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Russ Martin will not return at Colorado Mesa

Russ Martin has "mutually parted ways" with Colorado Mesa, the school announced Thursday.

"We would like to thank Russ for his time and energy over the past eight seasons to help further the tradition of Maverick Football," CMU co-AD Ryan Brooks said. "We wish him the best in the future."

Martin spent eight seasons as Mesa's head coach, leading the Mavericks to a 56-33 record with three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships and one trip to the Division II playoffs. He closed his eighth season and his tenure in Grand Junction with a 51-13 win over New Mexico Highlands on Saturday.

Mesa went 6-5 this season.

"I want to thank President Foster and the administration for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at Colorado Mesa," Martin said. "I believe we have built something special here and that great days lie ahead for the program."

Martin was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Nebraska-Kearney for eight seasons before getting the Mesa job in 2012.

The school will begin a national search for the next Mavericks head coach immediately.

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