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No announcement on Alcorn coaching search

Published 12:01am Sunday, May 13, 2012

LORMAN — Alcorn State University has yet to make a decision regarding its head football coaching vacancy.

ASU had originally planned to announce a football coach this past week during commencement, according to a statement by Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II. But commencement came and went, and no announcement was made.

Clara Stamps, ASU’s associate vice president for marketing, said Brown has not had a chance to reconvene with the committee that’s heading up the search for a new football coach.

“The athletic director (Patrick Simon) is out of town, and I believe he returns today,” Stamps said Saturday. “When he gets back, I’m sure Dr. Brown and the committee will reconvene at that time.”

A rumor surfaced on Saturday that ASU planned to hire current Northern Colorado offensive coordinator Michael Armour, who coached at ASU from 2008-2010 and was the Braves’ offensive coordinator in 2010. Stamps emphatically denied that rumor.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Stamps said.

ASU has been without a head football coach since Melvin Spears was fired in February after going 2-8 in his only season as head coach for the Braves last fall. Armour is said to be a finalist for the position, along with ASU director of football operations Todd McDaniel and former Kentucky State head coach Fredrick Farrier.