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NC Central fires football coach on eve of season

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm •  Published: August 22, 2013
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Central fired football coach Henry Frazier on Thursday, one week before the season opener and three days after he was arrested on a charge of violating a domestic violence protective order.

The school didn't give a specific reason for the firing in a statement issued Thursday, but it cited personal issues Frazier was facing and said those matters caused the school to shift attention from athletics and student-athletes.

Durham County Sheriff's Department records show Frazier was arrested Monday and charged with violating a domestic violence protective order. He was released on $5,000 bond and is due to appear in a Wake County courtroom on Sept. 30.

Durham attorney Ralph Frasier, who is representing Frazier, did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

The school suspended Frazier one day later with pay and promoted assistant Dwayne Foster to acting head coach. Foster now will serve as interim head coach.

Frazier was suspended in May 2012 following his arrest on a charge of assaulting a female. At the time, authorities said Frazier and his wife were arguing at their house when the alleged assault occurred. Frazier was reinstated as head coach two months later.

N.C. Central opens the season against Duke on Aug. 31.