NCCU to consider candidates for football coach

jalexander@newsobserver.comDecember 17, 2013 

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Frazier fired

NCCU had hoped ousted coach Henry Frazier would be the answer to its football program’s woes, and for a couple of years it appeared he was. Frazier took NCCU to its first winning season since making the transition to a Division-I program, finishing 6-5 in his second season.

But personal problems became a distraction, NCCU previously said.

Frazier was suspended twice in his 2 1/2-year tenure. He was charged in May 2012 with assaulting his wife, for which he received a prayer for judgment. This year he was charged with violating a domestic violence protective which forbid him to have contact with his wife. The coach said it was a misunderstanding, and he was trying to get word to his now ex-wife that he was paying a parking ticket on their car. NCCU suspended him again, then fired him two days later before the season started.

Frazier had two years (worth $451,000) left on his contract, and it was terminated. The charge was later dropped, and he fought for his job back, but new Chancellor Debra Saunders-White denied his appeal for reinstatement.

Ayana Hernandez, spokeswoman for NCCU, said she did not know if a new coach would be announced Thursday.

Interim coach interested

Assistant coach Dwayne Foster took over as acting head coach and led NCCU’s football team to a 5-7 record, tied for eighth in the conference. Although it is unclear whether Foster is a candidate, Serba did say he showed interest in the job during the season.

“Based on Coach Foster’s comments during the season, he was planning to apply for the full-time head coaching position,” Serba said.

Since NCCU gained full membership to NCAA Division-I sports, the football team has finished 2-9 in 2011, 6-5 in 2012, and 5-7 in 2013.

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