Team preview: Howard

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Gil Jackson finally gets a chance to be a head coach.

The long-time Penn assistant became Howard's new coach on June 4, 2005, hired to replace Frankie Allen, who was surprisingly let go after last year's 5-23 campaign. Allen had done a nice job rebuilding the program after it won just three games over a two-year span.

However, last season the Bison struggled because of inexperience; Howard was the youngest team in the MEAC. Allen's final club lost its last 17 games and went 2-16 in the conference. Howard had six sophomores and three freshmen on its roster.