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1  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: TUSKEGEE + ALBANY SATE = PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA on: Yesterday at 05:29:59 PM
This game wouldn't be played in Phenix City if Albany State hadn't agreed to it. Bottom line. You can't just move a game anywhere you please and then say... OK play us over here so we can make more money off of y'all.
2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: TUSKEGEE + ALBANY SATE = PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA on: July 21, 2014, 09:44:30 PM
We probably to agreed to this game. If it's a home and home series pretty sure Tuskegee can't just up and decide we're moving this game to Australia, come and play us there. I would think Albany State would make a sound Financial decision. Right now driving to Phenix is a little closer than driving to Tuskegee. Plus there are more places to stay and eat. But like someone stated earlier. Our Brand is on display also.

Question: For  4 hour or 2 hour drives do teams really leave on a Friday and stay in a hotel room? Phenix City is like driving to Columbus GA. It's not that far.
3  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: SIAC moves media day, championship game to Montgomery on: July 21, 2014, 10:05:58 AM
Try this link for media day.

Thanks, SCFAN. It seems to be working well. Guess things just haven't started yet.
4  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: SIAC moves media day, championship game to Montgomery on: July 21, 2014, 09:22:44 AM
Does anyone have the link to the SIAC Media Day? If so please post.
5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: TUSKEGEE + ALBANY SATE = PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA on: July 19, 2014, 10:40:40 PM
As usual, DA Hill is running his mouth about something that he has no clue about. As long as he can say something negative about Skegee, he is happy. For your enlightenment, Mr. Big Mouth, It is a good deal for Skegee. Albany State does not travel well to Tuskegee. So the couple of hundred fans that they may bring would not amount to a lot of $$. Ticket sales, concessions, parking etc,would probably gross 35-40 thousand at best. The 3000 students are admitted free. So $100 thousand, in my opinion, is a pretty good deal.

Will see you and the bull pups ON THE CAMPUS OF A DII SCHOOL, in early September.


If this is the case it seems that Tuskegee fans didn't travel well to this game also.
6  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Alice Coachman Davis has passed away. on: July 19, 2014, 08:25:46 AM
Rest in peace no matter where you went to school. Great American

7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: TUSKEGEE + ALBANY SATE = PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA on: July 19, 2014, 12:44:45 AM

Phenix City has gone back to the playbook and is using football as an economic development tool.

City officials announced Friday the city will spend more than $100,000 to bring the Tuskegee-Albany State game to newly renovated Garrett-Harrison Stadium on Sept. 13. Kickoff is 3 p.m.

City officials hope a collegiate game in Garrett-Harrison Stadium will become an annual event and have trademarked the name White Water Classic, Mayor Eddie Lowe said.

“This is a good game to get it started,” Lowe said. “We hope to get other teams to consider coming here and play.” And Tuskegee was the perfect fit, Athletic Director Curtis Campbell said.

“For the first time we have played in Phenix City, I wanted a good football game — and it will be a good football game,” Campbell said.

It will also be good financially for the Tuskegee athletic program.

It is Tuskegee’s home game, and the university will receive $100,000 for moving it, according to a contact approved by council at a called meeting on Friday. In addition to the money, the deal call for Phenix City to provide Tuskegee with 58 hotel rooms for one night, a hotel meeting room, training room, dinner for the team on Sept. 12 and breakfast on Sept. 13, transportation for the football team and band from Tuskegee to Phenix City and back, to pay the game officials and use of the baseball pressbox.

Tickets will be $20 each and go on sale next month. Phenix City will get all ticket revenue and food and souvenir concessions. The city is planning concerts and events around the classic, City Manager Wallace Hunter said.

“The work on everything that will surround the game has just begun,” Hunter said.

The city, through projections with is economic development department and Troy University, is expecting a $400,000 economic benefit from the game.

This marks a return of college football to the Phenix City stadium.

The NCAA Division III national championship game — the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl — was played in the stadium 15 times between 1973-89.

Both Tuskegee and Albany State already play games in Columbus. The Tuskegee-Morehouse game at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in mid-October is the longest running black college classic in the nation. Albany State plays rival Fort Valley State in early November in the Fountain City Classic.

Campbell said he let the Tuskegee-Morehouse officials know he was in contract talks with Phenix City for the White Water Classic.

Playing two games in Columbus-Phenix City in a month is a good thing, Campbell said.

“You can’t get too much exposure in this area,” he said.

The city has spent about $2.5 million renovating Garrett-Harrison Stadium over the last seven years with an eye on bringing back college games that will bring fans to the city.

The third phase of the project to improve the stadium is almost complete. The latest phase has cost about $800,000 and included a new artificial playing surface, fencing, a concrete path on the out of the field and a new scoreboard. The scoreboard, with a video component, is expected to be installed later this month.

The previous improvements have included a press box, new dressing rooms and renovation of existing dressing rooms.

“The work on the stadium played a big role in us deciding to play here,” Campbell said of the decision to move the game.

The stadium serves as the home of the Central High School Red Devils.

Central High opens its season at Garrett-Harrison on Aug. 22 against Stockbridge, Ga. Central has agreed to move its Sept. 12 home game against Robert E. Lee of Montgomery to Sept. 11 to give the city’s Parks and Recreation Department time to prepare for the classic, Councilmember Chris Blackshear said during Friday’s announcement.


Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/07/18/3205743/phenix-city-to-bring-college-football.html#storylink=cpy
8  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: TUSKEGEE + ALBANY SATE = PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA on: July 18, 2014, 02:15:53 PM
Either nobody got the memo or it just came out. It looks like a pretty decent Stadium. I hope more money is made than a Home and Home series.(Counting Tail Gating money) Another home game....Gone.
9  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: TUSKEGEE + ALBANY SATE = PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA on: July 18, 2014, 02:01:24 PM
Whitewater Classic football coming to Phenix City

A new Whitewater Classic college football match-up is coming to Phenix City, the city announced Friday.

The game, a meeting of Tuskegee and Albany State, will be an annual event starting this September 13, the city said. Officials hope the game will boost tourism and have an economic impact for the city.

In May, Columbus announced the Tuskegee Morehouse classic would continue to be played in Columbus. A matchup between Fort Valley and Albany State set for November will also be played in Columbus.

>> 05/05/2014: Garrett-Harrison Stadium field turf almost complete

The Whitewater Classic will be a return of college football to Phenix City and will be the first such game played at the newly renovated Garrett-Harrison stadium. In May, WRBL News 3 visited the stadium after new turf was installed.

>> ARCHIVE: Phil Scoggins remembers Phenix City's Stagg Bowl

For fifteen years, Phenix City hosted the Stagg Bowl is what is now Garrett-Harrison Stadium. In November of 2013, WRBL News 3's Phil Scoggins recalled memories of that football classic.

10  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Alice Coachman Davis has passed away. on: July 15, 2014, 08:48:30 PM

Nice Audio of Alice. She was 88 when this was recorded.
11  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Phi Beta Sigma Centennial Celebration: July 16-20 on: July 14, 2014, 09:52:38 PM
12  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Alice Coachman Davis has passed away. on: July 14, 2014, 09:49:22 PM
Alice Coachman (also known as: Alice Coachman Davis), born November 9, 1923 in Albany, Georgia, United States is an African-American track and field athlete.

 Alice Coachman became the first black woman of any nationality to win a gold medal at the Olympics with her victory was in the high jump at the 1948 Summer Games in London. Coachman broke jump records at her high school and college, then became the U.S. national high jump champion before competing in the Olympics. She is also the first African-American woman selected for a U.S. Olympic team.

 Coachman was born the middle child to a family of ten children in rural Georgia, near the town of Albany. Her parents were poor, and while she was in elementary school, Coachman had to work at picking cotton and other crops to help her family meet expenses.

 Her athleticism was evident, but her father would whip her when he caught her practicing basketball or running. "Back then," she told William C. Rhoden of the New York Times in 1995, "there was the sense that women weren't supposed to be running like that. My father wanted his girls to be dainty, sitting on the front porch."

 Coachman, however, continued to practice in secret. Unable to train at public facilities because of segregation laws and unable to afford shoes, Coachman ran barefoot on the dirt roads near her house, practicing jumps over a crossbar made of rags tied together.

 When Coachman was in the seventh grade, she appeared at the U.S. track championships, and Tuskegee Institute Cleveland Abbot noticed her. Abbot convinced Coachman's parents to nurture her rare talent. Reluctantly at first, her parents allowed her to compete in the Tuskegee Institute relay in the 1930s, where she broke first high school, and then collegiate records by the time she was 16 years old. She went on to win the national championships in the high jump, and 50 and 100 meter races as well.

 Coachman also sang with the school choir, and played in several other sports just for fun, including soccer, field hockey, volleyball and tennis. She also swam to stay in shape.

 Coachman's biggest ambition was to compete in the Olympic games in 1940, when she said, many years later, she was at her peak. But World War II forced the cancellation of those games and those of 1944. The war ended in 1945, clearing the way for the 1948 Summer Games in London. In 1946, Coachman became the first black women selected for a U.S. Olympic team, in the first Olympiad since the 1936 Games in Nazi Germany.

Winner at Wembley

 Illness almost forced Coachman to sit out the 1948 Olympics, but sheer determination pulled her through the long boat trip to England. Until Coachman competed, the U.S. women runners and jumpers had been losing event after event.

 She made her famous jump on August 7, 1948. At age 25, she launched herself into the record books in front of 83,000 spectators, becoming the first woman of African descent to win an Olympic gold medal.

 The English had pinned their hopes on high jumper D. J. Tyler. Both Tyler and Coachman hit the same high-jump mark of five feet, 6 1/4 inches, an Olympic record. But Tyler required two attempts to hit that mark, Coachman one, and so Coachman took the gold, which King George VI presented her. Coachman's record lasted until 1956.

 Coachman returned home a national celebrity. She was honored in meetings with President Harry Truman and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and with a parade that snaked 175 miles from Atlanta to Albany, with crowds cheering her in every town in between. She also became the first African-American woman to endorse an international product when the Coca-Cola Company featured her prominently on billboards along the nation's highways. Back in her hometown, meanwhile, Alice Avenue and Coachman Elementary School were named in her honor.

 Coachman's Olympic gold medal paved the way for the generations of African-American athletes. "I think I opened the gate for all of them," she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Karen Rosen in 1995. "Whether they think that or not, they should be grateful to someone in the black race who was able to do these things."

 After graduating from Albany State College, Coachman worked as an elementary and high school teacher and a track coach. She married and had two children.

 In 1994, Coachman founded the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation. This organization helps develop young athletes, and to help former Olympic athletes to establish new careers.

Great Olympic Athlete

 Choosing to stay largely out of the spotlight in later years, Coachman, nonetheless, was happy to grant media interviews in advance of the 100th anniversary modern Olympic games in 1996, held in Atlanta. She told reporters then that her mother had taught her to remain humble because, as she told William C. Rhoden of the New York Times in 1995, "The people you pass on the ladder will be the same people you'll be with when the ladder comes down."

 She also advised young people with a dream not to let obstacles discourage them. Instead, she advised, listen to that inner voice that won't take "no" for an answer. "Guts and determination," she told Rhoden, "will pull you through."


 1939, Wins her first Amateur Athletic Union competition; 1939-48, Wins national high jump championship every year; 1946, Named to the women's All-America track and field team for 1945; 1946, Becomes first African-American woman selected for an Olympic team; 1948, Wins gold medal in the high jump at the Olympics, becoming the first black woman to win Olympic gold; 1975, Inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame; 1996, Honored as one of the 100 Greatest Olympic Athletes.


13  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart for crash that killed 1 on: July 12, 2014, 07:09:32 AM
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over last month's highway crash that seriously injured him and killed a fellow comedian.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claims Wal-Mart was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan's limousine van. The complaint claims the retail giant should have known the driver had been awake for over 24 hours, and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable." It also alleges the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

"As a result of Wal-Mart's gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages," according to the complaint.

The June 7 wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair, who went by the name Jimmy Mack. Comedian Ardley Fuqua and Jeffrey and Krista Millea, who were injured as passengers in the limo, are also named as plaintiffs.

Morgan, the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star, suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the crash and is currently in a rehabilitation center. Fuqua is recovering from crash-related injuries.

Truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges. A criminal complaint also accuses him of not sleeping for more than 24 hours before the crash, a violation of New Jersey law.

A report by federal transportation safety investigators said Roper was driving 65 mph in the 60 seconds before he slammed into the limo van. The speed limit on that stretch of the turnpike is 55 mph and was lowered to 45 mph that night because of construction.

Roper had been on the job about 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash, the report concluded. Federal rules permit truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel.

Morgan, a New York City native, was returning from a standup performance at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware when the crash occurred.

Morgan's lawsuit seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages.

A message seeking comment from Wal-Mart was not immediately returned Saturday. An email seeking comment from Morgan's publicist was not immediately answered.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

14  Discussion / Sports Forum / More than 1/3 of South Carolina’s football signees waiting to qualify on: July 11, 2014, 02:01:26 PM
By Michael Carvell

More than a third of South Carolina’s 2014 football recruiting class is in jeopardy of not qualifying academically.

South Carolina signed 21 players last February, and eight members have yet to enroll at the SEC school, assistant Steve Spurrier Jr. told The State’s Josh Kendall.

The start of football practice is only a few weeks away.

Several of the endangered signees are from the Atlanta area, including M.L. King High School cornerback Wesley Green. He’s one of three cornerbacks waiting to get through admissions.

“We would like to hope that least two out of three (cornerbacks) are going to make it,” Spurrier told The State. “That’s a pretty critical area for our 2014 season getting those guys here.”

Former North Gwinnett High School defensive end Dante Sawyer announced two weeks after signing day that he wasn’t going to make it. Sawyer went ahead and graduated with his GED; he reported to a junior college in February with the hopes of transferring to South Carolina in time for the 2015 season.

Defensive end Jhuastin Thomas has signed with South Carolina twice, out of Columbia High School and junior college. His chances of playing for the Gamecocks “appear to be done” after not qualifying again.

Final decisions for all eight players will be made within the next few weeks.
15  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: FVSU Pres. Dr. Griffith Secured Funding for the Repair of Campus Pool on: July 11, 2014, 01:41:54 PM
This is good news. clap clap It only took FIVE years. Bet it would not have taken that long if it was a PWI.
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