Ex-GW of­fi­cial hired as Bears ath­letic di­rec­tor

Scott to take over depart­ment in Nov.

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGES - By Jonas Shaf­fer jshaf­fer@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jonas_shaf­fer

Morgan State on Tues­day an­nounced the hir­ing of Edward Scott as its ath­letic di­rec­tor. Scott is a for­mer col­lege ath­lete whose ex­pe­ri­ence with NCAA aca­demic and com­pli­ance poli­cies will be cru­cial as he tries to l ead t he depart­ment through a try­ing pe­riod.

Scott pre­vi­ously served as se­nior as­so­ci­ate ath­letic di­rec­tor at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, where he has worked since last Oc­to­ber. He will take over at Morgan State in Novem­ber for in­terim ath­letic di­rec­tor Er­lease Wag­ner. For­mer Bears ath­letic di­rec­tor Floyd Kerr re­tired June 30 af­ter 11 years.

“I am hon­ored and hum­bled to join Morgan State Univer­sity as its new di­rec­tor of ath­let­ics,” Scott said in a re­lease. “My wife, Tara, and I are ex­cited to join the MSU fam­ily and for the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with the Bal­ti­more com­mu­nity to make a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of scholar-athletes at Morgan.”

Scott, who over­saw NCAA com­pli­ance, ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices, and stu­den­tath­lete dis­ci­pline and wel­fare at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, will in­herit a 13-sport ath­letic depart­ment try­ing to move past re­lated prob­lems.

Last year, at least 10 Morgan State football play­ers were ruled aca­dem­i­cally in­el­i­gi­ble be­fore the team’s sea­son opener af­ter an NCAA re­view re­vealed short­com­ings in man­dated aca­demic re­quire­ments. In April, the Bears failed to reach a sat­is­fac­tory score in the Aca­demic Progress Rate and were one of five NCAA pro­grams barred from post- sea­son play this fall. The ban came less than two years af­ter the team’s first MidEastern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in 35 years.

Two other teams’ APR scores fell short of the NCAA bench­mark. The men’s basketball team re­ceived a re­duc­tion in prac­tice time for its low mark, while the men’s cross coun­try squad was ruled in­el­i­gi­ble for post­sea­son par­tic­i­pa­tion this year.

In June, the school re­as­signed women’s basketball coach Don­ald Beasley to an­other po­si­tion at the univer­sity over al­le­ga­tions that he had ver­bally abused his play­ers. Beasley de­nied that he cursed at play­ers and di­rected slurs at them.

Scott’s last sea­son in Wash­ing­ton ended with univer­sity of­fi­cials hav­ing to an­swer sim­i­lar ques­tions. In July, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported that sev­eral cur­rent and for­mer Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton men’s basketball play­ers had ac­cused coach Mike Lon­er­gan, a for­mer Mary­land as­sis­tant, of ver­bal and emo­tional abuse. The school fired Lon­er­gan last month.

At Morgan State, Scott also will be re­spon­si­ble for con­sid­er­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of adding var­sity men’s and women’s lacrosse pro­grams. From 1970 to 1981, Morgan State had the only men’s lacrosse pro­gram from a his­tor­i­cally black col­lege or univer­sity. School pres­i­dent David Wil­son has said he hopes the school ex­plores restor­ing the pro­gram at the Di­vi­sion I level, a de­ci­sion ap­plauded by for­mer play­ers but com­pli­cated by cost and Ti­tle IX bal­ance.

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