GRAMBLING, La. -- In response to a ruling by the Southwestern Athletic
Conference from last Wednesday, Grambling State University Athletic Director Aaron
James said the conference ruling was expected but is excessive.
“This isn’t a surprise at all. We’ve been working with our
conference and our friends at Jackson
State so we knew this was
"It’s been a friendly and business-like series of conversations and
exchanges and while we appreciate the desire and the intent, we disagree with
this action and we have appealed.
Hampton, Va. -- Saturday evening, Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association (CIAA®) Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter and the CIAA board of
directors convened an emergency conference call to discuss Friday’s
events which resulted in the cancellation of today’s CIAA Football
Based upon available information, and in the best interest of the
conference and its member-institutions, the CIAA board of directors
declared Virginia State University ineligible to participate in the 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Based
on the incident that occurred Friday, and after consulting with the
leadership of each institution and the Football and Volleyball
championship committees, the CIAA is saddened to announce that this
weekend's Football and Volleyball conference championships that were
scheduled to take place in Winston-Salem have been canceled.
On the eve
of such an important weekend for dozens of our student-athletes, many of
whom have waited a lifetime for such a moment, we are left to focus
instead on what might have been.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Clark Atlanta University women's cross country and track and field student-athlete, Nekesha Whitaker, was named one of the top 30 honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
"Words cannot express how truly honored I am to even be considered for such a prestigious honor, and I am very thankful for my school, the SIAC and the NCAA on my selection," said Whitaker.
Whitaker, a two-time SIAC women's cross country champion and four-time SIAC All-Academic and scholar-athlete, was also named this year's recipient of the 2013 Peach of an Athlete Top Female Athlete Award for her commitment to community, athletic and academic excellence.
-- For the first time in school history, Miles College will offer golf as a sponsored sport the school recently announced.
The Golden Bears will begin its inaugural season during the 2013-14 school year.
“This new golf team is a great opportunity for Miles College to show yet another component of the culture, class and civility that we instill in our students.” says President George T. French.
“It is a testament of the standard of excellence that we expect from our students academically and holistically”.
-- The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) officially unveiled its logo in commemoration of its upcoming one hundred year celebration. The conference was founded on December 30, 1913.
The official theme for the centennial celebration is "100 Years of Academic and Athletic Excellence."
To that end, the conference will host marquee events in recognition of the history and tradition of the SIAC.
"When we consider the 100 year span of the SIAC, we need to be sure not to view it simply through the lens of SIAC and African-American history, but rather through the prism of Intercollegiate and American history," said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore.
NORTH CAROLINA -- With the CIAA tournament heading into its final contractual year in Charlotte, everybody has an opinion on where it might go next.
Will it stay in Charlotte for another three years – where it has already resided longer than any other city?
What about Atlanta? Those rumors starting surfacing after folks discovered Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter had hired a public relations firm out of Atlanta.
Not that one has anything to do with the other, but try telling speculators that. Atlanta would have to give away half the city to get the tournament there with no CIAA schools.
GRAMBLING, La. -- Aaron James, a 2012 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member and a member of the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame, is assuming the role of interim athletics director at Grambling State University, effective Monday.
It is his second stint as interim AD.
“We’re so blessed to have someone like Aaron on staff at our institution,” said President Frank G. Pogue.
“He’s a star in his own right, on the basketball court, in college sports generally and in higher education administration. He’s a flexible, smart, knowledgeable administrator and leader capable of filling any of several roles, and we’re happy that he’s agreed to help us once again.
RALEIGH -- Baseball has struck out at Shaw University in Raleigh.
The university announced Friday that Shaw will no longer compete in baseball.
"This was a difficult decision to make," said Interim Athletic Director Marcus Clarke.
"Shaw has a long tradition in baseball. However, as we look to address the fiscal needs of the entire athletic program, it became apparent that reducing the number of sports was a tough, but necessary decision that had to be made at this point."
, Texas – The Southwestern Athletic Conference, the first HBCU Conference to host two championships in professional venues in the same city, released their 2013 football and basketball championship logos today.
The release of the logos comes after the conference made the announcement that championships for both sports will be moving to Houston, Texas.
The football championship game will be held at Reliant Stadium, 2013-15, while the basketball tournament will be hosted at the Toyota Center 2014-16.
TEXAS -- Prairie View A&M President Dr. George Wright officially announced Ashley Robinson as the incoming Athletic Director for the University on Tuesday in the A.I. Thomas Administration Building.
Robinson is the currently the Mississippi Valley State Athletic Director and is no stranger to Prairie View A&M.
He served as the Assistant Vice President of Athletic Compliance & Academic Advising for three years before his nine-month stint as the MVSU Athletic Director.
The selection of Robinson as the Athletic Director concludes a nationwide search which spanned nearly three months after former PVAMU Athletic Director Fred Washington announced he would be stepping down to focus on his role as the Vice President of Auxiliary Services.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Robert Grant eagled the 18th hole to force a
playoff, and then birdied the first playoff hole to win the individual
competition on the final day of the PGA Minority Championship presented
by Brown Capital Management.
In team play, the Hornets finished in third place, 12 shots behind
winner Bethune-Cookman and 11 shots behind second-place Texas Pan
“Our effort was good enough, though we didn’t play our best which we
needed to do to win,” assistant coach Robert Clark said.
NEW YORK (BP) -- The
Mississippi Valley State softball team gathered Sunday night in the
Devil’s Den on campus to find out where and when it will play in the
the NCAA Softball Selection Show aired on ESPNU, the SWAC champion
Devilettes were elated to learn the news that they’ll be traveling this
week to play in the regional hosted by No. 13 South Alabama (45-7) in
Mobile, which is scheduled for May 17-19.
Other teams competing in the
regional include Mississippi State (32-22) and Florida State (41-16).
NORFOLK, Va., –
State outfielder Haley Ward was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference (MEAC) Softball Player of the Year.
Torrian Wright, of
Savannah State, was named Rookie of the Year. Hampton’s Jailynn Jackson
earned Pitcher of the Year and Bethune-Cookman head coach Chris Cochran
received the Coach of the Year accolade.
All awards are voted on by the conference’s head softball coaches and sports information directors.Wardleads the nation with a .504 batting average.
BIRMINGHAM – Texas Southern duo Thomasina Garza and Rebecca
Villarreal topped the list of selections for the 2013 All-SWAC Softball
Garza, a junior second baseman from Pasedena, Texas, was named
SWAC Player of the Year, while Villarreal, a senior from Houston,
captured Pitcher of the Year honors.
In addition, Garza was also named
Newcomer of the Year.
Joining Garza and Villarreal on the list of superlative honorees was
Freshman of the Year, Canessa Swanson (Jackson State), Hitter of the
Year, Alexandria Robertson (Mississippi Valley State) and SWAC Coach of
the Year Worley Barker of Texas Southern.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.
The Bethune-Cookman men’s golf team erased a four-stroke deficit on
Sunday afternoon to claim a one shot victory over Texas-Pan American at
the 27th Annual PGA National Minority Golf Championships presented by Brown Capital Management at The PGA Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The event took place on the Wanamaker Course.
Wildcats led by 10 strokes on Friday, before trailing by four strokes
on Saturday. That set the stage for a comeback for the Bethune-Cookman
men’s golf team on Sunday.
- Delaware State University Director
of Athletics Candy Young has been honored by the Black Women in Sport
Young, DSU’s first female athletics director, was one of six
honorees during the foundation’s annual Legends reception in
Philadelphia last week.
Young, a former U.S. Olympic athlete (far left), served as a Delaware State
University head coach, Senior Woman Administrator and Associate AD
before being appointed by DSU President Harry L. Williams as the
school’s Director of Athletics in August 2012.
Orangeburg, S.C. -
SC State University’s long-time
sports information director William “Bill” Hamilton, who is retiring
June 30, 2013, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the College
Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
He will be honored on
Thursday, June 13, 2013 at noon during the annual COSIDA Convention
which will take place in Orlando, Fla.
With almost 40 years in the
sports information field, Hamilton is extremely excited to be receiving
such a prestigious honor.
“I am quite honored and humbled to be receiving the Lifetime
Achievement Award from CoSIDA.
NORFOLK, Va. -- The MEAC will honor members of its' 2013 Hall of Fame Class tomorrow during a brunch at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. The event will begin at 9 a.m.
"I'd like to applaud the 2013 Hall of Fame class for all of their accomplishments both athletically and professionally," said Dennis E. Thomas, MEAC Commissioner.
"They have made significant contributions to their communities, institutions and the conference."The MEAC Hall of Fame highlights former student-athletes, coaches, university and/or conference administrators as well as special contributors, who have enriched the legacy of the conference since its inception in 1970.
HAMPTON, Va. -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in conjunction with the CIAA Executive Committee welcomes six individuals and one team into the 2013 Class of the John B. McLendon, Jr. Hall of Fame.
Honorees will be enshrined on Friday at the Charlotte Convention Center, 11:00am.
James McLinnaham, Winston-Salem State University- Wrestling
James O. McLinnaham was an All-Star wrestler at Winston-Salem State University who won four consecutive CIAA Championships at the 126 lb.