Portland State dismisses head coach Nigel Burton after 3-9 season

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland State has fired coach Nigel Burton after a 3-9 record this season.

The Big Sky Conference’s Vikings were 21-36 in five years with Burton at the helm. Interim athletic director Valerie Cleary thanked Burton but said it was time for a “fresh start.”

Burton was defensive coordinator at Nevada when he was hired by Portland State to replace coach Jerry Glanville in 2009.

Portland State will pay Burton final year left on his contract.

Bruce Barnum, Portland State’s offensive coordinator the past five seasons, will serve as interim coach.

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