Doug Porter, who was fired as head football coach at Howard University in February, has been named head coach at Fort Valley State College in Georgia.

The 49-year-old Porter served as Howard's head coach for five years, compiling a 31-22-2 record. His team finished 4-5-1 last year, the only losing season he had in his tenure.

Porter was selected from a field of 33 applicants for the Fort Valley position.

"I wanted to come to Fort Valley because of the sensible approach they have to their program," Porter said. "The system here gives the coach a better opportunity to see the young people grow in the program. That is important from the standpoint of getting the most out of our players and the resources you have to work with. It is a framework with which I feel comfortable."

Porter began his 24-year coaching career in the high-school ranks, before going to his college alma mater, Xavier, (La.) to serve as backfield coach. He remained there five years before moving on to Mississippi Valley to take over the jobs of head football coach and athletic director.

In 1966, Porter began an eight-year stint at Grambling where he served as offensive coordinator and assistant athletic director.

Porter then moved on to Howard where he coached the Bisons to 8-2-1 and 8-3 records his first two years. The team fell off his final three years, winning only 14 games. Porter was replaced this year by former Colorado assistant Floyd Keith.