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Are you ready for more football?

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:00:00 am

HBCU football Saturday is back!!

Four games will be streamed tomorrow on ESPN3 starting at 1 p.m. and going through the night. The biggie,  of course, is Jackson State at Grambling at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. The Tigers had a playdate against Edward Waters College, now we’ll really see if Deion can coach. Alabama A&M at South Carolina State at 1:30 p.m., followed by Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Southern at 2:30 p.m., and Texas Southern at Prairie View A&M at 8 p.m. The Jackson State game also will be shown tape-delayed on ESPNU. You know SWAC coaches can’t wait to kick Deion’s butt. They’ve had to witness the Prime Time Show for over six months now. Time to put up or shut up.

And speaking of football, even in a pandemic and a shortened or canceled football season, there’s always turnover.

As I reported earlier this week, Gregory Ruffin was let go at Edward Waters College after one game, which was a 53-0 loss to Jackson State. Two days later, Latrell Scott resigned from Norfolk State to take a position at East Carolina, which is my hometown university. Rumors had Scott leaving every season he was at NSU, but he stayed for five seasons and earned a 21-35 record. The Spartans were thisclose (sic) to winning a conference championship in 2019, so somebody is going to have a nice roster to lead. Assistant head coach William “B.T.” Sherman has been named interim head coach.

“This was a very hard decision. Brandi, Chase and I love the NSU campus community, our staff and players,” Scott said. “It was truly a family decision that we feel is best for us right now. We will miss this program we’ve become so ingrained in and want nothing but the best for the Spartans moving forward.”

MEAC HONORS

North Carolina Central sophomore forward Anissa Rivera was named the MEAC defensive player of the year. Rivera led the conference in scoring (16 ppg), rebounds (10 rpg) and blocks (3.1 bpg). She also averaged almost two steals a game. The Lady Eagles will meet Morgan State March 11 in the quarterfinals of the MEAC Tournament. For the record, Howard took the remaining three awards: Jayla Thornton, player of the year; Anzhane’ Hutton, rookie of the yea; and Ty Grace, coach of the year.

On the men’s side, senior guard C.J. Keyser earned a spot on the All-MEAC First Team. Keyser averaged 16.4 ppg and shot almost 47% from the field. Coppin State’s Anthony Tarke took player of the year and defensive player of the year; brother Nendah Tarke was voted rookie of the year; and Florida A&M’s Robert McCullum is coach of the year.

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