Friday, September 30, 2011

Savannah State Names New Athletic Director

SAVANNAH, GA. -- Sterling Steward, Jr. has been announced as the new Athletic Director at Savannah State University.

Steward worked at Mississippi Valley state, Kentucky State, Eastern Oregon and Xavier of  Louisiana and Alabama State before coming to Savannah State.

Steward has been a Senior Consultant for Athletics Administration at Mississippi Valley State University since April. Before that, he was Alabama State's Interim Athletic Director from September 2009 until June 2010.



Albany, Georgia - Because Saturday's game between Albany State and Kentucky State is the HSRN Game of the Week, it can be heard live on the internet and satellite radio.

"We encourage our fans who want to hear the action of the Golden Rams game against the KSU Thorobreds to listen to the game on HSRN. The broadcasters will provide live action, play-by-play of the game," said Richard H. Williams, ASU's interim athletics director.

Fans can listen to the live broadcast on Sirius XM Satellite Radio Network, Channel 137, and XM Radio. Fans may also visit and click the "Listen Live" link on the HSRN home page.

Other internet resources for the HSRN broadcast are,,,, and

Other radio network coverage includes WOKS 1340 AM out of Columbus, WAGF 1320 AM out of Dothan, Ala., and WEUP 1700 AM out of Huntsville, Ala. Coverage for the game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with the pre-game show.

Color analyst Mike Walker will join play-by-play announcer Lamont Germany in the booth, with LeCounte Conaway providing sideline coverage. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m.


Helmet cam debuts at FAMU practice

Coach Joe Taylor
Tallahassee, FL - From a distance the little silver gadget strapped to the helmets of quarterbacks Austin Trainor and Damien Fleming looked weird. It almost seemed like a distraction.

But both said the device, which is actually a helmet camera, can only make them better at their job from under center. Coach Joe Taylor said he approved its use for practices because it serves as a third eye that lets him and his staff see exactly what the quarterbacks see.

"I think it's going to have a pretty good amount of upside; it gives you a perspective from the quarterback's eyes," Trainor said. "We can't tell coach one thing and he sees another thing. It should help us in our development as quarterbacks; nothing but positives from it."

That's exactly what the team's videographer ...


With Budd, Bowie State Hopes to Bloom

OgheneMaro Erhie
Bowie, MD - An overcast sky, with a few drops of rain, was the scene on Tuesday afternoon as the Bowie State football team held practice in preparation for another road game on Saturday.

The dreary weather on the back side of campus, just off Laurel-Bowie Road, was hopefully not an omen for the Bulldogs, who are coming off their first loss of the season and will play the second of six straight road games this coming weekend at Virginia State in Petersburg.

Bowie State, 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the CIAA, may be at a crossroads. The Bulldogs lost last Saturday, 32-29, at Virginia Union in a CIAA contest and Virginia State will be the second of four league games in a row away from Bowie.

"From here on out we have to win," said starting right tackle OgheneMaro Erhie, a 296-pound junior from Laurel High. "We need to play better on defense." The normally stingy Bowie State defense gave up 523 yards of total offense to Virginia Union, including 354 through the air at Hovey Field in Richmond.


SSU followers show support during stadium dedication

Howard (1-3, 0-2 MEAC) at Savannah State (1-3, 1-0 MEAC)
Where: T.A. Wright Stadium, Savannah
When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
TV/radio: No TV/WHCJ 90.3 FM

Savannah, Georgia - Orange and blue balloons decorated the gate leading to the playing surface of Savannah State’s T. A. Wright Stadium. Bands serenaded, dignitaries bowed, cheerleaders cheered and a crowd of 500 on a sunny Thursday afternoon displayed the unity student government association vice president Jesse Fenton suggested when he said: “one mission, one vision, one Savannah State.”

It was a day to show your blue and orange colors as officials cut ribbons to dedicate the $6 million renovation of the Tigers’ football stadium. SSU plays its first game in the spiffed up stadium Saturday night at 7 against Howard University.

“It’s so exciting to break our home in with the community,” said Tigers senior quarterback A.J. DeFilippis. “You know, it wasn’t a day I expected to come. But it’s come and we’re embracing it.”


Morehouse College dominates Clark Atlanta

Atlanta, GA - Morehouse College football still rules its neighborhood. The Maroon Tigers beat Clark Atlanta 30-2 Thursday night at Morehouse's B. T. Harvey Stadium. Morehouse earned its third consecutive victory and ninth in the last 12 meetings against its West End border rival.

Morehouse (4-1, 2-0 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) kept pace with Albany State at the top of the East division. Clark Atlanta (2-3, 1-1), which leads the all-time series 48-33-2, fell behind 13-0 and never recovered.

“You had historical implications and also to keep us in the race for the conference championship,” Morehouse coach Rich Freeman said. “It was a big win for us. The guys know the magnitude. We are trying to make generational change. We are not just looking at this season.”

The game set up as a clash between Clark Atlanta's stout defense against Morehouse's prolific offense. Morehouse entered the game leading the SIAC in scoring and yards while Clark Atlanta was No. 1 in points allowed and third in yards surrendered.


Jackson State pummels Texas Southern, 58-13

Jackson, MS - Casey Therriault threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns tonight, leading Jackson State to a 58-13 thrashing of Texas Southern in a rare Thursday night SWAC game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

JSU’s Tigers (4-1, 1-1 SWAC) bounced back from last week’s 21-14 loss to Alabama State — and a six-interception game, the worst Therriault’s career — in a big way, scoring 37 points in the second quarter to take a 37-7 halftime lead. It was the most points scored in a quarter by JSU in at least 30 years, said school officials.

JSU rolled up 401 total yards and scored eight touchdowns. Texas Southern (2-2), was penalized 16 times for 134 yards.


Notebook: Rebounding well - very well

Jackson State quarterback Casey Therriault threw six interceptions last Saturday in a loss at Alabama State. Six - the most of his career. He had eight in the last two games entering Thursday's 58-13 victory over Texas Southern - the first time he's had back-to-back games with multiple interceptions.

On Thursday, he had one. "After you have the worst game in your career," Therriault said, "you want to come back and play sound football." Therriault completed 15 of 27 passes, for 300 yards, three touchdowns and that single pick.

It all came against the No. 1-ranked defense in the Football Championship Subdivision and helps him forget about the last two weeks and that game at Texas Southern a year ago. JSU lost 21-18 in windy Houston last October as Therriault was held to his fewest yards (256) and worst completion percentage (37) in 2010.



Football preview: Grambling State vs. Prairie View A&M at Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday

Dallas, Texas - Doug Williams, former Grambling State University quarterback and Grambling’s head football coach from 1998-2003, just had to come back as head football coach to where he considers home.

“What made me come back?” Williams told a press conference audience on Monday. “It’s just one word: Grambling.”

Williams, along with Prairie View A&M University Panthers head coach Heishma Northern, on Monday were part of the Kickoff Press Conference for the State Fair Classic, one of Black College Football’s most prestigious annual games. The two teams square off Saturday, October 1 at 6 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.

The game regularly attracts between 50,000 and 60,000 fans. Traditionally held on the opening weekend of the State Fair of Texas, officials determined that the event brings in close to $10 million of economic infusion into North Texas each year.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

TSU's pass defense ready for Jackson State

Gametime: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.CT/ 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Television: ESPNU
Radio: WHLH-95.5 FM in Jackson
Jackson, MS - Texas Southern freshman cornerback Tray Walker and his secondary mates were prepared for a challenge from Alcorn State quarterback Brandon Bridge on Saturday.

Bridge, nicknamed "Air Canada" by some Alcorn State fans, tried to hit an early home run with three towering passes on the game's opening series. "We were expecting the deep balls, but not consecutively like that," Walker said.

All three bombs fell incomplete, and Bridge completed only five of 21 passes for 56 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Backup Darius Smith wasn't much better, finishing 4-for-12 for 43 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception as TSU held on for a 14-7 victory.

TSU has the Football Championship Subdivision's stingiest ...


NSU ready for defending MEAC champs


Alcorn travels to Alabama State needing win

Lorman, MS - Alabama State controls its destiny in the Eastern Division championship race. The Hornets (3-1, 3-0 SWAC) entertain Alcorn State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a game that could determine who reaches the SWAC championship game.

If Alcorn (1-3, 1-3) loses, the Braves would be all but eliminated from the SWAC championship game picture. Alabama State would build a huge cushion in the Division standings.

Alabama State quarterback Greg Jenkins played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, helping the Bulldogs win a MACJC state championship. He transferred from Troy University. He threw for over 140 yards against Jackson State.

S.C. State mens basketball picks up commitments

Orangeburg, S.C. - The South Carolina State mens basketball team picked up a pair of commitments from the Lowcountry over the weekend. Baptist Hill guard Shaquille Mitchell and Timberland post player Daryl Palmer both committed to play for the Bulldogs, according to their AAU coach Antoine Sanders.

Mitchell is a 6-4 guard who was selected first-team All-Lowcountry by The Post and Courier last year. Entering his fifth year as a starter for the Bobcats, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 4.7 assists a season ago.

Palmer, who is 6-6, was a second-team All-Lowcountry selection by The Post and Courier, averaging 10 points per game.


Former Dothan player leads Stillman College defense

Dothan, AL - Former Dothan High standout Jarell Thomas is hungry to finish his college career with a bang. He figures the team he plays for – Stillman College - is primed for some big things as well.

“We have players that really want it and we have a coach (new head coach Teddy Keaton) we don’t mind fighting for,” Thomas said. “We are determined and don’t want to accept failure. We’re very hungry.”

Thomas, a senior linebacker, leads Stillman College with 44 tackles (18 solo, 26 assists) through the first four games of the season.

Stillman, which is located in Tuscaloosa and competes in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) on the Division II level, is off to a strong start at 3-1, 2-0 in conference play, after a win at Tuskegee last Saturday.


Eugene Richardson: Outstanding basketball player and coach

MOULTRIE, GA — Eugene Richardson had an outstanding career playing basketball at Moultrie High, Bethune-Cookman College and professionally in Europe. But he became a successful high school coach almost by accident.

After playing in Finland, Holland and Belgium for seven years, Richardson returned to Florida determined to do what he had wanted do since he was a student at Bethune-Cookman several years before. Richardson wanted to use his degree in physical education and become a teacher.

And it was while teaching at Everglades Middle School in 1990 that he was asked to take over the boys basketball team there. In three years as the head coach at Everglades, the school won three middle school championships.

But when he was asked to become the head coach at Coconut Creek High School in 1995, he hesitated and asked his wife Mae about it.

“You’re always gone anyway,” Richardson remembers his wife saying. “You might as well.”  And so began one of Florida’s finest high school boys basketball coaching careers.

Bowie State: A running back’s long road

Bowie, MD - Ramono Flowers is young man among even younger men on the Bowie State University football team. The 26-year old redshirt junior tailback has had an inspiring journey to his place in the Bulldogs’ backfield.

“When I think of Ramono, I think of perseverance,” Bowie State coach Damon Wilson said. “He’s a guy who has persevered a lot to get where he is.”

After graduating from Largo High School in 2003, Flowers accepted a full scholarship to play at Central Michigan University. By the end of his redshirt freshman season for the Chippewas under coach Brian Kelly (now the coach at Notre Dame) and running backs coach Butch Jones (now the coach at Cincinnati), Flowers had some tough decisions to make.

“I had a child on the way, so I wanted to come home and work,” Flowers said. His son, Ramono Flowers Jr. is now 6.


WSSU Rams coach not sure what to expect when his team trails

Winston Salem, NC - Coach Connell Maynor of Winston-Salem State knows a lot about his football team, except for one small detail. He isn't sure how the Rams will respond once they fall behind.

Winston-Salem State has been rolling through opponents and hasn't trailed in any of its four games. The Rams, ranked No. 21 in the AFCA Division II poll, will play Johnson C. Smith on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium. It's not a concern to Maynor that the Rams, who have outscored their opponents 200-77, haven't been behind.

"I haven't even thought about that," Maynor said. "I have noticed that when we are up by a touchdown or two, the defense can lay back a little bit and they can afford to play a little more conservative."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bounce TV to televise Bowie State at Virginia Union Football Tonight!!

Wednesday, September 28th

This is a re-broadcast of the Sept. 24th CIAA game played in Richmond, Virginia.   Check your TV network directory for the channel for BounceTV.   For more info: 

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HBCUs Game Day Faces

Reeling Delaware State Hornets try to get it together again

DOVER, DE -- Delaware State's football team has been humiliated the past two weeks in crushing losses to Delaware and South Carolina State, losing by a combined score of 114-0. So the Hornets called a team meeting Monday, minus the coaching staff, and took a hard look at themselves in the mirror. They weren't too thrilled with what they saw.

Delaware State (2-2 overall, 0-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) hopes the airing of grievances proves productive when it travels to play Florida A&M (2-2, 0-1) in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday at 6 p.m.

"We definitely had a heart-to-heart meeting [Monday], just the players only, and a lot came out and [Tuesday] is where it's going to start. This practice right now is going to be a lot faster and a lot more intense. We're going to get ready for FAMU," said Brandon Harvey, the Hornets' senior middle linebacker. "Everything came together [in the meeting]. We were rallying basically, more than anything. We came together, and that was the most important thing."


Norfolk coach says MEAC trying to catch up to S.C. State

Coach Pete Adrian
Norfolk, VA - If head coach Buddy Pough is playing down his 22nd-ranked South Carolina State football team's credentials, his opposition Saturday afternoon is doing the complete opposite.

Norfolk State head football coach Pete Adrian had nothing but praise for the Bulldogs during Tuesday's weekly Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teleconference, while insisting his team faces an uphill battle at Dick Price Stadium.

"South Carolina State's the three-time defending champions and they're playing very well," Adrian said. "They have a lot of depth on both sides of the football. They've got just about two of everything that we're seeing. They play with great passion. They always play really hard and everybody in the conference is trying to catch them. I don't know if they'll ever get caught or not, but it's a typical South Carolina State team. They're going to hit you in the mouth and smile at you and play hard and see how you respond to it."


Former S.C. State/Central State's Orlando Brown dies at age 40

Brown played for legendary Coach Willie Jeffries at South Carolina State University 

Baltimore, MD - Orlando Brown, 40, a mammoth offensive tackle who sued the National Football League in 1999 after he was struck in the eye by an errant flag thrown by an official, was found dead Sept. 23 at his home in Baltimore.

Rescue workers were called to Mr. Brown’s home when he was found unresponsive. Determination of the cause of death is pending an investigation by the Maryland medical examiner.

Mr. Brown, who grew up in Northeast Washington, was a bruising 6-foot-7, 360-pound behemoth who played 10 seasons in the NFL, despite missing three years because of his eye injury. He earned a reputation as one of the toughest and most aggressive players in the league.

During a game in Cleveland on Dec. 19, 1999, referee Jeff Triplette threw his flag while calling a penalty on another player. The flag, weighted with a small bag of metal pellets, passed through Mr. Brown’s face mask and struck him in the right eye, causing immediate partial blindness.

WSSU women's hoop team ready to go

Winston Salem, NC - Losing just one starter in center Vontisha Woods has coach Steve Joyner Jr. very encouraged about this women’s basketball season at WSSU. But then again Joyner, who learned from his father, is always optimistic.

The Rams were 16-11 last season in Joyner’s first at WSSU. With four transfers and six freshmen added to his roster Joyner is hoping that the chemistry comes early. The Rams also lost key reserve Rene Rector from last season.

“We have a tough schedule playing some Division I teams early,” Joyner said. “If we can get through that stretch and get into the CIAA would should be OK.” The Rams will begin practice Oct. 15 and will play at Davidson on Nov. 5 in an exhibition game.

The core of the Rams, guard Courtney Medley, Taneisha White, Jasmine Newkirk and Jordhan Peterson, along with Taylar Wells gives Joyner plenty of experience. If Medley is more consistent I think she has a chance to be player of the year in the conference.


JCSU Golden Bulls show a little gloss

Charlotte, NC - It's no secret that the Johnson C. Smith football program has had trouble gaining traction. Coach Steve Aycock is intent on giving his team solid footing. The Golden Bulls (2-2, 1-0 CIAA) will be homecoming opponents again when they play the undefeated Winston-Salem State Rams at 1:30 Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium.

Aycock and his team won't shy away from the challenge.

"We are used to being homecoming bait," said Aycock, a former Golden Bulls assistant now in his third season as the head coach. "Next week, we are Shaw's homecoming game, so it's nothing new to us."

What is new is that the Bulls are starting to turn the corner. They already have two victories, matching their win total of last season (2-8). They were 3-7 in 2009, Aycock's first season.

JCSU vs. Davidson half-time performance.


Savannah State Tigers excited about big week ahead

Savannah, GA - First-year coach Steve Davenport wanted to give Savannah State football fans something to get excited about. So Davenport and the Tigers delivered the ultimate elixir — a 33-30 win over North Carolina Central in their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

It was just the positive statement SSU hoped to produce before coming home to display beautifully renovated T.A. Wright Stadium to an expected huge throng for the home opener against Howard University on Saturday night.

The game culminates several days of festivities. An official dedication of the stadium begins Thursday afternoon followed by the school’s athletic hall of fame induction ceremony on Friday night. Excitement for the team started early Sunday morning. Davenport said about 500 supporters and students greeted team buses at 3:30 a.m. after returning home from Durham, N.C.

“It really gave me an eye-opening of how starved these kids and the community are to be successful,” Davenport said.


MEAC upholds replay reversal in Hampton vs. Bethune-Cookman

NORFOLK, VA -- The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissioner Dennis Thomas has issued a statement regarding the final play of the Bethune-Cookman University vs. Hampton University football game played on Thursday, September 22, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The game was televised live on ESPNU.

"In addition to reviewing the video with the MEAC's Coordinator of Football Officials Rosie Amato, I felt the need to procure external analysis of the play in question and requested three seasoned and nationally respected officials including Rogers Redding, CFO National Coordinator of Football Officials and NCAA Football Rules Committee Secretary-Rules Editor, Doug Rhoads, Coordinator of Football Officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and Dr. Gerald Austin, Coordinator of Football Officials of Conference USA, to independently review the play in question. Upon their review it was concluded unanimously that the ruling to reverse the on field call to an incomplete catch was accurate therefore invalidating the final Hampton touchdown.

The analysis of the video evidence concluded that the airborne receiver did not maintain control of the ball after hitting the ground, and by rule did not fulfill all the elements of the process of completing the catch. The rule support for this reversal is Approved Ruling 7-3-6-XII and 7-3-6-XIII found on page FI-35 of the 2011-12 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations manual."

Courtesy MEAC Media Relations

Paine's Tim Duncan already hard at work

Augusta, GA - When Tim Duncan officially started at Paine, he planned to take 90 days to observe and then take action. President George Bradley had other plans for his new athletic director, telling him he soon wanted a strategic plan in place. Shortly after his May 9 start date, Duncan assembled a five-part plan. That’s been just the start for Duncan, who’s made several other major changes for the athletic department.

“It’s been extremely busy,” Duncan said. “But it’s been very good.”

The former UNC-Wilmington associate athletic director and director of major gifts, Duncan has been working to become more visible in the Augusta community. He’s also spoken to several alumni groups throughout the state.

“Paine College has been a well-kept secret,” Duncan said. “I want people to know the good things we’re doing.” He established a five-part plan, which includes academic excellence, athletic excellence, compliance, external operations and student well-being.


Benedict Names James Woody Interim Head Football Coach

Columbia, SC - Benedict College announced the hiring of James Woody as interim head football coach on Monday.

Woody brings more than 25 years experience as one of the nation's top offensive coordinators to the Tigers, who dropped to 1-3 after 40-23 televised loss to Fort Valley State on Thursday night. The Tigers travel to Augusta, Ga., this Saturday to face Miles College in the annual Augusta City Classic.

“I'm really looking forward to get going,” Woody said at a late-morning press conference at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. “My first priority here is to make sure we put a team on the field that can be competitive - competitive week in and week out.”

Woody takes over for Stanley Conner, who went 21-27 in four full seasons, plus the first four games this season.

“We are very appreciative of the work of Coach Conner,” said Willie Washington, Benedict College Director of Athletics. “But as life has it, changes take place, and this is one of those changes that occurred here at Benedict College.”

This will be Woody's first head coaching position.

As an offensive coordinator at Tuskegee University and Jackson State University, Woody was instrumental in developing high-powered, high-scoring offenses. He said his coaching philosophy is simple – to play hard and play smart.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Winless Valley on the rise

Baton Rouge, LA -- After a tough opening month, this is the kind of game the Southern football team really needs. This figures to be an easier week. This one is a no-brainer. Or is it?

At 2 p.m. Saturday in Itta Bena, Miss., the Jaguars (1-3, 1-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) face winless Mississippi Valley State (0-4, 0-3) in Rice-Totten Stadium.

At first glance, the game looks like it’s made to order for the Jaguars, who need a feel-good moment after losing fourth-quarter leads in crushing back-to-back losses against Jackson State and Florida A&M. But take a closer look. It’s possible this game won’t be the gimme it appears to be.

Yes, the Delta Devils are winless in 14 games under second-year coach Karl Morgan. But they’re still there. They’re still trying ...


B-CU Coach Denson helps mold running backs

Bethune-Cookman at Miami
WHERE: Sun Life Stadium, Miami
WHEN: 3:30 Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
RECORDS: B-CU 2-1, Miami 1-2

Daytona Beach, FL - Autry Denson Jr.'s playing resume gave him instant credibility when he arrived at Bethune-Cookman as the Wildcats' running backs coach. His character away from the field also paid immediate dividends.

"Autry is a great example as a father, as a man, for our players to follow," B-CU coach Brian Jenkins said. "I think he's made a big impression on our players being good decision-makers off the field."

Denson a South Florida native is Notre Dame's all-time leading rusher and played four seasons in the NFL. He earned a business degree at Notre Dame and put it to use as a financial adviser to pro athletes before he retired from playing football. He also spent some time in the corporate world and focused on charities to help inner-city youth.

Denson, who played two seasons for the Miami Dolphins ...

Falcons Pro-Bowl returner Eric Weems keeps everything in perspective

TAMPA -- A popular joke inside the Atlanta Falcons' locker room is that Eric Weems is so tight with his money that he still has a couple of Pell Grant checks left over from his college days at Bethune-Cookman.

The Pro Bowl return specialist smiled when he heard that line again inside the visitors' locker room Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. He didn't mind hearing it, because he knows there's a little bit of truth to it.

"That's always been me," Weems said after Tampa Bay beat the Falcons 16-13. "I like to be smart with my money. I'm tight. I'm a cautious investor. I'm not going to buy five cars, a house here, a house there. I've got one car -- my Dodge Magnum. It's an '08 and rides smooth."

Weems doesn't just throw away his money. The way the 26-year-old looks at it, every NFL player's career has an expiration date. For someone who makes a living returning kickoffs and punts, that expiration date can come sooner rather than later.


Points a rarity for Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC - Points are scarce at Johnson C. Smith. After lighting up opponents for 99 points in their first two games, the Golden Bulls offense has produced 14 in the last pair. JCSU (2-2, 1-0 CIAA) split those games – a 14-7 win against Virginia State and 35-7 loss at Davidson.

I'm concerned, but I know schematically the coaches do a great job on game planning what we have to do to take advantage of another defense," JCSU coach Steve Aycock said. "We've just got to go back to square one and get the basics."

The Bulls are having trouble moving the ball, especially via the pass. Freshman quarterback Keahn Wallace has thrown for 359 yards and two scores in the last two weeks compared to 337 and four touchdowns against West Virginia State and 325 and three against Brevard. Very little went right against Davidson, with Wallace hitting 11-of-29 passes for ...


Clash of the cymbals, roll of the drums bring spectacular, high energy, festive game day entertainment

Washington, D.C. - Let's Groove ... Can't get enough of that funky stuff ... Can't get enough of that funky stuff ... I said, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa..., yeah ...

Whether its Earth, Wind & Fire or Kool and the Gang, HBCU Bands are rocking the house this season with innovation, marching creativity, rap, ole school songs, and exceptional musicianship that is sure to please any die hard critic or connoisseur that follows the HBCU football circuit.

This posting is not about who is the best ... no contest, as Florida A&M University Marching 100 sets the standards for all others to follow.

The FAMU 100'rd marches 420 members -- all first chair musicians from their respective high schools from all across the United States and have been the innovators of the modern marching bands since 1946, the year that the legendary Dr. William P. Foster, started implementing his vision for college bands.

There is no debate here, as this is my blog!

It's more about the high quality of the HBCU marching band programs, be it small schools like Livingstone, Fort Valley State or Benedict; or median sized programs like Tennessee State, Norfolk State or Prairie View. Or the super-sized programs like Bethune-Cookman, Alabama State, Southern, Jackson State.  The outcomes are the same -- exceptional marching performances with superb musicianship that connects with all age groups and genres.

Our favorite teams and bands may differ and that's perfectly OK,  but you gotta make it to the nearest HBCU stadium to take in a few of the football games. Ole school, new school, high school, and those that never attended an HBCU -- the band battles alone is worth the price of the tickets and 3-4 hours of entertainment.  Plus, a great family atmosphere with out-of-sight B-B-Q ribs, chicken, fried fish, and so forth sold by the local vendors -- are worth all the efforts in fighting the game day traffic to arrive at your favorite HBCU stadium.

Did I mention there is some hellacious football being played by our teams in their battle for conference supremacy?

Most importantly, all the students are the real winners -- for the countless hundreds of  hours dedicated to perfecting their craft that brings us so much athletic and musical enjoyment. If you have not experienced an HBCU game day, this is a must see activity before you leave this planet! 

 Now, let's groove.


FSU's Phillips praises the WSSU Rams

Fayetteville, NC - Coach Kenny Phillips of Fayetteville State, who has three CIAA titles on his résumé, gave high praise to Winston-Salem State after his team's 56-20 loss last Saturday.

"Talent-wise, they are stacked," Phillips said of the 4-0 Rams. "They didn't have to throw the football because we did such a poor job with their running game. That quarterback (Kameron Smith), we got him bottled up, and he got out there and went 60 (yards for a touchdown). He's got some weapons."

Smith had six touchdown passes in a 55-24 thumping of Chowan on Sept. 17, and WSSU had six rushing touchdowns against Fayetteville State. The Rams have been balanced, with totals of 968 yards rushing and 1,102 passing.


XU's Pieri equals GCAC mark with his 8th weekly award

Gold Rush Matt Pieri
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Matt Pieri equaled a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference mark Monday when he was selected GCAC Runner of the Week in men's cross country for the eighth time in his career.

Pieri is a junior from New Orleans, a graduate of Brother Martin High School and the defending GCAC individual champion. He matched the mark of Kate Imwalle, who won eight women's awards for former member Spring Hill from 2008-09.

The GCAC instituted its cross country awards in 2008. Pieri won it once in 2009, five times in 2010 and twice this season.

Pieri ran 8,000 meters in 29 minutes, 18.5 seconds to finish 29th out of 97 runners Saturday in the LSU Invitational at Baton Rouge, La. He led the Gold Rush to seventh place out of 13 colleges and eighth place out of 14 teams overall. Xavier finished ahead of three NCAA Division I schools.

The XU men are 4-for-4 this season in winning the GCAC award — freshman Kwame Jackson earned the other two — and have won 11 consecutive times dating to 2009.

Xavier's men and women will compete Saturday morning in the Gulf Coast Stampede at Pensacola, Fla.

Most GCAC Runner of the Week Awards in a Career

8 — Matt Pieri, Xavier (2009-11) *
5 — Mark Dotson, Xavier (2009)
4 — Ray Walston, Xavier (2008-2010) *
3 — Patrick Aucoin, Spring Hill (2008)
2 — Kwame Jackson, Xavier (2011) *
1 — Kieran Harper, Loyola (2009)
1 — Will Kirkikis, Spring Hill (2009)
1 — Michael Sinkey, Mobile (2008)
8 — Kate Imwalle, Spring Hill (2008-09)
5 — Ebony Harding, Xavier (2008-09)
3 — Zahri Jackson, Xavier (2011) *
3 — Sherri McIntosh, Mobile (2008)
2 — Monicah Jepkemboi, SUNO (2009-10) *
1 — Anna D'Souza, Xavier (2010) *
1 — Yazmin Ramirez, Xavier (2010)
1 — Hannah Reese, Belhaven (2009)
* active GCAC runner

By Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

Southern sweeps to end XU Gold Nuggets' record win streak

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ja'Quincia Williams had 13 kills Monday, and Beonka Savoy served three aces to lead Southern to a 25-19, 25-21, 27-25 women's volleyball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana.

The Lady Jaguars (4-11) won for the fourth time in six matches and snapped the school-record eight-match win streak of the Gold Nuggets (9-3). Xavier beat Southern in three sets one week ago at The Barn.

Taylor Reuther had 16 kills and 13 digs for Xavier (9-3) — her sixth kill-dig double-double of the season — Moira Kirk had 10 kills, Chinedu Echebelem had 11 digs, and Kerris Crier had four blocks.

The teams were tied at 24 in the third set before Southern three of the final four points.

Southern outhit Xavier .252 to .173 — it was the Nuggets' lowest attack percentage since their fourth match — and had advantages of 5-2 in aces and 9-5 in blocks. Xavier committed 39 total errors, 11 more than in the earlier match against Southern. Reuther had a season-worst 12 attack errors. The Lady Jaguars committed 29 errors.

The Nuggets' two aces were a season low, and they committed five reception errors after a collective 10 in the previous seven matches.

Xavier's next match will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Dillard, the defending Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament champion. Xavier leads the GCAC regular season at 4-0.

Box score

By Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

Miami Hurricanes have respect for Bethune-Cookman

Miami, Florida -- If Miami running back Lamar Miller’s left shoulder injury is bearable, he will play against Bethune-Cookman University at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.

It became evident late Sunday afternoon that Miami coach Al Golden in no way intends to peek past Bethune Cookman to plan toward 11th-ranked Virginia Tech — the Canes’ Atlantic Coast Conference road opponent on Oct. 8.

Not after UM’s 28-24 loss to Kansas State in which the defense allowed 265 yards rushing and couldn’t come up with a turnover after four Wildcats’ fumbles. And not after the Hurricanes offense couldn’t score the winning touchdown after four chances from within 2 yards.

“All respect,’’ Golden said Sunday during his Kansas State recap teleconference, “we’re trying to win the game. That’s all we’re trying to do. … We’re not there right now.


Monday, September 26, 2011

KEYS: Complete game still eludes SU, Mitchell

Baton Rouge, LA - It happened less than 20 minutes after Southern gave away yet another game, blowing a fourth-quarter lead and losing to an old rival for the second consecutive week.

It happened less than 20 minutes after the Jaguars failed yet again to play a complete game from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. This time, Saturday evening inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, they squandered a 16-point second-half lead and fell apart in a 38-33 loss to Florida A&M.

Less than 20 minutes after the teams exchanged handshakes, Stump Mitchell was behind a microphone, addressing a dozen or so reporters, trying to explain how Southern lost for the 12th time in his 15 games as coach.

The question was simple: You had so many Southern fans come to Atlanta, spend a good bit of money getting here, and obviously, they just watched another frustrating loss. Where do you stand, and what do you tell the Jaguar Nation?


Improved North Carolina A&T Aggies lose game, but win respect

Greensboro, NC -- Coastal Carolina hosts N.C. A&T next season in the final meeting of their second home-and-home series. Don’t bet on a renewal of the series after that.

“You hired a guy away from Grambling who won nine games there last year?” Coastal coach David Bennett drawled, shaking his head. “Shoot. After next year, we won’t be scheduling them. They’re going to get it right. I promise you. I just hope they’re two years away.”

Bennett’s Chanticleers led wire-to-wire in their 31-14 victory over A&T in a less-than-half-full Aggie Stadium on Saturday. But short-handed A&T is a better football team than it was three weeks ago, when the Aggies trounced start-up Virginia University of Lynchburg.

The 9,709 who paid to get in saw the Aggies shuffle their offensive line and struggle to protect quarterback Lewis Kindle. They saw a tiring defense give up too many big plays and 354 total yards.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Another XU record, this time for Fakler at LSU Invitational

Catherine Fakler
BATON ROUGE, La. — Xavier University of Louisiana's Catherine Fakler ran 6,000 meters in 24 minutes, 10.3 seconds Saturday to break a 3-year-old school record and finish 16th out of 76 runners in the LSU Invitational cross country meet.

Fakler, a freshman, broke Ebony Harding's school mark of 24:41.13 set Oct. 11, 2008, in the University of Dallas Invitational at Irving, Texas.

Also exceeding Harding's record was XU freshman Zahri Jackson, who placed 17th in 24:14.4. Jackson broke the XU record for 4,000 meters on Sept. 1 and the 5K record Sept. 10. Fakler and Jackson are the first XU females to finish in the top 20 at LSU's meet.

The Gold Nuggets scored 128 points to tie for fourth place with NCAA Division I member Louisiana-Lafayette. Ten schools scored. XU's women have placed in the top half of all four meets this season.

 Zahri Jackson
This was the Nuggets' highest team finish at LSU, too. A year ago the Gold Nuggets were 11th out of 12 schools in this meet.

In the 8,000-meter men's race, XU's Matt Pieri was 29th out of 97 runners in 29:18.5, and Kwame Jackson, Zahri's brother, was 32nd in 29:25.3. The Gold Rush scored 229 points to finish seventh out of 13 college teams and eighth out of 14 overall.

Individual winners were LSU's Laura Carleton, who is redshirting and ran unattached, in 21:04.4 in the women's race, and Houston's Baptist's Matt Perri in 26:59.9 in the men's. Team champions were LSU's women with 19 points and Miami of Ohio's men with 32.

Xavier's next meet will be the Gulf Coast Stampede at Pensacola, Fla., next Saturday morning. The women's 5K will start at 7:30, followed by the men's 8K at 8.

Results:  Men    Women

By Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

Atlanta Football Classic Parade, Half-Time Shows & 5th Qtr.

Chowan Falls to Virginia State University, 35-20

ETTRICK, VA – Coming in to tonight's game, the Virginia State University defense allowed only 21 total points to Division II opponents. The Trojans defense was again strong tonight, proving to be the difference as VSU defeated Chowan 35-20. Chowan is now 1-3 overall, and 0-2 in the CIAA. Virginia State moves to 2-2 overall (1-1 in the CIAA).

The Virginia State defense caused five Chowan turnovers and stopped the Hawks twice in the red zone.

Virginia State put together a four play, 60 yard drive on the opening series of the game for their lone score of the first half. Kenay Hawks capped the drive for the Trojans with a seven yard touchdown run. The Hawks defense stepped up for the rest of the quarter, however, allowing only 34 more yards.

After totaling 72 yards in the first quarter, the Hawks offense got back to their usual ways in the second. Quarterback Cameron Stover went 8-13 for 88 yards in the stanza. Stover led a seven play, 59 yard drive late in the quarter to even the score at seven. He hooked up with Kevin Hodrick for a ten yard pass for the score.


Jackson State loses to Alabama State, 21-14

Jackson, MS - Casey Therriault threw a whopping six interceptions and Alabama State, despite gaining just 227 yards, beat Jackson State for a second straight year, dishing the Tigers a hurtful blow in its hopes of winning a black national championship.

Jackson State, 3-1 and entered ranked No. 1 in some black college polls, suffered its first loss of the season despite gaining 487 yards. The Tigers committed seven turnovers. They have now had 17 in the last three games and 19 for the season.

Hornets Top Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. - LB Leland Baker's interception with nine seconds remaining sealed Alabama State's 21-14 win at Jackson State Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Baker's interception at the Alabama State 28-yard line was the seventh takeaway by the Hornets (3-1 overall, 3-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who have won six consecutive SWAC games dating back to last season.

“We're excited,” head coach Reggie Barlow said. “We told our guys it was going to be a championship-type game against a really good team on the road. We came in and played hard and I'm proud of them.”

Jackson State (3-1, 1-1) was limited to only 14 points, 21 below its season average.


Late miscues make Grambling rally moot

Grambling, LA - Doug Williams practically begged his Grambling State players to step up and show him something Saturday night. What the Tigers showed were flashes of brilliance that, ultimately, were undone by eight turnovers and an inability to finish the job.

When Luther Snipe made a sliding interception of a Frank Rivers pass at the Alabama A&M 10 with 25 seconds left, Grambling’s losing streak officially hit three games and allowed the Bulldogs to hang on for a 20-14 victory at Robinson Stadium.

“Not protecting the football is a big factor in any football game,” Williams said. “We had opportunities. We were in the red zone two or three times and we gave the ball back. Those are things we can’t do. We fumbled at a crucial time where we moving the football and Alabama A&M made the plays when they had to.”


Bowie State Falls in First Loss of Season, 32-29, to Virginia Union

Richmond, Virginia - The Bowie State (BSU)Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Virginia Union University(VUU), 32-29, in a Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) football matchup on Sept. 24 in Richmond, Va.

The Bulldogs have been a very explosive offensive team so far this season, but it was VUU who made most off their offensive plays on Saturday. Virginia Union quarterback Cheston Hickman completed 19 of 35 passes for 320 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown pitch to Jerrell Washington in the third quarter. Washington also rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns as VUU accumulated more than 500 total offensive yards.

Meanwhile, Bowie State didn’t find its usual offensive rhythm, turning the ball over three times. BSU senior quarterback Clifton Budd rushed for 141 yards and passed for 247 yards. But he also tossed a costly interception and the Bulldogs gave up two fumbles.

2011 Road To The SIAC Championship

ASU barely wins SIAC opener at Miles

FAIRFIELD, Ala. -- Just when it looked as if Albany State had lost its identity Saturday night against Miles, the Rams dug deep into the artificial turf at Albert J. Sloan-Alumni Stadium and found it.

It came in the form of a Justin Blash fumble recovery in the third quarter. It arose again when the Rams forced the Miles offense into three-and-outs on two of its final three possessions. And it re-appeared for a final time when Rashad McRae picked off a David Thomas pass in the Golden Bears' end zone with 1:30 left in the game.

The defense showed up -- finally. It was that defense -- that ability to land a series of knockout punches when the Rams were against the ropes -- that gave Albany State (3-1, 1-0) a 34-27 victory in the SIAC opener for both teams. And it was McRae's interception that iced the game and ended a potential game-tying drive.


Laughinghouse, Mathis Spark Falcons Over Lincoln (Pa.) 34-17

DURHAM, NC – Saint Augustine's College found its offensive rhythm in a 34-17 CIAA football victory over Lincoln (Pa.) Saturday at Durham County Stadium.

The Falcons hurt the Lions on the ground and through the air. Preseason All-CIAA player Tyron Laughinghouse (Sr./Greenville, N.C.) scored three touchdowns including two on pass catches, and Dennis Mathis (Sr./Hampton, Va.) gained 157 yards and scored one touchdown on 27 carries.

The Falcons gained 387 total offensive yards including 138 rushing yards, both season highs. It led to their first conference victory of the season and kept them in the race for the Southern Division title. The Falcons are 1-1 in the CIAA and 2-2 overall.

The Lions (1-2 CIAA, 1-3 overall) were sky-high after snapping a 13-game losing streak last weekend with a win over Virginia Union. The Falcons dashed any thoughts of another upset by scoring on their first three possessions in the opening minutes.