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Sports Forum / FAMU is making strong statement for 2020
« on: December 29, 2019, 06:25:57 PM »
Has anyone else recognized the solid hires coming out of Tallahassee.  Looks like the rattlers are not playing games.

Sports Forum / Most Dominant Program in HBCU Sports
« on: July 17, 2019, 07:51:37 AM »
Just wanted to see what the thoughts were out there on these as well as any other programs that have quietly dominated their opponents of late.

Sports Forum / Our Time...
« on: April 02, 2019, 06:41:19 AM »
We all know that there’s a significant gap between the Power 5 programs and HBCU’s but does anyone else get the sense that the gap is closing in the mid-major race for both D1 and D2 HBCU’s.

Sports Forum / Howard v. Harvard
« on: January 06, 2019, 06:23:22 AM »
Looks like the Ron Prince era is on the clock as the Bison head to ‘Beantown’ to take on the Harvard Crimson next fall.  I’m definitely liking the move to play another FCS school. Hopefully this is a home-and-home game.  But I can live with it if not.  :clap:

Sports Forum / HBCU Athletic Leadership
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:12:04 AM »
For the first time in a while I believe we are at a place where our schools and conferences as whole are under solid leadership. We’ve seen clear messages and accountability coupled with various development projects to enhance branding across HBCU’s.

General Discussion Forum / Papa Johns & Your Favorite HBCU
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:00:02 PM »
After the firestorm of that Papa John’s has had of late. Would you be opposed to your favorite HBCU establishing a partnership or excepting money from this franchise today.

Looks like Coach Oliver and staff are off to a solid start. This is some solid talent. Let’s Go Bison! :clap:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  Coming off his first season back at The Mecca, Howard University Director of Track & Field David Oliver introduced the 2018 women's class, featuring nine student-athletes from six states.

"We brought in a tremendous group of kids who were not only outstanding athletes, but are even better students in the classroom," Oliver stated. "At Howard, we pride ourselves in building just as many All-Conference academic kids as we produce All-Conference level athletes. I am very proud in our staff's first recruiting class and I expect production from them right out of the gates."

A year ago, the women's team saw two Bison reach the NCAA Preliminary East Round in Tampa, Fla.: Dominique Cleggett (New Orleans, La.) and Uchechi Onuoha (Yardly, Pa.).

Here is more information on the nine signees:

Toby Rens Steps Down As Maryland Eastern Shore Volleyball Coach

Published: January 10, 2018

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — University of Maryland Eastern Shore head volleyball coach Toby Rens resigned from his position on Monday, January 8, to accept the head coaching position at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Assistant coach Trevor Callarman will serve as the interim head coach while a national search is underway.
“We value everything that Coach Rens has done for the program and our young ladies over the past four seasons during his return to campus,” Director of Athletics Keith Davidson said. “We wish him nothing but the best in his move to Georgetown.”

Rens just completed his seventh season with the Hawks, and the fourth of his second stint at the helm of the program. 2017 was his most successful year to date as the Hawks went 27-9, earning a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
“I truly appreciate my time here at Maryland Eastern Shore and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and support that I was given,” Rens said. “I’d like to personally thank Mr. Davidson, Neema Connor, Stan Bradley, Collene Dean, Pat Nativio, Anne Carter and the entire staff.”
Over his Hawk career, he compiled a record of 127-102, winning two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division Championships and two MEAC Coach of the Year awards.

Sports Forum / Looks like the MEAC is getting serious about Football.
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:32:26 PM »
With the news of FAMU’s commitment to resources three MEAC staffs now have doubled their full-time coaching positions. It will only build for better play and hopefully assist in other areas too.

Sports Forum / Best of Early Signing
« on: December 20, 2017, 07:29:47 AM »
Starting at 8am his morning. Fax machines and emails will be coming through with commitments. I look forward to seeing if HBcU’s were able to capitalize on a great fall overall.

Sports Forum / Howard Bison New Head Coach
« on: January 06, 2017, 03:54:41 PM »
Mike London has been link to the Bison as the new Head Ball Coach!!!!   :clap:

Sports Forum / Delaware State Hornets add Seminoles to the 2017 Slate
« on: December 21, 2016, 07:53:28 PM »
Florida State adds Delaware State to 2017 football schedule

The Florida State Seminoles have added the Delaware State Hornets to their 2017 football schedule, FSU announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

Florida State will host Delaware State at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Nov. 18, 2017. Per a report by 247Sports, FSU will pay Delaware State a $475,000 guarantee for the game.

Delaware State is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in the Football Championship Subdivison (FCS). The Hornets finished the 2016 season 0-11 overall and 0-8 in MEAC play.

The addition of Delaware State tentatively completes Florida State’s non-conference schedule for the 2017 season.

FSU is slated to open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The Seminoles also host ULM on Sept. 9 and travel to face arch-rival Florida on Nov. 25.

In ACC play, Florida State is set to host Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, and Miami (FL) and travel to Boston College, Clemson, Wake Forest, and Duke.

Based on previous years, the 2017 ACC football schedule will probably be released in mid-to-late January.

« on: November 27, 2016, 09:19:06 PM »
I found this article very interesting.


Turner Gill received a base salary of $658,492 and a total compensation package of $750,116 for the Liberty fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, according to tax documents retrieved online. Liberty’s 5th year head coach had the highest compensation package of any other FCS coach we researched. The full list of 24 other head coaches’ salaries we reviewed is listed below:.

Richmond’s Danny Rocco received a total package worth $437,672. *
Northern Iowa’s Mark Farley had a base salary of $350,000. %
Villanova’s Andy Talley received a base salary of $304,642 with a total package of $341,096. *
James Madison’s Mike  Houston had a starting salary of $300,000 in his first year this season. #
Illinois State’s Brock Spack had a base salary of $300,000. %
North Carolina A&T’s Rod Broadway had a base salary of $285,000. #
In Samford’s Pat Sullivan’s final season before Chris Hatcher took over, he had a base salary of $274,665 and a total package worth $438,196. *
North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman had a base salary of $261,177 with a total package worth 300,000. #%
Sam Houston State’s KC Keeler had a base salary of $250,000. %
Youngstown State’s Bo Pelini had a base salary of 213,894 in his first year this season. #
Cal Poly’s Tim Walsh had a base salary of $205,200. #
New Hampshire’s Sean McDonnell had a base salary of $200,000. #
Grambling State’s Broderick Fobbs had a base salary of $195,000. #
South Dakota State’s John Stiegelmeier had a base salary of $190,000. %
Jacksonville State’s John Grass received a base salary of $181,000 with a total package of $251,000. ^
Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin received a package worth $212,717. !
Central Arkansas’ Steve Campbell had a base salary of $185,000. #
Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia had a base salary of $175,000. #
Montana’s Bob Stitt had a base salary of $175,000 in 2015. %#
The Citadel’s Brent Thompson received a base salary of $175,000 in 2016. $
Samford’s Chris Hatcher had a base salary of $152,650 in his final season at Murray State in 2014. *#
Chattanooga’s Russ Huesman had a base salary of $150,000. #
North Dakota’s Kyle Schweigert had a base salary of $150,000. #
Charleston Southern’s Jamey Chadwell received a base salary of $120,542 and total package worth $139,670. *

Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list of all 125 FCS programs, but we concentrated our research on teams’ currently ranked in the FCS Top 25 polls and a few other top programs. All salaries are listed for the 2014-15 academic year, unless otherwise noted.

The average compensation package for the above listed FCS head coaches is $260,888.44. If you remove Gill’s numbers, the average drops to $240,503.96. Gill’s compensation would put him 87th amongst all Division I coaches, including the FBS, according to a recent USA Today study.

Sports Forum / Howard Wins MEAC VB Championship
« on: November 20, 2016, 04:36:45 PM »
Gotta give it to the Lady Bison squad for not flinching at any point his season with their complete domination off the MEAC while also winning key OOC matches.

Howard Wins Second Straight MEAC Volleyball Championship

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In stellar fashion, the Howard volleyball team claimed its second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship by defeating Florida A&M in four sets (25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-20) on Sunday afternoon in Hytche Athletic Center.

Howard will make its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament by earning the conference's automatic berth.

The Bison (26-5) did not lose to a MEAC opponent during the 2016 season and only dropped four sets to conference foes. Howard is also on a 16-match winning streak heading into the NCAA Tournament.

It is the third year in a row that Howard has beaten FAMU in the MEAC Tournament.

Junior Khaila Donaldson finished the match with her 13th double-double of the season (13 kills, 13 digs). Senior Katherine Broussard posted 11 kills and team-high 18 digs, while junior Jessica Young had 13 kills and a match-best seven blocks.

Sophomore Tamia Dockery had her eighth double-double (41 assists, 10 digs) and senior Morgan Marlbrough scooped up 15 digs. Classmates Dominique Cleggett and Whitney Fields tallied six and five blocks, respectively.

The Bison opened up the championship match on an 8-1 run on a pair of blocks and kills by Fields, Donaldson and Broussard. Howard extended its lead to 17-11 with the help of multiple errors by FAMU. Hard hits by Donaldson and Broussard moved the score to 20-15. Two kills by the Lady Rattlers and an HU error brought FAMU within three, 20-17, and Howard needed to call a timeout. Right back out, Fields came up with a one-handed block to force a FAMU timeout. Young delivered the final strike to take the set, 25-20.

The Lady Rattlers were quick to use a timeout to start the second set after Howard went on a 6-2 run behind two kills from Young, a service ace by Fields and tough spike by Broussard. FAMU had to use its final timeout of the set when the Bison went on another 6-2 run to bring the score to 12-4. Howard refused to slow down after great rallies to push the lead to 21-9. The Lady Rattlers gained momentum on quick points to send Howard to its bench but Cleggett rectified that issue with a kill to close the set, 25-14.

Both teams came out swinging in the third set, which featured eight ties early on. However, the Bison began to pull away, 14-11, which made the Lady Rattlers head to their sideline. FAMU regained the lead on an ace but Cleggett laid the ball down hard to knot the set at 16. The two team exchanged the next eight points. The Lady Rattlers decided to call for time when an attack error put the Bison up by one, 21-20. Three errors by Howard ended the set in favor of FAMU, 25-23. 

Howard had to regroup to start the fourth set when FAMU got ahead 9-6. The Bison wouldn't be deterred as they went on an 8-2 run for a 16-14 upper hand. The Lady Rattlers tried to fight back but a scorcher by Donaldson sent them back to their bench and gave Howard a 21-18 lead. Fields helped the Bison to a match-point opportunity with a kill and Dockery served a beautiful ace to win the championship. 

Donaldson, Young and Broussard were named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances. Donaldson was also named Outstanding Performer by averaging 3.55 kills and 4.27 digs through three matches in the tournament. Head coach Shaun Kupferberg was selected as Outstanding Coach.

It has been a long road to the championship and the Bison are looking forward to some down time before heading to the Big Dance.

"We get some rest," said Kupferberg. "Most of us have been going at it pretty hard the last couple of weeks to make sure we were ready for this. After we get some rest and relax a little bit, we're going to prepare the same way we always do. Our goal in practices is to make sure we are getting incrementally better every single day. That's all we're going to keep doing."


The Southwestern Athletic Conference is switching up its men's and women's basketball conference tournament.

The league announced Thursday it is moving from a five-day, 10-team tournament held at the Toyota Center in Houston, home of the Rockets, to a three-day, eight-team event that will feature host sites for the quarterfinal round.

Instead of making a week-long event out of it, SWAC officials will save money by holding the semifinals and finals in Houston for two days while the top four seeds host the quarterfinals.

League officials, presidents and athletic directors, among others, for the 10 members schools met Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama, to approve the changes. The league also announced a three-year extension for the SWAC football championship and SWAC basketball championship to remain in Houston.

The changes will go into effect for 2017 when the tournament starts Tuesday, March 7, 2016, with four quarterfinal games. The No. 1 seed will host the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 seed will host the No. 7 seed, the No. 3 seed will host the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed will host the No. 5 seed.

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