Alcorn State is officially beginning the process of finding its next head football coach.

A week after firing Melvin Spears a year into this three-year, $600,000 contract, university president Christopher M. Brown  met with school officials Monday to outline the process for selecting its next football coach.

Knowing the seriousness of the search process, Brown said it is primarily his responsibility to determine the best structure for an efficient and effective method to identify only the best candidates to take the helm of leading the Braves football program.

A 24-member screening interview committee, made up of community members, alums and university representatives, will conduct reference checks and formally interview the applicants and recommend two to three preferred candidates unranked to the president for final decision.

“Transparency is key to finding the best candidate,” said Brown.

When describing the ideal candidate he said, “Alcorn prefers an individual with a master’s degree, comprehensive knowledge of NCAA and SWAC regulations, and proven recruitment experience in Mississippi and the south who demonstrates the University’s commitment to knowledge and character.

Brown went onto say he would particularly like a coach with Division I coaching experience outside of the SWAC conference with a team that has enjoyed post-season play.

Alcorn State must receive applications for the position by noon on March 19. It is then expected the committee will evaluate the applications and then choose upwards of five candidates to interview.

Currently, defensive line coach Todd McDaniel is assuming the position of interim head coach.


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