SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Mike Singletary has been fired by the San Francisco 49ers after two disappointing seasons.
The team made the announcement late Sunday, several hours after San Francisco was eliminated from playoff contention with a 25-17 loss at St. Louis. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has been elevated to interim coach and will run the team in next Sunday's season finale at home against Arizona.
San Francisco (5-10) began the season with high hopes of winning the NFC West and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2002.
The 49ers began 0-5 and will finish with a losing record for the seventh time in eight years. They went 8-8 in Singletary's first full season, then produced an unbeaten preseason this year only to drop their first five games.
The news was tough for former Idaho Vandal Mike Iupati to take. The 49ers took him with the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
In the latest ESPN Rookie watch Iupati was ranked as the NFL's 6th best rookie despite some of the struggles he's had getting used to the speed of the NFL this season.
Scout's Inc. writer Matt Williamson called the former Vandal, "...a force on [the 49ers] young, improving offensive line."