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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Green Tie Awards

Several state legislators were honored for their activism on environmental issues at Tuesday's 2014 Green Tie Awards in Raleigh.

Senator of the year – Angela Bryant for her "consistent ability to prioritize protecting our environment when making hard decisions....and providing real leadership over the years on key issues at the intersection of environment and social justice."

Representative of the year – Larry Hall for his "sponsorship and votes for sound environmental legislation, being proactive on environmental issues and his record."

Rising stars: senators' Valerie Foushee and Mike Woodard; reps. Nathan Baskerville, Carla Cunningham, George Graham, Duane Hall, Yvonne Lewis Holley, Bobbie Richardson and Evelyn Terry.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Jerry Mack at Durham Sports Club, Part 1

N.C. Central football coach Jerry Mack was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Durham Sports Club. Mack was escorted by his “bodyguards,” assistant athletic director George “Bulldog” Smith and running backs coach Adrian Jones.

A near capacity crowd at Croasdaile Country Club listened as Mack, an Arkansas State graduate, began with an overview of his highly traveled career, beginning with his first job out of college at Delta State as a graduate assistant at the barely legal age of 21.

“I learned a lot at Delta State,” he said. “First, don’t watch the clock. You have to have a passion for what you do. Second, sacrifice. I had a chance to take a job at my alma mater, but it was not the right situation for me at the time. I had to tell my wife, who was home with a 1 year old, that I was not coming back home to take the job, I was staying at Delta State. It’s not a conversation you want to have with your wife. But Delta State is where I developed my craft. Third, I learned to manage my time. And fourth, I learned to recruit. The players at Delta State were just as old as I was or older.”

On his stint at Jackson State:

“That community is what Durham could become. It is a great community. Young men grow up wanting to play at JSU. I want the same thing in Durham –high school athletes at Southern Durham, Hillside, Northern, Jordan – players that want to play for NCCU.”

On Central Arkansas:

“Central Arkansas was detail-oriented program. The same athletics director that was at Delta State when I was there was at Central Arkansas and he hired me. So I tell players you never know who you’ll meet again so don’t burn your bridges. Central Arkansas got the most out of players. That’s why I say hard work beats top talent if the top talent doesn’t work hard.”

On Arkansas Pine-Bluff:

“This was my first opportunity as a (offensive) coordinator and where I grew as a coach. But I made some mistakes. I told God ‘If you just let me be an offensive coordinator again or head coach, I won’t make the same mistakes.’ “

On University of Memphis:

“Going home is not always what you expect. (Mack is a native of Memphis, Tenn.) We lived up the street from my parents. I wouldn’t make that same mistake again. My kids loved it, my wife not so much.”

On South Alabama:

“Great staff. Mobile, Alabama, is the best city I’ve worked in. The kids played hard. We lost five games by two points or less, but we ended up winning our last four games. They never gave up.”

 

Dang, it’s 1:41 a.m. Thursday morning.

Part 2 will be Mack’s interview process for the job and the response from the Eagle community so far.

 

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Monday, May 19, 2014
What people are talking about 5/19

The N.C. Supreme Court sided with Parents for Educational Freedom in N.C. and granted a stay to the preliminary injunction issued by a Wake County Superior Court that had suspended implementation of the Opportunity Scholarship program in February.

• Can I get fries with that? Americans for Prosperity distributed earplugs at the N.C. General Assembly to combat activists who planned a “pot and spoon” banging demonstration. “While the opponents of tax reform, educational freedom and job creation are angrily banging on pots like young children, members of our legislature, their staff and others are trying to keep N.C. moving toward a brighter future,” a press release sated. “We want to encourage them to ignore the noise and stay on track.”

• Final settlement. The city of Durham finally settled its lawsuit with the Duke lacrosse players. Read the statement here.

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Sports news & notes 5/17

Former Morgan State Ian Chiles made an impressive showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Chiles averaged 13 points and eight rebounds to help lead Sales Systems, Ltd., to a win over Norfolk Sports Club. The invitational showcases college seniors before professional scouts during the four-day, 12-game event.

Home sweet home. With just three home football games last season, Tuskegee still managed to lead the NCAA Division II in attendance average with 14,954 fans per game. That’s over 4,000 more than second-place Grand Valley State, which averaged a little over 10,000 fans per game.

Second chance. Free-agent signings are the norm after the NFL Draft is complete. So far, four SWAC players have signed contracts: Alabama State’s Isaiah Crowell to Cleveland Brown, Jackson State’s Qua Cox to Indianapolis Colts and Rob Smith to Oakland Raiders, and Southern’s Lee Doss to Washington Redskins. In the CIAA, Winston-Salem State linebacker Carlos Fields signed with the Oakland Raiders.

The rich get richer. Bethune-Cookman football snagged another top transfer. Western Michigan wide receiver Jaime Wilson announced last month that he was transferring to the Wildcats. Wilson, a Florida native, was the 2012 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year. He sat out last season with a broken ankle.

SWAC football ready? The SWAC announced its Football Media Day is July 18 at the Birmingham Marriott. Last year’s day drew more than 400 attendees.

 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Fathers Forever - 5/15

Read this touching story by an ex-wife in the latest Fathers Forever weekly Wednesday blog, here.

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