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BREAKING NEWS: ASU QBs coach Joyner a leading candidate to become new offensive coordinator; offensive linemen Mavromichalis, Byrd academically ineligible

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY --- Uyl Joyner, who helped lead Dougherty High School to a state championship in 1998 before signing with Troy State and eventually transferring back to ASU, is one of the leading candidate to become the Rams' new offensive coordinator when Albany State kicks off Sept. 3 against Savannah State in the Music City Classic in Macon, according to head coach Mike White.

The Rams have been coy about who would take over for outgoing OC Steve Smith since he announced his resignation earlier this year to accept a job at Division I Tennessee State.

But Joyner --- who was been ASU's quarterbacks coach for the last two years and assumed the OC role in the interim when Smith left --- was listed in the Rams' information packet at Wednesday's SIAC Football Kickoff Luncheon in Atlanta as their new offensive coordinator. There was no interim title by Joyner's name.

Albany State coach Mike White, Joyner and the administration declined to comment to The Herald on rumors earlier this week that Joyner had been given the job. An announcement, they said, was expected to be made shortly before, or during, Friday's annual Albany State Quarterback Club Kickoff get-together at Eula Lovett Hall.

Also at Wednesday's SIAC Football Kickoff Luncheon, White announced that last year's anchor on the offensive line and team captain Mike Mavromichalis, along with fellow OL Norris Byrd, were both ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season.

---- Full story in Thursday's Albany Herald