CATEGORY: FOC College Football

AUTHOR: TODD

ICC'S MORTON VISITS NORTHEAST

By Todd Vinyard

Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE Itawamba Community College offensive coordinator Tommy Morton visited Northeast Community College Friday to discuss the vacant head football coaching position.

Northeast dean Connie Drown said the school is following procedure and Morton is one of several candidates.

"This was part of the process," said Drown, who is on a four-member committee to choose the next coach.

No job offer was made, according to Morton.

"It was really mutual consideration by both sides," Morton, 48, said. "The Northeast people are super and serious about building a good football program. But at this point in my life I am in a great place, and not sure if I want to be a head coach."

Morton said he would be calling Drown back around 10 a.m. today for further discussions, and anything else after that should come from Northeast.

"I feel like they need someone who would make a long-term commitment to the progam, and I need to think about that to be fair to them and me," Morton said.

Gunter Brewer resigned as Northeast head football coach to take an assistant football coaching job at Marshall University on Jan. 12th.

Brewer, whose team was 0-10 during his one year at Northeast, said the opportunity at Marshall which won a Division I-AA championship in 1992 and appeared in three other championship games was simply too good to turn down.

Morton has been with ICC for four years after 10 years as head football coach and athletic director at Pontotoc High School.

A native of Ripley, he graduated from Mississippi State in 1970 and completed his master's degree at Delta State.

During his 24 years in coaching Morton has made stops as an assistant at Moorehaven, Fla.; Marshall Academy; Delta State University and Kosciusko. He served as head coach at Houston and Pontotoc.

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