NCCU Board of Trustees approves contract revision

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

N.C. Central athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree was present when the school’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contract revision Thursday.

Wicker-McCree’s presence was notable since she is not a board member.

The subject of the contract revision, which was discussed during the board’s closed session at the Hoey Administration Building, was not announced and Wicker-McCree said she was not at liberty to disclose whether or not the trustees discussed the contract of NCCU basketball coach LeVelle Moton, because it’s a personnel matter.

Moton, 39, signed a five-year contract with NCCU in 2009 that was to pay him $100,000 annually. Since then, Moton and NCCU have agreed to at least one 12-month contract extension.

NCCU’s basketball program has improved steadily under Moton, whose Eagles last week made the school’s first Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament appearance, losing to Iowa State 93-75.

The Eagles got there by winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament. The Eagles also won the regular-season MEAC title. Those two titles were NCCU’s first team Division I championships.

Moton said he told the committee members when he was hired that he’d bring a championship to the school in five years, and he delivered on schedule.

A high-scoring guard at NCCU from 1992-1996 before playing professionally overseas, Moton has not publicly expressed any displeasure about his situation at NCCU, but the kind of success Moton has had tends to make coaches attractive.

NCCU started playing Division I basketball during the 2007-08 season, but was not eligible for the NCAA Tournament until 2011 when its reclassification from Division II to Division I was complete.

For the second straight season, Moton, the coach of the year in the MEAC, is a finalist for both the Ben Jobe Award and the Hugh Durham Award, both of them national, Division I basketball coach of the year honors by CollegeInsider.com. The Ben Jobe Award specifically acknowledges the best minority coach.

Wicker-McCree said she certainly wants to keep Moton at NCCU.

“He is our head men’s basketball coach. I am not aware of anything that would change that,” Wicker-McCree said.