HBCU Happenings Week of April 14-20

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

swac swac swac swac swac swac swac swac swac Black College NFL Draft Prospects (courtesy of The Black College Sports Page – http://www.onnidan.com) * ROOSEVELT WILLIAMS: At 5-11, 205, the Tuskegee cornerback (Savannah State transfer) projects as the only sure-fire black college pick in the first three rounds. He’s the only black college player ranked in the top ten at his position. Ran 4.55 at the Senior Bowl and showed great strength and cover ability. Loves to close and hit and has good ball skills.

Projected: Mid-second or early third round to Denver * QASIM MITCHELL: NC A&T’s Mitchell, a 6-5, 355-pound offensive line behemoth, has been moving up the draft boards with a rush lately and may make it into the first day of the draft (Rounds 1-3). He played both tackle and guard and has the package of size and mobility scouts look for. Alabama State tackle Tango McCauley, a transfer from Texas A&M, is also considered an intriguing pick based on his mean streak developed after a stint as a defensive lineman.

Projected: Both in the middle rounds.

* GREG SCOTT: The Hampton product started off in the middle of the defensive line prospects and has stayed there.

Ditto for Grambling linebacker Robert Taylor who is projected to play on the inside at the next level.

Jerry Francis Named New Prairie View Men’s Basketball Coach PRAIRIE VIEW, TX.- Jerry Francis, an assistant coach at the University of Houston, has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at Prairie View A&M University, according to university athletics director Charles McClelland.

Savannah State B-Ball Coaches Released Savannah State University has announced that Anita Walsh-Harris and Jack Grant have been relieved of their coaching duties at the school.

Harris was head women’s basketball coach and women’s volleyball coach for the past three years. Her basketball record at SSU was 18-61 and her volleyball record was 2-66.

Grant had been interim men’s basketball coach with a record of 6-47 for the past two years.

Livingstone Selects Familiar Face for Head Men’s Basketball Coach SALISBURY, NC – Livingstone College has filled its vacant basketball position promoting Westley F. Gillum Jr. from assistant men’s basketball coach to head men’s basketball coach. Gillum served the past two seasons at Livingstone under former coach Edward Joyner.

Kentucky State Slapped with Two-Year Probation INDIANAPOLIS—Kentucky State University has been placed on two years of probation and a number of penalties imposed by the university were adopted by the Division II Committee on Infractions as the result of violations in the cross country, track and field, men’s basketball and baseball programs.

Violations in this case included bylaws governing eligibility, recruiting and a lack of institutional control.

Jackson State Captures Fifteenth SWAC Men’s Golf Title Pine Bluff, AR – Jackson State has won every Southwestern Athletic Men’s Golf Championship. This year was no different as JSU won their 15th consecutive championship, finishing 34 strokes ahead of second place Texas Southern (893-927). The SWAC Golf Championship was played at the 7023 yard, par 72, Harbor Oaks Golf Course in Pine Bluff, AR, April 9-12, 2002.

Jackson State Captures 2002 Women’s Golf Crown Pine Bluff, AR – Jackson State University won their seventh consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship at the Harbor Oaks Golf Course. The JSU Lady Tigers finished with a two round total of 643 (327, 316) 15 strokes ahead of second place Texas Southern (658). Top finisher in the SWAC Women’s Golf Championship was Annie Tu of Southern University who shot 156 (+14) for the tournament two shots ahead of Tierra Manigault of Jackson State (158). Last season, the Jackson State women were the first HBCU team to compete in the NCAA Regionals.

SWAC Spring championships headed to Shreveport By Wallace Dooley – SWAC Office Shreveport, Louisiana will host the remainder of the 2002 SWAC Spring Championship schedule, as the Southwestern Athletic Conference will partner with the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority to host the championships in the sports of tennis (m/w), track and field, softball and baseball.

Over 700 athletes from the ten Southwestern Athletic Conference member institutions will compete for championships in five sports.

Competition begins this week with men’s and women’s tennis championships Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20. The women’s championships will be held at the Cockrell Tennis Center, 4109 Pines Road, and the men’s championship will take place at the Southern Hills Tennis Center, 1002 Bert Kouns Lane.

Track & Field, softball and baseball will begin competition will take place May 1-5 at several Shreveport venues. Softball will be played at Cargill Park, Baseball will be at Centenary College while Track and Field competition will take place at Caddo Parrish Stadium.