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Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Alcorn State Braves, MEAC, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Road to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, SWAC -

Well, it’s all set. The matchup for the Dec. 15 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta is actually a rematch: Alcorn State against North Carolina A&T, the game’s 2017 champion. The Alcorn State Braves, champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), made it to Atlanta with a 37-28 win Saturday night against Southern University. […]

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College Basketball, HBCU Basketball, Mike Davis, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

In the midst of a merciless way to start the season — 14 of the first 16 games on the road, including games against six Power Five opponents — first-year Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones laughed when asked whether he had inherited the potentially confidence-crushing slate of games. “This is all on me,” Jones said. […]

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Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, MEAC, SWAC -

The premier historically black college football game of the season has gotten a title sponsor, with the Air Force Reserve renewing its sponsorship of the Celebration Bowl. The fourth annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is the championship game between champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Operated by […]

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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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HBCU athletics, MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge, Prairie View Panthers, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams, Walter Payton. The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has produced some of the all-time greats in sports history. And Charles McClelland is now officially on that list. McClelland became SWAC commissioner last month, making him the sixth in the organization’s 98-year history. Though he’s new to the position, he’s not new to […]

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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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Celebration Bowl, Grambling State University, HBCU Football, MEAC, North Carolina A&T Aggies, SWAC -

The Celebration Bowl, featuring football champions from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), will kick off the 2018 bowl season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Dec. 15. “We are proud that once again the Celebration Bowl will kick off the college football bowl season on ABC in Atlanta, Georgia,” said […]

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Alabama State Hornets, Bethune-Cookman University, Golf, HBCU Sports, MEAC, SWAC, Tiger Woods -

Bethune-Cookman University has towered like a colossus over the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships in recent years. The men’s team has won the tournament’s Division I category four of the past five years, while the women have taken the top spot six years in a row. But Bethune-Cookman’s golfers hardly look like what you might […]

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Grambling State University, Hampton University, HBCU Basketball, MEAC, Morgan State Bears, SWAC -

The semifinals are set for the two historically black college and university (HBCU) conferences playing to get automatic bids to the NCAA men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments, and if you’re looking for excitement, the stars of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) are leading the way. The biggest of […]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game, Grambling State University, HBCU Basketball, Quadruple-Double, SWAC, Women's College Basketball -

Grambling State point guard Shakyla Hill went from getting shout-outs from her mom to shout-outs from Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. Looks like Shakyla Hill @shakylaa_ is headed to NBA All-Star Weekend!!! Chris Webber has her down for an All-Star selection! #quadrupledouble #gramfam #gramblingstateuniversity #grambling #collegebasketball #ncaawbb #allstarweekend #nbaallstar pic.twitter.com/aShLz1xbK1 — GSU Athletics (@GSU_TIGERS) January […]

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Celebration Bowl, Grambling State University, MEAC, North Carolina A&T Aggies, SWAC -

North Carolina A&T (11-0) and Grambling (10-1) will meet in the third annual Celebration Bowl, the competition that determines the champion between the two most prominent HBCU conferences. This game, which will be broadcast live on ABC from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday at noon, matches North Carolina A&T and Grambling, the two previous […]

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Alcorn State Braves, Celebration Bowl, Grambling State University, SWAC -

HOUSTON — Grambling State won its second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football title and another trip to the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta in two weeks. Grambling and Alcorn battled in the first half in a game that was tighter than the back-and-forth score reflected. The two teams played fairly evenly, with Alcorn gaining 502 […]

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Austin Howard, Bayou Classic, Devante Kincade, Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Martez Carter, NCF, Southern Jaguars, SWAC -

NEW ORLEANS — Martez Carter lay on the turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome writhing in pain after an awkward tackle 5 yards in the backfield. A series earlier, he’d fumbled the ball on Grambling’s 38-yard line and Southern cashed it in for a touchdown. This wasn’t the way Carter’s last Bayou Classic was supposed to […]

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Bayou Classic, Celebration Bowl, Grambling State University, Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Martez Carter, Southern Jaguars, SWAC -

Grambling State University running back Martez Carter remembers the exact moment that has since become his favorite Bayou Classic memory. It was last season. With 6:56 left in the fourth quarter and a 45-23 score favoring the Grambling State Tigers over the Southern University Jaguars, Carter readied himself for the punt return. Carter took off […]

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Adam Hamilton, Bethune-Cookman University, Bowie State Bulldogs, CIAA, HBCU Football, Larry Brihm Jr., MEAC, Miles Golden Bears, Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, Morgan State Bears, NCF, Osband Thompson, Robert Chesson, SIAC, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

Tuskegee clinched the West Division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) for the first time in three seasons with a 50-20 win over Miles College on Saturday. The Golden Tigers (8-2, 6-0 in the SIAC) finished with a season-high 485 yards on offense against Miles (6-4, 4-2) to secure a spot in the SIAC […]

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Alcorn State Braves, Caylin Newton, Celebration Bowl, Darius Leonard, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, MEAC, Morgan State Bears, South Carolina State Bulldogs, SWAC -

South Carolina State senior linebacker Darius Leonard finished with 18 tackles, two interceptions and an interception return for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 35-14 victory over Morgan State on Friday. Leonard had 14 solo tackles and 51 interception yards. Top HBCU performances Dewayne Betts helped lead Mississippi Valley State to its first win of the […]

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Brendan Greene, Franklin McCain III, HBCU Football, MEAC, North Carolina A&T Aggies, SWAC, Yahkee Johnson -

North Carolina A&T redshirt freshman Franklin “Mac” McCain III had two interceptions, including the game-winning pick-six, in the Aggies’ 35-31 upset of FBS school Charlotte on Saturday. In front of a record crowd of 19,651 at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, McCain’s two takeaways both led to touchdowns, helping NC A&T reach 3-0 […]

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Doug Williams, Grambling State University, Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Jackson State Tigers, SWAC -

On Saturday, Grambling State University and Jackson State University will face off at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana, for the first time in five years — or since GSU boycotted the Tigers’ 2012 homecoming game. The boycott in 2013 generated national attention. The Grambling players refused to play at Jackson State’s homecoming game because […]

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Anthony Philyaw, Caylin Newton, HBCU Football, Howard Bison, Kent State Golden Flashes, MEAC, SWAC -

Marquell Cartwright, the backup to Tarik Cohen the past two seasons, is making the most of his opportunity as North Carolina A&T’s featured running back, rushing for 121 yards on 18 carries in the Aggies’ 56-0 win over Mars Hill. Elijah Bell also had a stellar day, with six catches for 60 yards and three […]

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Dennis Thomas, Florida A&M University, HBCU Football, Howard University, MEAC, SWAC, Tennessee State Tigers -

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for several years now have been matched in David vs. Goliath college football games on the road against schools with more powerful, better-financed and better-stocked athletic programs. But unlike the relatively puny biblical slingshot bearer, HBCU Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams have been unable to strike a lethal blow […]

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HBCU, HBCU Football, MEAC, MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge, SWAC -

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for fans of black college football, and some of the most exciting historically black college and university (HBCU) games from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) are being brought to viewers this season on ESPN. The schedule of televised games kicks off Sept. […]

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Baltimore Ravens, Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Larry Donnell, NFL, SWAC -

The platform that comes with being a pro football player can be overwhelming. Yet, for Baltimore Ravens tight end Larry Donnell, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The self-proclaimed “country boy” from Ozark, Alabama, still longs for his country roots. “I’m a country fella,” Donnell said at the Ravens Under Armour Performance Center training […]

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Grambling State University, HBCU Football, SWAC -

Grambling State won’t have to relinquish its 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football championship after the NCAA clarified sanctions levied against the school. The school on Wednesday said it had received a clarification from the NCAA, the national athletics governing body, that the sanctions previously announced include the 2012-13 through 2015-16 academic years and therefore […]

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Celebration Bowl, HBCU Football, MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge, SWAC -

Questions. Questions. Questions. There were lots of them coming out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Media Days in Birmingham, Alabama. Some were no-brainers, while others garnered raised eyebrows. Is Grambling State quarterback DeVante Kincade the right choice for the SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Award? Is Jackson State defensive end Keontre Anderson […]

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Celebration Bowl, HBCU Football, MEAC, SWAC -

When news broke that the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) would retire the Toyota SWAC Football Championship after the 2017 season, it became instant validation for the Celebration Bowl. There’s now no doubt that its season-ending matchup is the marquee game for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). “With the creation of the Celebration Bowl as […]

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College World Series, HBCU Baseball, Jackson State Tigers, MEAC, Norfolk State Spartans, SWAC -

Jackson State piled up a king’s ransom of honors in college baseball this season, including finishing with the best record (36-15-1) among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Tigers placed four players on the All-SWAC first team, including third baseman Jesus Santana, who ranks No. 7 in the […]

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Men's NCAA Tournament, NCB, North Carolina Tar Heels, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A sign of the challenges Texas Southern faced in its opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina came during pregame introductions when the Tigers’ diminutive guard Demontrae Jefferson — generously listed at 5-feet-7 — was met at center court by Kennedy Meeks from North Carolina. Most occasions, Meeks, who’s 6-feet-10, is […]

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Men's NCAA Tournament, NCAA Tournament, North Carolina Tar Heels, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help top-seeded North Carolina roll past Texas Southern 103-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s South Region. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year had made just 20 of 60 shots (33 percent) and 7 […]

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Men's NCAA Tournament, NCB, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

As a kid growing up in North Milwaukee, Demontrae Jefferson went to extremes to play with the big boys. He’d show up to the gym at the Boys & Girls Club, call winners and get enraged when the older boys would laugh. Jefferson’s response: He’d walk to center court and sit there, daring the older […]

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Alabama State Hornets, Alcorn State Braves, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida A&M University, Grambling Tigers, Hampton Pirates, Howard Bison, Maryland-Eastern Shore Shore Hawks, MEAC, NCB, NCW, Norfolk State Spartans, North Carolina A&T Aggies, North Carolina Central Eagles, Southern Jaguars, SWAC, Texas Southern Tigers -

For fans of basketball at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Friday and Saturday are the most important days of the year, as fans find out which men’s and women’s teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will battle for automatic bids to the NCAA tournament. This list of […]

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Celebration Bowl, Grambling State University, HBCU, MEAC, NFL, North Carolina Central Eagles, SWAC -

On Dec. 16, 80 sports management students and athletic department administrators from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) walked into a hall at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta for the inaugural NFL Careers in Football Forum. The students and staff members in town for Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl weekend […]

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Duer Sharp, HBCU Football, SWAC -

There’s a lot to the job when you’re the commissioner of a Division I athletic conference. And, depending on the day, you’re arbitrator one minute, peacemaker the next and almost always a negotiator. For Duer Sharp, commissioner of the 10-institution Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) since 2008, the larger focus is always on student-athlete development. “At […]

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