Never mind that the Morgan State football team lost six straight games and finished 3-8. On Friday, the school promoted Fred Farrier, the Bears' interim coach, to full-time status.
In announcing the move, athletic director Edward Scott said that "Coach Farrier is committed to the values of Morgan State University. Fred has shown a true commitment to the overall student-athlete experience and he provides much-needed stability for our program moving forward."
Farrier, 44, becomes the 14th head coach in Morgan State's history. He arrived in 2014 as offensive coordinator, and in February replaced then-head coach Lee Hull, who left to become an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts.
In April, the NCAA banned Morgan State from postseason play for subpar academic progress. This month, 15 Bears were named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's All-Academic Team.
Morgan went 3-5 in MEAC play, ending the season with a 35-24 victory over Savannah State.
"I am confident that, under Coach Farrier's leadership, our young men will make us all proud, in the classroom, community and on the field," Scott said.
In September, Farrier addressed those academic sanctions in an interview with The Baltimore Sun.
"We have to climb out of the hole that we're in," he said. "Those GPAs (grade-point averages) will improve and not be an issue, I promise you that."
A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Farrier attended Holy Cross and coached previously at six colleges: Michigan State, Saginaw Valley State, Tennessee Tech, Shaw, Rensselaer Polytechnic and Kentucky State. At the latter, he served as head coach for four years, going 19-25 before being fired in 2009.
"I'd love to stay in one place," Farrier said. "Morgan State has a phenomenal history and pedigree, and I want to be here for a long time."