Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Portland State fired football coach Nigel Burton on Wednesday after the Vikings struggled to a 3-9 season.
Burton, who replaced Jerry Glanville in 2009, had a 21-36 record in five seasons. He had one winning campaign, going 7-4 in 2011.
"We appreciate what Coach Burton has done for the program," interim athletic director Valerie Cleary said, "but we believe new leadership gives our talented players a chance to make a fresh start."
Burton had one year left on his contract and will be paid the $187,500. However, under the terms of his contract, if he is hired elsewhere next year, he will receive less than that amount and would be paid the difference between his contract payout and a new salary.
Vikings offensive coordinator Bruce Barnum has been named the interim head coach.