Fired NCCU coach still in it to win it
Former N.C. Central football coach Henry Frazier III intends to fight against the decision by Durham County Superior Court Judge Michael O'Foghludha on Tuesday that dismissed his wrongful-termination lawsuit against NCCU, and it means the university still can't put this matter to rest just yet.
“Mr. Frazier can, and intends to, appeal to the Court of Appeals,” said Adam Hopler, one of Frazier's lawyers.
NCCU released this statement: “North Carolina Central University stands by the Court’s decision to dismiss Henry Frazier’s case against the university.”
NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree and other higher-ups at the university have been trying to move on, in December hiring Jerry Mack from his job as South Alabama's wide receivers coach to become head coach of the Eagles.
Frazier would argue that the job Mack accepted still belongs to him, because Wicker-McCree, in an attempt to massage NCCU's image, terminated his employment before he had his day in court, where he was cleared of the charge that triggered his dismissal.
Frazier was arrested August 19, 2013 for violating a domestic-violence protective order that set up terms for how he and his estranged wife were to interact.
Wicker-McCree fired Frazier shortly thereafter. The termination outright cut ties between NCCU and Frazier, who received no financial severance from the job that was paying him at least $225,000 annually.
Frazier had two years left on his five-year contract, and he said that money belongs to him after Wake County Judge Jennifer Knox on Sept. 30, 2013 dismissed the charges against him based on a technicality.
The reason the protective order was an issue goes back to the summer of 2012, when Frazier was suspended with pay from his coaching duties after Morrisville police arrested him for allegedly assaulting Lanier Turner-Frazier. She was his wife at the time, but the two have since divorced.
Frazier later pleaded guilty to assaulting Turner-Frazier and was reinstated as NCCU's head coach less than two weeks before practice began for the Eagles' 2012 season.
NCCU spokeswoman Ayana Hernandez has pointed out a morals clause in Frazier's contract that gave the university grounds to fire him if his conduct reflected poorly on the university.
Frazier was hired on 2010.
Dwayne Foster was NCCU's interim head coach last season when the Eagles were 5-7 overall, 3-5 in the MEAC. He'd been Frazier's assistant head coach and specifically worked with NCCU's offensive linemen.
In July, Frazier was in Norfolk, Virginia, at a media event for the upcoming Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football season. He said he was there to interview players and coaches for the work he'd be doing for the Heritage Sports Radio Network.