Drey/adrey@centredaily.com
Penn State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich watches the offense warm up before the game against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. Abby Drey/adrey@centredaily.com