Mitchell quits Morgan job for Seahawks post

At 8-24, coach has no luck reviving football fortunes

January 28, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Stump Mitchell resigned yesterday as Morgan State's football coach to become the Seattle Seahawks' running backs coach, a school spokesman said.

Mitchell compiled an 8-24 record in three seasons, winning only five of his last 28 games. Morgan State hasn't posted a winning record since 1979, forcing seven coaching changes in that span.

Mitchell played for the St. Louis-Phoenix Cardinals for nine seasons (1981-1989), finishing as the franchise's all-time leader in combined yardage. After two seasons as coach of Casa Grande Union High School in Arizona, he came to Morgan as the offensive coordinator in 1995 before replacing Ricky Diggs as coach a year later.

However, Mitchell, who contemplated resigning after an 0-2 start last season, never turned the program around. The Bears went 1-10 in 1998, closing out the year with two losses by a combined 121 points.

Those losses were the first back-to-back defeats of 50 points or more in Morgan's 68-year football history.

"I'm totally, totally embarrassed about the way the season went, to be perfectly honest," said Mitchell after the season finale.

After last season, Mitchell was offered a six-figure salary to become the Kansas City Chiefs' running backs coach but turned it down because he felt his mission hadn't been completed.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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