Sports news & notes – 10/19
Coach LeVelle Moton has completed his sweep of ACC coaches speaking at N.C. Central’s men’s tip-off banquets. UNC coach Roy Williams was first, then Duke “Coach K” last year and N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts Thursday night. I thought Keatts would have a hard act to follow after Coach K last year, but he did an inspiring job – both vocally and monetarily. Keatts challenged the audience by matching the highest amount given up to $2,000. An anonymous donor took the challenge. Not only was the banquet a fundraiser but a championship ring ceremony. You can watch the replay of Keatts’ speech on our Periscope page.
The MEAC will have four games streamed on ESPN3 Saturday, starting with Delaware State vs. S.C. State at 1:30 p.m., NCCU vs. Norfolk State at 2 p.m. (a smoker), N.C. A&T vs. Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. (can the Aggies rebound?), and Howard vs. Morgan State at 7 p.m. Everybody is still chasing first-place Florida A&M. The Rattlers are the only undefeated conference team left, while five teams have one loss: A&T, Bethune, Howard, Norfolk and NCCU. Morgan also has one loss but the Bears are ineligible for the conference championship. Their championship was beating the Aggies and ending their conference win streak.
Grambling State is at Alcorn State for an important conference contest. The game will stream on ESPN3 at 3 p.m. and shown tape delayed on ESPNU at 10 p.m. The teams have met in the last three SWAC championships. The G-men have won the last four meetings: 2 in the regular season and 2 in the championship game. Alcorn last won in 2015 in the championship game.
Southern is 6-0 against rival Texas Southern since Dawson Odums took over as coach. The teams meet Saturday at 3 p.m. in Dallas.