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Monday blues

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

Everybody hates Mondays. And for these coaches, the day was made even worse with a pink slip. Nine schools are now seeking new coaches (as of Nov. 20), and the list is sure to get longer. There goes a quiet holiday.

• Rumors had been circulating about Connell Maynor’s tenure the past two seasons, but Maynor made it official Monday by resigning after his fourth season and a 20-25 record. The decision comes on the heels of Hampton announcing last week that it is leaving the MEAC after 22 years and joining the Big South Conference.

• James Spady is out at Alabama A&M. Spady went 14-28 in four seasons, including 4-7 overall this year. AAMU lost its final three conference games.

• After three seasons, Alex Wood is gone from Florida A&M. He was 8-25, including 3-8 this year. Offensive line coach Edwin Pata is interim.

• Former Jackson State and Tuskegee coach Rich Comegy could never find the magic at Mississippi Valley State. He went 6-38 in four seasons and won’t be back.

• After 10 seasons, Monte Coleman is out at Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Coleman led the team to the 2012 SWAC championship, but Pine-Bluff won just five games in the last three seasons.

• Delaware State wasn’t content just to release coach Kenny Carter, who won just three games in three seasons. Athletics Director Skip Perkins is also bye-bye. Defensive line coach E.J. Junior has been named interim.

And these were just on Monday. Three coaches were let go earlier:

• Alabama State got the party started with the firing of Brian Jenkins during the season.

• Although no official word has come through, multiple sources say Virginia University of Lynchburg coach Jimmy Joe was fired.

• Virginia Union and Mark James parted ways right after the regular season ended.

Eddie Robinson finalists

North Carolina A&T coach Rod Broadway, Howard coach Mike London and Alcorn State coach Fred McNair are among 18 finalists for the STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the FCS coach of the year.

 

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