Howard University has narrowed the field to four or five candidates for its football coaching job and expects to name a replacement for the fired Doug Porter within two weeks, Athletic Director Leo Miles said yesterday.
Miles said he's in the process of interviewing the finalists and that there is no frontrunner at present, noting, "It's still wide open."
Miles confimed that Bill Hayes, coach at Sinston-Salem (N.C.) State, and Willie Wood, a Washingtonian and former Green Bay Packer all-prodefensive back now in business here, are among the finalists.
"I've just started the interviews," Miles said. "No, I'm not going to name the others. I don't want to jeopardize their current hobs."
Porter was fired last month after five seasons at Howard. At midseason, he publicly criticized the Howard administration for failing to support his program. He said that his budget had been reduced every year and that commitments made to him when he was hired were not fulfilled.
When he fired Porter, Miles said that he wanted to hire a proven college head coach. Hayes, who guided Winston-Salem to the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA's Division II last season, was among the first to apply for the job at the Division 1-AA, school.