Black College Sports News And Notes

By Tony McClean
Updated: January 26, 2007

Great Ma,esNEW HAVEN, Ct. — This week’s HBCU happenings include several news items from football along with men’s and women’s basketball rankings and tournament updates.


Former Alabama State standout Michael Coe has been invited to participate in this weekend’s Senior Bowl, the nation’s premiere postseason college all-star game.

After a sterling senior season and a strong performance during the week leading up to and during the East-West Shrine game in Houston, Coe has been rated among the very best cornerbacks available for April’s NFL draft.

Coe, who has already earned a degree in mass communications, transferred to ASU after three years at the University of Arkansas so he could play for his father, Hornets’ head coach Charles Coe.

In 2006, Michael was named All-SWAC, leading the conference in passes defended and tying for first in passing broken up. Coe showed his versatility by playing safety in several games and serving as the Hornets primary punt return man throughout the season.

While at Arkansas, Coe tied for the team lead in interceptions as a sophomore and was second in that category as a junior. Coe is the only player from a Division I-AA school or an HBCU.

The Senior Bowl will air nationally on the NFL Network. Kickoff is Saturday at 3 p.m. EST. Coe has also been invited to participate in the NFL combine, which will be held in Indianapolis February 21-27.


The NCAA Division II Regional Ranking Committee released its first men’s and women’s basketball poll of the season this past Wednesday. To no one’s surprise, several HBCU schools are scattered on both sides.

On the men’s side, Benedict College (14-1) sits atop the South Region poll. Entering this weekend’s play, the Tigers (11-0 in the SIAC) have won 11 straight since a 70-64 loss to Augusta State back on November 21.

Another SIAC school, Miles College (11-7, 8-5) is ranked eighth in the poll. The Golden Bears were the lastest team to fall to Benedict, a 73-62 loss this past Thursday in Columbia, S.C.

Three CIAA schools are in the South Atlantic Region poll. Virginia Union (10-3, 7-3 CIAA East) is ranked second behind Clayton State (11-0). Eastern Division leading Virginia State (14-3, 9-1) is fourth with St. Augustine’s College (12-5, 8-3 CIAA West) at seven.

Also, West Virginia State (13-3) of the WVIAC is ranked tenth in the East Region. Millersville (10-1) is the top-ranked team.

On the ladies side, three CIAA schools are also in the South Atlantic Region rankings as well. Eastern Division leading Elizabeth City State (12-5, 9-1) and Western Division leading N.C. Central (11-5, 6-3) are ranked sixth and seventh respectively.

Fayetteville State (12-6, 8-3 CIAA West) is ranked 10th. The Clayton State women (12-2) are also the top-ranked team of this region as well.

In the South Region, Fort Valley State (12-6, 9-2 SIAC) are ranked seventh. The Lady Wildcats are the top team in the conference. Unbeaten Florida Gulf Coast (19-0) is the top team in the regional rankings.


Livingstone College has announced the hiring of Lamonte J. Massie as its 33rd Head Football Coach. Massie is the former coach at Edward Waters College where he compiled a 28-34 record over six seasons.

In his second season (2002) at EWC, the Tigers finished with a 6-4 record, which was 15th best amongst all 49 black college football programs. The Jacksonville Advocate named him 2002 Coach of the Year.

His third season at EWC ended with a 7-4 record and the fourth season (2004) with an 8-3 record. In addition, EWC won the inaugural season of the South Eastern Atlantic Conference 2004 Championship and Coach Massie was selected as SEAC 2004 Coach of the Year.

In 1994, Lamonte established the Columbia Cougars Minor League Football Team, based in Columbia, SC. He was the Head Coach and General Manager of the team for six years. He was the sole owner of the team until February 2000 when he sold the team. He had a record of 37-30-1, with the last four seasons being playoff seasons in his six year period as Head Coach.

He has coached at various levels of football from Pop-Warner to Minor League. He has coached at Clark Atlanta University (1993), Corcoran High School and Kirk Park Pop Warner in Syracuse, NY (1992) and Tuskegee University (1990) as a student-assistant. He has been an active member of the American Football Coaches Association for twelve years.


With both the SWAC and CIAA tournaments just around the corner, both conferences announced some subtle changes regarding their championship brackets.

With longtime member Winston-Salem State now out of the conference, the CIAA has adopted an 11-team bracket for its 2007 tournament to be held in Charlotte, N.C. beginning Monday, February 26-March 3 at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

With the new eleven team bracket, game times for the opening rounds (Monday and Wednesday) of the women’s and men’s tournament have changed to 3:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Regular game times resume for the quarterfinals and semifinals of both tournaments; 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00pm.

The women’s final is scheduled for 5:00pm, with the men’s final following at 8:00pm.

Actual matchups will be announced Sunday, February 25.

For the 2007 regular season and tournament, the Eastern and Western Divisions will remain intact, however Tournament seeding will be based on conference records.

Seedings will be 1 through 11 with the top five teams earning byes into the second round If teams share the same conference record, the tie-breaker procedures will be used will be: first, divisional record, second, head-to-head competition, or third, coin toss.

As for the SWAC, the tournament will no longer follow an all-women day and an all-men’s day. However, each day (with the exception of the championship day) will have two sessions in which both the women and the men will be in action.