Sunday, June 30, 2013

Xavier's Fakler earns All-Louisiana in two running events

Catherine Fakler
NEW ORLEANS — Performances in the women's 5,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase earned spots for Xavier University of Louisiana's Catherine Fakler on the 2013 All-Louisiana track and field team announced late Saturday.
Fakler, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., and a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory High School, was Louisiana's No. 3 female performer in the 5,000 (18 minutes, 23.24 seconds) and the steeplechase (12:20.90). The top three performers in each event, based on times compiled by the NCAA and the NAIA, earn All-Louisiana.
Fakler recorded her 5,000 best at the Mississippi College Invitational on April 5. Eight days later in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships in New Orleans, she recorded her season best in the steeplechase and won the event.
Fakler is the first from Xavier to be named All-Louisiana in women's or men's track and field.

It's the second major honor this week for Fakler. On Monday she was chosen to the Capital One Academic All-America® college division women's track and field/cross country second team.

By Ed Cassiere, SID

FAMU Hazing Director Says Program in Place

TALLAHASSEE, Florida  -- The Florida A&M Marching 100 will return to the field this fall. The band was suspended following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in 2011. The school has implemented more than a dozen new procedures in it’s  get tough against hazing, including the hiring of a new anti hazing czar. Bryan Smith says he’s confident the right policies are in place, but says ending hazing still depends on the students.

“I know we have to remain diligent, we still have to keep providing our preventative measures, we have to keep enlightening and educating the students as well as out faulty and our alumni about our anti hazing and our initiatives, so ultimately it will still fall and come back to the students should they decided to do what’s right” says Bryan Smith, whose official title is Special Assistant to the President.


White Sisters Named First Team All-State In Softball

RALEIGH, North Carolina  --  Sisters Daja and Jo'Landa White of Saint Augustine's University were selected to the N.C. Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State Softball First Team on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Twenty-three students including six from CIAA schools were named to the all-state first and second teams. St. Aug is one of three schools to place two or more players on the first team.

The Leland, N.C., natives led the Lady Falcons to their first winning season in 10 years. The Lady Falcons won 17 games, finished second in the CIAA Southern Division and placed fourth in the CIAA Tournament. The fourth-place finish is the highest for the Lady Falcons in recent memory. The sister tandem led the CIAA in home runs with eight apiece.

Daja White, a freshman outfielder, ranked second in NCAA Division II with 1.5 runs per game and 1.0 stolen bases per game in addition to ranking 10th with a .476 batting average. The Daktronics honorable mention All-American ranked second in the conference with 38 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. She was a Daktronics All-Atlantic Region first team pick and an All-CIAA rookie team selection.

Jo'Landa (Left) and Daja Receive More Postseason Honors
Jo'Landa White, a sophomore catcher, ranked eighth in the CIAA with a .422 batting average and tied for ninth with 29 RBIs. A Daktronics All-Atlantic Region second team selection, White was part of a college division all-star softball team which played international competition in Italy in June 2013.

The All-State first and second teams are comprised of players across North Carolina from NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA institutions. The nominees were submitted by the North Carolina sports information directors and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2013 College Division All-State Softball Teams

First Team

PCarley TysingerFr.Catawba CollegeLexington, N.C.
PMaryann HoskinsFr.Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityHavelock, N.C.
CJo'Landa WhiteSo.Saint Augustine's UniversityLeland, N.C.
IFJessica Fellmeth&%Sr.Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityWaxhaw, N.C.
IFCynthia HayesJr.Guilford CollegeSeagrove, N.C.
IFHaily JarmanJr.Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityWadesboro, N.C.
IFBeth OvermanSo.Mount Olive College­ Elizabeth City, N.C.
OFTaylor CloningerJr.UNC PembrokeJacksonville, N.C.
OFLeigh WardSo.Chowan UniversityOriental, N.C.
OFDaja WhiteFr.St. Augustine's UniversityLeland, N.C.
UTLBrea HartleySo.UNC PembrokeLexington, N.C.
DPKayla SaligaSo.Wingate UniversityAsheboro, N.C.

Second Team

PStacey HouserFr.Wingate UniversityMooresville, N.C.
PAlora LincolnSo.Chowan UniversitySmithfield, VA
CSarah TompkinsFr.Greensboro CollegeWilmington, N.C.
IFSarah ConnollyFr.Greensboro CollegeMount Airy, N.C.
IFKierston GarnerFr.Salem CollegeDanbury, N.C.
IFRobyn StanekSo.Mars Hill CollegeWinston-Salem, N.C.
IFAmanda White&So.Meredith CollegeWilmington, N.C.
OFLiz Hipple&Jr.Chowan UniversityChincoteague, VA
OFKelsey MaffucciSr.Wingate UniversityRockledge, Fla.
OFJackie NicholsonSo.Greensboro CollegeSnow Camp, N.C.
UTLSpencer EmblerJr.Fayetteville State UniversityThomasville, N.C.
& - Named to 2012 All-State Team
% - Named to 2011 All-State Team


PVAMU's Barrick Named On College Football Performance Awards Watch List

Last season, after being sidelined all week due to an undisclosed injury, Prairie View A&M kicker Chris Barrick answered the prayers of PV Nation when he knocked down his first career field goal and clenched the Panthers 37-34 victory over the Texas Southern University Tigers.

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas  -- Prairie View A&M kicker Chris Barrick was named on the 2013 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Watch List for the 2013 CFPA Placekicker Award.

Barrick, a 6-4 junior out of Copperas Cove (Texas), led the Panthers in scoring with 65 points and ranked second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in field goal percentage, going 9-for-11 last season. Barrick was named the SWAC Specialist of the Week on Oct. 22, 2012 following his team's 52-37 win over Alcorn State he went 7-for-7 on PATS and added a 23-yard field goal to pick up his second-career Specialist of the Week honor.

On kickoffs in 2012, Barrick averaged 56.1 yards per kick off of 54 attempts. He was named to the All-SWAC Second Team to cap off his season.

The CFPA is the largest awards organization in Division I college football, and it selected all of its recipients based upon objective scientific rankings to the extent of which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. The winner will be announced January 8, 2014.    



DayDateOpponentLocation / StadiumTime  Event 
Sat.8/31/2013 *Texas Southern Houston, Texas - BBVA Compass Stadium7:00 p.m.  29th Labor Day Classic                         
Sat.9/7/2013 Texas State San Marcos, Texas6:00 p.m.                           
Sat.9/14/2013 *Southern UniversityBaton Rouge, La.6:00 p.m.                          
Sat.9/21/2013 *Alabama A&M Prairie View6:00 p.m.                          
Sat.9/28/2013 Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, Texas6:00 p.m.                          
Sat.10/5/2013 *Grambling State Dallas, Texas - The Cotton Bowl6:00 p.m.  Southwest State Fair Classic                        
Sat.10/12/2013 *Alabama State Montgomery, Ala.1:00 p.m.                           
Sat.10/19/2013 *Mississippi Valley StatePrairie View2:00 p.m.  Homecoming                       
Sat.10/26/2013 *Jackson State Shreveport, La. - Independence Stadium4:00 p.m.  Shreveport Classic                       
Thu.11/7/2013 *Alcorn State Alcorn State, Miss.6:30 p.m.                           
Sat.11/16/2013 Abilene Christian Prairie View1:00 p.m.                          
Sat.11/23/2013 *Arkansas-Pine BluffPrairie View1:00 p.m.                           


S.C. State Releases Football Season Ticket Promo


8/31/2013  COASTAL CAROLINA  $ ORANGEBURG, SC6 p.m.                        
9/7/2013  Clemson University Clemson, SCTBA                        
9/14/2013  ALABAMA A&M     ORANGEBURG, SC6 p.m.                        
9/21/2013  Benedict University % Columbia, SC4 p.m.                        
9/28/2013 *HAMPTON UNIVERSITY & ORANGEBURG, SC2 p.m.                         
10/5/2013 *N.C. A&T State University + Atlanta, GA4 p.m.                        
10/12/2013 *NC Central University Durham, NC2 p.m.                         
10/19/2013  OPEN
10/26/2013 *Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL4 p.m.                        
11/2/2013 *Savannah State University Savannah , GA1 p.m.                         
11/9/2013 *FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY @ ORANGEBURG, SC1:30 p.m.                        
11/16/2013 *MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY # ORANGEBURG, SC1:30 p.m.                         
11/23/2013 *Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA1 p.m.                        

Home Games are in bold
Neutral Site Games are in italics
* denotes a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest
$-Military Appreciation Day
%-Palmetto Capital City Classic
& -Youth/ROTC Day
+-Atlanta Football Classic
#- Senior/Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day


Football 101: Seminar takes ladies inside FAMU football

Holmes, FAMU staff teach, explain nuances of football

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Saundra Brown isn’t your average female football fan.

“My boys played football and my dad was a football coach so I’ve been around football,” said Brown, whose son, Barry, played linebacker for the FAMU football team more than 15 years ago.

On Saturday, Brown got a refresher on the nuances of the game. But for the 50 or so other women who attended coach Earl Holmes’ “Heels and Helmet” crash course on football, it was their first glimpse inside the game.

The women braved a morning downpour to attend the four-hour session intended to ...


MEAC/SWAC Challenge Weekend
Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Mississippi Valley Delta Devils

Rattler fans! Be sure to partake in the ancillary activities surrounding the 2013 MEAC/ SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney.  Accompany your FAMU Football season opener purchase with tickets to the Pep Ralley hosted at Downtown Disney, Band Showcase at Disney's Epcot or any other Official MEAC/SWAC Challenge weekend list of events.  The 2013 MEAC/ SWAC Challenge game tickets are currently on sale.  Visit for more details.

Arrest leads to father-son bonding for LaFleur

SPOKANE, Washington  -- In a matter of 30 seconds on the night of April 3, 2011, an undercover cop put Greg LaFleur in handcuffs and effectively ruined the former Southern University athletic director’s life.

In some ways, though, LaFleur’s arrest for allegedly soliciting a would-be prostitute at the Final Four in Houston — and his eventual acquittal in January 2012 — was also the best thing that happened to him.

To be sure, the 54-year-old former NFL tight end would never wish the last 26 months upon himself again — no way, no how.

After all, he was fired before he returned to campus, and he’s still struggling to find work in athletics, the only field he’s ever known. And because his name was so tarnished by the mere accusation — regardless of the eventual verdict — there’s no telling when he’ll land the AD position he desires.

But in losing his job and, in the eyes of many, his credibility, LaFleur gained something far more valuable — a chance to reconnect with an NBA-bound son more than 2,000 miles away.


Lee Smith appointed Interim Athletic Director at Mississippi Valley

ITTA BENA, Mississippi  --  Lee C. Smith, head softball coach and intramural director at Mississippi Valley State University since 2001 has been appointed Interim Athletic Director of the University, pending IHL Board approval.

"Coach Smith's organizational skills and commitment to the success of student athletes on the field and in the classroom is what we need during this transition", said MVSU Acting President Dr. Alfred Rankins.

Smith, a Valley alumnus, was hired as the women's head softball coach in 2001 and has high standards of excellence for the student athletes. As head softball coach, he led the women's softball team to victory in eight Southwestern Athletic Conference titles in the last 10 seasons along with eight NCAA tournament appearances. Forty-five of his players have been National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Scholar Athletes; the team has an overall grade point average of 3.20; 95 percent of his student athletes graduated successfully; and in 2008, the team ranked 32nd among Division I all-academic programs by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association.

Other highlights of Smith's leadership include:

· 61 student athletes being named All-SWAC
· MVSU became the first HBCU softball team to win a game in the 2004 NCAA Tournament
· In that same tournament, they became first HBCU softball team to win multiple games
· Being named SWAC Coach of the Year seven times in his 12 years at MVSU.



Queens College Hires VSU's Darryl Jacobs as New Head Men’s Basketball Coach

QUEENS, New York  --  In an historic day for the Queens College athletics department, Darryl Jacobs has been hired as the first full-time Head Men’s Basketball Coach in nearly two decades for the Knights, it was announced on Thursday, by Assistant Vice President for Athletics, China Jude.  This milestone marks a new person roaming the sidelines in nearly 20 seasons.

Jude reflected upon the hiring of Coach Jacobs: “I am excited to have Darryl Jacobs join our family.  His skill set and personality fits perfectly into our Knights family.  We look forward to him returning home to the Northeast to make a significant impact on our community.”

The Paterson, New Jersey native; returns to the northeast from Petersburg, Virginia, where he was the head men’s basketball coach at Virginia State for the past two seasons.  Under Jacobs’ leadership, the Trojans improved in victories each year and had back-to-back six win records in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association; culminating with his 2012-13 team advancing into the second round of the CIAA playoffs.

Before his time in Petersburg, Jacobs was the head men’s basketball coach at Clark Atlanta University from 2006-2011. While there, he built the Panthers into one of the elite programs in the country. He led the Panthers to two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (2009-2011); while also leading them to their first SIAC Tournament Championship (2011) in 46 years.

Coach Jacobs was also named SIAC Coach of Year, Atlanta Tip-Off Club/Naismith Georgia College Coach of the Year and HRSN runner-up for National Coach of the Year in 2010.

His teams at Clark Atlanta from 2009-2011 were rank nationally on numerous occasions; culminating in a 22nd national ranking in 2010. With a reputation as a tireless worker and game strategist, his teams have been able to defeat several DI programs during his career.

Coach Jacobs has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to his credit. He was a two sports standout at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, starting as a running back on the football team and point guard on the men's basketball team. He played several years of professional basketball following graduation in both South America and the USBL.

Jacobs currently Chairs the NCAA Men’s Basketball South Region Rankings Committee, is a member of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee and Vice President for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Coaches Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for High Blood Pressure of Richmond.

Jacobs is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Black Coaches Association.  Jacobs received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance/Accounting from William Penn University in 1988 and is pursuing his Master’s in Sports Management at Virginia State University.


Former CFL QB Worman added to MVSU football coaching staff

Coach Rick Worman
ITTA BENA, Mississippi  –  Mississippi Valley State University head football coach Karl Morgan has added a new coach to his coaching staff.

Rick Worman has begun his duties at MVSU as quarterbacks coach, replacing Mike Pizinski who recently left to pursue other opportunities. Worman will also assist with wide receivers and running backs.

The former Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback hopes to use his professional experience as a teaching tool for MVSU student-athletes.

"I want to use my knowledge from the pro ranks to help develop student-athletes on this level," said Worman.

The Fresno, California native comes to Valley after serving as a scout for the Ottawa-based CFL team. Before that, he served as the running backs coach for the CFL's Hamilton Tigercats. He also spent seven seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, working as a West Coast Scout for four years before joining the coaching staff as a quarterbacks coach in 2007. He added the title of offensive coordinator in 2008.

Prior to joining the Eskimos, Worman spent time as the head coach of the Arena Football League 2's Fresno Frenzy in 2002 and the offensive coordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2001. That season, the Bombers led the league in virtually every offensive category en route to a 14-4 record and a Grey Cup appearance.

Worman's coaching career includes three Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup championships. He previously coached former CFL quarterback MVPs Ricky Ray and Khari Jones.

He also spent one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the College of the Siskiyous.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

NCAA Lifts ALL Postseason Bans Against Alabama State

MONTGOMERY, Alabama  -- All of Alabama State University's athletic programs are eligible to participate in postseason play due to decisions on Friday and earlier this week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Acting Athletic Director Melvin Hines was notified Friday that the NCAA had completed its evaluation of the data and other information that was submitted to the NCAA following the initial announcement of penalties related to APR scores.

"We are thrilled that our student-athletes will now be eligible to compete in postseason play," said Hines.

According to Hines, after the initial APR penalties were imposed against the baseball, volleyball, football and men's basketball teams, ASU was given an adjustment phase with the opportunity to submit additional data.

"Once the NCAA evaluated that additional academic performance data, assessed our ASU Academic Improvement Plan and reviewed us according to its Limited Resource Institution component, the NCAA staff determined that ASU will not be penalized," said Hines.

The NCAA had announced earlier that the bans against baseball and volleyball had been lifted. Today's announcement lifts bans against both football and men's basketball, which means all 18 Alabama State University athletics teams are eligible for postseason play for the upcoming 2013-14 season, should they qualify.



Five HBCU tracksters make U.S. team

WASHINGTON, D.C.  --  Black college products finished 1-3 in the men's 400 meter hurdles and three others earned top three finishes at the recently concluded USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.                        
All five HBCU products earned spots and will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships August 10 - August 18 in Moscow, Russia.
Reigning Olympic silver medalist Michael Tinsley out of Jackson State took home the title in the 400 meter hurdles and former Saint Augustine's hurdler Bershawn "Batman" Jackson finished third in Saturday afternoon's men's final.
Tinsley held off Kerron Clement to capture his first national outdoor title. Tinsley finished in 47.96 seconds, the best time in the world this year, nipping Clement who ran 48.06. Jackson was a close third in 48.09. Tinsley runs for adidas while Jackson is with Nike.
In the long jump, current Stillman junior sprinter and long jump specialist Jeffrey Henderson, who won NCAA Div. II national titles in the long jump and 100 meters two weeks prior, was narrowly edged for the top prize by George Kitchens, Jr.
Henderson leaped 8.22 meters (26 feet, 11 3/4 inches) in his next-to-last (fifth) jump Sunday afternoon to come up just short of Kitchens' winning jump of 8.23 meters (27 feet). This will be Henderson's second trip to the World Championships.
"This is my second time making the team, so I'm just preparing for Moscow," Henderson said in an interview after the meet. "The first time I was kind of scared. I was shocked that I made the team but I'm really prepared now."


Palmetto's Jordan Smith shoots way into Division I scholarship at S.C. State

PALMETTO, Florida -- Jordan Smith has been known to make the most of his opportunities on the basketball court.

He scored more than 1,450 points during his high school career at Palmetto and gained a reputation is a deadly long-range shooter, knocking down 66 attempts from beyond the arc (42 percent) during his senior year, when he averaged 20-plus points per game in earning Bradenton Herald All-Area honors. Smith had to change his game last season at Brevard Community College, coming off the bench while being asked to be primarily a shooter, and his averaged dipped to 7.4 points per game.

But against arch-rival Indian River, Smith drained 7 of 10 three-pointers and scored 29 points in 23 minutes in a big Southern Conference game. In the previous game, Smith was 6-for-6 shooting 3-pointers and scored 18 points against Miami Dade.


XU's Franklin named HBCU Female Athlete of the Year

SiMon Franklin
JACKSON, Mississippi --  Xavier University of Louisiana's SiMon Franklin was named HBCU Female Athlete of the Year for 2012-13 on Friday evening.

Franklin, from Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of Xavier and St. Joseph's Academy, received the honor during the HBCU Awards banquet at the Jackson State University Student Center. The banquet is part of the inaugural National HBCU Media Week, which will conclude Saturday.

Franklin was a standout for Xavier in basketball and track and field. In basketball, Franklin was a four-year starter at guard who earned honorable mention as a senior on the NAIA Division I All-America Team. She was All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season after leading the Gold Nuggets with 10.7 points, 2.4 steals ands 24.9 minutes per game in 2012-13. The MVP of the 2012 GCAC Tournament, Franklin is one of nine Gold Nuggets to reach 1,000 points, 300 rebounds and 200 steals in a career. Franklin had 1,136 points, 331 rebounds, 208 assists, 220 steals in 128 career games at Xavier and helped the Gold Nuggets win three GCAC regular-season championships, two GCAC Tournament championships and qualify for the NAIA Division I National Championship three times.

In track and field, Franklin was the 2013 GCAC outdoor champion in the 400-meter dash, and her time of 56.74 seconds at that meet qualified her automatically for the NAIA National Championships. She ran the anchor leg of the 400 relay team which finished second in the GCAC and also qualified for nationals.

"I am extremely honored," Franklin said. "I thought I was done with athletics and receiving awards after track season ended, but then this happened. To be honored nationwide, that is amazing. I never though anything like that is possible."

Franklin recently began her first full-time job, in the mortgage department of Iberia Bank in downtown New Orleans.

"Monee is first-class person, a wonderful choice for this award and a great representative of Xavier University," said her basketball coach, Bo Browder. "She is the type of student-athlete we continue to recruit for Xavier."

Runners-up to Franklin were Dillard's Jazzmin Smith and Albany State's April Thomas, both basketball players.

XU nominees who did not win were Christabell Hamilton (women's volleyball) for female coach of the year, women's tennis for female team of the year and the College of Pharmacy for best STEM program (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Xavier is one of 38 U.S. colleges listed as a "Best Buy School" in the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

A list of all the winners:

Female athlete of the year: SiMon Franklin, Xavier

Male athlete of the year: Anaso Jobodwana, Jackson State

Female coach of the year: Toyelle Wilson, Prairie View A&M

Male coach of the year: Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State

Female team of the year: Hampton basketball

Male team of the year: Southern basketball

Best marching band: Jackson State

Best choir: Oakwood's Aeolian Choir

Best student government association: Albany State

Best student organization: Spelman's SpelBots team

Best student newspaper: North Carolina Central's Campus Echo

Best alumni publication: Morgan State's Morgan Magazine

Female alumna of the year: Nicole Bernard, Howard

Male alumnus of the year: Tom Colbert, Kentucky State

National alumni association of the year: University of the Virgin Islands

Best research center: Howard's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- Center for Atmospheric Sciences

Best STEM program: Hampton

Best social work program: Fayetteville State

Best fine arts program: Alabama State's Department of Theater Arts

Best business program: Paul Quinn

Best nursing program: Dillard

Female student of the year: Olivia Stinson, Winston-Salem State

Male student of the year: Polite Stewart, Southern

Female faculty member of the year and lifetime achievement award: Myrlie Evers Williams, Alcorn State

Male faculty member of the year: Kinfe Ken Redda, Florida A&M

Female president of the year: Dianne B. Suber, Saint Augustine's

Male president of the year: M. Christopher Brown, Alcorn State

HBCU of the year: Spelman

By Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

Friday, June 28, 2013

TSU's Covington Inks Deal With the Houston Rockets

NASHVILLE, Tennessee  --  On Friday, former Tennessee State forward Robert Covington signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

“[I] may not have been drafted, but [I’ve been] given a different route to pursue my dreams,” Covington said. “I’m blessed for this opportunity. God still works even in different ways.”

Last season, Covington started 22 games for the Tigers, missing 10 due to a knee injury. He still made the Second-Team All OVC Team after averaging 17 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Covington was also second on the squad with 16 steals.

He left TSU as the seventh leading scorer (1,749 career points) and rebounder (876) in school history.

The Rockets were one of the handfuls of teams that brought Covington into workout. The list also includes Memphis, Oklahoma City, Utah, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago.

The last Tiger to play in an NBA game was Anthony Mason of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2006.

The Rockets finished 45-37 last year, earning the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Southern Jaguars' Odums to address Baton Rouge Press Club July 1

Courtesy Southern University Athletics
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern University Football Coach Dawson Odums will be the guest speaker at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, July 1.

Coach Odums will talk about the upcoming season and what people can expect as he tries to rebuild the program. The Jaguars open fall camp July 31 before conducting its first practice on Aug. 2.

Southern opens its 12-game schedule against the University of Houston Friday, Aug. 30 in Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and the game will air live on

Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.

The Baton Rouge Press Club meets on Mondays at De La Ronde Hall, which is located at 320 Third Street. in downtown Baton Rouge.

NCA&T Aggie Men Announce Dominican Republic Trip

GREENSBORO, North Carolina  --  The 2013-14 North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team will look much different from the one that captured the 2013 MEAC basketball championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. In order to get a head start on trying to repeat despite major changes in his roster, head coach Cy Alexander has announced the team will travel to the Dominican Republic, Aug. 4-8, to play three exhibition games against various semi-professional teams from the Caribbean nation.

A&T lost seven seniors from a team that led the school to its first-ever NCAA win, a 73-72 victory over Liberty in March. Three other players from that historic squad are also not returning. The departures leave the Aggies with five returning players and 10 newcomers.

“This is huge for our program based on the fact we have so many new players,” said Alexander, who has six MEAC titles as a head coach. “This trip allows us to bond as a team and develop chemistry with one another on and off the court. We’ll get to play against very good competition, so we’ll get a chance to see what we need to do to prepare for 2013-14.”

The team has arrived on campus for the second summer school session.  Individual workouts will begin on July 1. Team practice begins July 25 and will be conducted two hours every night until Aug. 3 when the team leaves for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While there, Alexander also plans to have the team participate in community outreach in order “to bring good will to the Dominican Republic.”


Thursday, June 27, 2013

FSU Football Schedule Preview: Bethune-Cookman