Carter out as DSU football coach after 3-30 record in 3 seasons

Kenny Carter

DOVER — Three years later, Delaware State is once again looking for a new football coach.

This time it’s also looking for a new athletic director.

Kenny Carter will not be retained as Delaware State’s football coach. Carter recorded a 3-30 record with the Hornets in his three years at the helm.
The Hornets also dismissed athletic director Skip Perkins.

Carter took over after the university declined to renew former coach Kermit Blount’s contract before the 2015 season. Delaware State only won one game in Carter’s first year, then had a winless 2016 season.

Carter was actually coming off his best season, a 2-8 campaign that featured a pair of losses to FBS programs West Virginia and Florida State.

Carter, like Blount, will not be resigned by the university after his contract expires in January.

Delaware State slumped to a 17-game losing streak over the course of Carter’s tenure, which was the longest in Division I until the Hornets defeated South Carolina State on Oct. 21. The Hornets won again two weeks ago with a come-from-behind victory against Morgan State.

Carter’s final year was highlighted by a rash of injuries. The Hornets ended the season without three of their five starting offensive and preseason ALL-MEAC selections running back Mike Waters and linebacker Malik Harris.

Whoever takes over will have nearly a full roster of players if none decide to transfer. Delaware State began the season with just one senior starter on offense or defense, Harris who then saw his season end with an injury in the South Carolina State victory.

Delaware State had 31 freshman on the roster this season. For the past two seasons, 85 percent of the roster have been underclassmen.

Carter came to Delaware State after stops at many major programs. His resume included assistant coaching stints at Florida, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Louisiana State University.

But despite his background, Delaware State was his first head coaching job. His 3-30 record paled in comparison to his predecessor Blount who went 16-29 at Delaware State.

Carter was hired by former athletic director Candy Young.

“I saw a desire to own his program and be successful,” Young said at the time. “I also saw a mentor for our young men. Someone who has been around some great programs and someone who wants to create that dynasty here at Delaware State.”

But Young soon took another job at the university which led to Perkins becoming the athletic director.

Perkins previously had stops in athletic administration at Delaware State’s MEAC rival Howard and Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

Interim replacements were not confirmed to the State News as of Sunday night.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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