Howard University fires football coach Carey Bailey

By Kathy Orton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 6, 2010; 7:04 PM

Howard University fired football coach Carey Bailey on Monday, according to a source who requested anonymity because details of the financial settlement are still being worked out.

Bailey, who just completed his fourth season, has two years remaining on his contract.

The firing was the first order of business for Howard's new athletic director, Louis "Skip" Perkins, who started at the school Monday. Perkins, who spent the previous three years in the same position at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, can immediately put his imprint on Howard's signature sport.

One of Perkins's first hires at UAPB in 2007 was former Washington Redskins linebacker Monte Coleman as football coach.

Despite sending several players over the years to the NFL - including Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea and St. Louis Rams cornerback Ron Bartell - the Bison have struggled on the field for years. Howard hasn't had a winning season since 2004 when it went 6-5 and the Bison have had just two winning seasons in the past 12 years.

Howard went 8-36 under Bailey, including 2-30 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games. The Bison's season-ending 59-35 loss at home to Delaware State on Nov. 20 was their 27th consecutive MEAC loss and marked their third consecutive winless league season. The only game Howard (1-10, 0-8 MEAC) won this season was against Division II Lincoln University.

The Bison had the second-worst offense in the league, averaging 18 points per game. Despite all-MEAC first-team selection Keith Pough, they also had the worst defense in the league, allowing 37.5 points per game.

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