Howard places Prince on leave amid abuse allegations
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Howard has placed football coach Ron Prince on administrative leave amid allegations of bullying and verbally abusive behavior toward his players.
"Howard University is committed to completing our internal investigation of the allegations involving concerns about 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," said athletic director Kery Davis in a statement.
Director of football operations Aaron Kelton was named interim coach of the Bison until further notice.
Prince, the former head coach at Kansas State (2006-08), is 1-8 in his first season with Howard.
The school's investigation began after a parent of a Howard player sent a letter to HBCU Gameday that alleged "Prince has been threatening, hostile, abusive and disrespectful of the young men and coaching staff at Howard University since his arrival."
The letter claimed that 50-year-old Prince sent injured athletes home without treatment and that players were afraid to speak up out of fear of retaliation.
Seven players have entered the NCAA transfer portal since August and 17 since Prince arrived last December, according to ESPN. That includes 2018 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year Caylin Newton, who passed for 2,610 yards and 22 touchdowns last season.
Kansas State fired Prince after he compiled a 17-20 record with one bowl appearance in three seasons. From 2009-18, he worked as an assistant in the NFL (Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions) and in the college ranks (Virginia, Rutgers and Michigan).