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Spears named head coach at Alcorn State

Lorman, MS (Sports Network) - Melvin Spears Jr. has been named the new head football coach at Alcorn State.

Spears, the offensive coordinator at Alabama State this past season, was introduced Wednesday during a press conference.

A former wide receiver for the school, Spears was a 2004 Alcorn State Hall of Fame inductee. He was the head football coach at Grambling State from 2004-06.

Spears had been among three finalists to replace Earnest Collins Jr., who resigned from Alcorn State last month to take the head coaching job at Northern Colorado.

The other finalists, Fred McNair and Dwayne White, were also former ASU players.

This past season, the Braves were 5-6 overall and 4-5 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference under Collins, who had an 8-12 record in two seasons as head coach.

Spears has a record of 20-14 in three seasons as a head coach and was previously an assistant head coach at Grambling, Morgan State University and Casa Grande High in Arizona.

01/19 17:12:51 ET



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