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Howard Terminates Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

January 7, 2000

Howard University has fired its entire men's basketball coaching staff following an internal investigation.

Kirk Saulny
Kirk Saulny
Head coach Kirk Saulny and paid assistants Lamont Franklin and Darryl Bruce had their employment terminated, just one day before the Bison were scheduled to host North Carolina A&T in the MEAC television game of the week. Volunteer assistant coach Eric Saulny, a cousin of the ex-head coach, was also informed that his services were no longer needed.

In addition to firing the coaching staff, Howard officials have declared two student athletes ineligible to compete during the spring semester as members of the men's basketball team. The school did not release the names of the ineligible players but the Washington Post has identified them as junior forward Donte Lincoln and sophomore forward Darren Kennedy.

Although the school refused to discuss details, pending review by the NCAA, its investigation found sufficient evidence to warrant the immediate firings and implementation of remedial measures.

"The University expects to continue to recruit competitively within NCAA guidelines," said Vice President of Student Affairs Raymond Archer. "We cannot and will not tolerate any conduct inconsistent with NCAA bylaws and our own Code of Ethics and Conduct." For that reason, we have moved to address concerns that would place at risk programs that serve and promote the social and physical well-being of our students."

Howard AD Hank Ford is slated to name an interim head men's basketball coach, however the University press release did not mention who would lead the team in Saturday's game against the Aggies.

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