Alcorn State has zeroed in on a target date to name the school’s next head football coach.

In a statement released Friday, ASU president Christopher Brown said the announcement will be made during the May 7-11 graduation week instead of after this Saturday’s spring game.

“Given the significance of the head football coach hire, Alcorn State University is thoroughly reviewing the candidates’ application packets and the interview committee’s final reports,” Brown said.

The finalists to replace Melvin Spears are Michael Armour, the offensive coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado and part of Alcorn State’s staff from 2008 to early 2011; Fredrick Farrier, the head coach at Kentucky State from 2005-09; James Hopson, the former defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis; and Todd McDaniel, Alcorn State’s defensive line coach and interim head coach since December.

One season into a three-year contract, Spears was fired as the Braves head coach  announced by Alcorn president Christopher Brown at an alumni meeting in February.

Spears, who took the reins in Lorman after Earnest Collins accepted a head coaching job at Northern Colorado, went 2-8 in a tumultuous season included documented incidents with players and even a player’s parent.



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