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Sports Samplings 11/1

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Florida A&M plans to cut men’s tennis and men’s cross-country programs next June, reduce staff and expenses by $800,000. The Rattlers budget deficit is projected to balloon to $2.4 million – and the year isn’t even over yet. According to reports, Athletics Director John Eason submitted his letter of resignation to FAMU President Larry Robinson a few weeks ago, but Robinson refused to accept it. He might want to rethink that decision. FAMU’s athletics department is a mess and higher heads than two measly sports need to roll.

But enough of bad news. The game of the week throws down in Orangeburg, South Carolina, when the Bulldogs host North Carolina A&T. SCSU, A&T and Bethune-Cookman all have one conference loss, but the Bulldogs have the edge since they have already beaten B-CU. Both the Aggies and SCSU conference loss was against Florida A&M, which can’t compete for a conference championship. But critics don’t care. The Rattlers are ranked No. 17 in both the STATS FCS and AFCA Coaches polls, their first national ranking since 2009.

A loss by A&T or SCSU is going to put the losing team in a deep hole with just three games remaining. The game will be streamed on ESPN3, and tape-delayed at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Gee, it’ll be about time to turn back the clocks by then.

Three other ESPN3 MEAC games: NCCU at Howard at 1 p.m. And speaking of the Bison, wide receiver Kyle Anthony needs six catches to break the school record held by alumnus and former Bison coach Gary “Flea” Harrell. He also needs six touchdown receptions to become the program’s all-time leader. Morgan State at Norfolk State at 2 p.m., and Delaware State at FAMU at 4 p.m. Hmmm, wonder how many points the Rattlers will run up.

Probably not as many as Bowie State will score against Lincoln (Pa.) this weekend. The undefeated Bulldogs have the Lions and Vikings left on their regular-season schedule. How sweet is that? Of course, on any given Saturday….NAH!!!

Over in the SWAC, Connell Maynor and Alabama A&M heads to Southern at 5 p.m. on ESPN3.

The MEAC is honoring HBCU coaching legends throughout the season. One of my favorites is former NCCU-Grambling State-N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway. We go way back to the beginning. Here is his interview.

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