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Archie Cooley, Bill Hayes, College Football Awards Show, HBCU Football, Marino Casey, Rod Broadway, Willie Jeffries -

When the voice on the phone told former Mississippi Valley State coach Archie Cooley that he’d be a special guest at ESPN’s College Football Awards Show at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, he wondered if it was a prank. The coach asked the ESPN rep: “You know I live in Fort Worth, […]

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Caylin Newton, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, Mike London -

Mike London, head football coach at Howard University for two years, says the decision to leave Washington, D.C., for The College of William & Mary was by no means an easy one. But it was based on being true to his principles of faith, family and football. London will be most remembered for his team’s […]

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Amir Hall, Bowie State Bulldogs, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, CIAA, HBCU Football, NCAA Division II, NCAA Football Playoffs, West Alabama -

The saying goes “the third time is the charm,” and for Bowie State, that’s for real. In its third trip to the NCAA playoffs in four seasons, the Bulldogs won their first playoff game in school history. The Bulldogs (10-2) beat the University of West Alabama (8-4) 41-35 in the first round of the NCAA […]

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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, Florida A&M Rattlers, HBCU Football, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Road to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl -

For the third time in four seasons, North Carolina A&T will represent the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, courtesy of a loss by Florida A&M in the Florida Classic on Saturday. Bethune-Cookman beat the Rattlers 33-19, and junior safety Tydarius Peters was a big reason why. He had a […]

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Caylin Newton, Darryl Johnson, Florida A&M Rattlers, Gimme 5, HBCU Football, Jimmie Robinson, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Willie Simmons -

Jay Walker, ESPN’s football analyst for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), names his top offensive and defensive players, coach of the year, the best game and the biggest surprise this season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. No. 5: Florida A&M’s resurgence as a top conference team. No. 4: Breakout player of the year: Bethune-Cookman […]

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Bowie State Bulldogs, CIAA, fayetteville state Broncos, Fayetteville State Marching Bronco Xpress, HBCU, HBCU Football -

Sharlanda Demingo had to make a call — and a tough one at that. Her son, Amadious, demanded that she quit one of her jobs so he could see more of her at home. “He was in middle school and playing basketball,” Demingo recalled of the conversation with her then-12-year-old. “He was in the band, […]

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Caylin Newton, HBCU Football, Howard Bison -

Quarterback Caylin Newton regained some of his offensive luster Nov. 3 against Florida A&M, as Howard beat the Rattlers 31-23. After a subpar game in the Bison’s homecoming loss to South Carolina State on Oct. 27, Newton came back with a three-touchdown performance against FAMU, with two touchdown passes and one run into the end […]

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Chris McNeil, Connell Maynor, Elvin Bethea, Gimme 5, HBCU Football, Maurice Hicks, Tarik Cohen -

Jay Walker’s Gimme 5 for this week are the top players in the history of North Carolina A&T football. No. 5: Connell Maynor, two-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year at quarterback, now coach at Alabama A&M. No. 4: Chris McNeil, the first player from a historically black college to win the Buck […]

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Florida A&M Rattlers, HBCU Football, Morehouse Tigers, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Prairie View Panthers, Southern Jaguars -

We are more than halfway through the historically black college and university (HBCU) football season, and here are Jay Walker’s most surprising and interesting storylines so far this season: 5. Morehouse College, playing well in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is now at 7-1 after a win against Benedict College. 4. Southern University, after losing […]

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HBCU Football, Morgan State Bears -

Players who transfer from FBS schools to historically black college or university (HBCU) football programs usually come with a lot of hype, especially when they come from a Power 5 school. Sometimes that hype doesn’t translate to the field and that high-level transfer becomes just another player. Rico Kennedy has been on both sides of […]

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2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, All State, HBCU Football, Nick Leverett, North Carolina Central University -

Nick Leverett just thought he was going to practice on Oct. 10. But upon arrival, the North Carolina Central University offensive lineman was awarded the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team trophy for his commitment to service in his community. During team huddle, representatives from the university’s athletics department and Allstate walked onto the practice field […]

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Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Albany State Golden Rams, Amir Hall, Bowie State Bulldogs, Caylin Newton, Florida A&M Rattlers, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, Morehouse Tigers, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Virginia State Trojans -

Things have taken an unexpected turn atop the standings in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), as Florida A&M (FAMU) is proving it might be the team to beat this season. It’s way too early to say FAMU is headed to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta in December, but at 4-0 and with […]

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Commentary, HBCU Football, MLB Playoffs, NBA, NFL, Pots And Pans -

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — Novelist L.M. Montgomery I love October. In the Northeast, where I’ve spent most of my life, trees turn into majestic canvases painted red, orange and gold. I love October. Walking through fallen leaves reminds me of ends and beginnings, the hallmarks of […]

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Darius Leonard, HBCU Football, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, South Carolina State Bulldogs -

When Darius Leonard first arrived at South Carolina State, he was playing both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and linebacker. It was something he said he expected to do for all four years of his college career, but his coach, Oliver “Buddy” Pough, had other plans. “He kind of threw me on […]

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Christion Abercrombie, HBCU, HBCU Football, Tennessee State Tigers, Tennessee State University -

It was a routine play. Even hours after the game, upon further review of the play that sent Tennessee State middle linebacker Christion Abercrombie out of the matchup against Vanderbilt University on Sept. 29, coaches determined there was nothing foul about the hit that took place shortly before halftime. “It was just a football play,” […]

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Amir Hall, Bowie State Bulldogs, Caylin Newton, Dawonya Tucker, Franklin McCain III, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, Jalen Morton, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Prairie View Panthers -

ESPN football analyst Jay Walker has seen them all play. Now, here’s his midseason ranking of the top 5 candidates for HBCU Football Player of the Year. These leading contenders from historically black colleges and universities are: 5. North Carolina A&T All-American cornerback Franklin “Mac” McCain is the team leader in tackles and has two […]

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Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Prairie View Panthers, SWAC -

When in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), do as the Grambling Tigers do. That’s the message Prairie View athletic director Ashley Robinson delivered to Panther Nation when he made talented Grambling assistant Eric Dooley the Panthers’ 33rd football coach. Entering Saturday’s annual Grambling-Prairie View clash in the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic, Prairie View had […]

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Antoine Bethea, Brandon Parker, Darius Leonard, HBCU Football, Javon Hargrave, Ryan Smith, Tarik Cohen -

Jay Walker, a Hall of Fame quarterback himself from Howard University, tells us the top 5 players from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) playing in the NFL. They are: 5: Rookie linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts Darius Leonard from South Carolina State. 4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith from North Carolina Central. 3: Chicago […]

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HBCU Football, HBCU game of the week, MEAC, Morgan State Bears, North Carolina A&T Aggies -

Sometimes a coach’s comments leading up to a big contest feel like proverbial “coachspeak.” At other times things happen like they did Saturday night, when the words of Morgan State interim head football coach Ernest T. Jones proved prophetic. The Bears (1-3) ran the football aggressively, just like Jones said they would, took selective shots […]

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Franklin McCain III, HBCU Football, Lamar Raynard, Morgan State Bears, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Rod Broadway -

North Carolina A&T’s All-American sophomore defensive back Franklin “Mac” McCain III has staked claim on a piece of real estate. It’s known as “McCain Island.” The name, inspired by future NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Darrelle Revis, means opposing offenses are so fearful of a player that they rarely throw to that person’s side […]

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HBCU Football, Locker Room Talk, Prairie View Panthers, SWAC, UNLV Rebels -

First-year Prairie View A&M head football coach Eric Dooley sat in the lobby of the team hotel reflecting on the long day and what was turning into a long Friday night. Dooley’s Panthers were scheduled to play the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels on Saturday night. Prairie View arrived in Vegas at 2:30 Friday […]

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Caylin Newton, Gimme 5, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, NCF, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Robert Brazile, Steve McNair -

As the Road to the 2018 Celebration Bowl begins with the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta, ESPN football analyst Jay Walker gives us the top five storylines to watch for this football season at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). One of the players he says to keep an eye on is quarterback Caylin Newton, the […]

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Caylin Newton, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, NCF -

One of the biggest highlights from the first weekend of September HBCU football is the performance of Howard’s Caylin Newton in a losing effort against Ohio University. The Bisons’ quarterback had 532 total yards in the 38-32 loss to Ohio. He threw for 439 yards, on 26-for-52 passing, with three touchdowns and two interceptions; he […]

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HBCU Bands, HBCU Football, MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge, NCF, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M -

The battle started long before the North Carolina Central and Prairie View A&M football teams took to the field for their noon kickoff of the 14th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta. On Sunday, hours before teams and supporters from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) gathered, band members poured from […]

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HBCU, HBCU Football, MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge, NCF, North Carolina Central Eagles, Prairie View Panthers -

Football games are hardly fought, and won, at the conference commissioners’ table, but don’t tell that to Dennis E. Thomas and Charles McClelland. Friendly pregame banter between the two leading men representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) during Saturday’s Commissioners Reception at Atlanta’s swanky Solis Hotel’s rooftop lounge hardly seemed […]

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Battle of Baltimore, HBCU Football, Morgan State University, Towson State University -

Everyone loves a good college sports rivalry. Bragging rights, reputations and trophies are on the line. At historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), rivalries between Howard and Hampton or Coppin State and Morgan State are legendary. But have you heard about the Battle of Greater Baltimore? It pits Morgan against Towson University, a team not […]

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Alcorn State Braves, Amir Hall, Bowie State Bulldogs, Caylin Newton, Darryl Johnson Jr., Davanta Reynolds, De’Arius Christmas, Franklin McCain III, Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, Lamar Raynard, Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, NCF, North Carolina A&T Aggies, North Carolina Central Eagles, P.J. Simmons, Patrick Harbin Jr., Quinn McElfresh -

It’s time to take a close look at some of the really talented college football players at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). This level of football might not be on TV every weekend, but there are some terrific players on both sides of the ball this season. These players are big difference-makers, and they’re […]

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Alcorn State Braves, Grambling Tigers, Hampton Pirates, HBCU Football, MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge, Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, NCF, North Carolina A&T Aggies, North Carolina Central Eagles, Prairie View Panthers, Road to the Celebration Bowl, Southern Jaguars, Tennessee State Tigers -

As the last few hot days of summer give way to autumn breezes, bands are putting the final touches on their routines to the latest popular songs and students are assembling back on campuses. It’s clear that it’s time we turn our attention to a new football season. Last year, the best historically black college […]

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Football, Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Morgan State Bears -

Five months after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a football game between two historically black colleges opened another field of play in the civil rights movement. The Sept. 28 battle between what were then Louisiana’s Grambling College Tigers and Baltimore’s undefeated Morgan State Bears at Yankee Stadium marked the first time two […]

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ESPN, HBCU Football -

Tiffany Greene gets paid to ask the tough questions. It’s what she does — and has dreamed of doing ever since kindergarten. But 10 months ago, with a 6-month-old at home, Greene realized that the roles had been switched, at least temporarily. She found herself questioning herself. “Certainly, there are times when you question yourself […]

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HBCU Football, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Rod Broadway -

While many college football fans were fixated on the Hall of Fame legacy of Alabama’s Nick Saban, there was another legendary college football coach who made headlines Tuesday. North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway officially retired after 15 seasons as a head coach with three different historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In the […]

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Bethune-Cookman University, Bowie State Bulldogs, Grambling State University, HBCU Football, Howard University, North Carolina A&T Aggies, North Carolina Central Eagles, South Carolina State Bulldogs, Tennessee State Tigers, Texas Southern Tigers -

Now that the college football season is over, we give you the top 10 highlights from the season’s games at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Texas Southern’s Elijah Odom hurdles the defender for the touchdown. North Carolina A&T’s Elijah Bell puts the defender on a poster in the end zone. Howard quarterback Caylin Newton […]

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HBCU Football, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Rod Broadway -

I can count on one hand the number of times over the past year and a half when I’ve asked North Carolina A&T football coach Rod Broadway if retirement was on the horizon. And each time the man who has brought Aggie Pride to the sidelines at Aggie Stadium for seven years had answered the […]

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