Fired NCCU football coach asks for hearing to overturn chancellor’s decision

jalexander@newsobserver.comOctober 2, 2013 

— Fired N.C. Central University head football coach Henry Frazier III continues fighting for his job.

Frazier sent a letter Wednesday to Melissa Jackson-Holloway, the university’s attorney, asking for a hearing before the NCCU Board of Trustees or the president or Board of Governors of the UNC system to overturn the chancellor’s decision to fire him.

“We are trying to give NCCU every opportunity to right this matter before costly litigation ensues which hurts the taxpayers and the school,” Frazier’s national legal counsel Linda Baden said. “It is not his intention to hurt the the students of the school or the taxpayers, but merely have NCCU honor its contract with him and in the process restore his reputation along with his ability to feed his minor children.”

Frazier was fired in August after being charged with violating a domestic violence protective order. He appealed to first-year chancellor Debra Saunders-White in August to get his job back.

She wouldn’t budge. She denied the appeal five days before his court date Monday. After Frazier was found not guilty, the university reaffirmed its decision.

Now Frazier is taking his case to his former boss’s bosses.

“We believe that the Board of Governors as the ultimate policy makers should exercise oversight over their institutions especially in this case, when a proclaimed core value of NCCU social justice appears to be being violated,” Baden said. “If NCCU is serious about the importance of ‘modeling behavior,’ it should start with itself.”

Frazier asked that the university agree to mediate the dispute by having “a highly respected figure chosen by NCCU” help resolve the matter without going to court.

Frazier’s firing gave him no severance pay. He had two years and $451,000 left on his contract, plus bonuses if he won a MEAC and/or National Championship.

Board of Trustees Chairman Dwight Perry said the trustees were not aware of Frazier’s latest request, but “it is really the chancellor’s decision to make on a personnel matter.”

Efforts to reach Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans were unsuccessful.

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