Former Kansas State head football coach Ron Prince reportedly has been fired at Howard.
According to the FootballScoop website, Howard fired Prince — in his first season as Howard’s head coach — Thursday morning. FootballScoop used anonymous sources. No other outlets have independently confirmed Prince’s firing.
The school placed Prince on administrative leave Wednesday, citing an internal investigation into alleged verbal abuse and mistreatment of players.
Howard athletics director Kery Davis said the school is “committed to completing” its internal look at the football program.
“As a result of our continuing investigation, the university has decided to place head football coach Ron Prince on administrative leave effective immediately,” Davis said in a statement. “Director of Football Operations Aaron Kelton will serve as the interim coach until further notice. 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.”
Several members of the team have left the program since the beginning of the season, including Caylin Newton, the younger brother of NFL star and former Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. The younger Newton was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year last season.
Howard is 1-8 this season entering Saturday’s game at South Carolina State.
This marked Prince’s first head coaching stop since his K-State tenure from 2006 to 2008. Fresh off a three-year stint as Virginia’s offensive coordinator from 2003 to 2005, Prince went 17-20 in three seasons with the Wildcats before he was fired.
After leaving K-State, Prince had bounced around the football world, serving as Virginia’s special teams coordinator in 2009 before jumping to the NFL. He was an assistant offensive line coach for both the Indianapolis Colts (2010 and 2011) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) before returning to the college level for a one-year stay as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator in 2013. Prince returned to the NFL in 2014 as the assistant head coach of the Detroit Lions, remaining in that role until 2017.
He spent last season as an offensive analyst on Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan staff.
A Junction City native, Prince graduated from Junction High in 1988. Prince started his college football career at Dodge City Community College before transferring to Appalachian State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science and history in 1992.