Sports news, notes & rumors – 9/14
In the “No they didn’t” department, the Greensboro News & Record reported earlier this week that Grambling State had contacted N.C. A&T football coach, and former G-men coach, Rod Broadway about returning to the Tigers. Broadway politely said no. I give him credit for being polite about it. Although some folks have disputed some of the rumors, but word had it Broadway was called every name imaginable from alumni and fans after he had the audacity to interview for the Aggies job. They even went so low as to denigrate his deceased wife, although many deny it. Broadway won the SWAC championship and earned the title of black college national champion in just his second year. You know the G-men would never have gone 1-10 last season (0-10 SWAC) if he were still coach. Instead, he has the Aggies on the rebound in just his second season.
Highly-touted Vanderbilt transfer Jaborian McKenzie has been suspended by Alcorn State pending the outcome of his alleged involvement in a June sexual assault case. McKenzie, from nearby Woodville, Miss., transferred earlier this month and cleared NCAA transfer requirements to play in the Braves’ season opener against Mississippi Valley State. “Intercollegiate athletics is an extracurricular forum for student engagement intended to provide an outlet for maturation, growth and development. And McKenzie has been notified that the privilege to play has been withdrawn,” President Christopher Brown II said. McKenzie remains enrolled as a student, however.
Southern University recently broke ground on a $1.4 million baseball facility. It’s a long awaited addition to one of the SWAC’s most dominant baseball programs. “We now can recruit kids that we couldn’t reach at first and hopefully I can be around one more time to see a SWAC championship,” head baseball coach Roger Cador said.
And in the “Can the man catch a break” department, MarQus Johnson is out of another CIAA coaching job. Johnson, a N.C. Central alumnus and basketball player, has been an assistant at Shaw, assistant and interim head coach at NCCU and assistant at St. Aug’s – twice. When Lonnie Blow flew the coop for Virginia State, I thought Johnson would finally get the opportunity. But President Dianne Boardley Suber went “old school” and hired Florida A&M assistant Tony Sheals. Bet Johnson is wondering, “What do I have to do?” Might not want to ask that question at St. Aug’s, though.
SWAC TV games on Sept. 14:
• Alabama State at Arkansas Pine-Bluff (ESPN3, 4 p.m.)
• Texas Southern vs. Sam Houston State (Comcast Sportsnet, 7 p.m.)
• Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (Fox SportsSouth, 6 p.m.)