South Alabama aide emerges as NCCU coach candidate

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Hampton intercepted one of the football coaching candidates N.C. Central has been targeting, picking off former Winston-Salem State coach Connell Maynor, and that has better positioned South Alabama wide receivers coach Jerry Mack to become NCCU’s next football coach.

South Alabama is a Division I team in the Sun Belt Conference. Mack was still on staff at the school late Tuesday, but he has interviewed for the NCCU job, South Alabama assistant athletics director for media relations Brian Fremund confirmed.

NCCU’s Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, and one of the agenda items calls for discussion about a coaching candidate for the school’s football team.

In August, NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree terminated Henry Frazier III as NCCU’s head coach after his second public flare-up involving his ex-wife. Wicker-McCree said Frazier’s personal life was getting in the way of the university’s mission of educating and leading students.

Wicker-McCree appointed Dwayne Foster as NCCU’s interim coach, elevating him from his role as the team’s assistant head coach. He also was in charge of coaching NCCU’s offensive linemen.

Foster in no uncertain terms has said that he wants to lead NCCU’s football program.

NCCU’s associate athletics director for media relations Kyle Serba would not say whether Foster was interviewed for the coaching vacancy. The school is not releasing the names of any of its candidates in order to keep them out of awkward situations where they’re employed, Serba said.

Hampton athletics director Novelle Dickenson on Tuesday announced that he’d hired Maynor.

It has been reported that Maynor interviewed for the NCCU job. He presumably would have been high on NCCU’s short list after leading Division II WSSU to a 45-6 overall record and a 29-2 mark in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association over the past four seasons.

Maynor guided WSSU to three straight appearances in the D-II playoffs, including a semifinal appearance in 2011. WSSU came up short against Valdosta State in the 2012 D-II championship game.

Hampton competes with NCCU in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. This past season, Hampton was 4-8 overall, 4-4 in the MEAC.

NCCU was 5-7 overall, 3-5 in the MEAC.

Before Frazier was fired, he delivered NCCU’s first winning season since 2007. The Eagles were 6-5 in 2012.