Alcorn State University announced Thursday that it is delaying its announcement of a new head football coach by more than a week until at least May 7.

Alcorn State, which is down to four finalists, had planned previously to announce the new coach's identity on Saturday following the team's spring game. The announcement will now occur during the week of commencement from May 7-11.

"Given the significance of the head football coach hire, Alcorn State University is thoroughly reviewing the candidates' application packets and the interview committee's final reports," the university said in a statement..

The finalists are Michael Armour, the offensive coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado and part of Alcorn State's staff from 2008 to early 2011; Fredrick Farrier, the head coach at Kentucky State from 2005-09; James Hopson, the former defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis; and Todd McDaniel, Alcorn State's defensive line coach and interim head coach since December.

The Braves finished 2-8 last year, including 1-8 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, under first-year head coach Melvin Spears Jr., who was fired in February.