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Morgan State athletic director Floyd Kerr to retire

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Morgan State athletic director Floyd Kerr announced Tuesday his intention to retire at the end of the academic year, the university said in a written statement.

Kerr, who has served as athletic director since July 17, 2005 overseeing a department with 15 varsity sports and more than 280 athletes, told university president David Wilson that he would retire on June 30. Kerr is 69.

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"I appreciate Floyd's service to the University during his time here," Wilson said in the written statement. "There have been many noteworthy achievements, including a successful basketball program and winning a football conference championship. We certainly wish him well in the future and hope he will enjoy his retirement years."

During Kerr's tenure, the football team captured a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship in 2014 for the first time in 35 years and made its first Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearance in school history. The men's basketball program won three league titles including two MEAC crowns.

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The announcement comes on the heels of school's football team being one of five programs banned from NCAA postseason play in the fall after failing to meet a satisfactory score in the Academic Progress Rate report released on April 22.

And one day before the team's season opener at Air Force on Sept. 5, 2015, at least five starters – including junior running Herb Walker Jr., who set a school single-season rushing record with 1,408 yards and scored 15 total touchdowns (13 rushing) in 2014 – were ruled ineligible for the entire season after an NCAA review found shortcomings in mandated academic requirements.

Wilson indicated that if a national search fails to produce a new athletic director by June 30, an interim director would be appointed.

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