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Lincoln's new sheriff
Ramon Flanagan takes on Lions football
 
Published Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:57 am
by Bonitta Best, The Triangle Tribune

Lincoln (Pa.) has named Ramon Flanigan as its new head football coach. Flanigan is the former offensive coordinator at the SWAC’s Mississippi Valley State. He replaces O.J. Abanishe, who was fired after five seasons.


“I believe the search committee did an excellent job in identifying candidates they believed possessed the knowledge and work experience best suited for our program,” Athletics Director Dianthia Ford-Kee said. “He has experienced winning as a student, athlete and coach. We believe he will transfer his experiences to our program and move the program forward.”


Flanigan is the second Lions coach since they reclassified to Division II.


In other NFL Draft news, Virginia Union defensive end Kentrell Harris signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Harris had a choice of several NFL teams but chose the Raiders because “Oakland reminds me of Florida,” he told the Daytona Beach Journal. “I didn’t want to go anywhere that was too cold.”


The Florida native was a transfer from Bethune-Cookman. Last season, he recorded 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
He was only one of two Division II players to participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January.
Teammate Brian Smith signed a free agent deal with the New York Jets. Smith had 103 unassisted tackles during his VUU career and ranks fifth among the all-time team leaders in tackles.


Rounding out the pack is defensive back Andre Kates who signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Kates led the Panthers with five interceptions and had an average of 26.2 yards in kickoff returns.


At Johnson C. Smith, offensive lineman Jordan Mosely will attend the New York Giants minicamp tryouts next weekend. Mosely started 10 games for the Golden Bulls last season.

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