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NCCU’s Mack named top HBCU coach
Published Sunday, July 16, 2017
by Bonitta Best

The honors and accolades just keep rolling in for North Carolina Central football coach Jerry Mack.

Mack was named the HBCU Male Coach of the Year at the seventh annual HBCU Awards Friday night in Washington, D.C.

He beat out five other contenders: Xavier’s Alan Green, Alcorn State’s Montez Robinson, Dillard’s Mike Newell, Virginia State’s Reggie Barlow and Hampton’s David Six.

The Eagles have won three MEAC championships in Mack’s first three seasons. Last year was particularly fruitful as NCCU earned the title outright for the first time since 2012 and finished 9-3, including 8-0 conference. Mack’s 24 wins are the most in three seasons in program history.

Alcorn State, Grambling picked to win

The SWAC will sponsor its final conference championship game this season. The league will end the game to focus on the Air Force Celebration Bowl. Grambling State defeated NCCU in last season’s bowl 10-9.

The Tigers and Alcorn State were picked to win the West and East divisions, respectively, at Friday’s SWAC Football Media Day. Both are defending division champs.

Grambling senior quarterback Devante Kincade was named the preseason offensive player of the year. Kincade completed 63 percent of his passes, and threw for 3,022 yards, 31 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

Jackson State defensive end Keontre Anderson took the preseason defensive player of the year award after leading the nation last season with 25.5 tackles for loss, plus nine sacks and six hurries.

Predicted Order of Finish

Eastern Division

  1. Alcorn State
  2. Alabama State
  3. Jackson State
  4. Alabama A&M
  5. Mississippi Valley State

Western Division

  1. Grambling State
  2. Southern
  3. Prairie View A&M
  4. Texas Southern
  5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

HBCU DII teams on ESPN3

An HBCU doubleheader will be live streamed on ESPN3 on Sept. 9. The matchups are part of the NCAA Division II football TV schedule.

A rematch of last season’s CIAA championship game between Bowie State and Winston-Salem State will air at 4 p.m. The Rams defeated the Bulldogs 43-33 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia.

An SIAC matchup between Albany State and Tuskegee will air at 5 p.m.

“The quality of Division II football continues to rise,” said Steve Mullins, incoming chair of the DII Football Committee. “We are proud to provide our fans and communities the opportunity to watch some of the most exciting teams across the nation.”


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