Frazier out as NCCU coach as season begins
Posted August 22, 2013
Durham, N.C. — North Carolina Central University fired head football coach Henry Frazier III Thursday, two days after he was suspended following an arrest for violating a domestic violence protective order.
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 this 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 8 days before the 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.
“I have full confidence in Coach Foster and his abilities to successfully serve as an effective and knowledgeable leader for our students and our football program,” Wicker-McCree said.
“At NCCU, our No. 1 priority is student success, and for our student-athletes, we have an obligation to support them both inside the classroom and on the field,” said Dr. Debra Saunders-White, NCCU chancellor. “Our institution is committed to excellence and high ethical standards for our entire university community, and in particular, our campus leadership.”
Freshman Jake Cagle praised the move for the sake of those standards.
"I think the university should be portrayed in a good way, so I'm sure they made the right move with that in mind," he said.
In a news conference announcing the change, Foster said it would be business as usual for players and coaches.
"We've got a fine coaching staff. They're going to get behind the players and keep them focused on the task at hand, which is Duke University," he said. "We are going to prepare for Duke like we always have.
Frazier took over the NCCU program in December 2010 after stepping down from the same position at Prairie View A&M. Foster was on that Prairie View A&M staff as a running backs coach.