Sports Samplings – 9/26
Another hiring freeze has been instituted at Florida A&M. President Larry Robinson has ordered an immediate freeze in the athletics department, which means about a dozen positions will not be filled. A director of compliance open position is exempt, which is very important.
The reason for the freeze is, according to reports, FAMU has already spent 54% of its athletics budget with just three months into the new budget year. At this rate, they were going to outspend the $10.8 million budget by $600,000.
But on the bright side, a record crowd of 27,000 saw the Rattlers defeat Southern in a renewal of a historic rivalry. Across the way, ACC member Florida State had 46,000 fans at its game – the lowest number since the 1990s.
MEAC celebrates college football. In celebration of college football’s 150 years, the MEAC will be sharing a series of interviews by student-athletes detailing what football means to them. “These videos are the MEAC’s way of celebrating not only our student-athletes and coaches, but also the positive values football has contributed to our American society during the 150th anniversary of college football,” MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas said. You can watch them all at www.MEACSports.com.
This week’s TV schedule kicks off tonight with Delaware State at North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Hornets lost to Howard last week, while the Aggies had a bye week.
On Saturday, Bethune-Cookman at Howard, 1 p.m., ESPN3;
Florida A&M at Norfolk State, 4 p.m., ESPN3;
N.C. Central at Morgan State, 6 p.m., ESPN3
Over in the SWAC, Southern plays at Arkansas Pine-Blue at 7 p.m., ESPN3.
The CIAA’s first of four TV games is Saturday at 4 p.m. on Aspire. Elizabeth City State and Fayetteville State battle in the annual Down East Classic in Rocky Mount. And speaking of the C-I, the conference unveiled its 2020 tournament logo this week in celebration of its 75th anniversary. On Oct. 1, a virtual CIAA Media Day begins at 8:45 a.m. (can it get any earlier) in Charlotte to kick off the basketball season. You can watch the proceedings at the CIAA Sports Network.