HBCU Happenings Week of 040902

By Elliott Robinson, Esq.
Updated: October 12, 2007

swac swac swac swac swac swac swac swac swac Bears Fall to Kentucky Wesleyan in D-II Semifinals Evansville, Ind. – Kentucky Wesleyan’s Ronald Evans missed his first nine shots and did not score in the first half, but emerged in the second stanza to lead the Panthers over Shaw in a national semi-final game, 101-92. Evans scored 11 consecutive Panther points early in the second half and tallied 21 for the game.

“The game was as tough as we thought it would be,” said Kentucky Wesleyan coach Ray Harper. “We made the shots we needed to make. The kids found a way to win.”

The Panthers led by 18 with 2:49 remaining and survived a late scare as the Bears clawed their way to within two at 92-90 with 47 seconds left. The tournament savvy defending champions then pulled away for the final nine-point margin.

“They made a comeback because of our mental breakdowns,” explained sophomore guard Bobby Zuerner. “We lost our focus.” Zuerner paced the Panthers in points with 22.

Jarett Kearse topped Shaw with 24 points. Division II Player of the Year Ronald Murray added 23 to go with a dozen assists in his final collegiate game.

“Our guys showed character,” said Shaw coach Joel Hopkins. “We never gave up.”

Shaw ended its season with a 28-5 mark.

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Texas RB Transfers to Southern AUSTIN — Victor Ike, a backup running back at Texas and the Longhorns’ top kickoff returner, will transfer to Southern University for his senior season.

Ike was given an unconditional release from his scholarship. Because Southern plays in Division I-AA, Ike will be eligible to compete in the fall.

Ike rushed for 595 yards and 11 touchdowns, caught 17 passes for 238 yards and two scores and registered 1,940 all-purpose yards in his three seasons as a Longhorn. His 93-yard kickoff return in the 2000 Holiday Bowl was Texas’ first for a touchdown since 1978.

NC State Loses Defensive Coach to Youngstown State Greensboro, NC (3/21/02) – N.C. A&T defensive line coach Terrell Williams announced his resignation to the Aggie coaching staff Monday. Williams accepted a similar post at NCAA Division I-AA powerhouse Youngstown State.

An 1998 graduate and All-American candidate defensive lineman at East Carolina, Williams leaves the Aggies with an impressive ledger. In his five seasons with the Aggies, his 15 starters tallied over 600 tackles, 300 for loss, with 130 sacks. N.C. A&T finished in the NCAA I-AA top five in four of those seasons in total defense, and ranked first in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for three of those seasons, including the MEAC championship season of 1999.

Williams will replace former Aggie George Small, who vacated the position to become the defensive coordinator at MEAC rival Hampton University. There is no word on who will replace Williams, who is the second defensive coach to leave the program, following former defensive coordinator Wayne Hicks, head coach at Lenoir Rhyne.

N.C. A&T returns four of their top five lineman this season and added several more during an extremely productive recruiting class.

Football Returning to Central State Central State University has made an important first step toward bringing intercollegiate football back to the campus with a Board of Trustees resolution backing a comprehensive “five year vision” Department of Athletics plan.

Trustees unanimously adopted a plan which would bring back the popular sport nearly 10 years after the State of Ohio shut down the program because of financial issues. The CSU Marauders had been a national powerhouse.

CSU Athletic Director Theresa Check presented a plan that relies strongly on private support. Once $500,000 is raised, a coach can be hired; at the $1.5 million level a non-scholarship team can take the field. In time, as enrollment increases, the university would begin to reinstate scholarships for the sport.

The University will apply for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division II level. With membership in NCAA, CSU would seek membership in one of three conferences ­ the Great Lakes Intercollegiate, the Great Lakes Valley or the Southern Intercollegiate.

Hampton Leaving the MEAC???

Are the Pirate getting too big for the MEAC? Only time will tell.

Courtesy of the: Kieran Darcy of ESPN.com “The administration has also explored moving to a bigger, more competitive Division 1 conference, in an effort to move the program forward. Among the other conferences the school has investigated are the Atlantic 10 and the Colonial Athletic Association.

” ‘We’ve made applications to several conferences,’ says Athletic Director Dr. Dennis E. Thomas says. “It just hasn’t happened yet. We’ll continue to explore our options, and if a situation presents itself as a good match for Hampton, then we’ll take advantage of it.’ ” Aggie Tennis Complex Makes Coach Proud The North Carolina A&T tennis complex was officially dedicated in a morning ceremony on March 17th.

Chancellor James Renick and athletic director Alphonso Scandrett directed the ceremony and spoke to about 50 people, many of them alumni and parents of the men’s and women’s teams.

The complex features eight courts on a brand new hardcourt surface. It also has seperate bleachers for each of the courts. At the entrance of the complex sits the A&T Tennis Center, complete with weight training facilities for team use.

Head coach James Dunwoody is very excited and eager to put N.C. A&T tennis in the upper echelon of the MEAC. “This is a joyous day for me,” exclaimed Dunwoody. ” This facility will help immensely in recruiting top athletes into our program. We are already performing above expectations this season, and this complex will give us an added boost. Hopefully we will continue to make strides and compete for championships here.”

CIAA Athletes Take Four National Indoor Track Championships – NCCU grabs two individual titles; St. Aug’s men and women finish second overall North Carolina Central University’s Jason Smoots and Katerina Glosova were joined by St. Augustine’s Libia Rodriquez and the St. Aug men’s 4X400M relay team as national champions.

St. Augustine’s men’s and women’s teams finished second overall.

Twenty CIAA athletes and three relay teams earned All-America Honors in the event.

Smoots, hailing from Gadsden, Alabama, successfully defended his indoor national title by winning the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.66 seconds. The next closest competitor, Tom Green of South Dakota, crossed the line in 6.73.

Now a three-time national champion, Smoots has yet to finish behind a collegiate runner during the indoor season. He placed first in the second heat of Friday’s preliminary round with a time of 6.72.

Glosova, a native of the Czech Republic who had failed to earn individual All-America honors in three prior trips to NCAA track events, ended her collegiate indoor career as a national champion by winning the women’s 800m run with a time of 2:08.73.

Rodriguez won the 400M dash where four CIAA athletes finished in the top 8 positions.

CIAA All-Americans in Division II Indoor Track & Field Cadriesha Akinfe – St. Augustine’s – Long Jump Libia Rodriquez – St. Augustine’s – 400M Dash Shakirah Rutherford – St. Augustine’s – 400M Dash Georgia Mullings – St. Augustine’s – 400M Dash Kennisha Moten – North Carolina Central – 400M Dash Katerina Glosova – North Carolina Central – 800M Samayah Islam – St. Augutine’s – 60M Hurdles Anna Techmaker – St. Augutine’s – 60M Dash Carlene Cummings – St. Augustine’s – Triple Jump Maurice English – St. Augustine’s – Long Jump Jason Smoots – North Carolina Central – 60M Dash Jordan Vaden – Livingstone – 60M Dash Unyime Akpan – St. Augustine’s – 60M Hurdles Anwar Moore – St. Augustine’s – 60M Hurdles Derrick Blount – Virginia State – 60M Hurdles Dane Maglorie – St. Augustine’s – Triple Jump Ray Benjamin – St. Augustine’s – Triple Jump Steven Enoch – North Carolina Central – Triple Jump Anthony Campbell – St. Augustine’s – 400M Dash Nathaniel McKinney – St. Augustine’s – 400M Dash North Carolina Central women – 4X400M Relay St. Augustine’s Women – 4X400M Relay St. Augustine’s Men – 4X400M Relay Scissum takes over Morehouse team he helped build Courtesy of: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Willard Scissum, who played for Bear Bryant at Alabama, was named head football coach at Morehouse.

Scissum replaces Anthony Jones, who resigned after the 2001 season to accept a similar position at Alabama A&M in Huntsville. Scissum, 39, was offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Morehouse for three years before taking a job as co-offensive coordinator at Morris Brown last season.

Scissum was on the coaching staff that guided Morehouse to an 8-3 record in 2000. That was the highest number of victories posted in the 101-year history of the program. The Maroon Tigers went 8-2 last season and return 55 of 61 players from that squad.

Scissum was a four-year starter at Alabama in the early 1980s, getting his first start in the fifth game of his freshman year. Before launching his coaching career, he played for the Denver Broncos and the Washington Redskins, and with Calgary and British Columbia of the Canadian Football League. He has worked as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M, Alabama, Morehouse and Morris Brown.

Former AD Smith files suit against TSU Courtesy of The Tennessean Former athletic director James Smith has filed suit against Tennessee State University, TSU President James Hefner and the Tennessee Board of Regents, becoming the second consecutive full-time Tigers AD to do so. The last such suit cost the parties $200,000 in an out-of-court settlement reached with Vivian Fuller, the AD from fall 1997 to January 1999 who sued on allegations of gender discrimination and defamation.

Smith’s suit, filed Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court, alleges that Smith’s dismissal in late May 2001 was a common law retaliatory discharge and violated his civil rights. It also alleges that his dismissal was based on his efforts to bring the school’s athletic department into compliance with NCAA and gender equity regulations, and that there was ”intentional and malicious interference” with his employment by Hefner.

Winston-Salem State Removes Interim Tag Phillip Stitt named men’s basketball coach at Winston-Salem State. Stitt was the interim coach for the 2001-2002 season and was named the head coach, signing a three year deal.

The 2001-02 season marked Stitt’s fourth season with the Rams, but his first as a head coach after taking over for the departed Rick Duckett. Stitt continued the success if his predecessor posting a 22-7 record, reaching the semi-finals of the South Atlantic Regional for the second straight season, and making it very difficult for anyone but him to lead the WSSU program in the coming years.

“I had the opportunity to see Coach Stitt work on and off the floor prior to the interview and he’s done a wonderful job,” said WSSU Director of Athletics Dr. Chico Caldwell. “However, during the interview process I had a chance to see a side of him that otherwise may not have been exposed. I’m a lot more impressed with him as a person than as a coach. He’s a developer as well and someone who solidifies the university’s motto of, Enter to learn, depart to serve.”