Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Henry Frazier III was fired as North Carolina
Central's football coach on Thursday, just over a week before the team begins
Dwayne Foster will serve as North Carolina Central's acting football coach.
North Carolina Central did not cite a specific reason for Frazier's firing in a
statement, adding the third-year head coach was facing personal issues and that
they caused the The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference university to shift
attention from student-athletes.
North Carolina Central suspended the 45-year-old Frazier earlier this week for
the second time in two years following his arrest Monday on violating a
domestic violence protective order against his ex-wife, Lanier Turner-Frazier.
He was released after posting $5,000 bond.
Frazier also was suspended by North Carolina Central for two months last year
after his arrest in May 2012 following a domestic dispute with Turner-Frazier.
Frazier had a 8-14 record in two seasons at North Carolina Central. He led
the Eagles to a 6-5 record last year, their first winning season since 2007.
Frazier won the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS coach of the year during a
seven-year stint at Prairie View A&M.
Foster joined the Eagles' staff in 2011 and is the team's assistant head coach,
recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach. He previously served as
running backs coach at Prairie View A&M, offensive line coach at Bowie State,
and tight ends and running backs coach at Catholic University.
"As we work through this transition, we will concentrate on the four goals of
our athletics department: academic success, competitive success, institutional
control and student-athlete well-being," said Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree, the
NCCU athletics director. "I have full confidence in Coach Foster and his
abilities to successfully serve as an effective and knowledgeable leader for
our students and our football program."
North Carolina Central will begin its season on Aug. 31 at Duke.
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