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NCCU football coach on leave after assault charge

Posted May 16, 2012

— Morrisville police on Monday arrested North Carolina Central University football coach Henry Frazier III and charged him with assaulting a female. 

Officers were called to Frazier's home on Bending Branch Court just after midnight. His wife, Lanier Turner-Frazier, told police the couple was arguing when he grabbed her leaving marks on her upper arms and pushed her face, breaking her glasses.

Frazier, 44, was arrested a short time later after officers stopped his car a short distance from the residence.

He was charged with assault on a female and taken to the Wake County jail. Frazier was released under a $1,500 secured bond and will go before a judge June 22.  

NCCU put Frazier on paid leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.  

The university issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "Henry Frazier III currently serves as head football coach of North Carolina Central University. The university has been informed of the alleged incident involving Mr. Frazier and his subsequent arrest.

"NCCU does not condone any action or activities of students, faculty and staff that violate city, county, state or federal laws. The university’s expectation of high ethical standards applies to our entire campus community. As this is a legal matter, the jurisdictions involved will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident."

Frazier took over North Carolina Central's football program in December 2010 after stepping down from the same position at Prairie View A&M.


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  • VT1994Hokie May 17, 2012

    Anytime a male assaults a female you're in trouble. As a Head Coach at a University, it becomes much greater in the public eye. He will lose his job probably. His wife may have caused this; but he is the one with a high profile job.

  • ChinaBrown123 May 16, 2012

    What can he tell the young men on the football field Mon. Wow...

  • JDawn1984 May 16, 2012

    That sucks. I wish we could get our old football coach back.

  • durham citizen May 16, 2012

    Don't beat up your wife! You are fired!

  • BullsEye May 16, 2012

    My prediction: fired by Friday.
    May 16, 2012 1:01 p.m.


  • tim3239 May 16, 2012

    go fine a new job and life...

  • BringthePain May 16, 2012

    My prediction: fired by Friday.