Miami of Ohio fires coach Don Treadwell after an 0-5 start

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Miami of Ohio has joined the ranks of schools looking for new coaches after officials announced Sunday afternoon that Don Treadwell had been fired. No interim coach was named.

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Treadwell was five games into this third season at Miami, his alma mater. The RedHawks were 0-5 this season and 8-21 overall under Treadwell. Miami lost 21-9 to Central Michigan on Saturday.

He was offensive coordinator at Michigan State when he was hired at Miami, but the RedHawks' offense ranks 124th in the nation overall (out of 125 teams). Miami is 122nd in passing offense, with just 534 yards in five games, a sad statistic for a school that produced two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Miami is a school that has launched some legendary coaching careers, including those of Woody hayes, Bo Schembechler, Sean Payton and Jim Tresel, not typically a place where coaching careers die.

But under Treadwell this season, Miami had scored just 44 points in five games; 13 schools, on the other hand, are averaging more than 44 points per game this season, including Baylor, which hasn't scored under 69 in four games.

What was once a rare occurance -- a coach getting fired in-season -- Treadwell is now the third coach to be fired in eight days, joining USC's Lane Kiffin and Connecticut's Paul Pasqualoni on the unemployment line.

"I have decided to make a change in our football leadership now in hopes of seeing improved performance for the rest of the season," athletic director David Sayler said in a statement released by the school.

Sayler was not the athletic director when Treadwell was hired. Kiffin and Pasqualoni also were fired by ADs that did not hire them.

Treadwell replaced Michael Haywood as Miami's coach. Haywood guided the RedHawks to a 10-4 record in 2010, his last season at the school. Miami won four games in each of the past two seasons.

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

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