Saturday, May 31, 2014

Bethune-Cookman holds off Columbia 6-5 in NCAA Regional

CORAL GABLES, Florida  -- Matt Noble was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Bethune Cookman withstood a late Columbia rally to beat the Lions 6-5 on Saturday in an elimination game at the Coral Gables regional.

Noble hit his 13th double of the season in the seventh inning to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. The Lions also committed two errors in the inning.
Keith Zuniga (8-4) scattered three hits over six innings while walking two.
Columbia's Kevin Roy (6-5) gave up a home run to John Johnson on the second pitch of the game.

Forest Whitaker Is Producing A Scripted Drama On HBCU Hazing & I’m All For It

HOLLYWOOD, California --  Forest Whitaker is bringing a hush-hush issue that happens at historically Black colleges and universities to the big screen. According to reports, the famed filmmaker is teaming up with Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin to write and direct a new feature film that sheds light on extreme hazing on Black campuses. The drama, titled “Underground,” will center around a student enduring harsh hazing conditions while trying to pledge a fraternity at a HBCU campus. The project is bound to spark a good debate, and as a Black college alum and member of a Black Greek Letter Organization, I think this topic deserves the attention of a national stage now more than ever.

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According to the StopHazing research campaign, the practice is defined as “any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.” Although hazing is not exclusive to HBCUs, it’s became a custom of acceptable violence on Black campus as right of passage or way to gain respect in almost every kind of group, including fraternities and sororities, marching bands, athletic teams, academic clubs and resident advisors.

I say, it’s about damn time ...


Former Wagner forward Mario Moody transfers to Bethune-Cookman

STATEN ISLAND, New York  -- Bethune-Cookman has reportedly adding a big man with one year of eligibility remaining for the 2015-2016 season.

Wagner junior forward Mario Moody, along with another teammate, received their releases from the program five weeks ago. According to a report from Cormac Gordon of, Moody will play the last year of his collegiate career at Bethune-Cookman.

“At the end of the day, the decision became mutual,” Wagner head coach Bashir Mason told Gordon. “Mario is a great kid, and there aren’t any hard feelings. This is just something he wanted to do, and maybe he’ll benefit from sitting out a year in terms of gaining maturity and working on his game.”

The 6-foot-7 Moody averaged 8.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Seahawks, who finished second in the Northeast Conference before being upset in the conference tournament semifinals.


Jackson State stuns No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette to open NCAA Regional

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana  -- Jackson State grinded out a 1-0 win over No.1 ranked (USA Today/ESPN Poll) Louisiana to open the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament on Friday in the Lafayette Regional at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

JSU (32-23), winners of back-to-back SWAC championships, picked up its first win in NCAA postseason handing ULL (53-8) its first shut-out loss on the year. The Tigers become the third team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference to earn a victory in the regionals since the 64-team expansion. The last team from the league to pull out a win in postseason play was Texas Southern in 2004 defeating top-seeded Rice, 4-3.

Vincent Anthonia (4-0) earned the win serving six innings with a pair of strikeouts and 51 strikes.

Alex Juday picked up his fourth save of the season. He closed out the final three innings with two strikeouts including one in the final frame against Blake Trahan who was 3-for-3 at the plate prior to striking out swinging. In the eighth he faced the gauntlet of ULL's lineup with runners on second and third. He worked out of the jam and struck out Kyle Clement to end the inning.

JSU posted the eventual game winning run after Melvin Rodriguez singled up the middle with two outs scoring Desmond Russell. Russell doubled down the left field line with one out to get on base and hand the Tigers their only run of the evening.

The Ragin Cajuns finished 0-7 with runners in scoring position as Austin Robichaux (7-3) picked up the loss throwing six strikeouts. He sat in the top of the ninth after allowing two to reach base. Relief pitcher Matt Plitt threw one strikeout as the inning ended on a double play line out to shortstop and second base.

JSU finished with four hits with Rodriguez going 2-for-4 at the plate while Russell and Charles Tillery posted one hit apiece. UL, carrying the nation's longest win streak at 10 games, collected eight hits but left 11 stranded on base.

JSU's win sets up an all Mississippi showdown with Mississippi State on Saturday. The first pitch is slated for 6 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament. The Bulldogs defeated San Diego State earlier in the day 5-2.

Box Score / Photo Gallery

-The Tigers recorded a 1-0 victory for the first time since beating Texas Southern in the fifth game of the 1981 season.
-JSU recorded its first postseason win in program history.
-The win is the first 1-0 victory for the Tigers under head coach Omar Johnson.
-Vincent Anthonia picked up his fourth win of the season.

JSU Post-game Quotes:
Jackson State Head Coach Omar Johnson Opening Statement:
It was a tough game. That is an outstanding team. Both teams battled nine innings and the crowd got their money’s worth.

Vincent Anthonia on where the performance ranks among his pitching performances:
Not sure, but I can tell you it wasn’t easy. We knew coming in that they were a really good hitting team. As far as where it ranks, I’m not sure.

Vincent Anthonia on his approach dealing with an offense that didn’t appear to have any weaknesses:
I had to trust my changeup because that’s basically all I threw the whole game. I knew that I had to keep the ball down because if not they would have kept hitting home runs. I wouldn’t say that I faced a lot of pressure, because you can when the crowd is pumped up, I was fortunate to avoid it.

Vincent Anthonia on at what point you felt you could close out the victory:
We never really thought of that because that team can switch the momentum at any point. We knew every time we went out on the field we had to get three outs quickly.

Melvin Rodriguez on the importance of getting the run across because it would be a low-scoring game:
That situation was similar to the whole season. I was looking for fastball to drive in a run and the second pitch was a fastball down the middle and I was able to turn on it.

Vincent Anthonia on not being in awe of No. 1 ranked team:
I have to give credit to my team. Last night we had a meeting and we told each other to have fun. There was really nothing to lose so just come in and play the game that we love.

Melvin Rodriguez on what it means to produce first NCAA regional win in school history:
This is amazing, what we’ve been able to accomplish. It’s something special. I respect the other team. My teammates, we battled and fought the whole year and when you do good things happen.

Omar Johnson on choosing Vincent Anthonia to start the contest:
His last start was against Alabama when they were eighth in the country and he basically shut them out through six innings. He’s pitched in the Little League World series, too, so being on TV and feeling pressure is not a big deal. That’s an outstanding team. We played them close last year (in Baton Rouge Regional) where they had an unbelievable inning and aside from that it was blow-for-blow through the first five or six innings. They’re an overly aggressive team which plays into the changeup so that’s all we did. It’s not rocket science…it was playing against what they try and do best. Being overly aggressive, they chase pitches out of the zone and off the end of the bat comes a lot of fly balls. We made some good decisions in the game and their kid battled hard allowing only one run.

Omar Johnson on what it means to be able to share this moment with his team:
We have a lot of seniors and they won a lot of games especially some of the guys who have been around for four years and redshirts who have five years. I felt that wouldn’t be rattled by this situation. There were nearly 15,000 last year at LSU so they’d seen the atmosphere before. You play against the ball and if you do everything you need to against the ball it doesn’t make a difference who’s on the other end.

Omar Johnson on Vincent Anthonia’s ability to contain the Ragin’ Cajuns:
As long as he made his pitches I knew we were going to keep guys off balance. He knew if he messed up what could possibly happen…those guys are dangerous. They drove two balls into the gap that we had to catch at the warning track. You have to respect your opponent, that’s half the battle. If you respect your opponent it keeps you from walking into a situation blind.


Ninth-Inning Heartbreak for B-CU in 1-0 Walk-Off Miami Loss in Regional Opener

CORAL GABLES, Florida  --  A pair of ninth-inning miscues made all the difference in the Coral Gables NCAA Baseball Regional on Friday night, as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (26-32) dropped a heartbreaker to host Miami (FL) (42-17) to open play at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Despite battling the Hurricanes to the brink through eight scoreless innings, the chess match ended on a 1-0 walk-off loss.

“No question, they’re disappointed and rightly so. I’m disappointed, but I’m definitely not disappointed in the way they played,” Head Coach Jason Beverlin at the postgame press conference. “That’s the way I want them to play, and I’m very proud of the way they went about their business and played the game. We just didn’t get a big hit when we needed it, but that’s baseball.”

From the onset, the pitcher’s duel was brewing, as Bethune-Cookman’s Montana Durapau matched up inning-for-inning with Miami’s Andrew Suarez, as the starters squared off for seven scoreless innings.

Making his 16th start of the season and fourth of his career versus the Hurricanes, Durapau carried the Wildcats with a three-hitter through seven frames, striking out five before yielding to classmate Scott Garner, who promptly delivered three consecutive swinging strikeouts in the eighth.

On the rubber for the Hurricanes, Suarez went a full nine innings for Miami, allowing the Wildcats to put a runner on third in each of the first three frames, but limiting B-CU to only seven hits, while striking out a season-high 10 batters in a nine-inning season-long outing.

In the bottom of the ninth, UM first baseman David Thompson reached base as a hit batter with one out. The junior reached second on shortstop Brandon Lopez’ single to right with two outs, and advanced to third despite freezing in the basepath, as right fielder Josh Johnson overplayed the ball.

Facing Johnny Ruiz, a Garner pitch slipped underneath catcher Zach Olszewski and the Wildcats’ shutout ended in a walk-off wild pitch as Thompson slid underneath the play at the plate and the Hurricanes rushed the field in the 1-0 B-CU loss.

After throwing one and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts, Garner (1-4) takes the loss for the Wildcats. Suarez (6-3) earned the win for the Hurricanes.

Throwing 109 pitches in the outing, Durapau struck out five. Unlikely to see additional action in this weekend’s Regional play, the senior ends the day with 103 strikeouts on the year in 117 1/3 innings, ranking him fourth among B-CU’s season strikeout leaders with the most innings pitched in a season, overcoming Francisco Rodriguez (110 2/3, 2007) in the first inning against UM. Durapau also ties Helpiz Moises (2002) for most wins in a season with an 11-1 record.

“I’ll put him up against anybody’s number one,” Beverlin said of his senior ace. “He’s pitched that way no matter where we go; we could go play Washington, Miami, or all the teams in our league, it doesn’t matter. He’s the same guy and he deals, that’s what he does. And that’s the bottom line, it doesn’t matter what conference, what team—he pitches the same way, and it’s good.”

At the plate, the Wildcats outhit the Hurricanes 7-4, led by Shortstop Shaun McCarty, who batted 2-for-3, while Johnson and Matt Noble each batted 2-for-4.

The Wildcats return to action on Saturday afternoon in a 2 p.m. matchup against the Columbia Lions in the elimination game. The Ivy League champion, Columbia (29-19), also dropped a heartbreaker on Friday, falling to Texas Tech, 3-2, on a ninth-inning walk-off double.

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Six More Commit to Ford, TSU Basketball

NASHVILLE, Tennessee  --  On Friday, Tennessee State men’s basketball coach Dana Ford announced the signing of six more players to add to his recruiting class. Keron Deshields, Zachary Lee, Christian Mekowulu, Marcus Roper, Rodney Simeon and Charles Tucker all signed letters of intent and will be on next year’s roster.

“We are excited to add these fine young men to our basketball program here at Tennessee State University. They all possess the abilities to perform at a high level both in the classroom and on the floor. They are the future of Big Blue basketball and we couldn’t be happier about that,” Ford said.

Keron Deshields is a guard originally from Baltimore Maryland, but played the last three seasons at the University of Montana. Deshields played a big role in the Grizzlies clawing to a 17-13 mark this past season, averaging 11.8 points per contest and leading the team with 36 steals. Deshields was Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference a year ago and was a part of two NCAA Tournament teams during his freshman and junior seasons. He will have to sit out 2014-15 due to transfer rules.

Ford went all the way to New Mexico to snag Zachary Lee, who suited up for Eldorado HS in Albuquerque last year. Rated as the fifth-best prospect in the state by Full Court Press, Lee proved he could defend almost anyone while playing small forward, tallying 4.2 blocks per game. The 6-foot-8 wing also averaged 11 points and eight rebounds in both of his varsity years for coach Roy Sanchez, earning him All-State honors as a senior. Lee also attended Elev8 Sports Institute.

Christian Mekowulu
Christian Mekowulu is a power forward from Nigeria, but played high school basketball in Marietta, Ga. for Covenant Christian Ministries Academy. At 6-foot-8, Mekowulu will provide size to TSU’s front court and his ability to crash the glass (11 rebounds per game) will fit Ford’s defense-first style. Mekowulu can also score, as he improved his average from 10 points to 12.8 per contest from his junior to senior seasons. He was the 14th best forward and 36th best overall player from Ga. according to
Marcus Roper will transfer into the Tennessee State program after playing two years at New Mexico Military Institute JUCO. Last season, he averaged 15.8 points per contest while leading the team in blocks per game (1.2). The wing also shot 39 percent from beyond the three-point line and had nine 20-plus point games. One of those games was a 33 point and 10 rebound effort against Frank Phillips College. Roper played a significant role in NMMI increasing its win total by eight games between his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

As senior at Boyd Anderson HS in Florida last season, Rodeny Simeon averaged 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while captaining a team that went 25-6 including a 7-1 district mark. Simeon also led his team to a Final Four appearance in the 7A State Playoffs and No. 15 ranking in Fla.
Charles Tucker is a point guard from Lansing, Mich. that was rated a two-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals. He was selected to the 2011-12 USA Men's Developmental National Team comprised of the nation's top under-16 talents. As a junior at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md., Tucker was selected to’s 2013 Honor Roll after leading his team to a 19-5 record. Tucker played last season at ABCD Prep, a postgraduate school in Urbandale, Iowa.
The six signed on Friday plus previously inked Darreon Reddick, Xavier Richards and Christian Crockett give TSU nine incoming players for next season.


Five from Xavier are selected ITA NAIA All-America

Nour Abbes

Nour Abbes

     Kourtney Howell
Kourtney Howell
     Brion Flowers
Brion Flowers
NEW ORLEANS -- Five from Xavier University of Louisiana, including a school-record four from the women's team, have been named Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA All-Americans for the 2013-14 season.

Freshman Nour Abbes, sophomores Simone-Alyse Ewell and Brion Flowers and senior Kourtney Howell are the Gold Nuggets' All-Americans. Selected from the men's team was sophomore Kyle Montrel.  All five qualified for All-America by being top 20 in singles or top 10 in doubles in the ITA's postseason individual rankings.

Flowers, Howell and Montrel are repeat All-America selections. Howell was honored for the third consecutive year.

For the second straight year, the Gold Nuggets set program records for highest postseason national rankings. Abbes is No. 2 in singles, and Howell and Flowers are No. 2 in doubles. The previous postseason highs were No. 6 in singles by Howell and No. 3 in doubles by Howell and Flowers.

Kyle Montrel
Simone-Alyse Ewell
Howell is 13th in singles, and Abbes and Ewell are ninth in doubles. Also ranked nationally in singles are Nikita Soifer of the Gold Rush (26th) and Flowers (35th). Montrel and Soifer are 14th in doubles.

Abbes is from Tunis, Tunisia, and a graduate of Lycée Sportif d'El Menzah. Ewell is from Detroit and a graduate of The Roeper School. Flowers is from Lafayette, La., and a graduate of St. Thomas More High School. Howell is from Cypress, Texas, and a graduate of Cypress Woods High School. Montrel is from Atlanta and a graduate of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. Soifer is a junior from Beer Sheva, Israel, and a graduate of Hof Sasharon.

Xavier's women were 17-7 in 2014, reached the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship for the second consecutive year and ranked third in the postseason coaches poll. The men were 13-12, reached the national quarterfinals for the third straight year and ranked eighth.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

Friday, May 30, 2014

Black college football heads to the Bahamas: Central State takes on Texas Southern

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time, two Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) will play a football game in Nassau, Bahamas.  HBCUX, a recently launched digital media network, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism are teaming up to produce the inaugural"Bahamas HBCUX Classic."

HBCUX is planning a weekend of events this fall in Nassau highlighted by a football game and battle of the bands competition between Central State and Texas Southern Universities, preceded by a star-studded tailgate concert. The game will be held in Nassau's refurbished 15,000-seat, multi-purpose Thomas Robinson Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

HBCUX Network founded by President & CEO Curtis Symonds and General Manager & COO Clint Evans showcases the talent, diversity and value of HBCUs that have been around for 177 years.  "Bringing an HBCU football game to the Caribbean will truly be a unique experience on many different levels," Symonds said.

"This is the culmination of a dream, and a combination of 'out-of-the-box' thinking, hard work, commitment and faith on our part as well as the Minister of Tourism Obediah Wilchcombe and his staff to advance tourism in the Bahamas.  The game allows two HBCU presidents to provide a cultural experience for their students in addition to promoting their universities to a wider audience.  Paramount to this experience is allowing the Caribbean and international communities to see first-hand the educational value HBCUs have to offer." Symonds added that HBCUX Network is committed to hosting the event for the next three years.

Representing The Bahamas, the Permanent Secretary for the Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services Harrison Thompson said, "The Bahamas HBCUX Classic not only supports our goal to bring more people to our beautiful islands, but Bahamians can experience American football at home, and gain insight into what two HBCUs have to offer should one decide to continue their education in the United States."  Both schools will have staff available to speak to potential students during the weekend.

Jahan Culbreath, athletic director, Central State University said "This is a wonderful opportunity for Central State to participate in the inaugural Bahamas HBCUX Football Classic.  It will allow Central State to showcase our university while broadening our reach within the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Participating and traveling to another country always adds to a quality collegiate experience for our students. We look forward to establishing new relationships with the wonderful Bahamian community."

President of Texas Southern University (TSU) Dr. John M. Rudley, stated, "For Texas Southern University, accepting an invitation to be a part of the first American football classic in Nassau, Bahamas highlights our willingness to take the lead in educational innovation, even as it relates to athletics. This is a tremendous opportunity for Texas Southern University to showcase academic and athletic programs to the citizens of the Bahamas. Texas Southern University must chart new directions so that we can take full advantage of opportunities to introduce Historically Black Colleges and Universities athletics to individuals in places like the Bahamas and abroad.

Athletics, like academic programs and student life, can be the vehicle that we use to introduce college to high school students everywhere.  One never knows the interest of the student, so why not expose them to everything we have to offer. We will do that by offering, not only an opportunity to see competitive football, but TSU will participate in a career and recruitment fair while in the Bahamas. 

Our Student Government Association leaders will also be on the trip.

We are especially excited and hopeful this first endeavor will create a lasting relationship between the government of the Bahamas, its citizens and Texas Southern University. We are an inclusive university and we welcome this opportunity to create long-lasting relationships and opportunities for our students."

HBCUX Network, the Ministry of Tourism and both universities participated in a joint news conference in Nassau, Bahamas to announce the event. Symonds hopes to attract thousands of existing students, alumni and football enthusiasts to the inaugural Football Classic. Tickets to the game start at $25.00. HBCUX Network will be offering packages starting around $375.00 for a two-night hotel stay at the Atlantis resort, transfers, game tickets and a one month subscription to the HBCUX Network.

HBCUX Network headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a 24/7, education, entertainment, lifestyle and sports programming network. The programming includes original series, student productions, music, movies and specials. HBCUX Network is an advertiser and subscription supported service, with a portion of the proceeds generated going to scholarship funds to attend HBCUs.

The Bahamas, located 50 miles off the east coast of Florida, is an ecological oasis featuring 700 islands over 100,000 square miles of ocean with the world's third largest barrier reef and the clearest water on the planet—with a visibility of over 200 feet. The Bahamas attracts almost six million international visitors each year.

About Texas Southern:Texas Southern University, in Houston Texas, was founded in 1927. With an enrollment of 9,700 undergraduate and graduate students, it is one of the nation's largest historically black universities. The TSU Tigers football team, a member of the NCAA Southwestern Athletic Conference, is in a rebuilding mode with 16 new recruits for the 2014 season. "The Ocean of Soul" marching band promotes excellence and the school's legacy is that of preparing and developing accomplished professional men and women to take their rightful place in the global society.

About Central State:Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, is one of the nation's oldest historically black universities, with a 125-year legacy of academic and athletic achievements. With the return of football to Central State in 2005, the Mighty Marauders are reviving a legacy that produced several conference championships. Central State's marching band, the Invincible Marching Marauders, have twice performed at the national Honda Battle of the Bands and been featured in the 2006 film "Dave Chappelle's Block Party."

Tone deaf NCAA deals FAMU a low blow

The penalties FAMU was forced to accept say far more about the NCAA than they do about Florida A&M University

TALLAHASSEE, Florida  -- Florida A&M University's two prime-time sports programs suffered a low blow a couple of weeks back when the NCAA ruled that the Rattlers' football and men's basketball teams will be banned from post-season competition during 2014-2015.

Student-athletes on those teams did not satisfy the APR (Academic Progress Rate) standards the NCAA instituted 10 years ago.

Shame on the NCAA for being tone deaf in a surround-sound world.

The well-staffed NCAA should know better than to take a one-size-fits-all approach to evaluating the hundreds of universities it governs.

Simply put, FAMU does not have the resources required to play the APR game. Not to diminish the value of what happens in the classroom, but APR numbers are not an accurate reflection of a school's student-athletes' academic performance.


Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins ready for MMA fight

The 5-foot-9 Jenkins could potentially have his face rearranged by the 6-foot Green.

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida  -- When Brian Jenkins and Chris Green meet in the middle of the cage Saturday night at Breakthrough MMA 12, they will be coming from very different backgrounds.

Jenkins, 43, is the head football coach of the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.
Green, 27, is a cook at Joe's Crab Shack.
Perhaps as close as they will ever come to sharing common ground will be in the moments following the signal to start the fight because, for however long it takes to sort itself out, the cook and the coach are going to try to beat one another into submission.
“People are in disbelief that (Jenkins) is actually going to go in there and do this,” Breakthrough MMA Promoter Jason Arnett said. “But this is for real. This is the same Jenkins that led his team to a (MEAC) championship. People are just in awe.”

Green hopes to shock B-CU coach Brian Jenkins in MMA bout

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida  -- Chris Green knows the chips will be stacked against him when he steps into the cage to face Bethune-Cookman football coach Brian Jenkins in their mixed martial arts bout Saturday at Breakthrough MMA 12.

Jenkins is a rare athlete, good enough to earn a scholarship to play at Cincinnati, where he set a few records. He even had some pro football looks after college.
Green went to Mainland, took a few classes at Daytona State and is currently a cook at Joe's Crab Shack.

UNCG and N.C. A&T will play home-and-home in 2015-16 and 2016-17

GREENSBORO, North Carolina  --  UNCG and N.C. A&T's men's basketball programs reached a verbal agreement to play a home-and-home in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

The two schools are working on the contract and couldn't work out scheduling to play next season. The Spartans will travel to N.C. A&T's Corbett sports Center in the 2015-16 season, and the Aggies will play UNCG in the Coliseum in 2016-17.

“We ought to be playing that game every year," Record said. "I can’t speak for A&T, because obviously the Coliseum is our home court, but the opportunity to have a maximum of 21,000 people see our two community teams play to me is a bigger impact than playing in a smaller venue on each other's campus. But again, they value playing at home and I respect that. We’re looking forward to playing there.”

UNCG and N.C. A&T didn't play this season for the first time since the 2009-10 season.  The two teams didn't play from the 2002-03 season until the 2010-11 season.


Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Becton declares ECSU a “Beacon of Hope”

Interim Chancellor
B.A. Howard University
J.D., Duke University School of Law
L.L.M, University of Virginia School of Law

ELIZABETH CITY, North Carolina  -- The North Carolina Senate is considering a budget provision that would dissolve constituent institutions with large declines in student enrollment. That decision could impact Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). This provision has not passed the NC House nor the NC Senate. It has not been signed into law.

“In my view, ECSU is, and will remain, a vital part of the University of North Carolina system. It has always been the premier four-year educational, economic, and cultural entity in northeastern North Carolina,” said Chancellor Charles Becton.

ECSU is a force for growth in northeastern North Carolina, bringing education, jobs, grants, and cultural events to a part of the state that has been historically underdeveloped. ECSU is the third-largest employer in the region, and its total economic impact on the Elizabeth City community is 118 million in output sales, 83 million in value added (gross regional product), and 59 million in labor income. The university provides 64.06% of the elementary and 38.46% of the secondary teachers for our geographic area. Over 60% of our students come from the 21 counties in northeastern North Carolina, and most of them, upon graduation, remain in the area filling much-needed jobs.

We have seen a decline in our enrollment during the past four years, but we are working hard to reverse that trend. Even at our current size, we are larger than hundreds of universities in this country and several in this state. Efforts are currently underway to right size the university and to develop signature areas to attract more students.

During the school year, even with a $4+ million budget deficit and an enrollment decline this academic school year we had our largest fall and spring graduation classes.

“During this year, when naysayers question our worth, we have been recognized nationally for our educational and other offerings,” Becton said.

For the second year in a row, ECSU was ranked #1 among baccalaureate colleges in one of Washington Monthly’s College rankings. We were ranked number one in the Top Public School Regional Colleges (South) category by U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition and #18 among the nation’s 100+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2014, ECSU was ranked seventh best out of the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) where college freshman return after their first year. (U.S. News and World Report 2014); ECSU ranked #3 among the top 10 greenest historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the public institution category. (Building Green Initiative, 2014). ECSU has the lowest tuition among UNC system schools, and we represent one of the best values in education. ECSU will continue to be a beacon of hope for those wanting access to education and an enhanced opportunity for a better future.


N.C. Senate to consider closing Elizabeth City State University

RALEIGH, North Carolina  -- The North Carolina Senate’s proposed $21 billion budget would have the University of North Carolina system shut down “small, unprofitable” Elizabeth City State University.

ECSU, a historically black school in the northeast corner of the state, reports an enrollment of 2,421, including 2,155 full-time students. Among its students, 1,777 are black, 380 are white, according to the school’s website. North Carolina residents account for 2,163 students and the average SAT score is 889. Entering students have a 3.15 high school grade point average.

The proposal is the latest turn by Republican leaders to trim the UNC system. Last year, Gov. Pat McCrory suggested merging or closing campuses as well as eliminating course offerings to save money. That tone rankled HBCU alumni and supporters who fear the state will target the state’s black colleges, which generally are smaller and perennially underfunded compared to their larger peers.

A study published last month by University of Pennsylvania researchers found that North Carolina’s public black colleges have struggled to keep recover from the recession of 2008, which led to deep cuts in state funding. With a higher proportion of first-generation and low-income students on campus, HBCU enrollments have fallen or remained stagnant over the last five years.

ECSU enrollment has dropped from 3,307 in the 2010-11 academic year to 2,421 in 2013-14.


UPDATED: 3 DSU football players, 2 students charged in U. of Delaware burglaries

Really? Give all of 'em the ole Hornet boot!
Students laptops stolen from Christiana Towers one day before start of UD final exams

NEWARK, Delaware  -- Five Delaware State University students, three of who are active members of the school’s football team and two who no longer play for the team, have been arrested in connection with two separate burglaries at the University of Delaware.

The men were identified by University of Delaware Police as Rashawn G. Barrett, 20, of Montclair, N.J., Malik Golson, 19, of Dover, Shubasz Gordon, 23, of Bloomfield, Conn., Cameren Judge, 21, of New Britain, Conn, and Gabriel E. Sherrod, 20, of Dover.

DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes confirmed the five are students at the Dover university. Golson, Barrett and Sherrod all are members of the school’s football squad; Gordon and Judge have exhausted their eligibility to play NCAA intercollegiate sports and no longer are on the Hornets roster, Holmes said.


Saint Augustine's University Releases 2014 Football Schedule

RALEIGH, North Carolina  -- Home games against Shaw University and Fayetteville State University and away games against CIAA division champions Winston-Salem State University and Virginia State University highlight the 2014 Saint Augustine's University football schedule, which was released Thursday, May 29, 2014.

The schedule includes four home contests this upcoming season. The Falcons will play six away games.

The season begins Sept. 6 with a trip north to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the first-ever meeting between both teams. A member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Indiana (Pa.) was ranked as high as seventh in the nation before ending the 2013 season ranked 24th in the final American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II poll. Game time is noon.

The Falcons play their first home game Sept. 13 against Wingate University at 1:30 p.m. In 2012, the Falcons beat Wingate 28-10 at home in the first-ever contest between both schools. Wingate plays in the traditionally tough South Atlantic Conference.

The Falcons hit the road again Sept. 20 to face Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at 3 p.m. central standard time. Last season, the Falcons handed Stillman a 35-7 trouncing at home. Stillman is a member of the always competitive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

The conference schedule begins Sept. 27 for the Falcons when they host Chowan University of the Northern Division at 1:30 p.m. The last time both teams met was 2009 with the Falcons winning 28-18 on the road.

After the Chowan game, the Falcons embark on a three-game road stretch including contests against conference division champions Virginia State and Winston-Salem State. The Falcons visit Virginia State of the Northern Division on Oct. 4 in Ettrick, Va., at 2 p.m. The last time both teams played was 2009 when the Falcons thumped the Trojans 27-14 at home.

The Falcons continue their road trek with a matchup against Livingstone College on Oct. 11 in Salisbury, N.C. at 1:30 p.m. This is the first of five games against Southern Division opponents. The Falcons have beaten Livingstone every season since 2002 including a 21-14 home victory on Homecoming Day in 2013.

On Oct. 18, the Falcons travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to face Southern Division champion Winston-Salem State at 1:30 p.m. The games between the Falcons and Winston-Salem State have been competitive since the Rams returned to the CIAA and last season was no different. The Falcons only trailed 7-3 at halftime against the nationally-ranked Rams at home before falling 35-17.

The Falcons return home to host Fayetteville State for Homecoming on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Two seasons ago, the Falcons hosted Fayetteville State for Homecoming and topped the Broncos 34-28 in three overtimes.

The final away game of the season is against Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte N.C., on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. Last season, the Falcons edged Johnson C. Smith at home 13-6. Their last win over Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, N.C. was 34-24 in 2010.

The last regular-season game is Nov. 8 against Shaw at home at 1:30 p.m. Two seasons ago, the Falcons downed their crosstown rival at home in the regular-season finale. They scored on the game's last play to win 43-42 in a thriller.

2014 Football Schedule
Sept. 6at Indiana (Pa.)Indiana, PA12 p.m.
Sept. 20at StillmanTuscaloosa, AL3 p.m. CST
Oct. 4at Virginia State*Ettrick, VA2 p.m.
Oct. 11at Livingstone*Salisbury, NC1:30 p.m.
Oct. 18at Winston-Salem State*Winston-Salem, NC1:30 p.m.
Nov. 1at Johnson C. Smith*Charlotte, NC1 p.m.
Nov. 8SHAW*RALEIGH, NC1:30 p.m.
Nov. 15CIAA ChampionshipTBA1 p.m.
*CIAA Games
# - Homecoming
Home Games in BOLD CAPS
CST – Central Standard Time

SSU Announces Times and Themes for Home Football Games

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SAVANNAH, Georgia -- The Savannah State University Department of Athletics have announced the game times and themes for  the Tigers 2014 home football games.

The five-game home schedule is highlighted by SSU's "Homecoming" game against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Norfolk State on October 4 at 2 p.m.

The home opener on September 13 against Fort Valley State will be an "Orange Out". Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Other home dates include: "Think Pink & Open House" on October 18 against Bethune-Cookman  at 6 p.m.," High School Band Day & Armed Forces Night" on November 8 against Howard at 6 p.m., and "Future Stars of Tomorrow & Community Day" on Nov. 15 against North Carolina A&T at 2 p.m.

Season tickets can be purchased at or by contacting Selena Warner at (912) 358-3429 or

SSU 2014 Football Home Game Schedule

Sept. 13                FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY              Savannah, Ga.                                   6 p.m.
                                "Orange Out"                                             Theodore Wright Stadium

Oct. 4                    NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY                     Savannah, Ga.                                   2 p.m.
                                "Homecoming"                                            Theodore Wright Stadium

Oct. 18                  BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY           Savannah, Ga.                                   6 p.m.
                            "Think Pink & Open House"                         Theodore Wright Stadium

Nov. 8                   HOWARD UNIVERSITY                              Savannah, Ga.                                   6 p.m.
                            "High School Band Day & Armed                 Theodore Wright Stadium
                             Forces Night"

Nov. 15                 NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY   Savannah, Ga.                                   2 p.m.
                           "Future Stars of Tomorrow                                  Theodore Wright Stadium
                           & Community Day"

Full 2014 Football Schedule (Here)



Cheyney Wolves Release 2014-15 Hoop Schedule; Drinks Named Captain

CHEYNEY, Pennsylvania  -- Cheyney University Men's Basketball Coach Dominique Stephens has announced that Mike Drinks will be the captain of the Wolves 2014-15 squad.  The University has also released the 2014-15 men's basketball schedule.

Drinks will be a senior next year.  He netted a career high 16 points in a conference loss to Lock Haven during the 2013-14 season.  At the Annual All-Sports Banquet, Drinks was awarded the teams' sportsmanship award.  Drinks is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Delaware Valley Charter High School.  He is a majoring in Recreation and Leisure Management.

The 2014-15 schedule features home and home contests against the other eight schools in the PSAC East (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Kutztown, Millersville, Shippensburg, West Chester and East Stroudsburg).  Through a random draw the Wolves will also battle six schools from the PSAC West.  Cheyney will play Gannon, Clarion and UPJ at home while traveling to Edinboro, Mercyhurst and IUP on the road.

The non-conference portion of the schedule features the Annual Battle of the Firsts.  Cheyney will host Lincoln in a rare Saturday night double header with the women's teams tipping off at 6:00 pm followed by the men.  The other non-league home contest will feature a tilt against the University of the Sciences.  The Wolves will travel to Virginia State and Bowie as well as open the season at the West Virginia State Tournament.  Opponents for the season opening tournament will be announced later this summer as will the game times for the away contests.

To view the 2014-15 men's basketball schedule click here.

DateTimeOpponentLocationHome / AwayConference GameTime 
West Liberty
11/14/2014 TBAFayetteville State University
N TBA                    
11/15/2014 TBAJohnson C Smith
N TBA            
11/19/2014 8:00 PMBloomsburg UniversityCheyney, PAHConference Game8:00 PM                         
11/22/2014 3:00 PMMansfield UniversityMansfield, PAAConference Game3:00 PM                          
11/29/2014 TBABowie State UniversityBowie, MDA TBA                         
12/1/2014 7:30 PMUniversity of the Sciences in PhiladelphiaCheyney, PAH 7:30 PM                         
12/3/2014 8:00 PMKutztown UniversityCheyney, PAHConference Game8:00 PM                         
12/6/2014 8:00 PMLincoln University (PA)Cheyney, PAH 8:00 PM                         
12/13/2014 TBAVirginia State UniversityPetersburg, VAA TBA                         
12/16/2014 TBAEdinboro University of PennsylvaniaEdinboro, PAA TBA                         
12/17/2014 TBAMercyhurst UniversityErie, PAA TBA                         
12/20/2014 3:00 PMGannon UniversityCheyney, PAH 3:00 PM                         
1/3/2015 3:00 PMClarion UniversityCheyney, PAH 3:00 PM                         
1/4/2015 3:00 PMPitt - JohnstownCheyney, PAH 3:00 PM                         
1/7/2015 7:30 PMIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndiana, PAA 7:30 PM                         
1/10/2015 3:00 PMMillersville UniversityMillersville, PAAConference Game3:00 PM                         
1/14/2015 8:00 PMEast Stroudsburg UniversityCheyney, PAHConference Game8:00 PM                         
1/17/2015 3:00 PMLock Haven UniversityLock Haven, PAAConference Game3:00 PM                         
1/21/2015 5:30 PMWest Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester, PAAConference Game5:30 PM                         
1/24/2015 3:00 PMShippensburg UniversityCheyney, PAHConference Game3:00 PM                         
1/28/2015 TBABloomsburg UniversityBloomsburg, PAAConference GameTBA                          
1/31/2015 3:00 PMMansfield UniversityCheyney, PAHConference Game3:00 PM                         
2/4/2015 TBAKutztown UniversityKutztown, PAAConference GameTBA                          
2/11/2015 8:00 PMMillersville UniversityCheyney, PAHConference Game8:00 PM                         
2/14/2015 TBAEast Stroudsburg UniversityEast Stroudsburg, PAAConference GameTBA                         
2/18/2015 8:00 PMLock Haven UniversityCheyney, PAHConference Game8:00 PM                        
2/21/2015 3:00 PMWest ChesterCheyney, PAHConference Game3:00 PM                         
2/25/2015 TBAShippensburg UniversityShippensburg, PAAConference GameTBA