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General Discussion Forum / Is Anyone Watching The Kings of Napa?
« on: February 22, 2022, 12:16:46 AM »
I love this new show.  I never realized that little people had such big heads.  Dana is a trip.  He face is at the right level for his wife.   :lmao:

Sports Forum / MEAC STANDINGS - 02/20/2022 - MEN
« on: February 20, 2022, 02:30:04 AM »
SCHOOL                          CONF          CPCT.               OVERALL     PCT.                  STREAK
Norfolk State                    9-1              0.900                  18-5          0.783                  W3

North Carolina Central      7-2              0.778                  14-11        0.560                  W4

Howard                            7-3              0.700                  14-10        0.583                  W6

South Carolina State         6-4              0.600                  14-12        0.538                  W1

Coppin State                     4-6             0.400                    5-20        0.200                   L4

Morgan State                    3-6             0.333                    8-13        0.381                   L1

Maryland Eastern Shore     3-7             0.300                    8-13        0.381                   L3

Delaware State                  0-10           0.000                    2-21        0.087                   L19

The regular season title will be determined by Monday February 28.  If NCCU wins out then we should be regular season champs and #1 seed in tournament because we would have beaten Norfolk State twice.  The problem is we have a make up game in Durham against Morgan State.  MSU has not decided if they are coming to Durham to play.  Final conference standings could be NSU 12-2 and NCCU 11-2.  If the ADs cannot work it out then the commissioner needs to step in and tell Morgan to come to Durham on Saturday March 5.  The tournament does not start until Wednesday March 9.

I was told that this is the replacement for Akinleye when he resigns in a couple of weeks.


Kevin Howell

Kevin Howell Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development

Kevin Howell serves as NC State University’s vice chancellor for external affairs, partnerships and economic development. In this position Kevin leads efforts to support NC State’s critical role as an economic driver across the state through its innovative partnerships with industry and government. Kevin most recently led the UNC System’s Division of External Affairs, serving as a senior advisor to the UNC System president on issues affecting the seventeen institutions, and overseeing state and federal relations, economic and community engagement, military affairs, and advancement.

Kevin served as assistant to the chancellor for external affairs at NC State from 2006 to 2016, providing counsel on major state policy development issues impacting NC State’s long-term vision and strategy, and managing the university’s legislative relations. Earlier in his career, Kevin was the director for governmental affairs at the North Carolina Bar Association, and served as a legislative liaison for two former governors. Kevin was student body president at NC State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned his J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Kevin also currently serves on the my Future NC Board, North Carolina Symphony Society Board, UNC Law Foundation Board, UNC REX Healthcare Board, and as chair of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Sports Forum / Tie Breaker for MEAC Football Title
« on: November 07, 2021, 11:14:30 PM »
This what happened in 2015 when A&T went to the CB by default and NCCU beat the aggies 21 - 16.

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These are some possible scenarios:

Scenario 1)
SCSU: Wins against A&T, loses to Norfolk

Norfolk St: Defeats Delaware St, defeats SCSU

NCCU: Defeats Howard, defeats Delaware State

Three teams tied at 4-1 in conference; all three 1-1 vs tied teams. Goes to point system based on OOC victories. No team has an FBS victory; NSU has two FCS OOC victories, SCSU has two FCS OOC victories; NCCU has one FCS OOC victories.

NCCU is eliminated. Norfolk won head to head, they receive the bid.

Scenario 2) SCSU: loses to A&T, loses to Norfolk

Norfolk St: Defeats Delaware St, defeats SCSU

NCCU: Defeats Howard, defeats Delaware State

Three teams tied at 4-1 in conference; all three 1-1 vs tied teams. Goes to point system based on OOC victories. No team has an FBS victory; NSU has two FCS OOC victories, SCSU has one FCS OOC victory; NCCU has one FCS OOC victory

NSU advances based on more points from FCS OOC victories.

I don't see a way for NCCU to advance to the Celebration Bowl.

SCSU and NSU control their own destinies.

Sports Forum / NCCU Announces 2021-2022 Basketball Schedules
« on: October 01, 2021, 02:57:33 AM »
NCCU Men's Schedule:

No men's games against a&t this year. 

NCCU Women's Schedule:

General Discussion Forum / Happy Birthday Maroon and Grey
« on: August 25, 2021, 08:57:21 AM »
Let's wish M&G a happy birthday today.  He turns 3 score and 10.

Don announced on Friday night at 11:00 PM that he would no longer be on "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon".  I just read that he announced on Saturday that he will be hosting on CNN at 10:00 PM "Don Lemon Tonight".  It was stated that CNN was flooded with call and text asking why was he leaving. 

Talk about a DRAMA QUEEN.   :shrug:    :nono2:

NCCU MEAC Southern Division Champs 2021

Sports Forum / NCCU's Jibri Blount Signed with Miami Dolphins
« on: May 07, 2021, 12:47:01 AM »
May 6, 2021


NCCU Men’s Basketball Alum Blount Takes an Option Route to NFL’s Miami Dolphins

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University men’s basketball alum Jibri Blount (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and 2019-20 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year has signed a professional contract to continue his athletic career on the gridiron with the Miami Dolphins, the organization announced on Thursday, May 6.


Blount had an illustrious career at NCCU that was capped by him becoming the third Eagle to be named MEAC Player of the Year.  He appeared in 55 games with 31 starts in two seasons, and tallied 838 points with 400 rebounds to average 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  He racked up 13 double-doubles in his senior campaign in 2019-20, and ranked 22nd in NCAA Division I in steals with 68.


Blount will move from snagging rebounds as a forward to catching passes as a tight end.


“It was a surreal moment getting the call,” Blount said.  “I’m excited to be able to join an organization like this that has great leadership and is moving in the right direction.  It means the world to me that they were willing to bring me in and give me a chance.”


Blount finished sixth all-time at NCCU in a single season with 596 points, fifth in field goals with 216, fifth in rebounds with 294, fourth in steals with 68, fifth in total minutes with 1,141, and fourth in minutes per game.  He's also the only person to reach those points, rebounds, and steal totals at NCCU in a single-season in program history.  He also ranked second in the MEAC with 19.2 points per game, third in rebounding with 9.5, and fifth in field goal percentage at 52.5.


Blount will follow his father and his brothers onto the football field, including NCCU alum Khalid Blount (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who suited up in maroon and gray in 2018 and 2019.  His father Mel was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 after playing 200 games in 14 seasons as a defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He is currently ranked 13th all-time in the NFL with 57 career interceptions, and won four Super Bowls.


Blount’s older brother, Akil, played linebacker at Florida A&M for four years from 2012-15, and played 43 games with 207 career tackles with the Rattlers before also signing with the Dolphins in 2016.


“I’ve always loved football, and it has always been in my blood,” said Blount.  “The way that I played basketball came from a football mentality growing up, and I prided myself on playing a physical brand of basketball.  Football has always been in my heart, so making the transition won’t be tough, and I’m excited to get to work.  I plan on being a sponge and learning from the guys in front of me and the coaching staff when I get to Miami, and take this time to develop my game and go as hard as I can.”


The Miami Dolphins compete in the AFC East Division in the NFL, and the franchise remains the holder of the only undefeated season in league history when the 1972 squad went 14-0 on the way to the first of back-to-back Super Bowl titles.  Last season, the Dolphins went 10-6 and finished second in their division.


“I’m thankful for my HBCU and the experience that I had there,” Blount added.  “I’ll always love North Carolina Central University, and I look forward to getting back to campus to visit.  I’m thankful for the whole Eagle Nation.”


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Sports Forum / MEAC Baseball Tournament - 2021
« on: May 04, 2021, 07:13:18 PM »
Since there are only 6 baseball playing team in the MEAC (3 Southern & 3 Northern) I am assuming that the top 2 from each division will make the tournament.  Norfolk State has just about wrapped up 1st place in the north with Delaware State not far behind.  But the southern division is crazy.  Currently within the division FAMU is 12 - 8; NCCU is 10 - 10; and A&T is 12 - 12.  All 3 have 8 games remaining.  This weekend FAMU will host A&T in a 4 game series.  The following weekend (May 13 - 15) the Rattlers travel to Durham to take on NCCU in 4 games.  NCCU will host Delaware State this weekend.  A&T closes out at home against Coppin State.

What is the tie breaker scenario for teams tied?  One decent team will be left out of the tournament.  BTW, NCCU is the only team in the conference with an overall record above .500

Sports Forum / NCCU Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader from Aggies
« on: March 21, 2021, 02:31:57 AM »
If I were more mobile I would have attended these games on Saturday.  Sunday is probably out of the question also.

Eagles Grit Out Doubleheader Win at North Carolina A&T


GREENSBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Central University baseball program had to rally to win the first game of the doubleheader, and hung tough late to win the second as the Eagles took both ends of a doubleheader against North Carolina A&T, 6-2 and 6-4, on Saturday, March 20 at War Memorial Stadium.


GAME ONE: NCAT (5-13, 0-2 MEAC) took advantage of an error to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and held the lead through the first four innings.  NCCU (10-6, 2-0 MEAC) leveled the game in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Kokko Figueiredo (Fortuna, Calif.) and then took the lead in the top of the sixth with a four-run frame that was bolstered by a three-run blast by Patrick Doran (Evergreen Park, Ill.) to give the Eagles a 5-1 lead.


NCAT pulled back one run in the bottom of the sixth, but NCCU regained its insurance run on an RBI double by Cameron Norgren (Cary, N.C.) in the top of the seventh to move the score to 6-2.


Austin Vernon (Raleigh, N.C.) turned in another double-digit strikeout performance as he fanned 11 batters in six innings of work with just two hits and one earned run, and recorded his first win of the year.


GAME TWO:  Both teams were held in check in the first three innings of the contest, but the Eagles broke it open in the top of the fourth by batting around to score five runs.  NCCU sent 11 men to the plate in that inning and recorded four hits, and also benefitted from a pair of defensive errors.  Doran ripped his second extra-base hit of the day with a double during the big inning, and finished with three hits and three RBI during the afternoon.  Figueiredo drove in a run on an RBI single in the top of the fifth to move the Eagles ahead, 6-0, and he also had a three-hit afternoon with a trio of runs batted in.


NCAT started to mount a late charge from that point on, and brought in three runs in the bottom of the fifth to halve the deficit with help from an RBI single by Camden Williamson (Greensboro, N.C.).  The Aggies brought in one more on an RBI single by Justin Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) in the bottom of the seventh to move the score to 6-4, but Scott Meylan (Pittsburg, Calif.) was able to shut the door for his league-leading fifth save of the year.


The series will conclude with another doubleheader on Sunday, March 21 at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, and it will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Sports Forum / To FAMU, B-CU, and NC A&T
« on: March 12, 2021, 01:01:54 AM »
Now that all 3 of your men's basketball teams have been eliminated from the MEAC tournament and you folks have decided to leave the conference and go play with other folks I will take you back to the real old school.  In the early 1970s when I was a student at NCCU there was a cheer that went around the CIAA and MEAC during football and especially basketball seasons when your team was beaten.  It went like this:


Of course A&T students had to turn the cheer vulgar.  They said:


So go on to the SWAC and Big South.  (You Mofos)

 :lmao:   :lmao:    :lmao:

Sports Forum / Be in Prayer for the Family of True Eagle
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:42:59 PM »
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of True Eagle on Thursday night / Friday morning.  I was told that he passed from complications related to COVID-19.  He was only about 51 years old.  He lived in Charlotte, NC.

Brian played football for NCCU in the 1980s.  Both of his daughters attended NCCU and were cheerleaders.

Sports Forum / NCCU is Dropping Baseball
« on: February 11, 2021, 03:33:07 PM »
I am not a big baseball fan but I did attend some NCCU baseball games.

NCCU Athletics Announces Sport Sponsorship Change


DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University announced Thursday that it will discontinue the sport of baseball at the conclusion of the 2021 season. 


Due to an increase in athletics expenditures during the past four years and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on revenue opportunities, it was determined that the current funding model for athletics is not sustainable. This decision to discontinue one sport is an effort to improve the overall fiscal stability of the department’s annual budget, as well as maximize the available financial resources to enhance the championship experience for the student-athletes in the remaining 14 sports programs.


Since March 2020, the NCCU Department of Athletics took measures to manage the budgetary impact of COVID-19 by cutting overall operational costs by 30%, reducing staff positions, and implementing department-wide furloughs. However, those steps are not sufficient enough to support long-term fiscal stability and competitive success.


A task force was established in the fall of 2020 to review a 2015 NCCU sports portfolio report conducted by consultant Alden & Associates. The task force assessed the recommendations from the report and analyzed the operational costs and facility infrastructure for all sports to determine the sustainability of each program.


In addition, the task force factored the minimum number of sports required by the NCAA for Division I membership, as well as sport sponsorship within the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. 


The minimum total number of sports required for NCAA Division I membership is 14. The NCAA also specifies the minimum composition of sport offerings must be either seven female and seven male sports or eight female and six male sports. 


NCCU currently sponsors 15 sports (one above the NCAA minimum) with eight male and seven female sports. Therefore, based on the NCAA minimums for sport sponsorship, a female sport could not be considered in sports portfolio realignment.


After a thorough review of all factors, including squad size, number of competitions, cost of facility rental and game officials, and overall operational expenses, it was determined that baseball would be discontinued.


“This is a challenging day for our baseball student-athletes, coaches and the NCCU Athletics program, and certainly one of the most disappointing days in my career,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. “I sincerely understand how much time and dedication has been put into becoming a college student-athlete and I empathize with our baseball student-athletes, parents, and families. There is never the ‘right time’ to make an announcement such as this; however, this decision was made after a rigorous internal and external review of our long-term financial model to improve the overall sustainability of our athletics program. We appreciate the loyalty our baseball donors, fans and supporters have shown throughout the history of the program.”


The university will honor all existing and new scholarships for baseball student-athletes who wish to continue studying at NCCU for the 2021-22 academic year. For student-athletes that consider transferring, under NCAA transfer rules, student-athletes are immediately eligible for competition when their institution discontinues the sport in which they practiced or competed.


NCCU remains committed to its support of the affected student-athletes by offering compliance, scholarship, academic and counseling resources.


“We will focus on supporting our baseball student-athletes and coaches impacted by today’s news,” McCree said. “Head coach Jim Koerner and his staff have contributed greatly to the success of our baseball student-athletes and have made a positive impact on our community. The legacy of NCCU baseball, the program success under the leadership of Coach Koerner, and our current and former baseball student-athletes and coaches will be remembered and celebrated.”




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