Howard coach Ron Prince placed on administrative leave during ‘continuing investigation’

Chris Bumbaca


Published 10: 48 AM EST Nov 7, 2019

Howard football coach Ron Prince has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, the school announced Thursday. The decision came “as a result of our continuing investigation,” Howard athletic director Kery Davis said in a statement.

This invesitgation comes in the wake of allegations of threats and abusive behavior by Prince toward his players and staff. According to HBCU Gameday, a parent of a Howard player wrote a letter to Davis, the MEAC, the NCAA and university president Wayne Fredrick on Sept. 5, following the school’s 79-0 loss at Maryland to open the season. The letter said, “Ron Prince has been threatening, hostile, abusive and disrespectful of the young men and coaching staff at Howard University since his arrival.”

Prince is in his first year coaching at the school, where he is 1-8.

“Howard University is committed to completing our internal investigation of the allegations involving concerns about the football program,” Davis said in his statement. “… Howard University is committed to ensuring our athletic programs reflect Howard’s core mission and values and to ensuring the well-being and success of all student-athletes.” 

Director of football operations Aaron Kelton will serve as interim coach.

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Last Friday, quarterback Caylin Newton — the younger brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — transferred from the school. Cecil Newton, Caylin Newton’s father, told the Washington Post that “there were some extenuating circumstances that we considered in this abrupt decision” at the time. 

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Prince, 50, was Kansas State’s choice to replace Bill Snyder — the first time — in 2006. He lasted less than three full seasons and was fired. Prince was the Detroit Lions’ assistant head coach from 2014-17 and spent last season as an analyst at Michigan before Howard hired him.  

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