NCAA suspends Hornets’ Jenkins for Saturday’s MVSU game

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ( –  Alabama State University head football coach Brian Jenkins and assistant coach James Joseph have been suspended from coaching for one football game in response to a level – three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) infraction, which occurred in 2015.

Jenkins will serve his suspension during the upcoming home game against Mississippi Valley State University on October 15, with the assistant coach serving his suspension at a later date.

“It was an honest mistake by one of the assistant coaches,” stated Jenkins.

“Once I discovered the violation, I immediately reported it to the ASU director of Athletics and the ASU Office of Compliance. As head football coach, I accept full responsibility for the program,” Jenkins added.

The violation occurred when a member of Coach Jenkins’ staff provided two written offers to two prospective student – athletes before the August 1, permissible date of their respective senior years. These incidents are a violation of NCAA bylaw – “Written Offer of Aid Before the Signing Date.”

In accordance to NCAA legislation for this level of recruiting infraction, both the identified assistant coach as well as the head coach of the program must serve a one – game suspension from all coaching – related activities.

Assistant head coach, Allen Suber, who is in his second season with the Hornets, will coach the team against Mississippi Valley State University this weekend.

“Acting in compliance with NCAA rules is something we take seriously at Alabama State University,” said Director of ASU Athletics Melvin Hines.

“Alabama State University is committed to performing within the culture of NCAA compliance.”

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