Morgan State names Ramage interim coach

August 11, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

Morgan State University, which has spent the past four months seeking a replacement for former men's basketball coach Michael Holmes, has given the job temporarily to former assistant Lynn Ramage.

Ramage, who came to Morgan State with Holmes in 1990, has been named interim head coach for the 1994-95 season.

"To say I was expecting this would be telling a lie. It was quite a pleasant surprise," said Ramage, who assumed head coaching duties in April after Holmes was fired, following his fourth consecutive losing season. Holmes posted a 31-81 record at Morgan State.

"I look forward to doing what it takes to be a winner," Ramage said. "I want to get the best out of our players, athletically and academically."

Ramage's promotion comes after the school decided to postpone its search for Holmes' successor, while an NCAA investigation of Morgan State's athletic program continues.

The school sent an internal review of its athletic department to the NCAA in May. In the report, Morgan State admits to more than 100 NCAA rules violations -- most of them minor.

Morgan State initially received about 70 applications for the men's basketball job. The school's search committee had narrowed the list to three finalists, before putting its hiring decision on hold.

"They didn't want to make an appointment at this point," Morgan State athletic director Ken McBryde said. "They were concerned about the NCAA [investigation].

"We're going to go with Coach Ramage through June 30, 1995. I think I've got a good man."

Ramage has been Morgan State's recruiting coordinator for four years. "I really think Morgan State is a great school," Ramage said. "I'm excited about facing the challenge of rebuilding this program."

He'll have plenty of work to do: the Bears were 8-21 last season.

Before coming to Morgan State, Ramage served as head coach for a year at Chesapeake College, a junior college in Wye Mills. He also was an assistant coach at Davis and Elkins College (W. Va.) from 1987 to 1989 and at West Liberty State (W. Va.) from 1984 to 1987.

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