Alcorn State expected to name Armour head coach

Michael Armour will reportedly return to Alcorn State to rebuild the football program as head coach. reported Saturday the Southwestern Athletic Conference school will hire Armour, who was a member of the Braves' staff from 2008 to early 2011 until he followed Earnest Collins III to Northern Colorado to become offensive coordinator.

He coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Alcorn State in 2008 and '09 before becoming offensive coordinator in 2010.

The 1996 graduate of Eastern Michigan, where he was a quarterback, also has coached at Lane College, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Texas A&M-Kingville, Norfolk State and Alabama A&M.

Alcorn State has had a long search for a head coach after putting Melvin Spears Jr. on administrative leave in December and then firing him in February. The Braves were 2-8, including 1-8 in the SWAC, in their only season under him last year.

Armour was one of four finalists for the position, joining Todd McDaniel, Alcorn State's defensive line coach and interim head coach since December; Fredrick Farrier, the head coach at Kentucky State from 2005-09; and former Southern Mississippi and Memphis defensive coordinator Jay Hopson.