Howard football coach Ron Prince resigned Friday, a decision that came after the university opened an investigation into allegations of verbal abuse and player intimidation.

“Coach Ron Prince has resigned as head coach of Howard’s football program, effective immediately,” Howard Athletic Director Kery Davis said Friday in an emailed statement. “The university and Coach Prince have agreed to mutually part ways. A national search for a replacement will begin immediately. Director of Football Operations Aaron Kelton will continue interim responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the football program.”

Prince, who was hired in December 2018, coached only nine games for Howard. He was placed on leave Nov. 6, after a parent of a player accused him of being “threatening, hostile, abusive, and disrespectful of the young men and coaching staff” in a letter to Davis, which was obtained by HBCU Gameday.

Prince went on leave about a month after star quarterback and 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference offensive player of the year Caylin Newton abruptly announced he would transfer from the school.

His father, Cecil Newton, cited unidentified “extenuating circumstances” at the time of the announcement.

The status of the investigation after Prince’s resignation was unclear Friday.

The resignation leaves the Bison (2-10, 2-6 MEAC) again searching for a coach. Mike London, who at the time was expected to be a long-term hire, decamped for William & Mary in Nov. 2018, after two seasons and an 11-10 record.

Prince came from Michigan, where he was an offensive analyst on Jim Harbaugh’s staff. Before Ann Arbor, Prince was an assistant for the Detroit Lions.

“I know what Howard is and what it’s not,” he told The Washington Post earlier this year. “I know what it can be and what it can’t be. But I think I’m different from a lot of guys who have experience at big-time programs or in the NFL and come to an HBCU school and think they’re missionaries, doing everyone a favor by being there.

“I know there’s a long way to go here, but I believe we can do great things. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

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