|Friday, December 6, 2013|
|Winston-Salem State files formal complaint|
Winston-Salem State has filed a formal with the NCAA and CIAA against Virginia State. Read the entire letter below:
Dear Vice President Steeb-Gronau and Commissioner Carpenter:
This letter serves as a formal complaint against Virginia State University (“VSU”), a Division II member, for the failure ofVSU, its staff members and certain of its student athletes, to conform to the obligations of membership in the NCAA and CIAA. Winston Salem State University’s (“WSSU”) preliminary investigation, which is still ongoing, reveals that as many as five (5) Virginia State University football players assaulted Rudy Johnson, the starting quarterback for WSSU, in the bathroom on the WSSU campus during the CIAA Championship Luncheon on Friday, November 15, 2013. We believe that the actions of Virginia State University and VSU student athletes, along with the apparent failure of VSU staff members and coaches to properly supervise and constrain VSU student athletes, likely constitute major violations of NCAA and CIAA rules. Accordingly, WSSU requests a full investigation of this matter and, depending on the outcome of the investigation, imposition of appropriate penalties to address any violations of NCAA rules.
The results ofWSSU’s preliminary investigation suggests that one or more VSU student athletes attempted to create an extensive competitive advantage by eliminating the starting quarterback from championship competition play, thereby increasing Virginia State University’s chances for a victory and a guaranteed berth to the Division II postseason championship playoffs. WSSU’s investigation has also revealed that Virginia State University appears to have failed to maintain adequate control over its players, in that Virginia State University’s 55 players traveled to Winston-Salem unaccompanied by VSU’s President, its Athletic Director, or a senior administrator. Rather, VSU’s student athletes were left under the supervision of a head coach with a criminal record. (See criminal record attached.) Based on the facts and circumstances surrounding the violent attack on WSSU’s quarterback, it is apparent that the assault may not have occurred if VSU had taken reasonable, necessary and prudent steps to appropriately supervise its student-athletes.
Winston-Salem State pledges its full cooperation to the investigation and expects the same from Virginia State University, in accordance with NCAA rules. In light of the circumstances, including the ancillary damages, WSSU requests that:
1. the NCAA and CIAA launch a full investigation into the incident; and
2. the NCAA and CIAA require full cooperation from all entities, including Virginia
State University, its staff, coaches and student athletes, consistent with NCAA
and conference rules.
Based on the results of the investigation, WSSU requests imposition of any and all appropriate team and/or individual sanctions including, but not limited to, the following:
1. CIAA declare that the actions of Virginia State University shall result in a forfeiture of the CIAA Championship football game;
2. CIAA officially declare Winston-Salem State University as the CIAA Champions,
with all of the rights and privileges afforded thereto;
3. NCAA and CIAA impose financial sanctions solely against Virginia State University for loss of income, revenue, and preparation costs to Winston-Salem State University, the host institution;
4. NCAA and CIAA censure Coach Latrell Scott for his irresponsible comments relating to the assault, and for his lack of professional decorum during the height of the melee, and his refusal to obey the order of a police official;
5. NCAA and CIAA impose team and/or individual penalties, in addition to the
2013 ban from postseason play, against Virginia State University, commensurate with the egregious actions of its players, up to and including probation, loss of scholarships, and an additional ban of future postseason play; and
6. NCAA and CIAA order Virginia State University to cover all medical costs related to the injuries sustained by Rudy Johnson as a direct result of being assaulted by Virginia State University football players.
Winston-Salem State University’s investigation into this matter will continue and I want to reiterate our commitment to cooperating with both the NCAA and the CIAA.
Donald Julian Reaves, Ph.D.
|Thursday, December 5, 2013|
|What people are talking about 12/5|
Three deaths from the flu were confirmed this week. The patients were from Eastern North Carolina, the Triad and Charlotte. According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the middle-aged adults were also suffering from other complications.
More cuts to hurt low- and middle-income families may be looming in the General Assembly. Stay tuned. And speaking of, Gov. Pat McCrory now says he supports teacher pay raises. Of course, he hasn’t said how they will do it. Stay tuned.
Get ready for a major bottleneck on I-440 as major lanes will be reduced to two in the coming weeks for transportation work. The beltline is not the only way to get around Raleigh; time to start programming that GPS.
It’s that annual time of the Naughty or Nice Christmas List. The list names those companies that embrace the Christmas season – not H-0-L-I-D-A-Y – and those that don’t. Click here for the latest results.
|Monday, December 2, 2013|
|Sports news, notes & rumors 12/2|
Oh, let the rumors begin. First, how many HBCU football openings are there? Three and counting. Grambling State, Morgan State and Alabama A&M will have new faces next season. So will NC Central; it just hasn’t been announced yet.
According to FootballScoop.com, Broderick Fobbs is Grambling’s next football coach. Fobbs played under legendary coach Eddie Robinson and is tight ends coach at McNeese State. His father was a coach at N.C. A&T. Hmmm.
Former Eagles coach Henry Frazier’s name keeps popping up for the Morgan State job. Frazier is from Maryland – he attended Bowie State – and reportedly has been trying to get back home.
AAMU has a new athletic director and you know what that means. Coaches had better have stellar records or else take your hat, your coat and L-E-A-V-E. All ADs want their own people so they can take credit for the success of the program.
For NCCU, there are so many rumors flying around it’s hard to keep up. But one source says a certain former CIAA coach who’s now in the SWAC has put his name in the hat. Guess who?
And in the non-HBCU category, Elon fired its coach late last week.
|Sunday, November 24, 2013|
|Sports news & notes 11/23|
Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State will represent the MEAC in the Division I-FCS playoffs. Although the two teams tied for the conference title, the Wildcats got the automatic berth by virtue of defeating the Bulldogs during the regular season. They will travel to Coastal Carolina for the second straight year. Bethune lost to CC 24-14 last season in a game the Wildcats led until the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs will host Furman. Both games are Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.
• After the pathetic display by N.C. Central in the Aggie-Eagle game Saturday, I’ve been waiting for an official announcement from the university. Fans on a popular sports website said the entire coaching staff would be let go by Saturday night, but no word so far. NCCU hadn’t been shut out in the matchup since 2003 when, ironically, Rod Broadway was the coach. I remember that game. Afterwards coach told me he knew it was going to be a long day after A&T’s first possession. “They were just too big and too fast,” he said. So we all know what he did – went out and recruited top JUCO and DI transfers to compete.
Rumors are going to flying like Eagles feathers over the coming weeks. One rumor circulating right after Henry Frazier got fired was that new President Girlfriend wanted a certain former MEAC coach to step in right away. But he said no, he wouldn’t do that to the current coaching staff.
Another one is a certain former NCCU AD had given permission for the Eagles to talk to his coach. Oh well, let the games begin.
|Thursday, November 21, 2013|
|What people are talking about - 11/21|
Phil Berger Jr. this week announced his candidacy for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District open seat. Naturally, the announcement didn’t sit too well with the NC Democratic Party. “As if one Berger wasn’t enough, here comes Junior,” spokesperson Micah Beasley wrote in a statement.
•Scam alert. The IRS is cautioning people wishing to donate in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Donate to recognized charities, they advise. Beware of charities with similar names of nationally known brands. Don’t send cash and never give out personal financial information.
• According to WNCN TV, the state is owed a billion dollars in back taxes, money our public school teachers could certainly use. The biggest offender is Joseph Frederick Denson Jr. of Durham who owes over $6 million in federal taxes. Yeah, let the Average Joe try getting away with $600 and see what happens.
• Insomnia Cookies has opened in Chapel Hill. Yes, it’s just what it seems: A late-night cookie delivery service. The bakery is open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and begins delivery at 5 p.m. Note to self: Move to Chapel Hill.
• Next Monday, we launch our newly redesigned website. Be sure to share your thoughts.
|Friday, November 15, 2013|
|Fight at CIAA luncheon|
According to multiple sources, a fight broke out between Virginia State and Winston-Salem State players at Friday's CIAA luncheon. Rumor has it WSSU starting QB Rudy Johnson was jumped in the men's bathroom by several Trojans and taken to the hospital with a "severe" eye injury. The fight spilled out onto the luncheon. Details are sketchy and rumors are flying.
What will new CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter do? Will the game be cancelled, postponed? Who will be suspended or fined? Another embarrassing situation for an HBCU.
Should have kept the luncheon in Durham. We never had any problems over the years.
UPDATE: Sources say two VSU players have been arrested and Johnson's eye is "really bad."
UPDATE: Rumor has it the game is still on for tomorrow but Johnson is out.
UPDATE: The WSJournal reports that Johnson was beaten up by 5 VSU players. He was treated and has been released but is doubtful for tomorrow's game. Winston is to release a statement within the hour.
UPDATE: CIAA office released a statement which said the usual "We're looking into it, blah, blah!" The game is also to be televised on Bounce TV so don't expect a cancellation. I loved the statement by WSSU Chancellor Donald Reaves in the WSJournal about Johnson's condition: "He didn't beat himself up."
UPDATE: According to several WSSU sources, the game has been CANCELLED and tickets will be refunded. No official word yet.
UPDATE: CIAA board of directors has declared Virginia State ineligible for postseason play. Read the statement here
|Thursday, November 14, 2013|
|What people are talking about 11/14|
The NC NAACP has filed an amended version of its lawsuit against the voter suppression law instituted earlier this year by the General Assembly. Six black churches and several individuals have been added as plaintiffs, including Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham and Barbee’s Chapel Missionary Baptist in Chapel Hill.
• 106,185. That's how many citizens have enrolled in Obamacare. The White House projected the number would be closer to 500,000. In North Carolina, less than 2,000 have signed up. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should get the "resign or be fired" memo.
• A new car warranty program will be available in the Triangle starting Jan. 1. Cary-based CarMark Certified will provide certified pre-owned warranties to used car dealerships that couldn’t get other manufacturers warranties. The limited warranty will be for all car brands and provide either a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty from date of sale, or a 72-month, 100,000-mile warranty from the in-service date. Still, don’t the words “used-car dealers” make you shudder in disgust?
• After almost 40 years in downtown Raleigh, Greyhound Bus Station is moving to Capital Boulevard. Remember the closed Hideaway BBQ building, where I don’t know of anyone who ever at there. That’s where Greyhound is moving at 2210 Capital Blvd for the next 10 years.
• The 2016 ACC basketball tournament will head to Washington, D.C. Ugh, wouldn't want to deal with that traffic. Truthfully, all I want to know is, where is the CIAA tournament going?
|Saturday, November 9, 2013|
|Shaw vs. St. Aug's football|
Shaw and St. Aug's are getting set to kick off. Both teams are out of the championship race but Shaw coach Robert Massey hopes that with a win today and Winston-Salem State victory over Fayetteville State, his Bears will earn a Pioneer Bowl berth. But first things first.
Falcons redshirt freshman QB Cyril Davis is starting. Falcons got a good kickoff return to the Shaw 48 but Falcons must punt.
Touchdown Shaw! Trevius Folston, who is starting in place of injured Quinshon Odom, hits Ta'Juan Brown for 38 yds. 6-0 after missed PAT.
Davis is intercepted by N'Gal Tiillman at Shaw 19. Bears take over ball at own 20. Folston gets sacked on Shonquez Nelson who needs one more to tie the school record.
Nelson gets another sack on Folston. Ties Falcons sack record. Falcons defense holds Shaw to 20 yd FG. 10-0 with 2:45 left in 1Q.
Darnell Evans gets his first INT. I called him to get 2. Evans leads DII in interceptions. He now has 13. Shaw had to punt but Falcons called for roughing kicker. Gives Shaw first down.
Falcons miss 32 yd FG. Over in WSSU, Rams score first against Bronco. Lead 7-0. Chaz Robinson has six tackles. Needs 7 to tie single season record in tackles. Now 6 away. Shaw has ball back.
Rams score another TD. 14-0 Winston leads.
Falcons offense is in toilet right now. Has no pep or enthusiasm. Defense needs to rest. But as bad as offense is playing, SAC is only down by 9 with 3:45 left. At the Shaw 38. A score before halftime and they're back in the game.
Touchdown Falcons! Davis hits Jordan Turkvant for 16 yds. 9-7 Falcons with 2:21 left in half.
Halftime Shaw 9, SAC 7.
Shaw is driving. Now at Falcons 14. Folston just ran for a big 3-and-13. Touchdown Bears! Marquise Grizzle runs for 6 yds. Ran for most of the plays during the 65 yd drive. PAT is good. 16-7 with 10:16 left in 3rd.
Touchdown Falcons! Jermaine Jones runs back kickoff 80 yds. 16-14 Shaw leads. Here we go folks, another thriller.
Shaw begins at own 25. Touchdown Bears! Folston throws a quick screen pass to Grizzle who rumbles 55 yds. 5:25 left in 3rd.
End of 3rd Q. Score still the same.
Falcons punt puts Bears at own 2. Shaw moving and running time off clock. Grizzle is starting to take control. 11 minutes left in game. By the way, disappointing crowd for Falcons.
SAC's defense holds. Shaw gets down to 47 but is stopped ton 3-and-1. Safety Shaw! Davis tackled in end zone. 25-14 with 8:48 left. Bears at SAC 31.
Grizzle bursts through for 30 yads. Touchdown Bears! Folston to Brown again for 15 yds. 32-14 with 4:06 left. No late-second heroics ths time.
|Thursday, November 7, 2013|
|What people are talking about 11/7|
Americans for Prosperity released a new poll this week that claims a majority of North Carolina voters favor the tax reform legislation signed into law earlier this year. Funny, nobody asked us. We recently took a poll asking who’s in favor of making Eat Chocolate Day a national holiday. One hundred percent said yes. Why people still take polls seriously is mind-boggling.
• Duke Department Chair William “Sandy” Darity is calling for a boycott of rapper and music producer Kanye West’s “Yeezus Tour” merchandise that sports the Confederate flag. “The stars and bars is the iconic symbol of the Confederacy, which was formed to conduct a traitorous secession and to preserve slavery in America. Southern blacks, in particular, see this flag as a sign of both danger and degradation and have fought for many years to have it removed from public places. In "appropriating" this symbol, Kanye West is either naive, ignorant or engaged in a cynical ploy to expand the market for his products. A boycott should be conducted against the Yeezus brand,” Darity said. We think West is all three.
• At a press conference this week, state officials said wages paid to fast-food workers were holding the economy back and vowed to protect taxpayers from having to “foot the bill.” Researchers at University of California, Berkeley, said low-wage jobs cost us more than $264 million every year.
• Triangle Transit has announced a partnership with Project Safe Place and Haven House Services that will allow troubled youth to ride the bus for free to one of their agencies for safety. All the person has to do is approach the bus driver and say “I need a safe place.” Arrangements will then be made to take the youth to safety.
|Saturday, October 19, 2013|
|WSSU vs. SAC - Football|
There is a sea of red at Sanderson High School. I'm betting Winston-Salem State fans outnumber St. Augustine's.
Just heard ticket holders will not be refunded for the forfeited Jackson State vs. Grambling game. That just ain't right. Has anything in HBCU sports been more embarassing this week? Whenever SportsCenter leads off with an HBCU story, it's never a good thing.
Falcons take the ball first. AJ Gilford is sacked, which I'm suspecting will be one of many. Falcons go for it early on 4th and 3. Make it. Now at WSSU 35. Falcons have yet to run the ball. All have been throwing downs to the right side. Another 4th down. Gilford hits Newton Miller III for a second fourth-down conversion. At Rams 26. The first run of the game by Roderick Davenport. Gilford tries to throw to left side, no one there. Called for intentional grounding. Third and a million. No 4th down attempt this time.
Rams take over at own 20. QB Rudy Johnson, a Texas Southern transfer, is sacked! Rams get a first down. WSSU advance to SAC 35. 4th and 1 and you know Connell Maynor is going for it. Rams get it. SAC linebacker Chaz Robinson is now the Falcons all-time leading tackler. Congratulations Chaz.
Touchdown Rams! RB Maurice Lewis just ran 40 yards virtually untouched. 3:25 left in the 1st Q. PAT good. 7-0
Falcons forced to punt but Micchael Lima just boots a 71-yard punt. Rams start at own 2. Falcons defense holds. Rams forced to punt.
Roderick Davenport gets 2 big runs. Falcons at WSSU 45. Just as I say that he loses a yard. 2nd-and-11. Gilford is sacked back to SAC's 39.Loss of 16. A holding penalty pushes Falcons further back and they are forced to punt.
Rams moving again. AT Falcons 37. Johnson is sacked on 3rd down and forced to punt. Falcons start at own 14.
SAC just made a first down. Now at own 25. Gilford hits Brian Richards to the Rams 32 and then a roughing QB call on Rams pushed ball to WSSU 17. Gilford hits Herman Reaves at WSSU 1. First down Falcons! Fumble snap, recovered by SAC but ball at 13. 3rd and goal from 13. Alex Munro is now in. Rams get interception Start at own 5. Why was Gilford replaced by Alex Munro?
Johnson is sacked. Falcons defense has come on. Rams forced to punt. Falcons take over at own 46. Rams called for pass interference but Munro is down. Walks over slowly. Gilford is back in. Falcons going to attempt field goal with 2 seconds left. It is good. Lima kicks 45-yarder to end 1st half. 7-3 WSSU. Defense has taken control of the game. Lots of trash talking going on.
Rams start second half from 20. Rams going for it on 4 and 6 from own 30. Was a bluff. Rams punt. Falcons take over own 37.
Falcons can't move the ball. Punts. Rams gets 53 yard punt return. Personal foul, unnecessary roughness call on Falcons on Rams 3rd down keeps drive alive WSSU at Falcons 15. Rams now at 5. Four-down territory. Touchdown Rams. Maurice Lewis bulls in. Rams had plenty of help with Falcons penalties. 9:32 left in 3rd Q 14-3
Another long punt return for Sidney Lawson who is a freshman from Charlotte. 42 yards this time. Rams at Falcons 35. Defense can't keep it up on the field for another long drive. Falcons returning to their bad roots of good defense, ineffective offense. Defense holds Rams on 4th down, however. Falcons take over at 28.
Munro is back in at QB. Sacked. But Munro makes Rams pay on the third down with a long pass to Reaves at Rams 37. Munro sacked again. That Rams defensive line is too big and fast. Fourth down Falcons.
Rams rolling again. End of 3rd Q. 14-3.
Falcons not coming back from this. Touchdown Rams! 21-3.
Falcons are moving again. Munro hits Reaves and Richards for a couple of passes. Now at Rams 10. Davenport fumbles. He would have had a TD.
Rams driving again. One more TD and I'm clicking off. Touchdown Rams! Lewis scores again. 28-2. I'm out to follow the NCCU/Morgan State game.
|Thursday, October 17, 2013|
We have two winners so far from our Denny's contest. Martha Brock of Cary and Phyllis Dawkins of Willow Spring, N.C., receive $10 gift certificates.
And with Obamacare in full swing, you know what to watch our for. Yep, scam artists.
“Scammers may pose as insurance agents or representatives of the federal government in an attempt to sell fraudulent policies or collect your personal information,” Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said. “The best way to protect yourself is to be informed and recognize red flags.”
Beware of bogus websites. The new Health Insurance Marketplace is run by the federal government at www.healthcare.gov. If anyone tries to charge you a fee in connection with enrollment, it's a scam. Everything is free from the government. Another ploy is scammers will tell you they have your Obamacare insurance card and just need some personal information. Don't do it! Anything that sounds suspicious, hang up and call 877-885-0231.
|Thursday, October 10, 2013|
|Sports news, notes 10/10|
The financial good times are returning to the CIAA. CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said at the recent Basketball Media Day that the conference was now operating in the black and $1.5 million in scholarships had been paid from the prior year. And, in answer to the 1,000th question about the CIAA tournament, request for bids will be sent out shortly with an expected decision date around the first of the year. Suspense! Suspense!
• Preseason ranking. Livingstone’s success from last season has earned the respect of preseason prognosticators. The Division II Bulletin has them ranked No. 18 in its preseason poll. The Blue Bears had their best season ever at 22-7, a regular season title and a first postseason berth.
• Time to get “Mad.” Shaw men will host its first Midnight Madness Monday night. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Spaulding Gymnasium. After the usual entertainment, prize giveaways, etc., the team will be introduced at the stroke of midnight.
• Jerry Rice Award. Michael Jones (N.C. Central), Kourtney Berry (Alabama State), Lawrence Forbes (Morgan State), Javancy Jones (Jackson State) and Marquis Smith (Savannah State) are among 20 candidates for the 2013 Jerry Rice Award honoring the top first-year player in Division I-FCS. The Sports Network will present the winner Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.
• A job is a job. Former NCCU basketball standout Chasidy Williams has signed on with the professional team of Primorje in Montenegro. (Don’t start making any jokes about the five last letters of the city’s name, OK?) Williams scored a career 1,359 points and 708 rebounds.
|NCCU vs. SCSU - football|
The rainy conditions have kept some fans away but still a decent crowd. Plus, the real sign will come by halftime. That's when everybody arrives. A Seattle Seahawks scout is here. Was told he's looking at 3 SCSU players. I'm certainly going to ask later.
Good friends Lut Williams and Wade Nash are here. It's packed in the press box, understandably. Folks starting to come in.
Bulldogs get ball first at 20. SCSU using no-huddle offense. Justin Taylor has 2 runs for 17 yds. First decision for coach Buddy Pough. 4th and 1 at NCCU 38. Bulldogs Xavier Quick gets it. QB Richard Cue is intercepted by Ryan Smith. Eagles take over at own 19.
NCCU can't advance. 3 and out. Bulldogs take over at own 40 with 10:10 left in 1st. Touchdown Bulldogs! Cue to Dennis Rowe for 36 yds.PAT good. SCSCU leads 7-0.
Idreis Augustus fumbles the ball. Recovered by Kimario McFadden at the 21. Play is under review. MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas is here. Play is confirmed. Eagles defense holds. Nick Belcher kicks a 29 yd FG. Could have been worst. 10-0. Legendary SCSU SID Bill Hamilton said Bulldogs scored 10 pts last year against NCCU and then got blown out 40-10. Don't see that happening this time but we'll see.
Eagles start at own 22. Bulldogs are giving up nothing on the ground. Jordan Reid hits Adrian Wilkins at 28. Another fourth down for Eagles after nice breakup by Bulldogs Jeremy Thompson. Penalty on Bulldogs for running into the kicker. Five yards gives Eagles their first first down of the game. Now at own 33. Another 4th down for Eagles again.
Bad punt gives Bulldogs ball at Eagles 47. 3:56 left in 1st Q. SCSU offensive line just having its way with Eagles D-line. Moving them back like rag dolls. Bulldogs at 31. Cue runs for 19 yds to the 2. Then Quick takes it in. 17-0 Bulldogs. 1:28 left. Somebody said "We just lost our TV audience." Hey, it's a game of halves, Anything is possible.
NCCU QB Malcolm Bell comes in for one play. Drops the ball. Then goes out. JR back. Reid sacked by James Robinson. End of a 45-minute 1st Q. 17-0. Eagles still don't have an offensive first down. Just 1 first down and that was on a penalty.
Eagles forced to punt again. Bulldogs at Eagles 47.
SCSU just having its way. 10 first down. NCCU Allonte Tuppins thought he had a fumble and TD but offcials ruled play was dead. Belcher kicks a 26-yarder for a 20 lead with 11:04 left in half.
Uh oh, some pushing and shoving going on. Cut that out. Eagles start at own 7 after a penalty. Fourth down again. Eagles will be punting from the end zone.
Bulldogs start at 29. Touchdown Bulldogs! Taylor scores from 9 yds. 27-0 with 8:39 left in half. NCCU has gotten no farther than their own 47.
Bulldogs called for roughing the passer. NCCU back at their further advance - 47. Eagles are in Buldog territory for the first time but still is forced to punt. Bulldogs start at own 19. Wonder how many fans are going home after the band plays.
1st punt by Bulldogs with 6:08 left in 1st half. NCCU kickoff/punt returner Adrian Wilkins is sure exciting to watch, whether it's 2 yds or 25.
Eagles get first offensive TD of the game. At SCSU 29. Oleg Parent hits a 46 FG with 3:10 left 27-3 SCSU.
Ty Brown is down for the Eagles. Walking off the field. Good.
Eagles had SCSU on 4th down but Neil Williams was called for roughing passer. Cue slide down and was hit. Can't do that. Donte Lewis-Freeman takes the ball to the 2. Touchdown Bulldogs! Quick run for 2 yds. 45.4 seconds left. 34-3
People have to start acting stupid. Some Eagle fans throwing t-shirts at the Bulldogs players from the stands. So classless, and on TV. Bright idea.
Oleg Parent misses a 42 yd FG. End of 1st half.
In case you're wondering, Bulldogs extend their lead to 37-3 on a 40-yd FG. 8:29 left in third.
Game over after 3-1/2 hours. SCSU won 44-3. And guess what? The Sound Machine is having a concert. There's nobody left in the stadium and your team just got beat like a runaway slave on a government mule and you're over there playing like it's a party. Only at an HBCU.
|Saturday, October 5, 2013|
|Elizabeth City vs. St. Augustine's - Football|
It's hot as hades today. And even hotter in the press box at Southeast Raleigh High School. The box only accommodates about 10 people but there seems to be 30 up in here. Oh well, the show must go on.
Falcons get the ball first. SAC goes for the big play. AJ Gilford throws a 50-yard pass to Brian Richards. Falcons at Vikings 8. Touchdown Falcons. JJShawn Pinkston runs in from the 1. That didn't take long. 7-0. More Vikings fans here than Falcons right now. 5 plays, 75 yards. Diehard fans to sit across directly in the hot sun.
Vikings starting QB is Casey Turner who was just intercepted by John'ta Cooper who takes it to the Vikings 17. ECSU holds. Stops Falcons at the 7. Alexander Tucker misses 24 yd FG. Got to make those son.
Gilford is picked off by Gary Langston. Vikings start at 20. 6:36 left in 1st Q.
Virginia State is ahead of Shaw 14-0. How do you think former coach Andrew Faison feels? As someone said in the press box, you know new coach Latrell Scott got more funds and more support. Isn't that always the case?
Touchdown Vikings! Kenny King runs in from the 2, but PAT is missed. Those always come back to bite you.
Vikings defense holds. Montario Hunter gives them a good runback and ECSU threatening again. 1st down at the 4. Falcons defense call offsides. Ball at the 2. Touchdown Vikings! King scores from 2. PAT is good. 13-7 Vikings with 2:19 left in 1stQ
Skirmish going on. Vikings and Falcons games are always heated. Officials deciding who to penalize. ECSU's Spencer Abraham has been ejected from the game. He's a freshman from Greensboro.
End of 1st Q. Finally. It was 45 minutes long.
Vikings have the ball. Moving. At Falcons 44. Folks thought running back Petey Boone fumbled but officials called him down. ECSU at Falcons 31. Offense clicking. Vikings WR DeMarques Martin just took a vicious hit. Still down. Now up. Walking off. QB Casey Turner is sacked on third down by Chaz Robinson. Vikings must punt.
Turner is picking Falcons secondary apart. At the SAC 11. Boone stopped at the 1. 4th down. Vikings going for it. Touchdown Vikings! Boone runs in from 1. PAT is blocked and pickded up by Jermaine Jones who runs it back for 2 pts. 19-9 Vikings lead.
Finally halftime! Two hours long. 19-9
Vikings defense playing inspired ball. Sacks Gilford. Falcons forced to punt to open the half. But Vikings can't capitalize. Falcons take over at own 47. But ECSU's young defense is playing inspired ball. Falcons have to punt again.
Will coach Michael Costa change QBs? We'll see.
Touchdown Falcons! Turner throws his second pick of the game. Kharea Roseboro returns it 33 yds for scores. ECSU leads 19-16. 4:32 left in 3rd Q. Tyrell Houghton is now QB for Vikings. ECSU is moving the ball though. Touchdown Vikings!!! Houghton has rejuvenated ECSU. 26-16.
End of 3rdQ.
Falcons come up big again. Cooper gets his second INT. Gilford gives it back to ECSU. Malcolm Cherry intercepts the ball but fumbles and Falcons recover. Wow!
Touchdown Falcons! Roderick Davenport goes in for TD. 26-23 with 10:30 left.
Falcons defense holds. Vikings must punt. Linebacker Chaz Robinson blocks the punt. Falcons at ECSU 29. 4th and 1 at 19. Vikings defense holds.
ECSU takes over at own 20. 6:39 left in game.
Falcons defense holds. SAC gets the ball with 3:40 left. This may be its last chance. Ball at 25.
Falcons moving the ball. At Vikings 45 with 2 minutes left. Gilford runs for first time. Now at 40 with 1:47. Gilford takes ball to 18. Gilford intercepted by Josh Dawkins with 44.6 seconds. Game over. First win for Vikings. ECSU vs. SAC is becoming a hot little rivalry.
|Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|What people are talking about 9/26|
The banning of the book “The Invisible Man” by the Randolph County School Board. Besides the fact that they banned the book, which no one should be surprised in the South since it’s about race and segregation, but that the parent who objected wrote a 12-page complaint. Twelve pages! Somebody has W-A-A-A-A-Y too much time on her hands. Talk about a gift for gab.
• In the “you knew it was coming” department, Duke Energy has been approved to raise its rates a total of 5.1 percent over the next two years.
• Can the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services get any more comical? After less than nine months on the job, Medicaid Director Carol Steckel resigned to go work for WellCare Health Plans, a Florida managed care company that wants to run N.C.’s Medicaid program if Gov. Pat McCrory succeeds in privatizing it. Steckel is about the most qualified top official in the department. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos sure isn’t and neither are most of her hires. Funny, if they were black, Republicans would be mounting campaigns about the disease of affirmative action and unqualified hires.
|Sports news, notes & rumors - 9/26|
N.C. A&T is seeking its first win on ESPNU in six previous attempts. The Aggies take on Howard tonight at 7:30 p.m. from Aggie Stadium. A&T had a bye week after big wins over Appalachian State, which I’m sure the folks up in Boone have forgotten, and Elon. A&T and Johnson C. Smith are the remaining two undefeated HBCUs. Howard will be without one of its top defensive stars, Julien David.
Hampton at South Carolina State will be shown tape delayed at 8 a.m. on Sunday. If you don’t have ESPNU, both games will aired live on ESPN3, along with Norfolk State at Morgan and Delaware State at Savannah State. Uh, I think I’ll pass
• Radio launch. The HBCU Nation Radio Show will launch this Saturday at 9 a.m., hosted by Elizabeth City alumni Anthony Ray who is also founder of The HBCU Nation. At one time I would have said “another HBCU radio show,” but with the way daily newspapers are reducing coverage, now there can’t be enough of ‘em.
• No, means no. That’s basically what N.C. Central Chancellor Debra Saunders-White told former football coach Henry Frazier’s attorney today. Saunders-White denied Frazier’s appeal. Frazier, whose trial is Monday, is claiming the university violated a part of his five-year, $225,000 contract. Mama says no they didn’t. Never a dull moment.
• Where was the love? According to campus sources, one of the reasons former St. Aug’s men’s basketball coach Lonnie Blow left was no recruiting budget. Not only that but Blow couldn’t even get a second assistant coach. According to the source, the story went like this: Blow released an assistant on staff to hire Drew Williamson, a former assistant with him at Old Dominion. He was told he couldn’t hire Williamson because the university didn’t have the funds. Now, mind you he was just replacing one person for the other, so if the old assistant had still been on staff, he would have been drawing a paycheck. But when Blow wanted to exchange personnel, he was told there was no money.
But lookie here, new coach Tony Sheals has just hired former Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons as an assistant, along with MarQus Johnson who keeps his job under Blow. One+one+one=three to me. Wonder where the funds came from for Gibbons?
Shouldn’t be surprised the young Johnson kept this job. Sheals and Gibbons must have 60 years of experience between them. I bet they still have 8-track tapes. They need someone like Johnson to relate to the younger players.
|Saturday, September 21, 2013|
|NCCU vs. Towson - Football|
Skies are cloudy with less than 10 minutes to go. Sports Information Director Kyle Serba said a bad storm is headed our way. We'll see what happens.
In a show of "solidarity," the Eagles come out in files of 2 linking arms. Durham Herald-Sun sports reporter John McCann said they started it last week in Charlotte. Worked then.
Pls say a prayer for NCCU announcer Bill Murphy who passed out at the game. EMS came on the scene and took him away.
Eagles take the kickoff. Forced to punt after Reid is sacked. Towson takes over at 24. Tigers moving the ball. Advances to Eagles 44. NCCU stopping the run but not the pass. These 2 teams have the top 5 red-zone defenses in FCS, but you knew that if you read our College Football story this week.
Allonte Tuppins just sacks QB Peter Athens. It's Towson's first sack this season so far. Towson forced to punt. Good defensive effort by Eagles.
NCCU had 4th and inches but decides to punt. The consensus in the press box is they should have gone for it. But that's why we're up here and they're down there. Eagles are stuffing the run. TU's RB Terrance West is a Walter Payton candidate but he's getting nothing today. The No 4 ranked Tigers are punting again.
Reid gets Eagles a first down. NCCU now at TU's 39, it's deepest field position.
End of a quick first half. 0-0.
Oleg Parent misses a 38-yd FG with 11:17 left in 1st half. Bad news foir Eagles, Redshirt senior Charles Goodwin is helped off the field. Looks like his right leg/knee.
To reiterate, Eagles defense is playing lights-out right now. But Tigers get on board first with a TD pass. 7-0 lead with 6:39 left in 1st half.
Towson fought hard for that score.
Eagles begin at own 14. Moving the ball again. Need another 3rd down and 8 at the 44 to keep drive goiing. Can't convert. Punting again.
Turnover by Tigers. On punt, ball hits a Tiger player in the back. NCCU recovers at TU 23.
Touchdown Eagles! Reid to Marvin Poole for 21 yds. 7-7 with 3:45 left in half.
But Tigers are on the prowl. Athens hits Andre Dessenberg for 44 yards down to the 1 with 55.5 seconds left. Nice catch. Touchdown Tigers. West goes in from the 1. 14-7 with 47 seconds left.
Pass interference called on Towson with 11.8 seconds left. Ball at 37. Reid hits Tyron Harris at the 10 with 6.4 seconds. Parents hits a 33 yd FG with 2 seconds left. Eagles are hanging with the No. 4 ranked FCS team. 14-10 at the half.
Gee, what did Towson coach say to his team at halftime? The Tigers come out and need just 4 plays to score and take a 21-10 lead.
Eagles forced to punt. Tigers getting into a groove in passing department. Really moving the ball now. NCCU's defense is being pushed back. And West is starting toi find his groove on the groiund.
Touchdown Tigers! Two possessions, two scores 28-10.
But Eagles aren't giving up. Driving the ball. Now at TU's 39. Parent has his 45 yd FG attempt blocked. 2:18 left in 3rd Q. But Eagles defense holds and forces Towson into its first punt of the half.
End of 3rd Q.
Touchdown Eagles! Reid hits Thomas Dixon for 40 yds. 28-17. NCCU refuses to die.
Ty Brown forces a fumble on Tigers WR and Ryan Smith recovers fumble. NCCU takes over at own 38. 14:05 left in game. But Reid gives it right back with an interceptioin. Towson takes over. But Eagles hold as Tigers go for it on 4th and 3 at NCCU 45. TU player drops the ball. NCCU takes over at own 45. Reid hits Poole for 19 yds. At TU 36. Good to see Goodwin back in the game after limping out in the 1st Q.
Eagles have 4 and 11 at TU 37 but elects to punt instead. Down by 2 scores. 10 minutes left in game. Athens is intercepted by Mike Jones. Jones came into the game tied in FCS in interceptions with 3.
|Friday, September 13, 2013|
|Sports news, notes & rumors 9/14|
In the “No they didn’t” department, the Greensboro News & Record reported earlier this week that Grambling State had contacted N.C. A&T football coach, and former G-men coach, Rod Broadway about returning to the Tigers. Broadway politely said no. I give him credit for being polite about it. Although some folks have disputed some of the rumors, but word had it Broadway was called every name imaginable from alumni and fans after he had the audacity to interview for the Aggies job. They even went so low as to denigrate his deceased wife, although many deny it. Broadway won the SWAC championship and earned the title of black college national champion in just his second year. You know the G-men would never have gone 1-10 last season (0-10 SWAC) if he were still coach. Instead, he has the Aggies on the rebound in just his second season.
Highly-touted Vanderbilt transfer Jaborian McKenzie has been suspended by Alcorn State pending the outcome of his alleged involvement in a June sexual assault case. McKenzie, from nearby Woodville, Miss., transferred earlier this month and cleared NCAA transfer requirements to play in the Braves’ season opener against Mississippi Valley State. “Intercollegiate athletics is an extracurricular forum for student engagement intended to provide an outlet for maturation, growth and development. And McKenzie has been notified that the privilege to play has been withdrawn,” President Christopher Brown II said. McKenzie remains enrolled as a student, however.
Southern University recently broke ground on a $1.4 million baseball facility. It’s a long awaited addition to one of the SWAC’s most dominant baseball programs. “We now can recruit kids that we couldn’t reach at first and hopefully I can be around one more time to see a SWAC championship,” head baseball coach Roger Cador said.
And in the “Can the man catch a break” department, MarQus Johnson is out of another CIAA coaching job. Johnson, a N.C. Central alumnus and basketball player, has been an assistant at Shaw, assistant and interim head coach at NCCU and assistant at St. Aug’s – twice. When Lonnie Blow flew the coop for Virginia State, I thought Johnson would finally get the opportunity. But President Dianne Boardley Suber went “old school” and hired Florida A&M assistant Tony Sheals. Bet Johnson is wondering, “What do I have to do?” Might not want to ask that question at St. Aug’s, though.
SWAC TV games on Sept. 14:
• Alabama State at Arkansas Pine-Bluff (ESPN3, 4 p.m.)
• Texas Southern vs. Sam Houston State (Comcast Sportsnet, 7 p.m.)
• Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (Fox SportsSouth, 6 p.m.)
|Thursday, September 12, 2013|
|Affordable Care Act|
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. and Segmented Marketing Services have teamed up for a statewide community outreach initiative to educate consumers about the upcoming Affordable Care Act. The act takes effect on Oct. 1 for individuals under 65. Those over the age can receive Medicare instead of the ACA.
Twenty-three percent of blacks in N.C. are uninsured, according to Roy Watson Jr., BCBSNC director of small group and individual under 65 sales. That's 1.1 million residents, which is 35 percent above the national average.
Watson said at a kickoff luncheon on Monday at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel that income will dictate how much subsidy an individual will receive to help pay for his insurance. No one can be turned away because of a pre-existing condition. The ACA is a mandate, which means everyone must have insurance or suffer a penalty, which can range from $95 or 1 percent of a person's income.
BCBSNC and SMS will be hosting community forum across the sate at local churches and civic organizations to help explain all that the ACA details. For more information, call (336) 759-7477 or visit SMSiUrbanCallHealth.com. You can also volunteer to host a forum.
|Saturday, September 7, 2013|
|NCCU vs. St. Aug's footbal|
St. Aug's coach Michael Costa didn't want his starting QB revealed during the week, but it's redshirt sophomore A.J. Gilford beating out last season's backup Alex Munro. Costa said Gilford established himself during training camp.
Eagles defer possession till second half. Falcons in shotgun and come out throwing. Falcons moving before WR Brian Richards is called for unsportsmanlike conduct for trash talking after getting a 22-yard first down. Ball goes back 15 yards. He'd run some serious wind sprints on Monday. Gilford runs ball on 3rd down and slides before getting a first down by a yard. St. Aug's punting. Makes that Richards penalty even more costly. Falcons were at NCCU's 32.
NCCU QB Jordan Reid overthrows receiver and ball is intercepted by Dominique Marsh. Falcons start at Eagles 49 with 8:22 left in 1st Q.Falcons can't capitalize. Forced to punt. Eagles take over at own 20.
Eagles only advance 3 yards after a series of penalties and incomplete passes. Falcons take over at own 41. SAC has had excellent field position but hasn't been able to capitalize. And they didn't this time either. An Eagles pass rush forces Gilford to overthrow an open Jermaine Jones. NCCU takes over at own 24.
Eagles using a hurry-up offense. Working against Falcons defense. Idreis Augustus runs for 15 yards. Eagles at the 32. Reid hits Marvin Poole for 12 yds on third down. Eagles at 20. Now at 12. Going for it on 4th and 2.
End of 1st quarter. Defensive battle, although Falcons had at least 2 opportunities to score. Might regret that by game's end. Aguustus is STOPPED and loses 3 yds. Falcons take over.
Eagles defense says anything you can do, we can too. Falcons stopped at own 20. Eagles take over own 43. Last time these two teams met, NCCU won 6-0. Might be first team scores wins.
Eagles were driving. Had a 4th-and-inches at the Falcons 36. SAC defense stops them again!! NCCU loses 2 yards back to the 38. Falcons take over. SAC gets to NCCU 46 but is stopped.
The defenses are the star of this show. Like two prize fighters who refuse to go down. Still scoreless with 7:14 left in 1st half.
Eagles' turn to punt now. Falcons start at own 24. Across the way, Shaw is leading Charleston, WVa. 27-7. Bears have never defeated Charleston. Would be a big win for the Bears.
Guess what? Yep, Falcons will put almost in end zone so Eagles should get good field position. St. Aug's Alex Tucker is putting on some punting show. Just kicked on 60 yards to put Eagles in own territory.
Falcons can't capitalize either. But do get good field position on punt. Falcons at 1. Davenport breaks away and runs to 50 yd line. QB change. Alex Munro is in the game. I knew coach would be quick on the draw if things weren't going well.
Munro is moving Falcons. Now at Eagles 36 with 33.3 seconds left in half. Now at 31. 4th and 2 with 20.3 seconds. Ooooh, Jermaine Jones just dropped a sure TD pass in the end zone.
Place-kicker Michael Lima misses a 51-yard attempt but is roughed up. After moving cloer to the 36, Lima misses again
Eagles get ball first. Driving from own 26. Back at the hurry up offense. Now at own 49. The hurry up worked in the first half. Reid is taking over this drive with his feet. Eagles at Falcons 15. SAC so busy with secondary coverage, they are leaving him free to run. Reid stopped at 8, 2 yards short of first down. Oleg Parents misses a 25-yard field goal with 7:28. Go figure!
UNC Charlotte defeats Chowan 47-7. Eagles travel to Charlotte next Saturday. Someone just told me the Falcons won't be playing on campus this year. Money shortage to complete bleachers and other stuff. Go figure!
Falcons punt. Eagles at own 34. Running back Kevin Thompson breaks one for 34 yards. At SAC's 32. Touchdown Eagles! Reid hits Lamar Scruggs for 32 yards, but PAT is bobbled. 6-0 Eagles with 3:51 left. First team scores, wins.
Shaw defeats Charleston 44-14. Big, Big win for the Bears. Oh yeah, Gilford started the second half. Touchdown Falcons! Gilford to Herman Reaves for 25 yards. PAT good. SAC leads 7-6 with 2:42 left.
Now, its Eagles time to drop a ball. Scruggs, who caught the TD pass, drops a wide open pass that would have kept NCCU's drive going on third down. Eagles must punt. But defense holds and SAC will punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Falcons kicker shanks the punt but a penalty against the Eagles moves the ball from the Falcons 29 to the 44. Falcons defense holds. NCCU punts. Falcons start at 10 with 13:11 left in the game.
Falcons running down the clock but have a big 3-and-14 coming up. Holding on NCCU defense. Falcons at own 48 with another set of downs. Reading some of the comments on chat rooms, fans are asking for Henry Frazier.
What I'm told about the Falcons is they don't want to take out any more loans to finish the landscaping around the stadium. They want alumni to contribute the finish the deal. Falcons may never get back om campus.
Touchdown Falcons. Gilford hits Richards for 6 yds. Then SAC tries for 2 pts but penalty. Will rekick from 20 for a 30-yd PAT try. Bad snap.
13-7 Falcons, 13-7 with 6:18
Eagles driving with 1:43 left. At SAC 16. As badly as they have played, the Eagles could still win it with a TD and 2-pt conversion. How big is that 2-pt attempt by Falcons.
Touchdown Eagles! Reid to Adrian Wilkins for a 2-yd TD. 25 seconds left in game. Eagles look to be going for PAT but could be a fake. PAT good. We are tied up 13-all with 25 seconds left. Can you say OT? It's a shame either team has to lose but it is what it is.
Falcons get the ball first at 25. Touchdown Falcons. Tennessee State over Florida A&M 27-7. Good 20-13. Eagles, you're on the clock.
Touchdown Eagles. Reid runs it in from 4. PAT good. 20-20
Gilford intercepted by freshman Michael Jones at 18. Jones returns it to Eagles 2 but because he didn't score in OT, the ball goes back to the 25 yards line. Eagles at 10.
Eagles win on Parent's 19-yd FG! What a game! What a game!
|News, notes & rumors 9/7|
Learned today that St. Augustine’s will not be playing its home games on campus. Money woes continue. Work still needs to be done and school administrators, I’m told, have decided not to take out any more bank loans. Instead, they are asking alumni to contribute toward the George Williams Athletic Complex. Hmmm, Falcons might never get back on campus. St. Aug’s first “home” game is Sept. 21 against SIAC opponent Stillman. Rumor has it the Falcons will return to Durham County Stadium, where Shaw plays its home games, but we’ll find out soon enough.
Not only will no football be played on campus, the NCAA Division II track and field championships that the school was supposed to host next year will now be run at Grand Valley State. This is a shame and such a slap in the face to Athletics Director and legendary track coach George Williams, whom the athletic complex is named after. He was so looking forward to hosting the meet and putting on a show.
|Thursday, September 5, 2013|
|What people are talking about 9/5|
It’s our fault. That’s what Gov. Pat McCrory reportedly told a Charlotte audience recently. It’s the Democratic liberals and media fault for “skewing” the GOP image. Guess it’s our fault that his “cronies” recently overrode his two vetoes on immigration and drug testing of welfare recipients. Now he’s threatening to mutiny.
“Based upon the lawmakers’ vote on drug testing, the executive branch will not take any action on the new law’s implementation..,” McCrory wrote. To which Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger replied: “All governors, without regard to party, swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. We expect Gov. McCrory to perform his constitutional duty to enforce the law.”
Hey, even Hollywood couldn’t make up this stuff. But keep telling yourself that Bud, right into the next election.
• Charter schools. More charter schools are on the horizon. Today, the State Board of Education approved 26 of 32 requests. North Carolina will have 155 public charter schools in 57 counties next school year.
• Voter hotline. As N.C.’s elections start to heat up, the NAACP has created a voter suppression hotline: 1-855-664-3487. Don’t be afraid to use it. We’ve come too far.
• Raleigh grant. The U.S. Department of Transporation's 2013 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grants Program – did you get all that – has awarded Raleigh a $10 million grant to complete Union Station in downtown.
• Freebies. The Tribune has a couple of $10 gift certificates, courtesy of our advertising client Denny's. So if you’re feeling lucky, respond to this blog below with your mailing address. That way, we’ll also know if SOMEBODY is reading these blogs. Must have a legitimate email address so we can let you know if you’re a winner.