Tuesday’s HBCU Football Notebook

By Tony Price
Updated: October 20, 2008

From the Press Box BASN NEW HAVEN, Ct. – For the third straight week, the top five teams in the latest BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Football Poll have remained unchanged.

The undefeated Golden Tigers of Tuskegee (7-0) are still atop this week Top 10. A 33-20 win over SIAC rival Albany State Saturday gave TU its 23rd straight win, the longest current winning streak in college football.

The Tigers received nine of 13 first-place votes with second-ranked Hampton (5-1) getting three and conference foe South Carolina State (5-2) with one. The co-leaders of the MEAC, the Pirates and Bulldogs will meet in a huge showdown this Saturday in Orangeburg, S.C.

Tennessee State (6-1) sits at number three with South Carolina at number four followed by Grambling State (6-2) at number five. The Tigers are idle this week following their fifth straight win this Saturday against Alabama State.

The rest of the poll has Prairie View A&M (6-1) moving up one spot from sixth to seventh, Florida A&M (5-2) jumping from ninth to seventh, West Virginia State (6-1) goes from 10th to eighth, Albany State (5-2) drops from sixth to ninth, and Delaware State (3-3) returns to the top 10 at number 10.

Among some of the key games for this weekend are Prarie View A&M hosting Southern at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Delaware State visits Morgan State, Morehouse College at Albany State, Florida A&M at Norfolk State, and Kentucky State at Tuskegee.

BOXTOROW.COM/BASN

HBCU TOP 10 FOOTBALL POLL

(Records through October 18th)

School

W-L

Pts

LW

1. Tuskegee (9)

7-0

123

1

2. Hampton (3)

5-1

118

2

3. Tennessee State

6-1

105

3

4. S.C. State (1)

5-2

84

4

5. Grambling State

6-2

76

5

6. Prairie View A&M

6-1

61

7

7. Florida A&M

5-2

37

9

8. W. Virginia State

6-1

33

10

9. Albany State

5-2

30

6

10. Delaware State

3-3

14

NR

(First place votes in parentheses)

Others receiving votes: Southern (4-3) 14, Fayetteville State (6-2) 7, Morgan State (4-3) 6, Bethune-Cookman (4-2) 6, Shaw (5-3) 1, Elizabeth City State (5-3) 1, Jackson State (3-4) 1.

FOBBS OUT AS AGGIES’ FOOTBALL HEAD COACH

North Carolina A&T athletics director Wheeler Brown announced the dismissal of head football coach Lee Fobbs Monday. Brown appointed George Ragsdale as the interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2008 season.

“We feel like this is the best decision for the program at this time,” said Brown. “I certainly want to thank Lee for all his efforts over the last 2 ½ years, and I want to wish him well in all his future endeavors. The program just needs a new direction.”

Fobbs was 2-28 as the Aggies head coach. Ragsdale, 55, has served as the Aggies running backs coach under Fobbs the last three seasons. He has been assistant coach on the collegiate level for 23 seasons. He started his coaching career as an assistant at N.C. A&T in 1983.

It was the first of three coaching stints with the Aggies.

Ragsdale returned to N.C. A&T as a part-time assistant during the 2003 MEAC Championship season. Three years later he came back to coach running backs. He has also coached as an assistant at Morris Brown, Norfolk State and Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

“My job is to keep these young men focused on what is ahead of us and not what has already happened,” said Ragsdale. “We have four games remaining starting with Howard on Saturday, and that’s where our focus as a football team belongs. We have to make the best of what is left in this season.”

Ragsdale is a 1976 graduate of N.C. A&T. He is considered one of the best running backs to ever wear an Aggies uniform. Ranked ninth on the Aggies all-time rushing list with 1,989 yards, Ragsdale led the Aggies to a share of the MEAC Championship in 1975.

He is a member of the N.C. A&T and MEAC Halls of Fame. He spent six seasons in the NFL — five with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one with the Washington Redskins. He also played two seasons with the USFL’s Oklahoma Outlaws.