Sports news & notes – 8/25
Are you ready for some football? I certainly am. If I receive one more preseason poll or preseason all-conference team, I’m going to slap somebody!
Florida A&M vs. Texas Southern kicks off the HBCU TV schedule tomorrow at noon on ESPNU. This is the first meeting between the two schools since 1968. Did you know that FAMU coach Alex Wood was the wide receiver’s coach under TSU coach Michael Haywood at Miami (Ohio) University?
• On Broadway: North Carolina A&T fans can again have lunch with coach Rod Broadway, his staff and players beginning Monday at the Alumni-Foundation Events Center. The luncheon is open to the general public and AAF members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Going strong at 30: Morgan State volleyball coach Ramona Riley-Bozier celebrated her 30th season this month. Riley-Bozier has won five MEAC Tournaments, earned three NCAA appearances, won five conference coach of the year awards and four tourney most outstand coach honors.
• Contract extension: Bethune-Cookman women’s basketball coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis has received a contract extension through 2021. Blair-Lewis has led the Wildcats to back-to-back regular-season championships. She enters her 10th season in the fall.
• Payton nominees: The six nominees for the ninth annual Walter Payton Achievement Award, which is given to one player from each team participating in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, are South Carolina State senior center Victor Ismael Jr., redshirt senior linebackers Darius Leonard and Dayshawn Taylor; and Southern senior defensive back Danny Johnson, senior defensive lineman Aaron Tiller and senior linebacker Kentavious Preston. Coaches and administrators from each participating school select the finalists. The matchup is Sept. 3, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.