Morgan State football to face former head coach Donald Hill-Eley on Saturday

Bears coach of 12 years hired as offensive coordinator by Norfolk State, Morgan State's next opponent

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September 24, 2014|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

When Morgan State tangles with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Norfolk State on Saturday, the Bears will see a familiar face – on the opponent’s sideline.

Donald Hill-Eley was Morgan State’s head coach for 12 years, compiling a 59-76 record. His contract was not renewed at the end of the 2013 season, and Hill-Eley was replaced by Lee Hull, the former wide receivers coach at Maryland.

Hill-Eley did not have to wait long for employment as Spartans head coach Pete Adrian hired Hill-Eley in March as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Saturday’s game will be the first time the Bears and Hill-Eley meet as opponents, but Hull said there is no need to add hype to the game.

“We just have to do our job, stay focused, trust one another on defense,” Hull said Tuesday during his weekly conference call arranged by the MEAC. “For us, it’s just another game. We’re going down there to beat Norfolk. We’re not going down there to beat Donald Hill[-Eley].”

Similarly, Norfolk State is more worried about getting out of its 0-4 rut than playing the revenge game for its offensive coordinator.

“I think every game’s meaningful,” Adrian said. “Obviously, anyone who’s been at a certain place for 12 years and recruited most of those players and all that stuff is torn both ways, but you’ve got to go out and coach like we do as professionals and try to get the job done.”

With eight new starters on offense, the Spartans have struggled, scoring just 27 points, gaining 852 yards, and earning 52 first downs in four contests. But Hull said he anticipates a motivated Norfolk State offense on Saturday.

“I know they’re going to come out and they’re going to have some wrinkles,” he said. “They’re going to be fired up. I know Coach Hill is going to have those guys fired up. Coach Hill has played against Coach [John] Morgan [Jr., Morgan State’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach] before when [Morgan] was at [North Carolina] Central. So I expect there to be some new wrinkles and some things. It’s a good matchup for both sides.”

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