"There were promises of increasing scholarships, trying to get us closer to a level playing field [with other teams in the WVC] and talk of building new facilities," he said. "We've been here trying to hold the program afloat with one third of what other teams have."
Loyd said the school was committed to supporting its not only the football program, but all of its sports.
"When we go through the evaluation process, that's something that we always look at," said Loyd. "Any school our size is always looking at ways to improve, and we have a couple things, in terms of facilities, we're raising funds to build. But we have to look at those kind of things with all our sports and see where they have needs.
"Most [Division II] schools, none of the sports are fully funded and you have to be creative to prop them up, so to speak. We're always looking at that with all our sports. We're committed to trying to improve the overal student-athlete experience across the board."
For Loyd and the W.Va. State administration, the next move is beginning a national search for Monroe's replacement. Until a new coach can be found, Monroe's staff will be retained to oversee the day-to-day operation of the program and continue recruiting.
"We're going to start a national search immediately," said Loyd. "We're going to work as swiftly as we can through the process to make sure we get a qualified candidate in a short amount of time. We're going to work swiftly but at the same time make sure we're thorough with the process. This is a very important hire, so we have to make sure we are very thorough."
As for Monroe, the next step has yet to be determined.
"I don't know. It's just too quick to even make a statement about what my next move is. It's only been hours," he said Sunday as he cleaned out his office and prepared to leave a school he had been associated with for more than two decades. "It's in the back of your mind, you're having a bad season and the [school] president comes in and says you've got to win football games ... You don't have time to worry about what you're going to do if you get fired because we put all our effort into winning football games.
"It is what it is and we'll move on from here. We tell our kids this game prepares you for life. And in life there are wins and there are losses and you've got to prepare for both. You just have to turn the page. Some time tonight, I'm going to turn the page."
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