Sports Samplings - 5/17
The world is coming to an end!
In a collaboration that even Las Vegas wouldn’t have bet on, St. Augustine’s and Shaw will share a football field during the upcoming season. The Bears, who had played their “home” games at Durham County Stadium for the past 12 seasons, will play them this year on St. Aug’s campus.
“This is the right decision for both universities. As institutions of higher learning, both schools have a responsibility to support each other. I look forward to watching St. Aug’s and Shaw host football games at the George Williams Athletic Complex this upcoming season,” SAU Interim President Gaddis Faulcon said.
Added Shaw President Paulette Dillard: “We are pleased and excited that Shaw students, alumni, and fans will be able to attend our home games more easily. This is a wonderful demonstration of cooperation and support, and we look forward to additional opportunities to work together for the mutual benefit of both universities.”
It’s no secret most alumni and students weren’t thrilled with having to travel to Durham, but high schools were out of the question. I remember former SAU coach Michael Costa telling me how hard it was to recruit players when the Falcons played at local high schools. “No college player wants to play in a high school stadium, I don’t care how nice it is,” he said at the time.
Still, it’s going to be just a little weird. Now the main question is: Will Falcons fan show up, too, on Shaw days, and will they root for their archrival or the other team? We’ll find out on Sept. 14 when the Bears “host” Bowie State.
• Final farewell: Former SAU and N.C. Central baseball coach Henry White will be laid to rest this weekend in Monroe. The public viewing is May 17 from 1 to 7 p.m., and the funeral is May 18 at First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, White asked that donations be made to “Dr. Coach Henry E. White Memorial Fund” at any Wells Fargo branch.
• Playoff time: MEAC and SWAC softball teams kickoff their playoff schedules today. Bethune-Cookman will face No. 4 seed Florida State, and Alabama State travels to No. 8 seed Alabama.