By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Prairie View A&M has begun a national search for a new football coach after school officials decided not to renew Heishma Northern's contract. Defensive backs coach Bubba McDowell will serve as interim coach until a successor is named.
"I wish to thank Coach Northern for his contributions to Prairie View
A&M both on and off the field," said athletic director Ashley Robinson. "This was a difficult
decision but after careful review and consideration, I have decided to
take the program in a different direction."
Northern's team was 5-5 this season, 5-4 in the SWAC. The Panthers started the season 0-4, but won five of their last six games. Led by the SWAC's second-ranked quarterback and running back in Jerry Lovelocke and Johnta Hebert, Northern's squad was one of the most prolific in the SWAC this season as they were second in scoring and total offense. But they were last in total defense.
Northern, who was defensive coordinator for six seasons before becoming head coach, finishes his four-year tenure at Prairie View A&M with a 19-25 record.
are grateful for the progress Coach Northern made both as head football
coach and as defensive coordinator," Robinson said. "His leadership and dedication to
the students helped to create exceptional student athletes. It is
important as we prepare to break ground on our new multi-million dollar
stadium and athletic facility, that Coach Northern's successor shapes
the program into a championship level team."