Alcorn head coaching decision could come this week

Published 11:27 am Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Alcorn State is expected to announce a decision this week on a new head football coach, spokesman Clara Ross Stamps said.

“I know rumors have been rampant, but that’s what they are, just rumors,” Stamps said early Monday. “Our athletic director (Patrick Simon) has been out of town, and he is expected back in the afternoon. We could have a decision later in the week.”

She denied an Internet report from on Monday that Northern Colorado offensive coordinator Michael Armour was set to become the Braves’ new football coach.

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Armour was one of four finalists for the position during interviews at the Lorman campus on April 23. Ross said that Alcorn State president Dr. M. Christopher Brown has not made a decision.

The university originally scheduled an announcement at the conclusion of the spring game on April 28, but Brown said he could not make a decision at that time because of a university-related trip to Los Angeles.

Later, Alcorn State said the new coach would be announced during commencement activities on Saturday in Lorman. No announcement came.

Armour spent three seasons at Alcorn State. He was brought in under then-coach Earnest Jones as a quarterbacks/wide receivers coach. He was fired after one season, going 2-9. Jones was replaced by Ernest Collins. Armour was retained by Collins and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2010.

The Braves went 5-6 in 2010 as Toronto freshman quarterback Brandon Bridge threw for 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns. Collins left Alcorn after the season to take the head coaching position at Northern Colorado. Armour followed and was named the Bears’ offensive coordinator.

Other finalists for the position were Vicksburg native and former Ole Miss player Jay Hopson, current director of football operations Todd McDaniel and former Kentucky State coach Fredrick Farrier.

Hopson pulled his name from consideration on April 26, citing a number of issues with the football program’s budget and facilities.