Morgan State University was a lightning rod for coverage today, drawing national attention for dubious and dangerous circumstances surrounding its football team.
A Morgan football player is recovering in a local hospital after being shot in the leg earlier today near a campus apartment complex. The player, whose name has not been released by the university, sustained non-life threatening injuries after what police call a dispute-turned-violent.
The shooting take place less than an hour after members of the football team assembled on campus to support head football coach Donald Hill-Eley, who may be seeking a new job after receiving an inadvertent email from athletic officials discussing his potential firing.
The coach said he has faced greater expectations to win since David Wilson became the university’s president two years ago but said he has not received the bump in resources he would need to achieve that goal. He said four assistant coaches, for example, don’t receive health benefits from the university.
“He said the expectations had changed,” Hill-Eley said, recalling a conversation with Wilson. “But the input didn’t change, so how do you expect things to change on Saturday?”