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Buffalo's Jeff Quinn fired despite signing extension in 2013

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Buffalo has fired head coach Jeff Quinn after a 3-4 start this season.

Technically we're not even at the midpoint of October and already there are four schools looking for new coaches.

Buffalo fired Jeff Quinn -- who had received a five-year contract extension in January 2013 -- on Monday night, creating the latest opening. Kansas, SMU and Troy already had vacancies.

Offensive coordinator Alex Wood -- who has been an NFL assistant with the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings -- was named interim coach. Buffalo is off this week.

Quinn was in his fifth season with the Bulls and owned a 20-36 record, including a 3-4 mark this season. He guided Buffalo to an 8-5 record last season -- just the school's second winning record since 1996 -- which included an Idaho Potato Bowl loss to San Diego State. That Bulls team featured outside linebacker Khalil Mack, who was the No. 5 overall pick of the Oakland Raiders, and tailback Branden Oliver, who made the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent and ran for 101 yards Sunday in a victory over the Oakland Raiders.

But Quinn -- who was an assistant to Brian Kelly at Cincinnati when he was hired at Buffalo -- didn't recruit either Mack or Oliver. Both are Floridians and were signed by Turner Gill, Quinn's predecessor. Quinn was hired when Gill went to Kansas as coach after the 2009 season.

Quinn won a combined nine games in his first three seasons with the Bulls before last season's presumed breakthrough. Under the terms of his contract, the Buffalo News reported that the school owes him one year of his base salary ($250,000) plus additional compensation of $75,000.

A loss this past Saturday to MAC doormat Eastern Michigan evidently prompted athletic director Danny White, who did not hire Quinn but did give him the extension, to relieve Quinn of his duties. "Unfortunately, the performance on the field this season and over Coach Quinn's tenure has not matched our expectations for the growth of Bulls football," White said in a statement announcing the firing.

Buffalo has been in the FBS ranks only since 1999, and the Bulls have had just two winning seasons since (2008 and last season).

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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