DURHAM The N.C. Central University trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss a “candidate for consideration for head coach.”
The discussion will take place in a closed session, according to the agenda for the meeting.
NCCU sports information director Kyle Serba would not name any candidates, but coaches at three outside schools may be up for the job, along with Eagles interim coach Dwayne Foster.
• Dawson Odums, coach at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., was contacted by NCCU last week, said Chris Jones, sports information director at Southern.
Odums, an NCCU graduate, took over as interim coach of Southern after two games into the 2012 season. He finished 4-5 the rest of the season and became coach the following year. In 2013, Odums was 9-4 and won the SWAC championship.
The Winston Salem Journal initially reported that Division II Winston-Salem State head coach Connell Maynor was seen on the NCCU campus and was one of the four finalists for the job.
However, on Tuesday, a week after interviewing for the NCCU job, Maynor announced he would be taking a job as the head football coach at Hampton University. Hampton is coming off a 4-8 record.
• South Alabama’s wide receivers coach Jerry Mack is also a possible candidate for consideration. Brian Fremund, assistant athletic director of media relations at South Alabama, said they were aware Mack was interested, but that was all he could say.
Mack, 33, is in his second season as wide receivers coach with the Jaguars. Mack has no head coaching experience but has been assistant at four other D-I programs: Jackson State, Central Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Memphis, dating back to 2006.
• James Spady, tight ends coach at Nevada, said he interviewed last week for the position. Spady was an assistant coach at NCCU in 2006, helping lead the team to the Division II playoffs.
“It is a desirable place, and a good place for my family and I have a fondness for the athletics there,” Spady said.
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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