Saturday, October 21, 2017

Homecoming, Senior Day and Albany State Mean Huge Game for CAU


ATLANTA, Georgia  -- To say that Clark Atlanta University head coach and his Panthers football team are excited about Saturday's game against Albany State University would be an understatement.

It's Homecoming Day; it's Senior Day; the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3; and it's a game with huge implications in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's East Division race. Kickoff at CAU Panther Staidum is 2 p.m.

"It's homecoming and there's no better atmosphere to be in than a Clark Atlanta University homecoming," Ramsey said. "You couldn't have a better opponent than Albany State – they are on a roll, undefeated in the conference; playing well. Head Coach Gabe Giardina has been doing a good job with those guys in his first year.

"This is our last home game so we'll be sending out 14 seniors," Ramsey said. "So, it's a pinnacle for them and getting all the energy together towards sending those guys off right."

CAU is 3-4 overall, 0-2 in the SIAC East after their 14-3 loss at Benedict last week. But only two games separate the top and bottom of the division, meaning the race is still tight for the division crown and the SIAC Championship Game berth that goes with it.

"You know how this division is," Ramsey said. "A year ago, Fort Valley State ended up doing just that. So from here on, we have to take it one game at a time. Our big game now is this homecoming game and Albany State.

The Golden Rams are 5-2, but more importantly, are 2-0 and in first place in the East Division. They utilize a run offense ranked No. 1 in the SIAC and is powered by the conference's leading rusher, McKinley Habersham (737 yards, 105 yards a game).

They sport the conference's top scoring offense, averaging 27.1 yards per game, just a little over a yard more than the second-best offensive scoring team, Clark Atlanta.

On defense, the Golden Rams have the third-best defense in the conference (CAU is fourth). Albany State is led by Emmanuel Brown, who has 53 tackles and 1.5 sacks this season.

The CAU offense will be looking to get back on track after they were stymied for the first time this season. The Panthers are second in scoring offense, total offense and pass offense. Johnathon McCrary continues to lead the SIAC passing and total offense. Deandre Jackson and Jonathan Sander are tied for third in receptions.

"We've been getting the ball downfield," Ramsey said. "We've been able to get [running back] Roger Thomas going, and I think that's what's pivotal for us. We've really got to get him going because his is a weapon for us. The running game sets up the passing game and we've got to be able to run."

On defense, the Panthers have been led by linebackers Harding Harper and Jaquatin Victrum. Harper is the SIAC's third-leading tackler, while Victrum has 49 tackles and two sacks.

"One of the best group of linebackers I've ever been around because they are so athletic," Ramsey said. "Primarily with Victrum and Harding, the leadership that those guys provide for those younger kids, primarily our defensive front, we've been really growing. Those guys have really been melding together as a defensive unit overall. We've just got to create more turnovers to really get our offense going too. That's what's been pivotal for us – getting turnovers to create a short field for our offense to attack quickly."

It all makes for a big game.

"The guys are juiced," Ramsey said. "This is one of those deals where the stage is set. The hay is in the barn. Let's go!"


Howard Bison Host Morgan State For HU Homecoming


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After a big road win at Delaware State (DSU), Coach Mike London and the Howard University Football team return to the Mecca where they host Morgan State (MSU) for HU Homecoming. Kickoff starts 1 p.m. at Greene Stadium.

SPORTSfever will be broadcasting the game live. Phil Schoener will handle play-by-play duties with color analyst Emory Hunt and Danielle Podlaski will be the sideline reporter.

Along with the ability to listen to the game live with play-by-play from Trevin A. Jones and his color analyst Tiffany Hoyd. Tune in to the WHBC96.3HD3; SiriusXM Channel 142; or Resident Network Channel 51 for all Bison's football coverage.


Saturday's matchup marks the 71st meeting between HU and MSU with the Bears leading the all-time series, 43-26-1, since 1931. Last season, Morgan State defeated Howard, 28-24 in Baltimore; however, the Bison were victorious in their last meeting at Greene Stadium in 2013, 28-14.

Morgan State (1-5, 1-2 MEAC) scored a season-high 48 points in their homecoming win over Savannah State, 48-28. Redshirt quarterback Elijah Staley led the Bears, tossing for three touchdowns in the victory.

"He's a big guy that can make all the throws," London referring to Staley on Tuesday's teleconference. "We're going to have to make sure our rush lanes are in place."

After Week Seven, the Bears rank No. 1 in the FCS in total tackles for loss (59) and No. 14 in passing yards allowed (168.3). Defensively, Morgan State is led by senior Jai Franklin and sophomore Rico Kennedy IV.

For Howard (3-3, 2-1 MEAC), they rank among the nation's best in total offense (19th), rushing (18th) and passing yards per completion (5th). Newton, reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player & Rookie of the Week, leads the league in passing yards per completion (17.4).

"I believe confidence has been gained through demonstrated performance," London said. "He's been able to get the ball to our playmakers. He's earned a lot of respect from his teammates."

Anglin and redshirt senior Devin Rollins lead the Bison defense. Anglin, reigning MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, has a team-leading tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (3) while Rollins has posted 42 tackles (33 solo), three tackles for loss, a pass breakup and fumble recovery.


HU scored 35 points in the second half to dominate DSU, 52-23, at Alumni Stadium. As a result, Howard scored 50 points in a game for the first time since 2014.

"We made a lot opportunities work for us," London stated. "We had more opportunities resulting in big plays. We were able to put together long drives and make explosive plays."

The squad racked up a season-high 628 total yards, including 342 in the air. Freshman Caylin Newton threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. The Georgia native also rushed for 81 yards in the victory.

Sophomores Kyle Anthony and Jequez Ezzard each had 100-yard receiving performances. Anthony registered a team-high 135 yards on six catches while Ezzard caught four balls for 104 yards in the victory.

Defensively, the Bison recorded 12 tackles for losses and five sacks. Anglin filled the stat sheet with nine tackles (six solo), four tackle for losses, two sacks, and a 96-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.


This year, Howard University celebrates its 150th anniversary with students, faculty, staff, community members and alumni from around the world. The week-long schedule of events includes something for everyone, including the Howard University Homecoming Golf Classic, the incomparable YardFest, and notably the Annual Day of Community Service.

Coach London discussed his experience at Monday's prep rally.

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere," London stated. "I can't describe the energy from the student body. It was amazing."


HU hits the road to Orangeburg, S.C. where the South Carolina State Bulldogs await. Kickoff begins 1:30 p.m.

Fans unable to attend will have a chance to follow all the action via Live Video and/or Live Audio.


Single-game tickets for HU Homecoming are available at just $30. To purchase homecoming football tickets, click here.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at


North Carolina A&T Aggies Host Bethune-Cookman, Chase 8-0

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- *No. 11/No. 12 North Carolina A&T (7-0, 4-0 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman (3-3, 2-1 MEAC)
*FCS Coaches Poll/STATS Media Poll
Date: Oct. 21, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Facility: Aggie Stadium (21,500)
Series: BCU leads, 22-16
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio (1320 AM, 93.7 FM, 104.9 FM, 1230 AM); Play-by-play – Donal Ware, Analysts – Al Swann
TV: ESPN3 Live; ESPNU tape delayed (10:30 p.m.)

OFFENSIVE STARTERS FROM LAST GAME: WR Elijah Bell (6-2, 221, So., needs one TD catch to tie the school’s single-season record); LT Brandon Parker (6-7, 309, R-Sr., will play in his 44th straight game as an Aggie); LG Joshua Mattocks (6-3, 331, R-Sr., he will be vital against a tough BCU D-Line); C Darriel Mack (6-2, 293, R-Sr., continues to have a superb senior season); RG Daquan Blake (6-1, 290, Sr., despite his physical play, he has been durable for the A&T); RT Marcus Pettiford (6-3, 274, R-So., steady O-lineman who gets very few penalties); WR Jaquil Capel (5-11, 190, Gr., who knows where this gentleman may lineup on the field; he’s that versatile); WR Xavier Griffin (6-1, 202, R-Sr., has three TD catches over the last three weeks); FB William Hollingsworth (5-9, 229, Jr., he gives Marquell Cartwright another excellent blocker); QB Lamar Raynard (6-4, 200, R-Jr., Raynard was just added to the Walter Payton Watch List for FCS Offensive Player of the Year) RB Marquell Cartwright (5-8, 201, R-Jr., If Cartwright reaches 1,000 yards it will be the seventh time in eight years an Aggie has rushed for 1,000 yards).

DEFENSIVE STARTERS FROM LAST GAME: DE Sam Blue (6-1, 247, R-Jr., one of three Aggies with more than five tackles for loss); NG Jermaine Williams (6-1, 301, R-So., Williams has filled in nicely for All-MEAC defensive lineman Julian McKnight); DT Kadarius Kendrick (6-4, 277, Jr., he has also proven the Aggies have depth in the trenches); DE Darryl Johnson (6-5, 226, R-So., he is marching toward an all-conference season); LB Julius Reynolds (5-9, 226, R-Jr., made two tackles at FAMU last week); LB Kiaundric Richardson (6-0, 214, R-Jr., mans the middle of the Aggies defense); LB Marcus Albert (5-10, 205, R-Sr., third-leading tackler on the team); FS Najee Reams (6-2, 180, R-Fr., in his first start he led the Aggies in tackles with eight); CB Mac McCain (5-11, 174, R-Fr., leads the nation in INTs per game); ROV Jeremy Taylor (5-11, 190, R-Sr., has three forced fumbles and three INTs on the season); CB Timadre Abram (5-10, 168, R-Jr., Abram is a good coverage man and a good tackler).

The Game: The 2017 N.C. A&T football team will try to become the first Aggies in 90 years to be 8-0. The 1927 team finished their season 8-0, earning the program’s first-ever conference championship (CIAA). With two more wins, the Aggies will secure four straight nine-win seasons, which has never been done in the history of Aggies football. N.C. A&T had three straight nine-win seasons from 1990-92. Reaching those goals will be difficult as the Aggies face a difficult opponent in the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. BCU’s passing offense was a problem for the Aggies last season as Larry Brihm threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-35 shootout that the Aggies won in Daytona Beach. Both of Brihm’s 100-yard receivers from last season’s game are back in Jawill Davis and Frank Brown.

N.C. A&T is coming off a grinding, heat-filled 31-20 win over Florida A&M at FAMU’s homecoming. An offensive explosion in the second quarter helped the Aggies overcome the Rattlers. N.C. A&T outscored the Rattlers 21-0 in the second quarter by compiling 159 yards and earning nine first downs. Despite the win, the Aggies failed to compile more than 400 yards of offense for the first time this season. Lamar Raynard still threw for 215 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions on 20-for-32 passing. Three different Aggies caught touchdown passes from Raynard last Saturday and Seven different Aggies have touchdown receptions on the season. Fourteen different receivers have caught passes in 2017.

News & Notes
  • Lamar Raynard is 152 yards shy of becoming just the fifth Aggie to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. If he accomplishes the feat, he will be the first Aggie to do so since Lewis Kindle threw for more than 2,000 yards in 2011. The other Aggie QBs who have done it include Maseo Bolin, Alan Hooker and Ellsworth Turner. He needs 415 yards to break Bolin’s single-season passing record which stands at 2,262 yards.
  • Rod Broadway won his 54th game as the head coach of N.C. A&T. He is now two wins shy of becoming second on the Aggies all-time wins list. If he were to stop coaching today, he would leave N.C. A&T with the best winning percentage of all time (.711). Bill Hayes held the previous high mark with a .624 winning percentage.
  • The Aggies are in the midst of their sixth straight winning season. It is the longest such streak in the MEAC. The next longest streak in the MEAC is North Carolina Central who are after their fourth straight winning season on Saturday against Norfolk State. 
  • N.C. A&T is 23-3 at home against MEAC opponents since Rod Broadway became the head coach in 2011. The Aggies are 30-5 at home under Broadway overall with two of those losses to Coastal Carolina.
 Opposing Point of View

 “They’re very talented all around. They’re disciplined, and you can tell they are well coached. They don’t make mistakes. When you watch them play, you realize they’re not going to do a whole lot. But what they do, they do it very well, and they capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents. That’s what good football teams do. You definitely have to be concerned about the quarterback because he can extend plays with his legs, and he can definitely throw the football and manage the game. Then he’s got a bunch of receivers who can go catch the football.  Then when you look at their defense, those guys create a lot of turnovers by swarming to the football. You have a lot of concerns when you play a football team like this, you just have to make sure that you’re on your ‘A’ game, and that you play a mistake-free game.”

 Bethune-Cookman head coach Terry Sims on playing the Aggies


from THE EDITOR; Would You Frequent a MEAC/SWAC Television Network?

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- There are a lot of MEAC/SWAC sports events that are worth watching. On Saturday the Bethune Cookman Wildcats will visit the North Carolina A&T Aggies. Morgan State will play at Howard University. Those games will be streamed live on ESPN3. The game of the week will feature the Alcorn State Braves at the Grambling State Tigers. Most of us will not be able to see that game because it will not be broadcast nationally. The MEAC or the SWAC alone does not have a large enough fan base to maintain a conference television network. Combine the two conferences and you have a very entertaining sports package year-round. There is the potential that we could even see more inter conference play in football and other sports like baseball, volleyball, and basketball.

Would you frequent a MEAC/SWAC sports Network?


Vaughan leads Gold Nuggets to 11th straight GCAC title

CLINTON, Mississippi — Maliya Vaughan dethroned teammate Taylor Price and led Xavier University of Louisiana to an 11th consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team championship in women's cross country Friday morning.

Vaughan, a junior from Elk Grove, Calif., ran 5,000 meters in 20 minutes, 43.50 seconds to become the sixth Gold Nugget to win the GCAC individual title. Price, a sophomore, was second in 20:52.48.
XULA junior Brianna Pace was next in 21:47.82, giving her a second straight third-place finish at conference. The Gold Nuggets swept the top three spots at this meet for the second consecutive year.
XULA won the women's team scoring with 23 points, followed by Edward Waters with 50 and Dillard with 71.

In the 8,000-meter men's
race, freshman Camren Sewell led most of the distance before finishing second in 29:27.13. Edward Waters outscored the Gold Rush 45-64 to end XULA's 10-season reign as men's team champion. A year ago XULA outscored Edward Waters 35-36 for the title.

Results:  Men    Women

The Gold Nuggets and Sewell qualified for the NAIA National Championships Nov. 18 at Vancouver, Wash — the Gold Nuggets by virtue of their GCAC team title, Sewell as one of the top four men's finishers not on the winning EWC team.

Earning All-GCAC honors because of top-10 individual finishes were Vaughan, Price, Pace, Carlie Calais (seventh place, 22:22.06) and Hajjia Mohammed (10th, 23:11.07) of the Nuggets and Sewell and Darrick Williams (10th, 31:15.79) of the Rush.

XULA's Joseph Moses was voted GCAC Coach of the Year on the women's side for the eighth consecutive season and the 10th time in 11 seasons.

Ed Cassiere, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

Rattlers Visits Pirates for Homecoming

HAMPTON, Virginia -- What does Hampton have to be concerned about against the Rattlers? The Rattlers have yet to put together a complete game and have the potential to be explosive should they ever do. What should Hampton find encouraging? After seven games the Rattlers have yet to put together a complete game. FAMU has played a tough seven game schedule thus far. Four of the five games were against Arkansas, Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T, and North Carolina Central, games they were not expected to win. The one loss that was not expected was against Norfolk State, a team the Pirates defeated last week.

This game is extremely important for both teams. The Pirates are undefeated in the MEAC and tied for the conference lead. They played two good teams in Ohio and Monmouth, and lost to both. The wins against Savannah State, Livingstone, Delaware State, and Norfolk State were not as tough. A 2-5 FAMU desperately needs a win. They have been both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in each of the last two games, which leaves opponents in a quandary, not knowing what to expect.

What will JSU look like against Southern?

JACKSON, Mississippi -- We're headed into the seventh game of the season, and while we have clues, we don't know which Jackson State team will show up for Saturday's home tilt with Southern.

Will it be the Tigers who played Tennessee State and Grambling State tight on the road, or will it be the team that fell flat in last week's 33-7 loss to Tuskegee in Mobile?

"It’s a rivalry game," Southern coach Dawson Odums said Monday. "You can throw records out the window. I know their season is not going the way they’d like, but if you look at the film, it’s different. You don't know what to expect. You watch them against Tennessee State and Grambling, you see a completely different team than you saw against Tuskegee."

Odums and his club are preparing for the former, The team was within a score of winning three games before let downs against Prairie View A&M and Tuskegee.

They are preparing to face a different-looking offense under elevated co-offensive coordinator Derrick McCall — an offense that plays to its strengths, takes advantage of double teams and isn't afraid to take shots down the field.


Q&A: Texas Southern off probation and headed in right direction

HOUSTON, Texas -- Five years after being placed on five years' probation by the NCAA in the wake of the most widespread case of eligibility violations in college sports history, Texas Southern is free and clear of NCAA sanctions.

Charles McClelland, TSU's athletic director, and Glenn Lewis, chairman of the TSU board of regents, discussed the department's turnaround and its future plans in separate conversations with Chronicle sports reporter David Barron. Comments have been edited for length.

Q: Texas Southern has completed its NCAA probation. Is the heat off the athletic department in terms of focusing on rules compliance?

McClelland: Now that things are going well, the spotlight, the burden, is even greater. We can't afford to slip up. The last thing I want is for somebody to say, 'Uh, oh, there goes Texas Southern again.' We have a history of saying that we are going to do something, working to do it and then having a slip-up and having it be perceived is that we haven't done what we were supposed to do.

If you are a (NCAA) repeat violator coming off probation, you're still technically on probation because you need to get out of that repeat violator time window. Just because it's October doesn't mean we can relax. We're still in the same thought process. If we slip up next year, the NCAA will come back and bring up that they just let us off probation, you messed up and now we will use that to close the door on you. We have to maintain vigilant.


Grambling hosts Alcorn State in SWAC showdown

GRAMBLING, Louisiana -- A contest between the two best college football teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) as it pits East versus the West will take place on Saturday as Grambling State gears up to face Alcorn State. Kickoff from Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium is set for 2 p.m. and it is the Breast Cancer Awareness game so fans are encouraged to wear pink.

The game can be viewed via live stream on the SWAC Digital Network (Stan Lewter and Santoria Black) and Grambling State will broadcast on the Grambling State Sports Radio Network, which can be can be heard in Ruston (KPCH 99.3 FM) and in Monroe (KJMG 97.3FM). The Tigers' broadcast crew of Ossie Clark and Nick Harrison will call all of the action.

Although coming off a bye week, Grambling State (5-1 overall, 2-0 SWAC) enters Saturday’s game with a five-game winning streak, including a 34-21 win over Prairie View A&M in the 94th Annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic. Alcorn State (5-2, 3-0) comes into the contest off two straight SWAC victories and is riding a four-game winning streak.

“Both teams are playing great football at this time, so you can’t ask for a better time to play against each other, a better chance and a better opportunity,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said.


Friday, October 20, 2017

GameDay preview: Tuskegee at Kentucky State


WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Alumni Stadium, Frankfort, Kentucky

RECORDS: TU (5-2, 3-0 SIAC), KSU (2-5, 1-1 SIAC)

ON THE AIR: Radio —

TWITTER: @MGMsports @MyTUAthletics, @TUGolden Tigers, @TuskegeeUniv

HASHTAG: #Tuskegee


Tuskegee earned a 33-7 win over Jackson State in last week's 5th Quarter Classic in Mobile. Tuskegee has now won four of its last five games and three in a row heading into Saturday's SIAC West game against Kentucky State. ... The Tigers will be looking to avenge last year's 10-9 loss to the Thorobreds, which knocked them out of SIAC title contention. Kentucky State blocked a potential game-tying extra point attempt and a potential game-winning field goal in the final two minutes. Kentucky State now leads the all-time series 15-12. ... The Thorobreds, who have their homecoming this week, are coming off a 35-0 loss to Miles last Saturday. KSU has lost three straight games. ... Kentucky State running back Brett Sylve rushed for 107 yards against Miles. Sylve is fourth in the SIAC at 94.4 rushing yards per game. ... The game matches the two worst scoring offenses in the SIAC. Tuskegee is ninth at 19.3 points per game while Kentucky State is last at 18.4 points per game.


Commemorating125 Years of Black College Football

DII AFCA Coaches Top 25 Football Rankings: Virginia State #21, Bowie State #23

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Week 7 final scores shook up the CIAA Northern Division, but gained two teams national exposure. As announced Tuesday, Virginia State University ranks No. 21 while Bowie State University holds the No. 23 spot in the NCAA Division II American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) rankings.

Power houses No. 23 Bowie State and No. 21 Virginia State went head-to-head last Saturday in a Northern Division rival matchup. The Trojans proved their dominance with a 47-35 victory, which was aired nationally on live television via Aspire TV. Prior to this contest, the Trojans were not featured in the AFCA football rankings while Bowie State held the No. 14 spot.

The Trojans remain undefeated with a 6-0 overall record and moved to the No. 1 spot in the CIAA Northern Division. The Bulldogs slid to No. 3 in the North and now hold a 6-1 overall record.

BSU and VSU will resume CIAA play on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The Trojans will hit the road as they travel to face the Lions of Lincoln (PA) University. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. The Bulldogs will welcome the Virginia Union University Panthers for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff contest.

Rankings - AFCA Coaches

1Northwest Missouri State (34)7-08501
2Shepherd (WV)6-07912
3Indiana (Pa)7-07823
4Minnesota State7-07544
5Midwestern State5-06826
7Grand Valley State6-16357
8Fort Hays State7-06168
9Central Washington7-057210
10Texas A&M-Commerce5-154111
11Winona State7-049413
12Ferris State5-142415
15Sioux Falls6-135218
16Colorado Mesa6-130720
17Slippery Rock6-12889
18West Alabamagoo6-127123
19Delta State6-126321
21Virginia State6-0165NR
22Humboldt State5-115425
23Bowie State6-19514
24Eastern New Mexico6-166NR
25Southeastern Oklahoma State6-16419


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Freshman firepower helps XULA throttle Lady Panthers

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Freshmen Lauryn Taylor, Kayla Black and Vivica Price-Spraggins combined to hit .605 Tuesday and lead Xavier University of Louisiana in a 25-13, 25-10, 25-12 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball victory against Philander Smith.

The Gold Nuggets (17-2, 9-0) can clinch a tie for their seventh consecutive GCAC regular-season championship with a victory Saturday in a 1 p.m. match at Talladega or a Dillard loss Monday at Tougaloo.

Taylor had 11 kills and hit .556, both career highs, in 18 attacks. Black had 10 kills — her 10th match in double figures — and hit a career-best .529 in 17 attacks. Price-Spraggins hit .875 — seven kills and no errors in eight attacks — and raised her team-best season percentage to .374.

XULA had 14 kills in each set and for the match hit .393, its second-highest percentage of the season and its best on an opponent's floor in three years.


Black, Juliana Tomasoni and Tiffany Phillips served three aces apiece. Anna Dalla Vecchia had 11 digs to reach double figures for the 16th time this season, and Black and Adili Rikondja had two blocks apiece. Eva Le Guillou had 20 assists, and Phillips had 12.

XULA stretched its win streak to seven and exceeded its victory total of last season, when it was 16-17.

Ed Cassiere, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

Cincinnati to host Alabama A&M in 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Cincinnati Bearcats will host the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in 2018, the school has indicated in their upcoming game notes.

Cincinnati will host Alabama A&M at Nippert Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. The game will be the second meeting between the two schools following UC’s 52-10 win back in 2015.

Alabama A&M is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). So far this season, the Bulldogs are 3-4 overall and 3-1 in SWAC play.

The addition of Alabama A&M completes Cincinnati’s non-conference schedule for the 2018 season. The Bearcats are also scheduled to travel to UCLA (Sept. 1) and Miami Ohio (Sept. 8; at Paul Brown Stadium) and host Ohio (Sept. 22).


WSSU scrambling after shocking loss to St. Aug's

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- Winston-Salem State finds itself in rare territory this week after getting upset 17-14 by St. Aug’s in Raleigh on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Tim Samuels of the Rams came to the weekly news conference on Tuesday afternoon and was asked about the loss.

“I’m still shocked,” Samuels said about only the second loss to a Southern Division team in the last seven seasons.

There were a lot of shocked Rams as the Falcons rallied to score the winning touchdown on Demetrius Lewis’ 9-yard pass to Sam Boyd with 39 seconds left in the game.

Coach Kienus Boulware of the Rams said the goal this week in practice is to regain any kind of confidence they can. At 4-3 and 1-1 in the Southern Division, the Rams aren’t eliminated from the division, but they will need help as they try to win the division for the seventh straight year.


Virginia State Football Preview: Trojans go for 7-0 at Lincoln (PA)

ETTRICK, Virginia - They’re unbeaten, they’re #1 in their division and they’re 6-0 for the first time since 1970.

This Saturday, the Virginia State Trojans will hit the road and challenge Lincoln (PA) in a bid to improve to 7-0 and earn their 11th straight victory.

Lincoln (PA), sitting at 0-7, is still seeking its first win of 2017 and is hosting Virginia State for its Homecoming Game.

Game time is Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. at Lincoln University, Pa.


Virginia State (6-0) at Lincoln (0-7)

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 1 p.m.

Live Stats:

Location: Lincoln University (Pa.)

SERIES HISTORY SINCE 2008: Virginia State leads 9-0


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

S.C. State Bulldogs a bit road weary after early losses

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina --To put it mildly, the road has not been kind to the South Carolina State football team this season.

Through three games away from Orangeburg, the Bulldogs (2-4 overall, 1-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play) have tallied three losses, including this past Saturday's 12-9 defeat against the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida.

S.C. State has now lost to Southern, North Carolina Central and Bethune-Cookman on the road by a combined total of 14 points.

With another road game on the schedule for this Saturday, at Delaware State (0-6, 0-4) at 2 p.m., Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough is assessing the state of his team and program, while looking to make any possible adjustments.

"We went down and lost a tough battle to Bethune-Cookman down in Daytona Beach," Pough said at his weekly press conference on Monday. "We spent most of the day yesterday (Sunday) trying to figure ourselves out.


Wins, losses are what matter to Wood with four games left in FAMU's season

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The games have been closer compared to head coach Alex Wood’s first two seasons at the helm, but for the second season in a row, the Rattlers have two wins through seven games.

In Wood’s first season at the helm, the team had just one win through seven games – it was the only win the team would get in 2015.

There are other metrics involved – graduation, on-field performance, etc. – but at the end of the day, Wood said he, like FAMU fans, judges his team based off wins and losses.

Right now, the Rattlers (2-5, 1-3 MEAC) have too many losses. FAMU will try to stop a three-game skid on Saturday at Hampton (4-2, 3-0 MEAC).

“That’s our business, the bottom line,” Wood said about wins and losses.


Barlow leads Virginia State back into NCAA D-II Top 25

PETERSBURG, Virginia -- Virginia State has resurfaced in the national rankings under Reggie Barlow.

The Trojans cracked the AFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 after last week’s 47-35 win over then-No. 14-ranked Bowie State.

Ranked 21st in the poll, Virginia State (6-0, 4-0 CIAA) plays Lincoln (0-7, 0-4) Saturday.

Barlow, who was fired at Alabama State in 2014 as the university’s winningest coach (49-42 in eight seasons), is 15-2 at Virginia State since taking the job in May 2016.

VSU was last ranked Dec. 22, 2014. The Trojans won the CIAA and reached the NCAA D-II playoffs that season with Latrell Scott as its head coach.

The now Norfolk State coach went 19-4 in two seasons at Virginia State.

The Trojans finished 6-4 in 2015, but lost its head coach when Byron Thweatt left after one season to coach linebackers at FCS school James Madison.


Eruption: ASU celebrates first win of 2017 season

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State finally had reason to rejoice.

Nine days after losing their head coach, the Hornets won their first game of the season, 23-16, at winless Texas Southern last week.

“Those young men erupted,” ASU interim head coach Donald Hill-Eley said during Monday’s SWAC coaches teleconference.

“This was the first opportunity for them to get fruit from their labor of all the conditioning they’ve done since last year. They were very excited and I was excited for them.”

ASU started the season 0-5 after going 4-7 the previous season. Brian Jenkins, who came to ASU after winning 46 games in five seasons at Bethune-Cookman, was fired after losing 24-10 to Alcorn State at home on a Thursday night on ESPNU.

The Hornets went 10-17 in 2 1/2 seasons under Jenkins.


JSU's Derrick McCall will call offensive plays against Southern

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Tony Hughes finally pulled the trigger Tuesday, elevating wide receivers coach Derrick McCall to co-offensive coordinator and putting him in charge of calling offensive plays going forward.

"I met with each coach individually and we all feel like this is what's best for the team," Hughes said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. "I don't want to go into it much further than that, because we don't want to tip our hand to Southern for this weekend's game."

Hughes did add that he will let McCall make the call on which player personnel he wants to use, saying he and his staff would meet as a group to make final decisions headed into Saturday's 6 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

Chad Germany, McCall's co-coordinator who was formerly in charge of calling games, will take on the added role of coaching wide receivers and will be responsible for signaling in the plays and making substitution calls on the sidelines.


Can you dig this? Nuggets improve to 8-0 in GCAC

TOUGALOO, Mississippi — Xavier University of Louisiana's defense, led by freshman libero Anna Dalla Vecchia, sparkled again in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-17 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball victory against Tougaloo.

Dalla Vecchia had 31 digs — 13 in the final set — to tie a XULA match record and help the Gold Nuggets (16-2, 8-0) win their sixth in a row. They knocked the Lady Bulldogs (16-9, 7-3) out of second place.

XULA got double-doubles from Juliana Tomasoni (10 kills, 13 digs) and Tiffany Phillips (21 assists, 10 digs). Tougaloo hit minus-.008 in 125 attacks and became the third XULA conference opponent in the last four matches to finish with more attack errors than kills. No GCAC opponent has hit better than .092 against XULA this season.

The Gold Nuggets will stay on the road and play GCAC opponent Philander Smith at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.


Ed Cassiere, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

Monday, October 16, 2017

College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking SWAC and MEAC Baseball with Michael Coker

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- In this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks baseball in the SWAC and MEAC with Michael Coker of Black College Nines.

The headline from these two conferences in 2017 was obviously the postseason run by Bethune-Cookman. The Wildcats enjoyed a fantastic run in the Gainesville Regional, forcing the eventual national champion Florida Gators to a deciding seventh game before bowing out. Head coach Jason Beverlin has done an outstanding job of building upon the success that the program enjoyed under Mervyl Melendez.

In the SWAC, it feels like the league is fairly wide open. Alabama State it still well-stocked with talent. Texas Southern was a 2017 regional team and always plays well when it counts the most. Jackson State is as consistent as just about any program in the conference, and Grambling won their division last year. And that’s to say nothing of a program like Southern, which made a high-profile head coaching hire in bringing in Kerrick Jackson to replace the legendary Roger Cador.


Why it’s so important that this football team (NCCU) beat a 1-5 non-conference opponent

DURHAM, North Carolina -- There’s not a lot Jerry Mack hasn’t accomplished in his four years as the head football coach at N.C. Central.

Mack, 36, has won three MEAC championships, becoming the first coach in school history to win 24 games in his first three years. Last season he led the Eagles to their first national ranking as a Division I-FCS program, finishing No. 19 in the FCS Coaches Poll. After N.C. Central’s first outright MEAC title in 2016, Mack led the team to its first bowl game since making the switch to Division I in 2011.

This season, N.C. Central is off to a 4-1 start and is 3-0 in the MEAC. Since starting at NCCU in 2014, Mack has gone 29-12 and 24-3 record in conference play. But for all he has accomplished, Mack, until this past weekend, still had one more thing to check off his list: beating a non-conference opponent.

N.C. Central this past Saturday finally did just that by beating Gardner-Webb (1-5) from the Big South 24-17, in the fifth meeting between the two in-state schools. The win goes a long way in helping the national reputation of N.C. Central, which entered the game ranked No. 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll.


Unbeaten North Carolina A&T 'on the right track' after seventh victory

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The seventh win didn’t come easy.

On the road at Florida A&M, playing in front of a standing-room-only homecoming crowd in a stadium that seats 25,500, N.C. A&T looked vulnerable in its 31-20 victory over the Rattlers on Saturday.

The Aggies lost three turnovers, including quarterback Lamar Raynard’s second and third interceptions of the season, and committed a season-high eight penalties for 64 yards.

And yet, it was still win No. 7. The Aggies are 7-0 for the first time since 1943 and just the third time in the program’s 93-year history.

“Man, let’s don’t take these wins for granted,” A&T coach Rod Broadway said today. “Winning is hard. Sometimes we get in a comfort zone where we think this (7-0 start) is the norm. Well, this isn’t normal. These guys are doing something special.”

Now comes the most difficult game of the season. A&T (7-0, 4-0 MEAC) will host Bethune-Cookman (3-3, 2-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Aggie Stadium.