Alabama State Coach, Brian Jenkins, in Hot Water

Brian Jenkins is introduced as the new Alabama State football coach on Dec. 17. (Photo: The Montgomery Advertiser)
Brian Jenkins is introduced as the new Alabama State football coach on Dec. 17.
(Photo: The Montgomery Advertiser)

Brian Jenkins turned the Bethune-Cookman University football program into a winner, but off the field former players and coaches say the program was rife with rules violations and teetering on the edge of dysfunction because of the animosity between them and Jenkins, who is the new head coach at Alabama State University.

In the past month, the Montgomery Advertiser was contacted by, or made contact with, more than a dozen former players and four former coaches from the school in Daytona Beach, Florida.

With one exception, they independently provided nearly identical details of rules violations and what they felt was Jenkins’ mistreatment of players.

Allegations against Jenkins and his program include:

— Improper benefits provided to players;

— Improper housing arrangements;

— Continued and extensive violations of the NCAA weekly practice time limits;

— Failure to pay three assistant coaches that resulted in a federal lawsuit;

— And, bullying of staff and players with retaliation against those who spoke up.

Prior to Jenkins’ departure in December from Bethune-Cookman, officials there had conducted an investigation into a number of allegations, and Assistant Athletic Director Tony O’Neal, who wouldn’t answer questions about the investigation, said, “Anything that needed to be reported (to the conference and NCAA) was reported.”

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SOURCE: Josh Moon
USA TODAY Sports

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