Tulsa fires coach Bill Blankenship after 2nd straight losing season

Tulsa fired coach Bill Blankenship on Monday, three days after wrapping up a second consecutive losing season.

The Golden Hurricane finished 2-10, with a 49-32 home loss to East Carolina on Friday night. Blankenship took over at his alma mater in 2011 after Todd Graham left for Pittsburgh. He went 19-8 in his first two seasons, including a Conference USA championship in 2012.

The program has crashed the last two seasons. Tulsa was a preseason favorite to win Conference USA last year and went 3-9. This season the Golden Hurricane moved to the American Athletic Conference, but Blankenship couldn't turn things around.

The 54-year-old Blankenship is an Oklahoma native and played quarterback at Tulsa from 1975-79.