Alcorn narrows down list of head coaching candidates

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 14, 2011

LORMAN — The Alcorn State University Head Football Coach Search Committee has narrowed the list of candidates for head football coach down to three finalists.

The finalists are Fred L. McNair, Melvin Spears Jr. and Dwayne A. White.

McNair, a Mount Olive native and former Braves standout quarterback and 2005 ASU Sports Hall of Fame inductee, is currently assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the 2009 and 2010 1A State Champion Mount Olive Pirates. He also served a five year stint as quarterback and wide receivers coach for the Millsaps Majors and spent 10 years in the Arena Football League as a quarterback.

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Spears, a Clinton, La., native and former Braves wide receiver and 2004 ASU Sports Hall of Fame inductee is the current offensive coordinator for the Alabama State University Hornets. He served as the head football coach for the 2005-2006 Grambling State University Tigers and was an assistant head football Coach for the Morgan State University Bears.

White, a Philadelphia, Pa., native and former Braves offensive lineman and 2005 ASU Sports Hall of Fame inductee, is currently president of the NFL Players association South Florida Chapter. He most recently served as assistant offensive line coach for the 2009 Seattle Seahawks and was tight end and tackles coach for North Carolina Weslyan College in 2008. A 1990 NFL First Round Draft Pick, he played offensive lineman for the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams from 1990-1996.

All three men will participate in interviews with the committee Tuesday on the campus of Alcorn State University. Interview results will be presented to the administration for selection of the preferred candidate for head coach. The preferred candidate will interview with the president and an offer will be made. If the offer is accepted, the process will close and a new head coach will be named. If the offer is not accepted, the public will be alerted on the next steps to be taken.

The president will then announce his appointment of the new head football coach and a meet-and-greet will be at the Downtown Marriott in Jackson Wednesday. The media, public, alumni, university faculty and staff along with students are invited to the press conference/meet and greet.