Leo Miles, athletic director of Howard University, yesterday denied a report in the campus newspaper that the contract of Lincoln Phillips, Howard soccer coach, will not be renewed when it expires June 30.
Mikes affirmed that Phillips' contract is being reviewed but said no formal decision has been made.
Phillips was in his native Trinidad for the funeral of his father and could not be reached for comment. Wayne Moss, The Hilltop's sports editor, said the paper would stand by its story.
Phillips is one of the most successful college coaches in the country, compiling a record of 116-20-3. Seven of his teams have played in NCAA postseason tournaments.
His 1971 and 1974 teams won the national championship, but the first title was taken away when the NCAA ruled Howard used ineligible players. The 1977 club also was ruled to have used an ineligible player and the school was played on a two-year probation. Howard was 9-3-2 last season and lost in the opening round of the Southern Region tournament to William and Mary.
Phillips early this year submitted a list of proposals to Miles for the soccer program, including a request for a full-time assistant and more money for recruiting, and indicated he would resign if the proposals were not implemented. Mike said the proposals still are being studied.
Asked if he is pleased with Phillips as a coach, Miles answered: "I can't answer any more questions. I am in the process of evaluation and it would not be fair to comment on that."