Sports news & notes – 5/17
Former Morgan State Ian Chiles made an impressive showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Chiles averaged 13 points and eight rebounds to help lead Sales Systems, Ltd., to a win over Norfolk Sports Club. The invitational showcases college seniors before professional scouts during the four-day, 12-game event.
• Home sweet home. With just three home football games last season, Tuskegee still managed to lead the NCAA Division II in attendance average with 14,954 fans per game. That’s over 4,000 more than second-place Grand Valley State, which averaged a little over 10,000 fans per game.
• Second chance. Free-agent signings are the norm after the NFL Draft is complete. So far, four SWAC players have signed contracts: Alabama State’s Isaiah Crowell to Cleveland Brown, Jackson State’s Qua Cox to Indianapolis Colts and Rob Smith to Oakland Raiders, and Southern’s Lee Doss to Washington Redskins. In the CIAA, Winston-Salem State linebacker Carlos Fields signed with the Oakland Raiders.
• The rich get richer. Bethune-Cookman football snagged another top transfer. Western Michigan wide receiver Jaime Wilson announced last month that he was transferring to the Wildcats. Wilson, a Florida native, was the 2012 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year. He sat out last season with a broken ankle.
• SWAC football ready? The SWAC announced its Football Media Day is July 18 at the Birmingham Marriott. Last year’s day drew more than 400 attendees.