On Wednesday, news broke that a self-identified “concerned parent” sent a letter to Howard University president Wayne Frederick, AD Kerry Davis, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the NCAA outlining an an alleged culture of intimidation and verbal abuse inside Ron Prince’s football program.
The letter, written Sept. 5 but published by HBCU Gameday on Wednesday, came on the heels of the transfer of four Bison football players, among them Caylin Newton, Cam’s brother and the reigning MEAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Prince is in his first year as Howard’s head coach. The club is off to a 1-4 start to his tenure, low-lighted by a 79-0 loss to Maryland in the season opener.
While you can read the letter in full here, here is a sampling of the allegations against Prince:
In a statement to HBCU Gameday, Howard said it is investigating the claims:
“Howard University does not tolerate verbal abuse or threats of any kind. The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance and always our number one priority. We are taking swift action to understand and investigate the allegations pertaining to the treatment of student athletes on the football team.”
Prince has been in coaching since 1992, with extensive experience in the college game and the NFL. He spent 2006-08 as the head coach at Kansas State and deposited stints as Virginia’s defensive coordinator and the Detroit Lions’ assistant head coach. Prince worked as an offensive analyst at Michigan before Howard hired him ahead of this season.
Howard is located in Washington, D.C., roughly seven miles from Maryland, where head coach D.J. Durkin was pushed out last year for allegedly fostering a culture of abuse and intimidation inside the Terps’ football program.
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