Schoolfield, Hill finalists for Morgan job

Replacement for Mitchell may wait until month's end

College Football

January 13, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Fort Valley (Ga.) State coach Kent Schoolfield and Morgan State offensive coordinator Donald Hill have emerged as the finalists for the vacant Morgan head-coaching position, a source close to the selection process said yesterday.

Schoolfield sounded like a man who is very interested in moving from Division II to Division I-AA.

"I know the top Division I-AA schools put a lot of money into their programs," Schoolfield said.

Hill hasn't tried to hide his desire to replace Stanley Mitchell, who was fired at the end of last season after posting a 2-9 record.

Hill said he has developed some corporate ties in the community in the one season he has been in Baltimore and "that will help me get some financial support for the program."

The new Morgan football coach isn't expected to be named until the end of the month.

That lends some credence to what a second source said yesterday: "The school president [Earl Richardson] is holding things up because he is still negotiating with [former Oakland Raiders head coach] Art Shell's agent. Dr. Richardson went to Maryland Eastern Shore with Art Shell."

Shell's name has surfaced before in the selection process, but most people believe he would command too much money.

Richardson and Morgan athletic director David Thomas were both out of town yesterday and could not be reached.

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