Kentucky State was already facing an uphill battle in the SIAC this season after being picked to finish last in the preseason poll. Now, it will enter the season with a new coach after a sudden change days before the opening of camp.
Fred Farrier, the program’s coach for the past four seasons, was fired last weekend and replaced on an interim basis by receivers coach Wayne Dickens. For Farrier, the move came as a total surprise as he was preparing for what he thought might be a successful 2009 season.
“It was a shock,” he told the State-Journal in Frankfort, Ky. “It was definitely not something I saw coming.”
KSU spokeswoman Felicia Lewis told the newspaper that the University had no statement on Farrier’s dismissal.
Farrier was 19-25 in four seasons at Kentucky State, including back-to-back 3-8 records in 2007 and 2008.
Clark Atlanta, Morehouse prominent on preseason All-SIAC team
Judging by the preseason All-SIAC teams, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse should field solid teams this season.
Clark Atlanta had seven players on the first and second teams, including two-time 1,000-yard rusher Winston Thompson and defensive lineman Marcus Winston on the first team. Morehouse had the most first-teamers with six, including four on offense – QB William Brack, WR Achille Hendje and offensive lineman Ramone Harewood and Joseph Williams.
Among the teams, perennial powers Albany State and Tuskegee were picked 1-2 followed by Morehouse, Clark Atlanta and Miles in the top five. For the complete list of the preseason teams, visit the SIAC wesbite.