NASHVILLE, Tennessee – After taking a week off the Tennessee State track and field team will return to action hosting the annual TSU Invite.
Friday, January 31, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – After taking a week off the Tennessee State track and field team will return to action hosting the annual TSU Invite.
LIBERTY, Missouri -- Offensive Player of the Year Franklyn Quiteh and Defensive Player of the Year Matt Longacre highlight the 2013 D2Football.com All-America team. Players from 62 schools were selected with West Texas A&M leading the way with eight selections. Adam Dorrel, coach of National Champion Northwest Missouri, is the 2012 Coach of the Year. It is the first time he has received this honor.
|Dustin Vaughan||6-5, 220, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|Franklyn Quiteh||5-9, 206, Sr.||Bloomsburg|
|Rondell White||5-10, 185,Sr.||West Chester|
|Jeff Janis||6-3, 218, Sr.||Saginaw Valley State|
|Marquez Clark||5-11, 190, Jr.||Central Oklahoma|
|Joe Don Duncan||6-4, 270, Sr.||Dixie State|
|Matt Feiler||6-7, 325, Sr.||Bloomsburg|
|Brian Clarke||6-3, 290, Sr.||Bloomsburg|
|Jeremy Gatson||6-4, 325, Sr.||Shaw|
|Matt Armstrong||6-3, 290, Sr.||Grand Valley State|
|William Wright||6-3, 310, Sr.||West Georgia|
|Jake Metz||6-7, 255, Sr.||Shippensburg|
|Larry Webster||6-7, 250, Sr.||Bloomsburg|
|Matt Longacre||6-3, 240, Jr.||Northwest Missouri State|
|Darius Allen||6-3, 239, Jr.||CSU-Pueblo|
|Carlos Fields||6-2, 220, Sr.||Winston-Salem State|
|LB||Tavarius Wilson||5-11, 235, Sr.||North Alabama|
|LeRon Furr||6-3, 225, Sr.||Fort Valley State|
|Pierre Desir||6-2, 206, Sr.||Lindenwood|
|Brandon Dixon||6-0, 195, Sr.||Northwest Missouri State|
|Dexter Moody||6-3, 204, Sr.||Albany State|
|Michael Green||6-0, 195, Sr.||Lenoir-Rhyne|
|Sergio Castillo||5-11, 195, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|Brandon Kliesen||5-10, 221, Sr.||CSU- Pueblo|
|John Brown||5-11, 170, Sr.||Pittsburg State|
|Kevin Rodgers||6-3, 215, Jr.||Henderson State|
|Keidrick Jackson||5-9, 210, Sr.||Midwestern State|
|Tyler Tonderum||5-10, 191, Jr.||Southwest Minnesota State|
|Trevor Harman||6-2, 210, Jr.||Shippensburg|
|Freddie Martino||6-0, 195, Sr.||North Greenville|
|Ryan Corbin||6-4, 250, Sr.||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|Craig Watts||6-4, 335, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|Cole Manhart||6-6, 300, Jr.||Nebraska-Kearney|
|Matthew Reece||6-3, 310, Jr.||Tuskegee|
|Byron Dovales||6-3, 290, Sr.||IUP|
|Jamal Ellis||6-4, 315, Sr.||Newberry|
|Charles Tuaau||6-5, 310, Jr.||Texas A&M Commerce|
|Zach Moore||6-6, 278, Sr.||Concordia St. Paul|
|Ethan Westbrooks||6-4, 275, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|Jamie Meder||6-2, 304, Sr.||Ashland|
|Taylor McCuller||6-2, 240, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|Chris Pope||6-1, 215, Sr.||Valdosta State|
|Keaton Stigger||6-2, 245, Sr.||Henderson State|
|Brian Dixon||6-0, 195, Sr.||Northwest Missouri State|
|Thomas Wolfe III||6-0, 185, Sr.||Fort Valley State|
|Justin Bell||5-10, 185, Sr.||Ohio Dominican|
|Jack Moro||5-11, 190, Sr.||St. Cloud State|
|Steve Wakefield||5-11, 175, Sr.||Mercyhurst|
|Scottie Gallardo||6-0, 215, Sr.||Fort Lewis|
|AP||Nathan Slaughter||5-10, 185, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|QB||Jonathon Jennings||6-2, 205, Sr.||Saginaw Valley State|
|QB||Joe Clancy||6-3, 210, Sr.||Merrimack|
|QB||Jon Wolf||6-4, 230, Sr.||Minnesota State|
|Bo Cordell||6-0, 205, Sr.||Tusculum|
|Glen Clinton||5-10, 200, Sr.||Chadron State|
|RB||Daiquone Ford||5-7, 190, So.||Findlay|
|RB||Anthony Taylor||5-11, 209, Jr.||Ashland|
|Terrell Watson||6-2, 230, Jr.||Azusa Pacific|
|Robert Holland||6-3, 190, Sr.||Chowan|
|Vernon Johnson||6-1, 190, Jr.||Texas A&M-Commerce|
|WR||Gregory Moore||6-4, 200, Sr.||Lane|
|WR||Corey Washington||6-4, 200, Sr.||Newberry|
|WR||Torrence Allen||6-1, 190, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|Darius Davis||5-11, 212, Jr.||Henderson State|
|Reggie Jordan||6-3, 235, Sr.||Missouri Western State|
|Michael Flacco||6-5, 245, So.||New Haven|
|Scott Simonson||6-5, 255, Sr.||Assumption|
|Jamie Potts||6-3, 235, So.||Grand Valley State|
|OL||Marcus Cuellar||6-4, 320, Sr.||Western Oregon|
|OL||Viondy Merisma||6-4, 285, Sr.||American International|
|OL||Mike Nelson||6-4, 305, Sr.||Central Washington|
|OL||Joe Ray||6-0, 245, So.||Lenoir-Rhyne|
|DL||Julian Howsare||6-3, 255, Jr.||Clarion|
|DL||Kraig Akins||6-2, 290, Jr.||Western Oregon|
|DL||Chris Schaudt||6-4, 272, Sr.||Minnesota State|
|DL||Mike Pennel||6-5, 363, Sr.||CSU-Pueblo|
|DL||Troy Harris||6-4, 260, Sr.||Mars Hill|
|DL||Donnie Owens||6-3, 295, Sr.||Winston-Salem State|
|DL||Howard Jones||6-4, 238, Sr.||Shepherd|
|DL||Lawrence Virgil||6-5, 290, Sr.||Valdosta State|
|Robert Hayes||6-2, 278, Sr.||Shepherd|
|Blake Baker||6-1, 215, Jr.||Lenoir-Rhyne|
|LB||Jake Edmiston||6-2, 225, Sr.||Colorado Mesa|
|LB||Nate Dreiling||6-4, 226, Sr.||Pittsburg State|
|LB||Colby Ring||6-1, 225, Sr.||Minnesota Duluth|
|LB||Ronell Williams||6-1, 230, Jr.||West Chester|
|LB||Isaiah Fleming||5-11, 220, Jr.||Cheyney|
|LB||Grant Singer||6-1, 215, Jr.||Mary|
|DJ Gnader||6-2, 225, Jr.||Northwest Missouri State|
|DB||Dewey McDonald||6-0, 215, Sr.||California|
|DB||Neiko Conway||5-10, 185, Sr.||Midwestern State|
|DB||Devin Wallace||6-0, 201, Sr.||Virginia Union|
|DB||Curtis Slater||5-9, 195, Sr.||West Texas A&M|
|DB||Tyler Thornton||5-8, 182, Jr.||Azusa Pacific|
|DB||Dashaun Phillips||5-10, 180, Sr.||Tarleton State|
|DB||Caleb Massey||6-0, 226, Sr.||North Alabama|
|DB||Darnell Evans||5-8, 181, Sr.||Shaw|
|Malcolm Butler||5-11, 180, Sr.||West Alabama|
|P||James McCombie||6-0, 170, Sr.||Slippery Rock|
|Mike DeCaro||5-9, 191, Sr.||New Haven|
The 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship trophy has found a home in Southern coach Dawson Odums’ office.
From there, it’s just a short walk to the F.G. Clark Activity Center, which houses both first-place basketball teams from the SWAC.
Earlier in this school year, the women’s soccer team won the SWAC regular-season title.
Right now is a good time to be a Southern Jaguar — and it’s not a real good time to be a Jaguar opponent.
The Southern men’s and women’s basketball teams have played eight doubleheaders in conference play, and only once did they fail to come away with a sweep. The women have won eight consecutive league games by an average margin of 12 points.
Perri — JSU’s all-time leader in made field goals (17) in a season and longest field goal made (50) — owns a kicking academy in Miami and trains Jacquemin. He’ll soon see one of his top students donning his alma mater’s uniform.
“I haven’t seen a kid with more accuracy and consistency coming out of high school, especially in Florida, than Chris,” Perri said. “He has a lot of power and is an all-around guy who can kick and punt.”
Jacquemin, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound left-footed kicker who made 8-of-8 field goals as a senior, committed to Jackson State previously. But he stumbled across a dilemma after learning that Rick Comegy was fired as head coach in December.
It was a time when a frail high school kid dreamed of playing college football and then, maybe, in the National Football League.
Jenkins, 24, is living those dreams as a college graduate and member of the Oakland Raiders.
“It feels like I’m in a dream and I haven’t even woke up yet,” said Jenkins, a 2008 Wesley Chapel High School graduate who recently completed his first season with Oakland. “I was thinking about it the other day and I just thought, ‘Wow, I’m blessed. Fortunate.’ I worked hard for it.
“One percent of college athletes make it to the NFL and (when) you can say you’re one of those guys, that’s amazing.”
Jenkins signed a three-year contract with the Raiders in ...
Indians coach John Shannon confirmed to the Sun Herald on Thursday that May will play for the SWAC school based in Huntsville.
May transferred Biloxi from Texas last year, but battled a few injuries during his only season with the Indians.
May's father, Damion Sr., played football for the Indians during the 1990's.
Saturday Feb. 1
Alcorn State at Southern 5:00 p.m.
Prairie View at Alabama State 5:00 p.m.
Jackson State at Mississippi Valley State 5:00 p.m.
Texas Southern at Alabama A&M 6:00 p.m.
Grambling State at Arkansas Pine Bluff 7:30 p.m.
Monday Feb. 3
Texas Southern at Alabama State 7:30 p.m.
Jackson State at Arkansas Pine Bluff 7:30 p.m.
Prairie View at Alabama A&M ESPNU/WatchESPN 8:00 p.m.
Grambling State at Mississippi Valley State 8:00 p.m.
CONFERENCE NEWS & NOTES
The 2014 SWAC Basketball Tournament will be held at the Toyota Center from March 11-15. The Southwestern Athletic Conference will host the 2014 Championship for the first time in Houston, Texas
• Two four-game winning streaks were snapped last week. Alabama State’s was snapped by Southern and Alcorn State’s was ended by Alabama State
• Aaric Murray has scored 20 or more points on 14 different occasions this season and scored in double figures 17 out of the team’s 19 games
• Brandon West (Jackson State) is the only player currently averaging a double-double in the league with seven on the season. He is averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds per game. West is the only player in the confereance that leads the league in more than one statistical category. The center leads the way in rebounds and blocked shots (45)
• Marshall transfer D’Aris Scarver made his debut for Texas Southern on Jan 1. Through six games, the senior guard is averaging 18 points per outing
• After winning its first two conference games, Arkansas Pine Bluff has since dropped five straight
• Top leaders in the conference in points, assists and rebounds:
Points - Aaric Murray(TXSO) - 23.6 /game
Assists - Jamel Waters (ALST) 5.8/game
Rebounds - Brandon West (JKST) 10.9/game
• Out of 100 NCAA Div I players, Jamel Waters is currently ranked 14th in assists and averaging 6.3 per game. Brandon West is ranked sixth in rebounding
• Texas Southern’s Aaric Murray scores 48 (20-of-28) at Temple. No player in college basketball 6-10 or taller in college basketball has scored this many points in a decade and Murray is the first player since BYU’s Jimmer Fredette in 2011 to knock down 20 field goals
• Marcel Mosley (UAPB) leads the SWAC in three-point field goal percentage .425. He’s made a total of 14 in the last five games
• A’Torri Shine (Grambling State) holds the longest stre
ak of posting double figures consecutively with nine games.
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VISIT: FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
This year, the SIAC Hall of Fame will pick up induction into the hall after an absence of 13 years; with the last inducting class being in 2000. Recognizing that the history of athletics in the conference represented some of the best athletes in the world, the SIAC began their hall of fame with a ceremony in 1992.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY
Greg Jackson is being released from his head coaching duties effective immediately.
Assistant coach Keith Walker will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
During his 14-year DSU coaching career, Jackson posted an overall record of 200-216. His tenure included three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season titles (2005-2007), as well as the school’s first-ever MEAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2005.
A national search will begin immediately for a permanent head coach for the men’s basketball team.
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The 2014 Urban Invitational will be held in Southern Louisiana, with games shared between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, for the first time in the event's history. The annual, round-robin collegiate baseball tournament, designed by Major League Baseball to place a spotlight on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their baseball programs, will feature returning Division-I HBCUs Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana) and Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), plus Division-I programs Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and the University of New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana).
The weekend will consist of six games played between the four schools and ancillary activities, from Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. Louisiana State University (LSU) will host games on Friday and Sunday, with the Sunday contests called live by Paul Severino, Darryl Hamilton and Joe Magrane on MLB Network. The fields at Southern University, New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy and Zephyr Field, home of the New Orleans Zephyrs, will also host games throughout the weekend. In addition to a game on Saturday, February 15th, the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy will host a baseball clinic and a college & career fair. All ticketing, parking and additional information can be found at MLB.com/UrbanYouthAcademy.
"Collegiate baseball represents a significant element of the game's future, so it is important to give these programs the opportunity for exposure to a larger audience," said Frank Robinson, MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development. "We are thrilled to host this year's Urban Invitational in Southern Louisiana, and thank all of our participating schools."
The baseball clinic on Saturday will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT) featuring players from each of the participating teams in the Urban Invitational who will provide instruction to New Orleans MLBUYA youth as well as boys and girls from local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs.
The college and career fair will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CT). Participating colleges and universities will provide attendees with information about college preparation, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Local businesses will also be on hand to provide career advice and discuss potential job opportunities. High school and college students from the New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama region are invited to attend at no charge. Parking at the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy is free for all events throughout the weekend.
Major League Baseball is dedicated to its ongoing diversity efforts, including the implementation of programs that make it easier for underserved and inner city youth to participate in baseball and softball. With three operating MLB Urban Youth Academies in Houston (Texas), Compton (California) and New Orleans (Louisiana), plus groundbreaking on sites in Cincinnati (Ohio) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and the announcement of an academy in Hialeah (Florida), MLB has continued to allot resources to bring America's pastime to young people in urban communities.
HBCUs have long offered quality educational and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of attracting outstanding baseball players. Baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock (Southern University) and Andre Dawson (Florida A&M), as well as current Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks (Southern University) played in HBCU baseball programs. Since 2008, the year of the inaugural Urban Invitational, 16 HBCU athletes who have played in the tournament have been selected in the MLB Player Draft; most recently being Cory Jordan, a Grambling State University alumnus, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft.
This will be Southern University's seventh Urban Invitational, making them the only school to have participated in every Urban Invitational. Grambling State will make its third appearance, while LSU and the University of New Orleans are each participating for the first time.
Complete Game Schedule (Central Time):
Friday, February 14, Grambling University at Southern University, 6:00 p.m. at Southern University
Friday, February 14, University of New Orleans vs. Louisiana State University, 7:00 p.m. at Louisiana State University
Saturday, February 15, Southern University vs. Grambling University, 1:00 p.m. at New Orleans MLBUYA
Saturday, February 15, Louisiana State University vs. University of New Orleans, 2:00 p.m. at Zephyr Field
Sunday, February 16, Southern University vs. University of New Orleans, 12:00 p.m. at Louisiana State University
Sunday, February 16, Grambling University vs. Louisiana State University, 4:00 p.m. at Louisiana State University
ORLANDO, Florida -- A $200 million renovation of the Florida Citrus Bowl began Wednesday with hopes of bringing a college football national championship and other major events to Orlando.
A crane yanked down the stadium's scoreboard during a cold, rainy ceremony, beginning a 10-month project that will raze and rebuild the lower bowl, and add club seats, luxury suites and a digital video scoreboard.
About 80 percent of the 77-year-old stadium will be torn down, with only the upper deck remaining intact.
The rebuilt stadium will feature wider concourses, modernized restrooms, more leg room for fans and an open-air exterior, according to early plans released by the city.
Seating capacity will decrease from 71,000 to 65,000.
Crews will work in 24-hour shifts to complete the project by November before the annual Florida Classic football game between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.
A coach can hope.
Robert Jones was an assistant on the Spartans team that thought it was unbeatable going into last year's MEAC tournament at Scope, only to be bounced in its first game by Bethune-Cookman.
After sweeping through the conference at 16-0, "we kind of went into the tournament big-headed," said Jones, who is now in charge of checking players' hat sizes.
Under the 34-year-old Jones, Norfolk State picked up where it left off before last year's tournament debacle, stretching its regular-season MEAC winning streak to 23 before falling to Morgan State on Jan. 18. After righting the ship against Coppin State, the Spartans lost at South Carolina State on Saturday.
Four teams are 2-1 in division games and are within a game of each other in the conference, which sets up a wild February. Winston-Salem State and Livingstone, the preseason favorites, have one loss each, while Johnson C. Smith and Fayetteville State have been surprisingly strong. St. Augustine’s and Shaw is in the rear with a combined 1-5 division record.
“It’s certainly a Southern Division tournament type atmosphere,” JCSU coach Steve Joyner said after his Golden Bulls stopped Livingstone 76-73 on Jan. 25.
Winston-Salem State (11-8, 6-3 CIAA) has been much better against league foes than its overall record indicates. The Rams and JCSU square off on Jan. 30 in Winston-Salem, with the winner locking down first place in the division. Marquez Jones leads the Rams in scoring at 19.6 points a game and forward Wykevin Bazemore hauls down a league-leading nine rebounds an outing.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Center To Serve As Home For PVAMU Bowling Team
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- The Prairie View A&M bowling team recently participated in the groundbreaking for the new Prairie View A&M Retail Center. The center, scheduled to open in mid-spring, will feature a highly anticipated 10-lane bowling alley which will serve as the home for the team after 10 years of shuttling 60 miles roundtrip for practice.
The new building will also include a supermarket and a restaurant for now, but businesses such as a dry cleaner, hair salon, a dollar store and t-shirt company may soon be added.
Head Coach Glenn White spoke with PVPanthers.com at the ceremony about what the center means for his team and how will it enhance the program and the surrounding community.
COURTESY PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFORMATION
The Vicksburg native guided Alcorn to an impressive 9-3 record last season, including a dominating win over rival Jackson State at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Alcorn State returns the majority of its starters and has a few key recruits like Brandon defensive lineman Michael Brooks expected to join the program.
Hopson is an interesting coach for a lot of reasons. He is the first ...