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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
NCCU seeks new voice

CC is sad. We’ve learned that N.C. Central play-by-play announcer/assistant sports information director Chris Hooks is no longer with the university.

Chris was the main reason we listened to the Eagles broadcasts. He may have been a little over the top for some folks, but he was all right with CC.

Our last email from Chris was Dec. 5, so he’s been gone for a couple of weeks. We’re sure he’s found another job already.

Kyle Serba said Jonathan Duren, who broadcasts the women’s games, will have an expanded role until permanent details are worked out.

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Sports news and notes, 12/12

Former Alabama State football coach Reggie Barlow is not going away quietly. Barlow was released two weeks ago despite signing a contract extension during the summer. Barlow, who was the lowest paid SWAC coach before the extension despite five straight winning seasons, went to the local TV station to air his grievances. His attorney said they will give the university 30 days to change course or they plan to file a lawsuit. Barlow said he was waiting to hear back from ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd. Good luck with that. UPDATE: The Montgomery Advertiser this week quotes board chairman Locy Baker as saying that the university doesn’t have the money to hire a top-level candidate. Then why didn’t they keep the qualified one they had?

Follow the leader. Bethune-Cookman 1959 graduate Franklin Beckwith donated $60,000 to his alma mater. He is one of several alumni to give back. Trustee Joe Petrock bequeathed $1 million, some former students also donated $1 million, and alumnus Harold Lucas Jr. gave $100,000 last year.

Coaching vacancies. The list is down to five: Florida A&M, Norfolk State, Lane College, Alabama State and Benedict. St. Augustine’s made Michael Morand permanent head coach Friday.  According to footballscoop.com, Florida A&M has narrowed its field to eight and will trim that down to three by next week. The eight are: former Louisiana-Monroe head coach Charlie Weatherbie, former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips, Alcorn State offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Willie Simmons, Florida A&M interim head coach Corey Fuller, Virginia State head coach Latrell Scott, former Central State head coach Ester Junior III, Prairie View offensive coordinator Mark Orlando and former Southeast Missouri State head coach Tony Samuel. Scott appears to be a particular hot candidate right now. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Norfolk State has asked permission to discuss its vacancy with him.

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
What people are talking about - 12/12

As a gesture of good will and appreciation, the Wake County school board voted to give a one-time $1,250 bonus to school support staff, i.e. bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, teacher assistants and secretaries. Considering most if not all of these positions did not receive raises by the General Assembly, it’s a worthy gesture. Timing couldn’t be any better either with Christmas approaching.

• In the No Surprise department, Gov. Pat McCrory joined other governors in a lawsuit that challenges President Obama’s presidential power on immigration law. President Obama last month bypassed Congress to legalize approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. “The president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution and his unilateral expansion of power must be challenged,” McCrory said.

• And speaking of, McCrory has appointed Chief District Judge R Gregory Horne replace retiring Senior Resident Superior Court Judge C. Philip Ginn in District 24. Ginn will retire at the end of the month. District 24 covers Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery and Watauga counties.

 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Christmas Grinch

The Christmas Grinches have started early. Employees of the Denver Post recently contacted Liberty Counsel after receiving a memo banning them from writing or using cards that say “Merry Christmas.” Really?

Newspaper carriers were provided Holiday Cards to give out instead and threatened with firing for using any others. In case those Scrooges forgot, Christmas is a federal holiday. Each season Liberty Counsel publishes a Naughty and Nice list on retailers who either censor or recognize Christmas. See list here at www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=17981, which will be updated regularly.

 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
MEAC Tiebreaker

The MEAC has released its tiebreaker format for this weekend. Read here.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014
CIAA championship game

Beautiful day for football. Winton-Salem State side is packed with a sea of red. Virginia State has a nice crowd but folks are still coming in or tailgating outside. Was told over 40 members of media are here. All I care about is I'm inside where it's warm.The last time the game was at Durham County Stadium, a blow occurred between former commissioner Leon Kerry and a couple of the presidents. Kerry was fired the following week.

Touchdown Trojans! Defensive back Dontrell Jones picks up fumble by Mustafa Greene and returns it 64 yds for score. VSU leads 7-0 wth 10:05 left in first quarter.

Durham County Stadium is not big enough for this game. Folks are on top of folks. The coaches on both teams are in booths. Last time they were outside and it wasn't pretty. Fans didn't hesitate to let them know what kind of job they were doing. And of course we have the Commissioner's box.

Virginia State fans have the advantage. They are sitting on the sunny side. Rams folks are bundled up, but loud.

Trojans are moving the ball wee on second possession of game. At the WSSU 41. Trojans have used up almost the entire first quarter. Now at Rams 25.Kavon Bellamy went out after a great leaping catch but fell on the ball and had the wind knocked out of him.

End of 1st quarter - 7-0 Trojans lead and threatening again

Oh yeah, Trojans are starting a freshman QB Niko Johnson because starting sophomore QB Tarian Ayres was suspended for allegedly driving under the influence and being underage drinker. Trojans have 15 plays so far in this drive. Johnson runs for the end zone but fumbles. Elder Hudson III recovers fumble for VSU in end zone. Trojans lead 14-0 with 12:55 left in 1st half.

Rams playing like they've never been in the title game before right now. QBs overthrowing receivers, fumbling the ball. Trojans are fired up.

Trojans on the move again. Johnson hasn't missed in hitting his receivers. Rams fans in shock.

Trojans go for it on 4th-and-2 at Rams 22 but are denied. Will this wake up the Rams? 4:15 left in the first half.

Touchdown Rams! Phil Sims throws a 38-yd pass to Eric Williams. That 4th-down stop did fire up the Rams. Instead of 17-0 or 21-0, it's 14-7 with 1:18 left in half.

Now it's the Rams turn to be fired up. But neither team can score again. End of first half. 

Virginia State band is on the field. Enough horse hair out there to start a horse farm. Ladies and gentlemen, we had a wardrobe malfunction ala Janet Jackson.  Of course a man in the press box up here noticed it first.

Members of the media are still upset over the snub from the football banquet. We were not allowed in for the first time ever. Expect to hear more about that.

And we're off in the second half. Debate's been going on if two CIAA teams will get in if Trojans win. Or does the winner take all. Personally, I can't see the Rams not getting a shot based on reputation alone, and that's how a lot of the white schools get a berth.

VSU RB Kavon Bellamy fumbles and Rams recover at the Trojans 26. 9:56 left in 3rd quarter.

Rudy Johnson returns the favor and fumbles. Ray Prosise recovers. Trojans at own 14. Rams defense holds.

WSSU defensive lineman Jac'Que Polite is down with 6:02 left in third. Is helped off the field.

Rams and Trojans defenses have taken center stage. 3 minutes left in 3rd and no score so far from either team.

End of 3rd quarter. Still 14-7, which I'm sure is just fine with Trojans. Great crowd at Durham County Stadium. 

Bad punt has Rams at VSU 28. Tyree Massey runs 11 yards to 16. Someone mentioned that dreaded word: OVERTIME. NOOOOO! Touchdown Rams! Sims hits Brendan Felder for 20 yards. And we're tied at 14 all. What a game! You always want these type of games on national TV. Best recruiting tool  there is.

Trojans fumble the ball! Conor O'Neal recovers for WSSU.  Rams at VSU 30 with 11:11 left in game. WSSU gets first down. At the 19. Rams fumble but get the ball back. Mustafa Greene gives WSSU first down at 9. 8:07 left.

Daryl Simmons just got a big sack on Sims. Rams forced for 29-yard FG. Makes it. Leads 17-14.

Trojans driving. Johnson just threw a beautiful 38-yard pass to Kavon Bellamy. VSU at Rams 31. Touchdown Trojans! Johnson runs 25 yards for TD with 3 minutes left. 21-7 Trojans lead.

Rams start at own 29. In hurry-up offense. Sims runs ball at VSU 44 with 1:31 left. 4th and 11 at VSU 46. 43.3 seconds left. This is it for the Rams.

A new CIAA champion will be crowned.  35.9 seconds left and VSU has ball.

I've never seen a bunch of people exit a game like those Rams. it took all of 3 seconds to clear their side. Rams players are inconsolable. Niko Johnson was named game's MVP.  Tarian Ayres just may have dranked himself out of a starting job next season. Johnson was 12 of 19 for 128 yards, no TDs and no INTs. Johnson was also the game's leading rushing with 76 yards.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sports news & notes 11/13

SWAC basketball will have 11 televised games this season. Beginning tomorrow (Friday) at 11 a.m., Grambling State women take on Old Miss on the SEC Network. Then the men of Mississippi Valley State travel to Indian for a Big Ten Network telecast at 6 p.m., and Alcorn State brings up the rear with a 9 p.m. slot at California on the PAC-12 Network.

Although not televised, Jackson State men come to Raleigh Friday night to take on NC State. It appears the Wolfpack didn’t want to risk another matchup with N.C. Central after being upset by the Eagles last season in overtime.

• Is there any place TMZ is not? A video released by TMZ Sports this week got Bowie State volunteer football coach Charles Grant fired. Grant was shown body-slamming a student to the floor in the school’s gym and then shoving him into the bleachers. Goodbye.

• Prairie View A&M will face Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament Friday at 7 p.m. Although Howard won the SWAC division title, it is ineligible for postseason play in its first season in the SWAC. PVAM is the runner-up. Not a good sign for a conference when a newbie from another conference comes in and wins the division title the first season.

• The SIAC was informed last month that the NCAA had inadvertently missed five games in counting the conference’s total football attendance for the 2013 season. After the adjustment, the conference wins the top Division II football attendance title for the 11th straight season and 22 of the past 24 years.

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Friday, October 17, 2014
Scam Alert

The scammers are at it again.

Banking on Ebola fears, scam artists are touting products from silver to herbal oils to snake venom as a cure or to prevent Ebola. Of course, none of it is true, but these people know how to capitalize on fear. Both the Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration have denounced the “cures.” There are NO FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to treat Ebola. None. Nada. Got it?

Second scam: The N.C. Attorney General is warning residents to hang up if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Scammers are pretending to be Treasury officials to trick victims into sending prepaid debit cards to pay unpaid federal taxes. Seven hundred complaints have been filed so far.

 

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Sports news & notes 10/10

After a two-year hiatus, the Labor Day Classic returns to Norfolk, Virginia, in 2016. The game pits Norfolk State against a CIAA squad. The classic was cancelled the past two seasons due to NCAA rules regarding the later start of Division II football.

“I am extremely happy to be able to finalize arrangements to return the Labor Day Classic to Dick Price Stadium,” Athletics Director Marty L. Miller said. “This is a winner for all of our programs, student-athletes and fans.”

The Spartans host Elizabeth City State Sept. 3, 2016; and Virginia State in 2017 and ’18.

• Maryland Eastern Shore will bring back alumni for a weekend of events beginning Oct. 17. Former student-athletes from men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball will bring back their game to show off during Hawk Hysteria and Hawktoberfest. Volleyball begins Oct. 17 at 6 p.m., followed by basketball. On Oct. 18, the baseball team will host its annual alumni game at Hawks Stadium. Alumni will battle the current 2014-15 squad for bragging rights. Any alumni interested in participating should contact Stan Bradley at (410) 651-6499 or email gsbradley@umes.edu.

• Hampton defensive coordinator Kenny Phillips is taking an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons. Tremayne Henry will fill in on an interim basis. Phillips joined the Pirates and reunited with coach Connell Maynor after serving as head coach 13 years at Fayetteville State. Henry was recently released as St. Augustine’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

• Game of the Week: Aspire will broadcast the 79th Annual Tuskegee Morehouse Classic live Saturday at 5 p.m.

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Friday, October 3, 2014
CIAA Basketball Luncheon - 10/2/14

Leave it to Jacques Curtis to get the party rolling at Thursday’s CIAA basketball media day. The Shaw women’s basketball coach was saying how much harder it is to win year in and year out. “We got beat by some people last year that we didn’t want to get beat by,” he said. And then the kicker: “Not by Steve, though.” The room at the Charlotte Convention Center roared with laughter and probably some embarrassment for Steve Joyner Jr., whom Curtis was referring to. Joyner Jr. has yet to defeat Shaw as a head coach at Winston-Salem State and now at Johnson C. Smith. Vintage Curtis stuff.

Curtis also had to be a bit miffed that the Bears were picked to finish second in the South behind Fayetteville State. SECOND! Yes, I hear the Broncos are loaded but they’ve been loaded before and bombed at the CIAA tournament. A four-time defending champ shouldn’t play second fiddle to anyone until they are dethroned – even if it is my “good friend” (cough, cough) Curtis.

• New Livingstone women’s coach Anita Howard helped Shaw win a couple of those titles. After turning around a dismal program at Salem College, Howard has an equally tough job at LC. “I’m not going to let you outwork me in the field and I’m not going to let you outwork me on the court,” she said. “We are going to build a championship team.” I believe her.

• St. Augustine’s women’s coach Rachel Bullard said the past week has been a tough one for the campus after the untimely death of football player Matthew Mangram. Bullard said many of her players arrived on campus in the same class as Mangram and were quite upset. It’s also put some things in perspective. “When you lose somebody, it puts into perspective how precious we are, and we need to let the small stuff go,” she said. “We get caught so much in the rut of things and the foolishness.”

• St. Aug’s new men’s coach MarQus Johnson said he didn’t know what type of offense he was going to have, but he did have one goal. “Hopefully, we can win the GPA award,” he said to laughter. “We got to win something.”

Read more in my column next week.

 

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH:

Women’s Southern Division

Women’s Northern Division

1. Fayetteville State

1. Virginia State

2. Shaw

2. Virginia Union

3. Winston-Salem State

3. Lincoln

4. Johnson C. Smith

4. Bowie State

5. Saint Augustine's

5. Chowan

6. Livingstone

6. Elizabeth City State

 

Men’s Southern Division

Men’s Northern Division

1. Livingstone

1. Bowie State

2. Winston-Salem State

2. Lincoln

3. Fayetteville State

3. Virginia State

4. Johnson C. Smith

4. Virginia Union

5. Shaw

5. Elizabeth City State

6. Saint Augustine’s

6. Chowan

2014 Preseason All-CIAA Team

WOMEN

#

NAME

SCHOOL

21

Donia Naylor

BSU

11

Alisha Mabley

CU

4

Jadda Jefferies

ECSU

21

Deja Middleton

FSU

14

Ashley Porter

JCSU

23

Cierra York

LC

32

Zephrah Pam

TLU

4

Regime McCombs

SAU

23

Tiffanie Adair

VSU

12

Jessica Lyons

VSU

4

Ashle Freeman

VUU

14

Dionna Scott

WSSU

MEN

#

NAME

SCHOOL

10

Andre Jackson

BSU

30 

Miykael Faulcon 

ECSU

20

Darrell Ward

ECSU

2

Joshua Dawson

FSU

31

Emilio Parks

JCSU

4

Eric DuBose

LC

34

Eric Mayo

LC

4

Larry Richardson

SU

32

Alphonso Leary

VSU

3

Ray Anderson

VUU

22

Wykevin Baxemore

WSSU

00

Marquez Jones

WSSU

 

 

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