Howard head coach Ron Prince looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Thursday update: Prince has been fired, sources told FootballScoop.

Howard emailed us and sent this statement from AD Kery Davis:

“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. 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.”

The university has to go through its process of dotting Is and crossing Ts, but sources say Prince will not return as head coach.

Ron Prince has been placed on administrative leave at Howard, sources told FootballScoop on Thursday. The news was first reported by HBCU Digest. We are told Prince will be paid while on leave.

Sources said the team was informed on Thursday evening. Prince will not coach Howard in its game at South Carolina State on Saturday.

Howard is investigating allegations of player abuse by Prince, news that first surfaced early last month.

The Bison are 1-8 this season and conclude the season Nov. 23 against Morgan State.

Prince, 50, is in his first season as Howard’s head coach. He previously served as Kansas State’s head coach, going 17-20 from 2006-08.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.

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