Sports news & notes – 3/8
The MEAC Tournament kicks off Monday at The Scope in Norfolk, Va. N.C. Central men and Hampton women are the No. 1 seeds. Both squads have byes until Wednesday. The Eagles will take on the winner of N.C. A&T/Howard. NCCU and Aggie fans know what happened last year this time. A&T upset the Eagles on Wednesday night en route to winning the tournament and an automatic bid to the Big Dance. The Aggies won the play-in game against Liberty and lost to eventual champion Louisville. Although NCCU has already qualified for the NIT, it’s the NCAA everybody wants. The Pirates are more concerned with their seeding in the NCAA. Coach David Six let his disgust be known after Hampton was given an undeserving No. 16 seed last year, particularly since the team was No. 15 the year prior. Even a TV commentator during a non-HBCU women’s game remarked that the Pirates deserved a higher seeding this year. We’ll soon find out.
More changes are coming to the Turkey Day Classic. First Tuskegee was replaced with Stillman vs. Alabama State. The Golden Tigers got tired of missing the Division II playoffs because of the classic date. New this year is the moving of the game to Nov. 22 instead of Thanksgiving Day. This, ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd told supporters, will allow more students to attend the game instead of going home for the holidays.
Shaw women have won their tourney so they’ll be watching the DII selection show Sunday night at 10 p.m. on www.ncaa.com. The Bears went all the way two years ago. Virginia State should also get a tourney bid. On the men’s side, Livingstone will be the CIAA’s lone representative.
NCCU still hasn’t announced a new volleyball coach. Let’s be honest, there are much more exciting things going on in Eagleland, and I like women sports. But the Eagles may be seeking a new softball coach soon. Theresa Stephens was hired in 2011. Since then, NCCU has gone 4-45 and 5-44, and is 0-12 so far this season. You do like to see some improvement.