Portland State has fired coach Nigel Burton after a 3-9 record this season. The school announced the decision Wednesday. The Big Sky Conference’s Vikings are 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 for the final year left on his contract. Bruce Barnum, Portland State’s offensive coordinator the past five seasons, will serve as interim coach. “We have great student-athletes and staff,” Cleary said. They deserve the chance to be successful.”
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