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Retired NBA player Andre Miller had a memorable 17-year career in the league. He finished his playing days ranked eleventh all-time in assists and was still averaging double figures in scoring at 35 years old. Cleveland drafted him in the first round in 1999 after a first-team All-American season at the University of Utah. Could the same results have been achieved if Miller attended an HBCU? Because he wanted to.

Miller tells HBCU Gameday that while growing up in Los Angeles he dreamed of attending an HBCU. He was first exposed to the culture during an Upward Bound camp when he was in middle school. His recruiting offers were far and few in between in high school and the University of Utah was the first to offer him a scholarship.

"I wanted to go to an HBCU, I wanted to be in a fraternity, I wanted to play basketball, but those things didn't happen. I had to take the opportunity with the scholarship and go to Utah," Miller said.

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Condolences to family, friends, Tenn St and Alabama St communities   :(

Ian Rapoport

Former #Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson died last night in a car accident in Alabama, a spokesperson for his employer Tennessee State tells me. Jackson, 36, was TSU’s QB coach. Along with Seattle, he also played for the #Vikings and #Bills.

Sports Forum / Howard to hire Florida's Larry Scott as football HC
« on: February 01, 2020, 08:16:48 PM »

On Saturday evening, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported that Howard University is hiring Florida tight ends coach Larry Scott as its next head coach. Scott has been on staff at Florida for two years, joining Dan Mullen when he arrived in 2018.

Though Scott spent his last two seasons as an assistant coach at Florida he does have experience as a head coach previously. He served as the interim coach at Miami in 2015, putting together a 4-2 record while in charge.

He was previously working as the tight ends coach and offensive coordinator at Tennessee prior to his arrival at Florida. Mullen brought him aboard the UF staff when Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was fired.

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NBA superstar Stephen Curry is in DC today for the announcement that he will sponsor Howard Univ. men’s and women’s golf programs for the next six years.

HU athletic director called it “one of the most generous gifts” in the school’s history.

Howard University to add golf teams after receiving sponsorship from NBA star Stephen Curry

Following a January screening of “Emanuel,” a documentary about the deadly 2015 shooting of nine black worshipers at a church in Charleston, S.C., a throng of Howard University students jockeyed for handshakes and selfies with the film’s executive producer, NBA star Stephen Curry.

Otis Ferguson, then a junior at Howard, hung back for a moment before catching the ear of the Golden State Warriors guard.

“Hey Steph!” Ferguson called out. “Let’s get in a round of golf before you leave.”

It was a well-calculated shot: In addition to being a three-time NBA champion, two-time MVP and perhaps the best shooter ever, Curry is a passionate golfer.

Ferguson didn’t hit the links with Curry, but they did engage in a brief conversation about their mutual love of the sport. In fact, Ferguson said, he had turned down an offer to play collegiately to attend Howard, which, like many historically black colleges and universities, doesn’t have a golf team.

That chat made such an impression on Curry that he is returning to Washington on Monday to announce that he is sponsoring the creation of men’s and women’s golf teams at Howard — bringing competitive golf to the university for the first time in decades.

Sports Forum / Hampton routs Richmond 86-66 in their house; Marrow drops 38
« on: November 26, 2018, 12:38:15 AM »

RICHMOND, Va. – It’s been 16 years since Hampton beat the University of Richmond in their own house. Back in 2002, the two schools met for the first time and the Pirates pulled out the victory.

On Sunday, Hampton was able to do it again in an 86-66 rout, behind big nights from Jermaine Marrow and Kalin Fisher.

It is the first win for Hampton over Richmond since 2002, and the first win in six tries at the Robins Center.

Marrow, a Heritage High product, scored 38 points, one shy of breaking the record for most points by an opponent in Richmond’s arena. Fisher scored 27 points and brought down nine rebounds.

The Pirates (2-and-4) never trailed the Spiders, and jumped out to an 18-4 lead after the game got off to a 2-2 start.

Sports Forum / VOTE NOW - St Aug's D.J. Johnson up for D2 Hero of the Week
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:14:18 PM »

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 25) – D.J. Johnson (Jr./Richmond, VA) of Saint Augustine's University was nominated D2 Football Offensive HERO of the Week on Monday.
Johnson was nominated for his performance in an 81-9 trouncing of Lincoln (Pa.) University this past Saturday, Sept. 23. The standout quarterback completed 14 of 22 passes for 297 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. His six touchdown passes tied a school record and is tied for the most in Division II this season.
Vote once per hour until polls close Friday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. eastern standard time. Johnson is one of five nominees for the award. The winner, determined by fan votes, will be announced Friday afternoon.

Following up on his 21 point college debut, true freshman Robert Colon drops 26 and a game-winning 3 in OT against Concord   :clap:

Rams Football Adds Two New Coaches

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Winston-Salem State University football program has announced the additions of two new coaches to the WSSU Rams coaching staff for the 2016 season.

Head coach Kienus Boulware has added former Shaw head coach, Robert Massey, to his staff to coach defensive backs, and former Wake Forest quarterback, Ryan McManus, as the new quarterbacks coach.

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Sports Forum / Report: WSSU hires former Wake Forest QB as QB coach
« on: February 09, 2016, 01:17:46 PM »
South Brunswick High quarterbacks coach Ryan McManus will be the new quarterbacks coach for Winston-Salem State coach Kienus Boulware, according to a source.

It’s a return to McManus’s native Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was a quarterback at Wake Forest from 2005–09 and offensive graduate assistant from ’12–14. He helped the Demon Deacons win an ACC title in ’06

This past season was McManus’s first in his position at South Brunswick High in Wilmington, N.C.

A bright, young offensive mind, the 28-year-old McManus began his tenure as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest after he played for the Prague Panthers in 2011. He was a volunteer assistant at Kent State in ’10, assisting primarily with wide receivers while also working in the program’s academic services.

Nov 04, 2015

The St. Thomas Aquinas College men's basketball team shocked Division I St. John's University, 90-58, in the season's exhibition opener at Carnesecca Arena.

St. Thomas Aquinas forced 27 St. John's turnovers, resulting in 32 points and a 48% figure from the field (36-75), as the home squad was held to just 37% (18-49). STAC was also torrid from beyond the arc, shooting 47% (8-for-17) to just 23% (6-26) for SJU. Perhaps most surprisingly, St. Thomas Aquinas won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their Big East opponents by a total of 43-41.

Sports Forum / WSSU football player saves teen from burning wreckage
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:05:16 AM »
RIP to the young drivers..

VAUGHAN, N.C. — Authorities credited a Winston-Salem State University football player with saving a teenager's life after rescuing him from a burning vehicle in Warren County on Friday.

Two people were killed after two vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 158 near Vaughan.

The wreck happened at about 9:30 p.m. after Zachary Rodwell, 17, of 242 Bobbitt Road in Littleton, was driving westbound when he crossed the center line and hit Brandon Lee, 23, of 3012 U.S. Highway 158 East in Littleton, who was traveling eastbound, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Rodwell's vehicle overturned and caught fire. Authorities could not get him out of the burning vehicle in time, the highway patrol said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lee was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Rodwell's brother, Benjamin, 13, who was in the vehicle with him, was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. His condition was not immediately known.

Kenneth Sharpe Jr., 19, a freshman running back at Winston-Salem State University, was driving home to Harrellsville with his girlfriend, Brittany Whitaker, when they came across the wreck.

"So I automatically put the vehicle in park and I told my girlfriend to go ahead and get in the driver's seat," he said.

Sharpe saw Benjamin Rodwell trying to escape the burning vehicle.

"He was about four feet from the fire," he said. "And I got to him. I was about a good five or six (feet). And I told him 'Hey crawl to me, crawl to me.' I grabbed him. I pulled him on my shoulder and I automatically started taking him to the car."

Whitaker drove to Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids while Sharpe kept the teenager awake. There were severe injuries to the lower half of Rodwell's body, Sharpe said.

"I said 'What's your favorite color,'" he said. "He said 'My favorite color is orange.' I said 'What sport do you like to play?' He said 'I like to play football.'"

Whitaker called Rodwell's mother, who met them at the hospital.

State troopers and Rodwell's family described Sharpe as a hero.

Sharpe, who comes from a family of firefighters, said he'd do it again.

"If that was anybody I would, you know, do it," he said. "Because if that was me in that predicament I would want somebody to do the same thing."

Benjamin Rodwell is expected to have surgery on Monday, family members said. Sharpe hopes he fully recovers so he can invite him to one of his football games.

Letting go of the game he loved

During the championship win over Winston-Salem State University, Livingstone College's Mark Thomas scored a game-high 23 points and earned MVP honors for his efforts. Two months later after graduating summa cum laude, he set his sights on a professional basketball career. If he couldn’t play in the NBA, he at least hoped for a shot overseas.

But in July after passing out during a pickup game and being rushed to a Charlotte hospital, Thomas received grim news. He suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He can no longer play basketball.

“I’m not sure how I felt when the doctor told me the news,” said Thomas, who recently underwent surgery to be fitted for a defibrillator. “The whole time I still thought I was going to be able to play basketball.”

Learning his playing days are over wasn’t easy for Thomas, a Saginaw, Mich., native who excelled at hoops since he was a kid. Besides being named 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year, he’s been named an NCAA Today’s Top Ten winner.

For 41 years, the NCAA has recognized athletes who excelled in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community. Thomas is the first recipient from a historically black college or university.

Livingstone coach James Stinson, Jr. will attend the Jan. 16 NCAA awards ceremony in D.C. He’s ecstatic over the much-deserved recognition but saddened by his former player’s misfortune.

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Sports Forum / WSSU Baseball CIAA Champs
« on: April 19, 2014, 03:16:07 PM »
VSU  5

Congrats to both the men and women! :clap:

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