Sep 26, 2013
Durham, N.C. — North Carolina Central University denied former head football coach Henry Frazier III's appeal to get his job back Thursday.
Frazier was fired Aug. 22 after he was suspended following an arrest for violating a domestic violence protective order.
“The situation involving Henry Frazier has been and is a personnel matter. The university stands by its decision," the university said in a statement Thursday.
"I do not think the Chancellor even addressed the issue that under the contract of employment Coach Frazier has an absolute due process right to maintain his innocence," Linda Kenney Baden said in a statement on Frazier's behalf Thursday. "Needless to say we are unhappy with the fact that a higher education entity, whose history is based on due process, justice and fairness refused to pay heed to this basic fact and recognize that honoring a human right bestows dignity on a school, not ridicule."
Frazier's attorney told WRAL News in August that Frazier had 10 days to file an appeal of his termination, that process was started Aug. 29. The appeal process was handled by NCCU's Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.
Court documents show Frazier was arrested after making contact with his estranged wife, LaNier Turner-Frazier, on Aug. 12, a violation of a court order.
Frazier was sidelined for much of summer 2012 after his initial arrest, which stemmed from domestic dispute with his wife in May 2012. He was suspended with pay for over two months following the incident.
Citing "personal issues Coach Frazier is facing," the university cut him loose just eight days before Saturday's season opener against Duke University.
"We decided it's best to move in a different direction and move on," said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree.
Dwayne Foster, who joined Frazier's staff in 2011 as an assistant coach, will take over as the interim head coach. Foster is also the recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach for the Eagles.