EAGLES EXTRAS: Mack's the man?

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 11:16 PM

I'm no Stephen A. Smith, but I've got sources, too.

Check back with me in a few hours, because N.C. Central is getting ready to name its next football coach.

Dwayne Foster was NCCU's interim coach during this past 5-7 season for the Eagles when he replaced Henry Frazier III.

NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree fired Frazier in August because headlines about his personal life were taking away the shine of the winning season he secured for the school in 2012. NCCU hadn't had a winning season since 2007.

Foster wants to stay on as NCCU's coach, but there's been no word out of the university as to whether he even was granted an interview.

There's been no official correspondence from NCCU about any of the coaching candidates.

But stuff leaks, and what's widely known is that former Winston-Salem State coach Connell Maynor was in the mix for the NCCU job, yet Hampton athletics director Novelle Dickenson announced on Tuesday that Maynor was his new football coach and off the market.

Still on the board for NCCU were Southern University coach Dawson Odums, University of South Alabama  wide receivers coach Jerry Mack and Nevada University tight ends coach James Spady.

Now, I recently got off the phone with black-college sports insider Donald Ware, who'd recently gotten off the phone with Odums, who said he ain't going nowhere. Odums is staying at Southern.

In fact, Odums and Southern have agreed in principle to new contract terms.

Spady used to coach at NCCU, but it really looks as if Mack will be the guy Wicker-McCree brings to the microphone during the on-campus press conference in just a few.

-- John McCann| jmccann@heraldsun.com| @johntmccann