Spears’ status uncertain

Published 12:02am Tuesday, January 10, 2012

LORMAN — Alcorn State University has yet to reach a final decision on the job status of head football coach Melvin Spears.

Spears was placed on administrative leave Dec. 12, and Clara Stamps, a spokesperson for ASU, said the situation is under review by the human resources department.

“Coach Spears is a personnel matter, and it is being handled by HR,” Stamps said. “I have not spoken to HR since I returned (from the holiday break).”

Stamps said human resources director Carla Williams was out of the office Monday afternoon, and she expects to meet with her this morning.

Alcorn State went 2-8 this past season, Spears’ first as head coach. He came under fire last month after an alleged verbal altercation between himself and the Rev. Chris Perkins Sr., father of ASU wide receiver Chris Perkins Jr.

Spears is alleged to have shouted multiple obscenities and threatened to harm Perkins Sr. following an appeal hearing regarding Perkins Jr.’s status as a scholarship athlete back in late August. Spears has denied the allegations.