NCCU, FAU, Marshall mum on LeVelle Moton's future

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 09:05 PM

There is no confirmation — no denial, either — from N.C. Central athletics officials that the school’s head basketball coach is a candidate for coaching jobs at Florida Atlantic and Marshall universities.

Spokesmen for both FAU and Marshall said there would be no comment from their respective schools while their coaching searches are ongoing.

NCCU coach LeVelle Moton, a high-scoring guard for the Eagles from 1992-1996, took over the basketball program at his alma mater in 2009. He said he told the school’s hiring committee during the selection process that he could deliver a championship within five years.

He did that, joining his Eagles in cutting down the nets in NCCU’s McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium when the team won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title during a nationally televised March 3 win against Savannah State.

The following week at Norfolk (Va.) Scope Arena, on March 15, NCCU beat Morgan State in the MEAC Tournament. Moton and the Eagles cut down some more nets.

That’s how NCCU got into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Eagles began playing Division I basketball in the 2007-08 season, becoming eligible for the Big Dance just in 2011, and there they were on March 21 in the second round of East Region against Iowa State at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Iowa State beat NCCU 93-75.

But Moton’s wallet was a winner, receiving $10,000 for the MEAC Tournament title and its accompanying automatic NCAA Tournament berth, according to his contract with NCCU.

Moton, 39, was the coach of the year in the MEAC. That earned him another $1,500.

NCCU finished the season with a 28-6 record. A 20-win regular season put an extra $2,000 in Moton’s pocket. Why, NCCU reeled off 20 wins in a row before finally losing to Iowa State.

The five-year contract Moton signed in 2009 was to pay him $100,000 a year.

In April 2012, NCCU officials agreed to both increase Moton’s annual salary to $140,000 and add an extra year to his contract.

Last April and May, Moton and NCCU officials were on the same page regarding a renegotiated deal that has the coach earning a base salary of $158,200 until April 1, 2018, a three-year extension.

By contrast, North Carolina played in the East Regional along with NCCU. UNC coach Roy Williams earned an extra month’s salary when the Tar Heels got into the NCAA Tournament, UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner said. Figured off Williams' base annual salary of $333,938, that would be a $27,828.17 bonus.