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Friday, December 12, 2014
Sports news and notes, 12/12

Former Alabama State football coach Reggie Barlow is not going away quietly. Barlow was released two weeks ago despite signing a contract extension during the summer. Barlow, who was the lowest paid SWAC coach before the extension despite five straight winning seasons, went to the local TV station to air his grievances. His attorney said they will give the university 30 days to change course or they plan to file a lawsuit. Barlow said he was waiting to hear back from ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd. Good luck with that. UPDATE: The Montgomery Advertiser this week quotes board chairman Locy Baker as saying that the university doesn’t have the money to hire a top-level candidate. Then why didn’t they keep the qualified one they had?

Follow the leader. Bethune-Cookman 1959 graduate Franklin Beckwith donated $60,000 to his alma mater. He is one of several alumni to give back. Trustee Joe Petrock bequeathed $1 million, some former students also donated $1 million, and alumnus Harold Lucas Jr. gave $100,000 last year.

Coaching vacancies. The list is down to five: Florida A&M, Norfolk State, Lane College, Alabama State and Benedict. St. Augustine’s made Michael Morand permanent head coach Friday.  According to footballscoop.com, Florida A&M has narrowed its field to eight and will trim that down to three by next week. The eight are: former Louisiana-Monroe head coach Charlie Weatherbie, former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips, Alcorn State offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Willie Simmons, Florida A&M interim head coach Corey Fuller, Virginia State head coach Latrell Scott, former Central State head coach Ester Junior III, Prairie View offensive coordinator Mark Orlando and former Southeast Missouri State head coach Tony Samuel. Scott appears to be a particular hot candidate right now. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Norfolk State has asked permission to discuss its vacancy with him.

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
What people are talking about - 12/12

As a gesture of good will and appreciation, the Wake County school board voted to give a one-time $1,250 bonus to school support staff, i.e. bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, teacher assistants and secretaries. Considering most if not all of these positions did not receive raises by the General Assembly, it’s a worthy gesture. Timing couldn’t be any better either with Christmas approaching.

• In the No Surprise department, Gov. Pat McCrory joined other governors in a lawsuit that challenges President Obama’s presidential power on immigration law. President Obama last month bypassed Congress to legalize approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. “The president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution and his unilateral expansion of power must be challenged,” McCrory said.

• And speaking of, McCrory has appointed Chief District Judge R Gregory Horne replace retiring Senior Resident Superior Court Judge C. Philip Ginn in District 24. Ginn will retire at the end of the month. District 24 covers Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery and Watauga counties.

 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Christmas Grinch

The Christmas Grinches have started early. Employees of the Denver Post recently contacted Liberty Counsel after receiving a memo banning them from writing or using cards that say “Merry Christmas.” Really?

Newspaper carriers were provided Holiday Cards to give out instead and threatened with firing for using any others. In case those Scrooges forgot, Christmas is a federal holiday. Each season Liberty Counsel publishes a Naughty and Nice list on retailers who either censor or recognize Christmas. See list here at www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=17981, which will be updated regularly.

 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
MEAC Tiebreaker

The MEAC has released its tiebreaker format for this weekend. Read here.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sports news & notes 11/13

SWAC basketball will have 11 televised games this season. Beginning tomorrow (Friday) at 11 a.m., Grambling State women take on Old Miss on the SEC Network. Then the men of Mississippi Valley State travel to Indian for a Big Ten Network telecast at 6 p.m., and Alcorn State brings up the rear with a 9 p.m. slot at California on the PAC-12 Network.

Although not televised, Jackson State men come to Raleigh Friday night to take on NC State. It appears the Wolfpack didn’t want to risk another matchup with N.C. Central after being upset by the Eagles last season in overtime.

• Is there any place TMZ is not? A video released by TMZ Sports this week got Bowie State volunteer football coach Charles Grant fired. Grant was shown body-slamming a student to the floor in the school’s gym and then shoving him into the bleachers. Goodbye.

• Prairie View A&M will face Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament Friday at 7 p.m. Although Howard won the SWAC division title, it is ineligible for postseason play in its first season in the SWAC. PVAM is the runner-up. Not a good sign for a conference when a newbie from another conference comes in and wins the division title the first season.

• The SIAC was informed last month that the NCAA had inadvertently missed five games in counting the conference’s total football attendance for the 2013 season. After the adjustment, the conference wins the top Division II football attendance title for the 11th straight season and 22 of the past 24 years.

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Friday, October 17, 2014
Scam Alert

The scammers are at it again.

Banking on Ebola fears, scam artists are touting products from silver to herbal oils to snake venom as a cure or to prevent Ebola. Of course, none of it is true, but these people know how to capitalize on fear. Both the Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration have denounced the “cures.” There are NO FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to treat Ebola. None. Nada. Got it?

Second scam: The N.C. Attorney General is warning residents to hang up if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Scammers are pretending to be Treasury officials to trick victims into sending prepaid debit cards to pay unpaid federal taxes. Seven hundred complaints have been filed so far.

 

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Sports news & notes 10/10

After a two-year hiatus, the Labor Day Classic returns to Norfolk, Virginia, in 2016. The game pits Norfolk State against a CIAA squad. The classic was cancelled the past two seasons due to NCAA rules regarding the later start of Division II football.

“I am extremely happy to be able to finalize arrangements to return the Labor Day Classic to Dick Price Stadium,” Athletics Director Marty L. Miller said. “This is a winner for all of our programs, student-athletes and fans.”

The Spartans host Elizabeth City State Sept. 3, 2016; and Virginia State in 2017 and ’18.

• Maryland Eastern Shore will bring back alumni for a weekend of events beginning Oct. 17. Former student-athletes from men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball will bring back their game to show off during Hawk Hysteria and Hawktoberfest. Volleyball begins Oct. 17 at 6 p.m., followed by basketball. On Oct. 18, the baseball team will host its annual alumni game at Hawks Stadium. Alumni will battle the current 2014-15 squad for bragging rights. Any alumni interested in participating should contact Stan Bradley at (410) 651-6499 or email gsbradley@umes.edu.

• Hampton defensive coordinator Kenny Phillips is taking an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons. Tremayne Henry will fill in on an interim basis. Phillips joined the Pirates and reunited with coach Connell Maynor after serving as head coach 13 years at Fayetteville State. Henry was recently released as St. Augustine’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

• Game of the Week: Aspire will broadcast the 79th Annual Tuskegee Morehouse Classic live Saturday at 5 p.m.

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Friday, October 3, 2014
CIAA Basketball Luncheon - 10/2/14

Leave it to Jacques Curtis to get the party rolling at Thursday’s CIAA basketball media day. The Shaw women’s basketball coach was saying how much harder it is to win year in and year out. “We got beat by some people last year that we didn’t want to get beat by,” he said. And then the kicker: “Not by Steve, though.” The room at the Charlotte Convention Center roared with laughter and probably some embarrassment for Steve Joyner Jr., whom Curtis was referring to. Joyner Jr. has yet to defeat Shaw as a head coach at Winston-Salem State and now at Johnson C. Smith. Vintage Curtis stuff.

Curtis also had to be a bit miffed that the Bears were picked to finish second in the South behind Fayetteville State. SECOND! Yes, I hear the Broncos are loaded but they’ve been loaded before and bombed at the CIAA tournament. A four-time defending champ shouldn’t play second fiddle to anyone until they are dethroned – even if it is my “good friend” (cough, cough) Curtis.

• New Livingstone women’s coach Anita Howard helped Shaw win a couple of those titles. After turning around a dismal program at Salem College, Howard has an equally tough job at LC. “I’m not going to let you outwork me in the field and I’m not going to let you outwork me on the court,” she said. “We are going to build a championship team.” I believe her.

• St. Augustine’s women’s coach Rachel Bullard said the past week has been a tough one for the campus after the untimely death of football player Matthew Mangram. Bullard said many of her players arrived on campus in the same class as Mangram and were quite upset. It’s also put some things in perspective. “When you lose somebody, it puts into perspective how precious we are, and we need to let the small stuff go,” she said. “We get caught so much in the rut of things and the foolishness.”

• St. Aug’s new men’s coach MarQus Johnson said he didn’t know what type of offense he was going to have, but he did have one goal. “Hopefully, we can win the GPA award,” he said to laughter. “We got to win something.”

Read more in my column next week.

 

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH:

Women’s Southern Division

Women’s Northern Division

1. Fayetteville State

1. Virginia State

2. Shaw

2. Virginia Union

3. Winston-Salem State

3. Lincoln

4. Johnson C. Smith

4. Bowie State

5. Saint Augustine's

5. Chowan

6. Livingstone

6. Elizabeth City State

 

Men’s Southern Division

Men’s Northern Division

1. Livingstone

1. Bowie State

2. Winston-Salem State

2. Lincoln

3. Fayetteville State

3. Virginia State

4. Johnson C. Smith

4. Virginia Union

5. Shaw

5. Elizabeth City State

6. Saint Augustine’s

6. Chowan

2014 Preseason All-CIAA Team

WOMEN

#

NAME

SCHOOL

21

Donia Naylor

BSU

11

Alisha Mabley

CU

4

Jadda Jefferies

ECSU

21

Deja Middleton

FSU

14

Ashley Porter

JCSU

23

Cierra York

LC

32

Zephrah Pam

TLU

4

Regime McCombs

SAU

23

Tiffanie Adair

VSU

12

Jessica Lyons

VSU

4

Ashle Freeman

VUU

14

Dionna Scott

WSSU

MEN

#

NAME

SCHOOL

10

Andre Jackson

BSU

30 

Miykael Faulcon 

ECSU

20

Darrell Ward

ECSU

2

Joshua Dawson

FSU

31

Emilio Parks

JCSU

4

Eric DuBose

LC

34

Eric Mayo

LC

4

Larry Richardson

SU

32

Alphonso Leary

VSU

3

Ray Anderson

VUU

22

Wykevin Baxemore

WSSU

00

Marquez Jones

WSSU

 

 

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