CIAA Tournament – Wednesday
First game of the day, or rather morning is Johnson C. Smith vs. Claflin men. For all intents and purposes, Smith shouldn’t even be here, but as the saying goes, “It’s better to be lucky than good.” And Smith was lucky against Chowan. Good thing, too, because the home fans behind press row were about ready to storm the court at coach Steve Joyner Sr. I went to get something to eat at the concession stand during halftime and the Golden Bulls mascot was walking by. A male fan pointed his finger at the mascot and said “Your team sucks! They suck! That mascot looked at him like “What do you expect me to do about it?” Fans are a trip.
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A little birdie told us that ESPN is thinking about doing a 30 for 30 on St. Augustine's track coach/athletics director George Williams. We'll see what develops.
My colleague, Herb White, editor-in-chief of The Charlotte Post, is beside himself. He can't get over Johnson C. Smith is still playing. Smith rallied to defeat Chowan Monday night and now just hit the game-winning shot to defeat Claflin. Herb wanted to take the rest of the week off and do other things, but he has to come back for another day. You know, sometimes when a team keeps getting all the breaks, it winds up in the championship game. We shall see, they play Virginia Union tomorrow. The Panthers have yet to play a game.
Talked to Virginia State coach James Hill after the Trojans loss to Livingstone. Coach Hill's roster reads like a Who's Who of transfers, bu he said he lost four players during the season for various personal reasons. "We'll be back," he kept saying. "We'll be back." Somehow, I believe him.
And speaking of VSU, it appears the athletics department is looking for ANOTHER sports information director. That's – what – 10 in the past five years. OK, maybe not that many but close. And we all know why folks keep leaving so there's no need to say her name. Although in this case, good riddance. I've only gotten one press release from VSU in the last year, and I think that was by mistake.
We just witnessed a remarkable performance by Virginia Union sophomore guard Shareka McNeill, who tied the women's tourney record for most points with 59. McNeill had 25 in the first quarter alone. She ties N.C. Central forward Cassie King, who scored 59 in 2005, and yes I was at that game. Those were the dominating years of NCCU women, who I thoroughly enjoyed covering. They were better than the men during that stretch.
Time for a gripe: I know that HBCU sports is different in many ways, there needs to be better professionalism in the postgame press conferences. Folks coming in with 25 people and cheering the coaches and players, making comments instead of asking questions. Some of us are on a working deadline you know. Like that crap can't wait till the 10-minute conference is over. Geez!