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Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

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Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

Ron Prince resigned from his position as head coach at Howard University on Friday. Prince had been on administrative leave since November after allegations of verbal abuse and mistreatment of players.

“Coach Ron Prince has resigned as head coach of Howard’s football program, effective immediately,” Howard athletics director Kery Davis said in a statement to ESPN. “The university and Coach Prince have agreed to mutually part ways. A national search for a replacement will begin immediately."

The allegations came to light after HBCU Gameday reported that Davis received a letter from a parent with the accusations against Price. The university put Price on administrative leave and launched an investigation into the matter.

Four Howard players joined the transfer portal in October, the most notable being quarterback Caylin Newton, the brother of former NFL MVP Cam Newton. Prince joined Howard after the 2018 season and has had 17 players enter the transfer portal during his tenure.

Price's previous experience includes coaching in the NCAA for Rutgers University and Michigan University, and in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. He was the head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08. 

Howard assigned interim responsibilities to director of football operations Aaron Kelton, who will continue on in that role until a new coach is hired.

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Howard is a finalist for 2021 five-star defensive end Korey Foreman

Howard is a finalist for 2021 five-star defensive end Korey Foreman

The Howard University football program has moved a step closer to landing perhaps its highest-ranked recruit in years, if not ever.

Five-star defensive end Korey Foreman trimmed his college choice to seven on Wednesday evening, and the Howard Bison were on the list. The other six schools were Southern California (USC), LSU, Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, and Georgia.

In Foreman's tweet, he explained why Howard, a historically Black college (HBCU), was included in his list.

"I am a young black man that is happy and proud of my race," he wrote. "The Black Lives Matter movement is and forever will be powerful and definitely never forgotten. These are the schools I will now be focusing on the most. Set the standard and .. be different."

The news comes just a week after the Howard basketball program landed five-star Makur Maker, who chose the Bison over Division I schools UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. Maker was the highest-ranked recruit Howard basketball has landed in its history. Mikey Williams, a top-five basketball recruit in the 2023 class, has already hinted about potentially playing at an HBCU as well.

Foreman, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end, is projected to commit to USC, according to 247Sports. Foreman is ranked the No. 2 overall prospect on 247Sports recruiting rankings for the 2021 class.

However, if the last few weeks are any indication, Howard can't be ruled out.

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Maybe everyone should follow the Ivy League's lead this time

Maybe everyone should follow the Ivy League's lead this time

Before Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus on March 11, the sports world was continuing on with only minor inconveniences. College basketball conference tournaments were still being held, NBA and NHL games were being played, and the grand NCAA Tournament was still on the docket. 

The day prior to Gobert's bombshell test result, the Ivy League was the first notable sport or league to fully cancel an event. It decided not to hold its men's and women's basketball tournaments that were scheduled later in the week. 

Within 24 hours, the Ivy League canceled the rest of their spring sports.

Many were critical of the Ivy's decision, myself included, in how it felt rushed and an overreaction given how the country had yet to take the virus seriously. How could they make such a grand verdict when no one knew the gravity of the situation?

Turns out the smart people knew what was coming. 

Before the clock struck midnight, the NBA had shuttered its doors. The following day, the NHL, the NCAA and the rest of the sports world soon accompanied them. Months went by without a single team sporting event being held.

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The Ivy League was the first to suggest the drastic concept of canceling sports. Despite those schools' (Yale, Harvard, Princeton, etc.) reputations as the highest regarded academic institutions, no one listened. We overreacted with our objection to that idea when we should have been following their lead.

These are the most well-informed people with insane IQs. No one listened until a prominent athlete tested positive forced their decision. 

Now, it is happening again. The Ivy League is canceling their fall sports season - football included. No Ivy League athlete will compete until at least January 1, 2021.

The wait suggests that they are hoping for a potential vaccine or better containment of the virus by that time.

For weeks and months, the NCAA and school officials across the country were working to try to avoid this reality. A world without college football is unimaginable. But, this is the first domino and other schools should heed their warning.

Initially, schools and other conferences will not accompany the Ivy's decision. All the schools within the conference are FCS programs and don't nearly rely on the revenue of their football programs as much as FBS schools. Last year, the Big Ten generated three times that of the Ivy just from football alone.

Losing football for even a season could decimate college athletic departments. Nearly all of these schools need that revenue to fund several other sports. Stanford already disbanded 11 sports programs. Several other departments have been gutted as well. 

What will make it financially worse for these schools is if they make all these precautions to have fall sports and then the sports are inevitably canceled. Sure, the Power 5 programs have much more at stake than the Ivy League in terms of monetary gain so they will hold out longer. Eventually, though, one school will deem it's not worth it. And then another and another. 

These athletes not even getting paid, like other professional leagues who restarted. In the Ivy League, they aren't even getting a scholarship for their education. All for what? Schools to profit off of these kids and for fans across the country to be happy?

How can a school justify jeopardizing the health and safety of a student-athlete when they get nothing out of it? If a collegiate athlete gets severely sick because of the coronavirus, the school is not paying for his or her treatment. Nor, do the athletes have million-dollar salaries to avoid drowning in debt incurred from any potential hospitalizations.  

There's no guarantee that these sports can be held safely. NASCAR and the NWSL are having success so far, but other professional leagues are running into issues left and right just to even have a bubble. Good luck attempting to try and wrangle 18-25 year-olds - who are not getting paid - to stay within a bubble on a college campus.

Ethically, it is not a justified decision for colleges to have sports right now. For the Ivy League, they rightfully put the health of their athletes above money.

Hopefully this time, the school presidents and athletic directors make a wise decision for their school and leagues. Hopefully, they are not forced into doing so like the rest of the sports world was back in March.

If we learned anything during this pandemic, maybe we should listen to the people who know what they're talking about. If that means no collegiate sports in the fall this year and we all have to wait until spring, then so be it. 

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