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1  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: HBCU Div II Fan Poll needs your participation on: October 30, 2014, 07:13:42 AM
2  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / CARLTON FLETCHER: "Historically black" are the key words in HBCU on: October 27, 2014, 01:24:59 PM
OPINION: Albany State University was founded to provide educational opportunities for black students[/b]

Times have changed and times are strange. Here I come, but I ain’t the same. Mama, I’m coming home.— Ozzy Osbourne

Someone said this to me the other day, and while I’ve heard it many times before, it kind of struck a chord this time:

“I’d be much more willing to support Albany State University and the things they do if they didn’t have to stick that ‘historically black colleges and universities’ tag on everything they do. You don’t see Georgia or Auburn or even ABAC sticking a ‘historically white college’ tag on their name. Yes, I’m white, but I still don’t understand why Albany State has to keep emphasizing the race thing. It’s 2014. Can’t they get past that?”

I don’t think my attempts at an explanation were what this person wanted to hear, but, given that today marks the end of another homecoming week at ASU, I will, in honor of my alma mater, give it a more universal go for others who have asked the same question.

The HBCU designation is not some sort of tag that Albany State or any other historically black institution of higher learning sticks beside its name to emphasize race. It is, in fact, a designation based in fact. Albany State was, is and forever will be, a historically black institution. If its enrollment percentages grow as white as BYU, it will still be a historically black institution.

The key word here is “historically.” And surely those who have lived in Albany and Southwest Georgia for any length of time know a smidgen of ASU’s history.

It was founded in 1903 by Joseph W. Holley specifically for blacks who had no other educational options. The Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute trained teachers who could pass on knowledge to black students who were not allowed admittance into established colleges and universities.

And for the next 70 to 80 years, Albany State — as it became known in 1943 — was pretty much ignored by the segment of the Albany community that did not have a direct tie to the institution. That would be the entire white population.

Things started changing after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and after the Jim Crow Laws that had held sway in the South for so long slowly — slowly — were replaced by laws that purported to grant equal access. While these laws were on the books, it took sometimes violent demonstrations, acts of civil disobedience and finally court-ordered action to drag much of the South, kicking and screaming, into a day that gave the Constitution that most had claimed to live by credence, that “all men created equal” thing.

But what really changed the community’s attitude toward Albany State had very little to do with black and white. It had to do with green. Suddenly, those business owners who’d grumbled about having to allow people of color into their establishments started welcoming them with open arms when they saw that the money they came to spend was the same color as their white customers’.

All of a sudden, government leaders who had ignored ASU’s homecoming for decades started dusting off the welcome mats and declaring their city was proud to welcome Albany State alumni “home.” Never mind that for many ASU grads, the only parts of Albany they ever saw during their tenure at the college were the roads in and out and the college’s campus because they’d been warned about the dangers of straying away from the protective grounds of Albany State.

I’m proud these days to see Albany businesses displaying signs welcoming ASU homecoming celebrants. Heck, some of those businesses are owned by graduates of the college, and some of the government leaders now genuinely welcoming alumni “home” are alumni themselves. Those are the kinds of things that happen when one week brings in $4 million in economic benefits and the university’s year-‘round impact is in the tens of millions.

So let’s all get over that HBCU designation at Albany State University and other similar institutions. The “black” part of the equation is a significant part of the universities’ heritage. Nothing will ever change that.

3  Discussion / Sports Forum / FSU coach Jimbo Fisher cuts media interview short after his reputation is questi on: October 21, 2014, 07:21:19 AM
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher cut an interview session short on Monday after reporters starting asking about the off-field issues surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston.

Fisher, whose team is on a bye week, was speaking at the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club near Winston’s hometown. He was asked whether there was any news regarding the student code of conduct hearing and replied: "We're moving on with Louisville and talking about the other things. Everything should be great."

However, the questions didn’t stop there.

Another reporter noted that Fisher’s reputation had taken a hit and Fisher asked him to stop asking the question.

“I’m done,” Fisher said. “I’m done.”

Fisher then asked the reporter if he was going to put the interview on air and the reporter said he wasn’t, which caused Fisher to give one final answer.

"Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?" Fisher said. "I don't want to get into this. The questions weren't supposed to be asked today. I'm done. I'm done."

According to Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com, the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club told Fisher that there would be no questions about Winston’s off-field issues. Media members were never given those instructions.

To this point, Fisher has answered almost every Winston question that has come his way and he’s been a staunch defender of his Heisman-winning quarterback. But if he was told he was finally going to get a respite from those questions, it’s understandable that he’d be angry.

However, as long as Winston is on the Florida State roster, Fisher has to know those questions aren’t going to disappear.

4  Discussion / Sports Forum / For Jay Thomas...WTF on: October 19, 2014, 10:01:42 AM
Parking was so horrible at Morehouse I had to park several blocks away from the stadium. I drove to the game by myself and met up with some frats who lives in Atlanta. After the game, they wanted to browse around campus to all of the activities. I said I would but asked one frat to walk with me to my car because I wanted to move it closer. I didn't want to return for it late that evening in the dark. I've heard folks have gotten killed out and about near Morehouse and I didn't want to be in that statistic. (No reflection on Morehouse from me)I love attending those games.
Dam if when I get to the car my frat spouted out" They got you man". Some Fcker/s had broken my right side rear passenger window in my brand new luxury vehicle in an attempt to steal something out of my car. Luckily for me I took my IPhone and pad with me and decided not to bring my laptop(which I usually keep locked inside of the car).

I was so freaking upset it just ruin my whole day. My frat found my binoculars and tote bag that I keep shaving and cleaning items in yards up the street. I was parked on Camilla Street a few yards down from Joseph Lowery. I didn't notice nothing else missing. They didn't bother to take my clothes, shoes, jackets and underwear.

Trying to get a cop to come down to do a report was uneventful. I called twice and finally just gave up. I thought about calling again and changing my voice to pretend I was white. I lost my desire to attend the activities(me and car feeling insecure). Just slowly drove to a Lowes, bought some sticky plastic, wrapped the window and drove my behind back home to catch the last quarter of the FSU/Noters Dames game which was the highlight of my evening.

A $25 game will now turn into hundreds.
5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Go Florida State!!! on: October 18, 2014, 10:56:53 PM
GO FLORIDA STATE!!! I am so dam glad they beat Noter Dames ! clap clap
6  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: POSTERS BEWARE!!!! on: October 12, 2014, 07:03:38 PM
Since I'm very naughty, I have two or three naughty emails..... Grin.... tiptoe .
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Julio ,Roddy, & Falcons Reciever Corp...... on: October 12, 2014, 06:51:07 PM
They're going to get raped and murdered next weekend. Baltimore is going to dedhorse dedhorse dedhorse dedhorse dedhorse dedhorse dedhorse dedhorse that a-- good.
8  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Mississippi State No. 1 in AP poll on: October 12, 2014, 02:41:20 PM
I believe it is the first time Mississippi State has been ranked No 1 in the history of their program.
9  Discussion / Sports Forum / Mississippi State No. 1 in AP poll on: October 12, 2014, 02:19:24 PM

Mississippi State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, replacing Florida State and making the fastest rise to the top spot in the history of the poll.

The Bulldogs received 45 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday. Mississippi State beat Auburn 38-23 on Saturday, its third straight victory against a top-10 team. The Bulldogs are the first team in the poll's 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks. The previous mark was six weeks by Ohio State in 1954.

Associated Press Top 10

Mississippi State is the first team in the AP poll's 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.
Complete poll | Power rankings

1. Miss. St. (45) 6. Auburn
2. Florida St. (12) 7. Alabama
3. Ole Miss (3) 8. Michigan St.
4. Baylor 9. Oregon
5. Notre Dame 10. Georgia

First-place votes in parenthesis

The Bulldogs were No. 3 last week, tied with Ole Miss, for their best ranking. Ole Miss stayed at No. 3 this week, two points behind No. 2 Florida State, which beat Syracuse on Saturday.

The defending champion Seminoles had been No. 1 since the preseason. Florida State received 12 first-place votes and Ole Miss three.

Baylor and Notre Dame round out the top five. The Fighting Irish play at Florida State on Saturday. Auburn fell four spots to No. 6.

For the both the Rebels and Bulldogs, it's been a startling rise after recent struggles. They have rarely been in contention in the Southeastern Conference over the last decade. In the rugged western division, where Alabama (three national titles), LSU (two) and Auburn (one) have been the powers during the BCS era, the Mississippi schools usually have been relegated to the second division.

In Starkville, coach Dan Mullen took over in 2009 and has steadily turned around a program that was flailing. Mullen, the former Florida offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, is 42-28 at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were 23-48 in the six seasons before Mullen arrived.

Mullen said Sunday he viewed the No. 1 ranking two ways.

"I couldn't be happier for the university, the students, the fans and the alumni," Mullen said. "For so many years you try to accomplish something and to be able to say we're the best at something is special. But for us as a team -- they don't give out the trophy midseason. We really haven't accomplished all that much."

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was hired after the Rebels went 2-10 in 2011. They won seven games his first season and eight last year. He landed one of the best recruiting classes in the country between his first and second seasons and now the Rebels are off to their best start since 1962.

Ole Miss beat Texas A&M 35-20 in College Station on Saturday.

Alabama, Oregon, Michigan State and Georgia complete the top 10. No. 22 Southern California moved back into the rankings, along with No. 24 Clemson. No. 25 Marshall, the only unbeaten team from outside the Big Five conferences, is ranked for the first time this season.

Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Oh she caught...Duluth police hunt for pepper-spraying shoplifter on: October 12, 2014, 08:56:14 AM
Video... http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/police-searching-for-pepper-spraying-walmart/vCw6Wz/
11  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Oh she caught...Duluth police hunt for pepper-spraying shoplifter on: October 12, 2014, 08:51:42 AM
Duluth police want help finding a suspected shoplifter who used pepper spray to effect a getaway.

A Walmart staffer spotted the woman stealing in the store on Pleasant Hill Road on Thursday and approached her as she left the store with a cart of hot items, Det. Bobby Johnson said Friday.

The woman gave the staffer a face full of pepper spray, burning the Walmart associate’s face and eyes, Johnson said.

“The Walmart employee suffered a brief loss of her vision and had difficulty breathing,” he said in an email. “After the attack, the female pushed her shopping cart full of stolen items to her vehicle, which appears to be either a newer model dark in color Dodge Charger or Challenger.”

The alleged thief came armed and ready with the chemical agent, which she kept in hand while trolling the store for goods, Johnson said.

Police Friday released surveillance photographs of the suspect. Anyone with information about the woman is asked to call 678-957-7287 or email bjohnson@duluthpd.com.
12  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: POSTERS BEWARE!!!! on: October 09, 2014, 08:20:00 PM
If you ban him he probably will be reincarnated like someone else. A zebra can't change his stripes. OW can always find out if he wanted. Every computer has its own IP address.
13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: I just CAN'T with the SIAC OFFICATING on: October 06, 2014, 01:19:07 PM
I think some schools the reffs are particularly hard on. They made a very bad call against Miles in the Championship game against Albany State that cost them the game. I think they need to add instant replay in D2 as well..

Don't know what game you were watching.  Did you check out how many yards Albany State was penalized for in that game last year at Miles. I think Over or almost two hundred yards. That has to be a record. When you do that you're only watching one team.
14  Discussion / Sports Forum / The Atlanta Falcaint's on: October 05, 2014, 02:59:07 PM
I guess Mike Smith said," WTF We're going for it. I'm not going to be here next year anyway". Please get rid of the whole coaching staff... shrug And while I'm talking about it, Get rid of The SIAC Officiating crew. They hate Albany State.
15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: CIAA & MEAC Attendance-Week 6 on: October 05, 2014, 09:15:10 AM
Kentucky State vs. Central State-15,328 (Circle City Classic)

Isn't KY State and Central State SIAC???
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