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NCCU assistant football coach no longer on staff after being arrested in Florida

A North Carolina Central assistant football coach was arrested Sunday in Florida.

Brian Jenkins, 48, was arrested in Volusia County, Fla., after an altercation with an ex-girlfriend and booked on three separate charges, according to an arrest affidavit. Documents show Jenkins was charged with depriving use of 911, battery and criminal mischief. The battery charge was listed as domestic because the two had been in a relationship. As of Monday evening, Jenkins’ status on the Volusia County Corrections website was listed as not in custody.

According to the affidavit, Jenkins went to the home of his ex-girlfriend Sunday evening to talk about their breakup. She asked him to leave and when he did not, she attempted to call 911, the affidavit states. Jenkins then allegedly grabbed the phone from her hand and threw it across the room, cracking the screen. The damage to the phone and physically taking the phone from her hand led to the criminal mischief and domestic battery charges, respectively.

In a text message statement on Tuesday afternoon, North Carolina Central said Jenkins was “no longer an employee of the university, effective today, July 30.” It’s unclear whether he was fired or quit. The school declined to comment further, according to the statement.

Jenkins was hired by N.C. Central in January as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator.

The NCCU football team reported to campus Monday, with their first practice scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Jenkins was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was the head coach at Bethune-Cookman University for five seasons. BCU is located in Daytona Beach, Fla., within Volusia County. During his tenure with the Wildcats, BCU went 46-14 with four MEAC titles and two trips to the NCAA playoffs. Jenkins was hired as the head coach at Alabama State in 2015. He was fired five games into the 2017 season after the Hornets started the year 0-5. Last season, he served as the running backs coach/special teams coordinator for Alabama A&M.

Sports reporter Jonas Pope IV covers college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central and the ACC for the Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.