Wednesday’s HBCU Sports Notebook

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 4, 2008

HBCU Band NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Today’s black college sports notebook takes a look at happenings in football, women’s soccer, along with men’s and women’s basketball from all four conferences.


Virginia Union University officials announced that the contract of Head Football Coach Greg Richardson will not be renewed. Richardson just completed his first season as the Panthers’ Head Football Coach, finishing the season with an overall record of 5-5.

Richardson assumed the top post in March of 2008, following the resignation of former head coach Arrington Jones, III. Prior to that time, Richardson spent five seasons on the sidelines as a member of the VUU coaching staff.

Richardson served as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He was also a part of Virginia Union’s football staff during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.


Jackson State and Grambling State will be the number one seeds from their respective divisions heading into the 2008 SWAC Soccer Championship — being held this week (November 6-9) at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS. The winner of the tournament will move on to the 2008 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.

In the Eastern Division, Jackson State (9-5-1) claims the number one seed after going undefeated in divisional play. Host Mississippi Valley State (7-10-2) will be the second seed in the Eastern Division followed by Alabama A&M (6-9-2) and Alabama State (1-14-0) — who downed Alcorn State on the final day of the regular season to claim the fourth spot.

In the Western Division, Grambling State also went undefeated in divisional play and will be the number one seed in the Western Division. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff claimed the second seed followed by Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M.

The tournament opens on Thursday with host Mississippi Valley facing Texas Southern at 10:30 am while Alabama A&M and University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff will meet at 1 pm. Play continues with Alabama State and Grambling State competing at 3:30 pm while Jackson State will face Prairie View A&M at 6 pm.

Semifinal action will take place at 3:30 and 6 pm on Friday with the championship match starting at 1 pm on Sunday.


The SIAC is proud to announce its 2008-09 Basketball television and composite men’s and women’s schedules. Highlighting the television schedule is the one of the first games of the 2009 year when Tuskegee travels to Albany, GA to take on the Golden Rams on January 3, 2009. The exhibition season for many of the men’s teams is filled with Division I powerhouses including a few games on Friday, November 7 between Albany State vs. Georgia and Tuskegee vs. Auburn.

Joining the January 3, 2009 matchup on television is a January 18 matchup between Benedict and Fort Valley State at the Health and Physical Education Complex in Fort Valley, GA. The game moves from its original date of January 17 to be played live at 2:00 pm.

The Albany State vs. Tuskegee game on January 3, 2009 will also air live from HPER Gym Complex on the campus of Albany State University at 4:00 pm. Once again the SIAC Men’s and Women’s Tournament Championship games will be aired on March 8, 2009 from Fair Park Arena in Birmingham, AL. The women’s game is scheduled for 1:00 pm while the men are scheduled at 4:00 pm central standard time.

All telecasts throughout the season will air on ESPNU.

SIAC men’s teams will play seven Division I opponents over the exhibition and regular season while the women will play three. Both will play a number of other conferences including the Gulf South, Peachbelt and Sunshine State rounding out a solid conference in-region template.

Clark Atlanta and Albany States’ men teams lead the SIAC with two games against Division I opponents include Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia and Tulane University.

The regular season officially begins November 15, 2008 and will also mark the beginning of Claflin University’s reign as a Division II member. Last season Claflin lost just two games and looks to improve upon that mark this year.

Their season opener will take place on November 22, 2008 against Paine at home.

The season will culminate in Birmingham, AL for the 76th Men’s and 31st >Women’s Basketball Tournament at Fair Park Arena. The oldest post season basketball tournament in the NCAA will feature all 13 institutions.

The tournament will take place March 4-8, 2008. For more information on the basketball tournament please visit

For complete coverage of the 2008-09 SIAC Basketball Season and a complete composite schedule, log on to


Jimmy Howard, a former assistant coach at Maryland and Georgetown, and Julie Flanders, a former standout athlete at George Mason, has been named assistant women’s basketball coaches at Howard University.

“Jimmy and Julie understand and embrace the vision we have for our student-athletes here at Howard,” said Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler. “Their vast experiences will be invaluable to our program.”

Prior to HU, Howard served one year as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Delaware State University. He was also the assistant coach at George Mason, 2000-07, Maryland, 1999-00, and Georgetown, 1997-98. Howard held assistant coaching positions with the men’s basketball programs at Wesley College (1989-91) and Greensboro College (1988-89).

The Hornets signed two McDonald All-American candidates during Howard’s tenure at Delaware State while the squad was selected for the WNIT Pre-Season Tournament. Howard began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Wesley, 1987-88.

Howard was the head women’s basketball coach at Wesley from 1991-97 and guided the Wolverines to a 22-1 record in his second year at the helm. Wesley finished top-five in NCAA Division III in defensive field goal percentage for five seasons, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997.

A four-year letterwinner at George Mason, Flanders had 10 double-digit rebound games as a senior while posting five double-doubles. She was invited to the Washington Mystics training camp in 2007 and was the first female to play in the all-male ABA league in 2003, playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Team on the Move.

Flanders has played professionally in Jamaica and Finland, and for Spain’s Vidrogal Alurnisan team of the Federal International Basketball Association (FIBA). In 2006 and 2007, Flanders won a silver medal as a member of the Aanekosken Huima team in Aenekoski, Finland.

She has gained a wealth of experience working with various high schools and leagues. In 2005, Flanders was the assistant women’s varsity coach at Hayfield High School (Alexandria, Va.).

She also had stints as a camp counselor/coach at the George Mason camp and is an alumnus of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) “So You Wanna Be a Coach” Program. Last season, former standouts Shannon Carlisle, Asha Santee, Terease Thornton and Reyna Gross were all selected for the prestigious program.