University of Wisconsin redshirt junior kicker Kyle French, who is not returning to the program in 2014, tweeted on Friday morning it was a mutual decision.
French tweeted the following on his Twitter account: “Thanks for all the support. It was mutual agreement that is best for everyone. #OnWisconsin”
He posted on his Facebook page on Thursday night that the UW coaches asked him not to return next season.
French, from Menomonee Falls High School, spent most of the past two seasons as UW’s top field goal kicker.
But he lost the job last week after a 38-yard miss against Northwestern dropped him to 5-for-8 on the season. He is 18 of 29 (62.1 percent) for his career at UW.
Sophomore Jack Russell, from Waunakee, will handle most field goal duties tonight at Illinois. But UW coach Gary Andersen said on Thursday senior linebacker Chris Borland would likely take long kicks of around 45 yards.
Freshman Andrew Endicott will continue to handle kickoffs.
French came to UW as a walk-on in 2010. He has a double major in personal finance and economics.
According to a UW spokesman, French is on track to graduate in the spring with the finance degree. If he elects to also get the economics degree, he would need to return for more classes in the summer.
The Badgers are actively recruiting a kicker for the 2014 class.
Russell is 0-for-3 on field goal attempts for his career.