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Madison West Head Football Coach Brad Murphy out, search for replacement underway

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison West Head Football Coach Brad Murphy has been fired.

Murphy told Sports Director Lance Veeser he learned he had been fired through social media. He said that he never officially received notification that he been fired, he only that he saw that his job has been posted.

"I found out through Twitter. Of course, it would have been nice to get some sort of formal email or phone call or something."

Murphy added that the district recently asked him if he would resign or be fired. He told the district that he would have to be fired.

"Probably a month and a half ago, they asked me, 'Do you want to resign or get fired?'. I said, 'Oh no, you're going to have to fire me.' I haven't heard a word since."

Murphy has come under fire in recent months for forming a club football team with athletes from all four Madison High Schools.

They are allowed to play WIAA teams but are not sponsored by the school district. In fact, Murphy acknowledged he was putting his job at risk by coaching this team. He knew he was technically breaking the WIAA's limits on coaching contact.

"I absolutely knew that. My hope was that maybe my administration would go the WIAA, fight for our behalf and say, 'Hey, this is a COVID year. Obviously, very unique circumstances'. Unfortunately, that wasn't done, but that's the hand that we were dealt."

Murphy formed the club team after MMSD announced it wasn't planning to participate in alternate seasons for football, volleyball or girls' swim and dive. MMSD Athletic Director Jeremy Schlitz cited concerns about playing indoors and in the case of football, using protective equipment.

The district has a job posting for the position up on its website. The deadline for applications for the position is Wednesday, May 5.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Tim LeMonds tells 27 News the district is unable to comment on personnel decisions and that all questions would need to be referred to WIAA.

Murphy was in violation of coaching contact rules because the MMSD schools were not participating in the season.

This is a developing story.

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

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