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Barry Sanders, college football, Detroit Lions, Heisman Trophy, NCF, NFL, Nike, Oklahoma State Cowboys -

“Untouchable.” “Stands alone.” “No equal.” These are just some of the words that have been used to describe Barry Sanders’ junior year on the football field at Oklahoma State in 1988. It was a season deserving of an entire thesaurus, and college football hasn’t witnessed another quite like it since. Sanders, then 20 years old, […]

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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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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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Florida State Seminoles, NCF, Willie Taggart -

Willie Taggart is a “see something, say something” kind of guy, and his good deed for 200 football campers this week is a testament to that. The Florida State University head coach, who was hired last December, happened to come upon Florida State’s Junior Noles football camp that was held Monday to Wednesday of this […]

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2018 NFL Draft, ESPN The Magazine, Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals, NCF, NFL -

An ESPN The Magazine collaboration. Lamar Jackson threw 59 passes at his pro day on March 29, but you probably heard more about the drill he skipped. Early in the afternoon, when his teammates ran the 40-yard dash on Louisville’s indoor practice field, Jackson shuffled by in socks and slippers, grinning shyly as he slipped […]

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Alabama Crimson Tide, Bill Curry, Green Bay Packers, Martin Luther King Jr., NCF, NFL, Race -

One might not expect a 75-year-old former Southeastern Conference football coach, a WASP born and raised in College Park, Georgia, to be an outspoken advocate for racial justice. But Bill Curry always enjoyed challenging expectations. Selected in the 20th and final round of the 1964 draft, Curry surprisingly made the roster of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse […]

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Commentary, Josh Rosen, NCF, UCLA Bruins -

One of the more dramatic turns at the NFL scouting combine was the consternation over UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. Some NFL evaluators believe he isn’t franchise player material, mostly because he committed the grave sin of thinking for himself. In his latest Monday Morning Quarterback column, NFL insider Peter King wrote that there are concerns […]

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Athlete Activism, Black 14, Chicago Bears, Lloyd Eaton, NCF, Protest, Race, Tony McGee, Washington Redskins, Wyoming Cowboys -

Tony McGee had no idea what would come next after he and 13 other black players were kicked off the undefeated and nationally ranked Wyoming Cowboys football team in the midst of the 1969 season. The defensive end had been playing like an All-American and maybe even a future pro, racking up 11 sacks in […]

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Grambling State University, Howard University, Maurice Robinson, NCF, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Penn State Nittany Lions, Stanford Cardinal -

LSU recruited him to play quarterback, while the reigning national champions at Alabama had visions of him roaming their defensive secondary. But with major FBS programs knocking at his door, Maurice Robinson opted to play football next season at a historically black institution: Grambling. After verbally committing to the Tigers two weeks ago, Robinson made […]

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Black Panther, High School Sports, Movies, NCF, Ryan Coogler -

As wide receiver, a lot of times you run routes where you can’t even see the ball. You just got to hope that it’s there when you turn your head. You got to trust your teammates to do their job. You’ve got to trust that the lineman is going to block. You’ve got to trust […]

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Herm Edwards, Kevin Sumlin, NCF -

Twitter asked, and we answered. Former Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin is the new coach at Arizona. Sumlin, who was fired last November after compiling a 51-26 record with the Aggies, replaces Rich Rodriguez. The Wildcats dismissed Rodriguez amid a sexual harassment investigation. Sumlin’s hiring means black coaches will lead Arizona and rival Arizona […]

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Alabama Crimson Tide, College Football Playoff, Georgia Bulldogs, NCF, Tua Tagovailoa -

Faced with a 13-0 halftime deficit, Alabama coach Nick Saban made the decision to switch from sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts to true freshman signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night. Tagovailoa had never been brought into a game with the Crimson Tide losing, but in the battle of freshman […]

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College Football Playoff, Kendrick Lamar, NCF -

ATLANTA — “Humble yourself.” Those were the words that Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy shouted at Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield a week before the Bulldogs fell in a 26-23 overtime loss to Alabama in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night. The Bulldogs learned that lesson the hard way, regarding the College Football Playoff National Championship. […]

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Commentary, HBCU Basketball, NCAA, NCB, NCF -

The injustices are too stark. The system is too compromised. The hypocrisy is too blatant. The financial figures behind Alabama’s national championship victory over Georgia on Monday night only confirm the obvious: Sooner or later, college athletes will be paid some of the billions of dollars they generate. The only question is how. It took […]

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College Football Playoff, Donald Trump, Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar, Music, NCAA, NCF -

Fifteen-year-old Kendrick Lamar likely never thought he’d be performing at halftime of one of the biggest sporting events of 2018. Certainly not when he, as a teenager, was getting stomped at Compton, California’s, Avalon Swap Meet. But a decade and a half after the fight he references on “ELEMENT.,” from 2017’s Grammy-nominated album DAMN., here […]

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Commentary, Locker Room Talk, NCB, NCF, NFL Playoffs, Perry Wallace, Robert Quinn -

The NFL’s long-awaited playoffs began over the weekend. That’s terrific news for a league whose regular season was drenched in politics and protest, with challenges from the White House, from players and from fans on both sides of the protest issue threatening to turn their backs on the league. The playoffs bring them all back. […]

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Isaiah Thomas, NBA, NCF, Podcast, Rose Bowl, The Plug -

After taking time off for the holidays, it’s back to business for The Undefeated’s newest podcast, The Plug. Our country cousin Mike Golic Jr. fills in for me this week after being officially reported in the box score as “DNP — SUNBURNS” while having a tad too much fun in Colombia on vacation. Regardless, as […]

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Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, NCF, Oklahoma Sooners -

In November 2017, the NCAA proudly announced that African-American Graduation Success Rates (GSR) in Division I sports hit an all-time high of 77 percent. The average black GSR for Football Bowl Subdivision teams was 73 percent, up 20 percentage points since 2002. “Student-athletes are reaching their academic goals and earning degrees at record rates,” NCAA […]

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Celebration Bowl, Grambling Tigers, Lamar Raynard, Marquell Cartwright, NCF, North Carolina A&T Aggies -

The 2017 Celebration Bowl must have felt like deja vu all over again for North Carolina A&T quarterback Lamar Raynard and running back Marquell Cartwright. Four years ago, when Cartwright and Raynard were at High Point Andrews, this same situation played out. Raynard, who threw a 38-yard touchdown pass with 1:02 remaining for his high […]

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Drake Bulldogs, Heisman Trophy, Johnny Bright, NCF -

Ten years before Syracuse running back Ernie Davis became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961, Drake University’s dual-threat back Johnny Bright was the first African-American Heisman front-runner. A brutal play ended his Heisman bid, forced rule changes and had an impact on the impending civil rights movement. With Bright leading the […]

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NCF, Nick Blakely, Stetson Hatters -

Nick Blakely brightened every room he entered, and that was certainly the case as he strolled into his first international business class in the Lynn Business Center on the campus of Stetson University. Blakely had, on this last Monday of August, many reasons to feel euphoric. In five days the sophomore would make his college […]

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Beyonce, Colin Kaepernick, International Olympic Committee, Jerry Rice, LaMelo Ball, Last Chance U, LiAngelo Ball, NBA, NCB, NCF, PyeongChang Olympics 2018, What Had Happened Was -

Game. blouses. Beyoncé presented former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with his Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year ceremony. “With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people,” Kaepernick said after accepting the award. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah introduced Kaepernick before […]

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Florida State Seminoles, NCF, Oregon Ducks, South Florida Bulls, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Willie Taggart -

Florida State landed its top coaching pick with its hiring of Willie Taggart on Tuesday afternoon. The 41-year-old native Floridian will be officially announced during a news conference Wednesday morning. Florida State gave Taggart a six-year, $30 million deal, which beat out Oregon’s $20 million, five-year extension to stay. Taggart and Seminoles officials met in […]

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Celebration Bowl, Grambling Tigers, NCF, North Carolina A&T Aggies -

Two teams, both on 11-game winning streaks, both champions, will be on a collision course in a stadium that has yet to host a bowl game. Welcome to the third rendition of the Celebration Bowl, which will pit Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion Grambling State and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) winner North Carolina A&T against […]

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NCF, NFL, Practice Squad -

Hosted by our senior writer and former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth, Practice Squad is a weekly variety show inspired by our love of the game and filtered through our awkward, subversive minds. This is not your average weekly NFL recap show. This week’s episode features the following segments: Takes ‘R’ Us: Do college football players […]

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Arizona State Sun Devils, Herm Edwards, NCF -

Herm Edwards, the former NFL cornerback, coach and ESPN analyst, is the new head football coach at Arizona State. Edwards brings the number of African-American coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to 12. Going into the 2017 college football season, 13 of 128 teams in the FBS were led by black coaches. With the […]

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Gear Up, NCF, SportsCenter, Uniforms -

In a special Championship Week edition of Gear Up — SportsCenter A.M.’s weekly segment previewing the best uniforms in college football — The Undefeated’s Aaron Dodson breaks down the style combinations of schools from four of the nation’s Power 5 conferences: Oklahoma, TCU, Georgia, Auburn, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Clemson and Miami. For the Big 12 […]

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Florida State Seminoles, Jimbo Fisher, NCF, Odell Haggins -

When Odell Haggins woke up on Friday morning, the Florida State assistant head coach was looking forward to fine-tuning the game plan for his defensive line headed into Saturday’s regular-season finale game against Louisiana-Monroe. By late afternoon, Haggins was being named the team’s interim head coach. It was a whirlwind day on the Florida State […]

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NCF, NFL, Practice Squad -

Hosted by our senior writer and former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth, Practice Squad is a weekly variety show inspired by our love of the game and filtered through our awkward, subversive minds. This is not your average weekly NFL recap show. This week’s episode features the following segments: One Time at Training Camp: Domonique relives […]

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