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Sports Forum / HBCU Bobblehead Series
« on: February 17, 2023, 10:22:36 AM »

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities Bobblehead Series.

The collection features mascots Stinger with the Alabama State University Hornets and Parlay with the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers.

“We hope the alumni, students, faculty, staff, and entire Tuskegee and Alabama State communities will enjoy these new Bobbleheads,” said Phil Sklar, National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO.

The organization said the entire series was released in celebration of Black History Month.

Other HBCUs featured in the series are:

    Alabama A&M University Bulldogs
    Delaware State University Hornets
    Florida A&M University Rattlers
    Fayetteville State University Broncos
    Grambling State University Tigers
    Howard University Bison
    Jackson State University Tigers
    Morgan State University Bears
    North Carolina A&T State University Aggies
    North Carolina Central University Eagles
    Norfolk State University Spartans


Sports Forum / Tuskegee Alum Aaron James ’04 Named Head Football Coach
« on: January 11, 2023, 07:21:52 AM »

TUSKEGEE, Ala.— Tuskegee University President Charlotte P. Morris is pleased to introduce alumnus Aaron James ’04 as the new head coach of the Golden Tigers. Coach James returned to Tuskegee last year as offensive coordinator.

“I am thrilled to welcome Coach James as our new head coach,” said President Charlotte P. Morris. “His work last season with Athletic Director Reginald Ruffin showed us the dedication to our student athletes and our football program. I am looking forward to seeing his recruitment efforts this season and how he stacks our team for success next fall.”

Previously, Coach James served as a participant in the NFL Coaching Academy and as the offensive coordinator at Bethune-Cookman. Prior to Bethune-Cookman, he spent nine years at Miles College, where he served as the offensive coordinator, for three years before serving as the quarterback coach. During his time at Miles, 24 of Coach James’ players earned All-SIAC honors in his nine seasons, including 12 First Team and 12 Second Team honorees.


Sports Forum / Tuskegee Reaches Historic Milestone with 700th All-Time Win
« on: September 18, 2022, 06:49:39 PM »

A.D. Drew | and Black College Sports Network

With their 13-10 upset victory on Saturday afternoon in Livingston, AL, the Tuskegee Golden Tigers (1-2, 0-0 SIAC), not only got their first victory of the season and first victory for new head coach/athletic director, Reginald Ruffin, the program picked up its 700th victory in its history.  Tuskegee (700-385, .645) is the winningest HBCU football program in history, on all levels.  TU's 700 victories rank only behind the 729 wins of Pittsburg State of the MIAA in NCAA Division II football history.  Hillsdale College of the Great Midwest Conference is third on the all-time win list with 655 victories.  Among HBCUs, Virginia State of the CIAA is 2nd in wins with 596.  Entering the 2022 season, Tuskegee had the 3rd best winning percentage among HBCUs at .640, trailing only Grambling State and Tennessee State.  The Golden Tigers 13 Black National Championships are 4th all-time, behind Tennessee State (16), Grambling (15), and Florida A&M (15).

To earn their 700th victory, Tuskegee won a tough defensive battle with West Alabama (2-1, 0-0 GSC).  TU held UWA to 23 yards rushing and picked off one pass and forced six punts.  West Alabama was 3-of-12 on third downs.  The Golden Tigers, essentially, had a balanced offense, with 156 yards rushing and 152 yards passing.  The Golden Tigers held the ball for 41:39. 

Tuskegee opened the scoring with an Arnes Huskic field goal on their opening drive.  West Alabama answered on their ensuing drive.  UWA took the lead in the second quarter on a Tusker Melton to John Hilbert, 16-yard touchdown pass.  Bryson Williams connected with Corey Petty on an 11-yard touchdown pass, at the end of the second quarter, to even the score at 10 going into halftime.  Huskic nailed a field goal in the fourth quarter, for what would be the game winning points.  West Alabama lead the all-time series 8-4.
Brief History of Tuskegee Football

The historic 700th victory belongs to Reginald Ruffin, which is his first at Tuskegee and his 66th overall as a head coach.  Ruffin spent nine years as the head ball coach for SIAC rival Miles (MIles all-time winningest coach).  Prior to Miles, Ruffin was the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, for Tuskegee University from 2006-2010, for Tuskegee's second winningest coach:  Willie Slater.

Willie Slater's 121-47 record (.720), in 16 seasons, places him second on the Tuskegee win list.  Slater’s team accomplishments at Tuskegee include 5 Black College National Championships (2007 undisputed), 4 Pioneer Bowl appearances (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012), 4 NCAA Football Playoff appearances (2013, 2014, 2015 quarterfinals, 2016 2nd round), 7 SIAC Championships (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2017), and 9 SIAC West Division titles (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017). Slater replaced the third winningest Golden Tiger coach:  Rick Comegy.


Sports Forum / TU seeks Athletic Director
« on: November 08, 2021, 09:09:56 PM »

Special Qualifications
In keeping with the President’s commitment to Tuskegee University becoming “One Tuskegee”, the ideal Athletic Director (AD) will possess the willingness to use their expertise in transforming Tuskegee into a leading 21st century living and learning environment.


Boeing has signed a three-year agreement to become the title sponsor of ESPN Events’ inaugural Red Tails Classic college football kickoff game.

Earlier this year, ESPN Events announced the creation of the Red Tails Classic to celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and honor the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II. The inaugural game of the Boeing Red Tails Classic will feature Tuskegee University vs. Fort Valley State University on Sunday, Sept. 5, at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

“As ESPN honors the legacy and perseverance of the Tuskegee Airmen, we are proud to welcome Boeing as the title sponsor for this historic event,” said Clint Overby, vice president of ESPN Events. “Boeing’s pioneering history in aerospace makes them the perfect fit for this matchup, as we continue to highlight college football and the importance of HBCUs.”

Boeing’s current T-7A Red Hawk advanced pilot training system pays tribute to the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“Boeing is pleased to pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and celebrate the contributions of HBCU graduates by sponsoring ESPN Events’ inaugural Red Tails Classic,” said Ted Colbert, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services. “As a proud HBCU graduate, I am gratified by Boeing’s dedicated efforts to advance a more equitable future for our employees and our communities.”

For over a decade, Boeing has worked closely with students, faculty and administrators to support and empower underserved and minority populations. Since 2018, Boeing has invested more than $10 million in HBCU partnerships and increased HBCU intern hiring by more than 400%. This includes a partnership between Boeing and Allen University, unveiled in 2020, to establish the Boeing Institute on Civility, which will be a national hub for teaching and provide programming aimed at advancing civil discourse in America and across the globe. Boeing’s competitive paid internship program welcomed nearly 100 HBCU students in 2020.

General Discussion Forum / Google gives 50 million to HBCUs
« on: June 17, 2021, 01:03:54 PM »

Google Addresses Diversity Gap In Tech With Its Largest Financial Commitment To Date For HBCUs
Njera Perkins

Njera Perkins. Jun 17, 2021.

Google is committed to investing in the future of tomorrow’s Black leaders and professionals, and its latest initiative is directly addressing the diversity gap in tech.

Today, the tech giant has announced a new $50 million grant for 10 chosen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to help fund scholarships, invest in technical infrastructure to support in-class and remote learning, as well as develop curriculum and career support programs for these students.


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (WSFA) - Tuskegee University’s board of trustees confirmed Friday that its president, Lily McNair, will not be returning to the university.

“Words cannot express our sincere appreciation for her service as the eighth president of Tuskegee University,” said Norma Clayton, chair of the board of trustees.

The reason for the decision was not specified, but McNair has spent much of her tenure away from the private university for undisclosed medical reasons.

McNair’s selection as Tuskegee’s first female president was announced in July 2018.

A native of New Jersey, she has more than 30 years in higher education and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In January 2020, McNair announced she needed to step away from her duties for medical reasons. She returned in May but announced a second medical leave in October that was set for a span of six months.

Charlotte Morris will continue to serve as interim president until further notice, the university said.

“The university will begin a national search for a new president who will build on Tuskegee’s legacy in the years to come,” Clayton added.


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The Golden Tigers are going to the big dance.

The Tuskegee women’s basketball team is headed to the Division II NCAA Tournament, seeded fifth in the Southeast region in the national bracket released Sunday night.

Tuskegee will face fourth-seeded Tusculum at the Southeast regional tournament site in Jefferson City, Tenn.

The winner will face the region’s top seed, Belmont Abbey.

General Discussion Forum / Tuskegee University receives $5 million gift
« on: December 14, 2020, 09:49:55 AM »

Tuskegee University receives $5 million gift from foundation established by Cerberus Founder and CEO Stephen Feinberg

December 14, 2020

Tuskegee, AL – Tuskegee University has received a $5 million gift from the charitable foundation established by philanthropist Stephen Feinberg. Mr. Feinberg is the co‐founder and co‐chief executive officer of Cerberus Capital Management, a global private equity firm with investment assets across complementary credit, private equity, and real estate platforms.

This gift is one of the largest major single gifts by an individual donor or privately funded foundation to the University in its history. The donation will be used to establish the Stephen Feinberg Scholarship Program, which will provide need‐based scholarships for students with financial hardship.

The foundation stated, "We're very pleased to honor our founder's philanthropic vision with a grant that has real potential to advance racial equity in postsecondary education and meaningfully impact opportunities available to bright and talented students."

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Dear Tuskegee University Family,

Today, I am pleased to announce a $20 million gift from philanthropist, activist and author MacKenzie Scott. This is the largest single gift in the university’s history. We are thrilled about the possibilities this unrestricted gift will afford Mother Tuskegee.

This gift comes at an opportune time for us. We are in the process of launching a five-year strategic plan and with this investment from Ms. Scott, we will be able to unfold the next phase of our mission in ways we simply could not have considered before.

I envision the gift being used to support four broad areas at Tuskegee: increasing student access, strengthening signature programs, advancing research and innovation, and preserving the university’s legacy. Our goal will include a focus on student scholarships, faculty and curriculum development, interdisciplinary programs, and campus infrastructure improvements.

In a recent interview with Alabama News Network, I spoke about the importance of philant­­hropy for the future of Tuskegee and all HBCUs. This transformative gift along with the unwavering support of our alumni, will assist in the viability of Mother Tuskegee for years to come. Stated another way, this gift will help us to become the Tuskegee of the 21st century – a university that integrates knowledge, leadership and service to solve the problems of a global, modern society.

While we’re celebrating this historic gift today, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and thank our alumni, board of trustees, donors and supporters, who have also generously responded to our fundraising efforts and recent giving campaigns.

As the Tuskegee Airmen soared through the blue skies despite times of uncertainty and adversity, today, Tuskegee University continues to soar to new heights, and this is undoubtedly an effort to commemorate.

Thank you for your unwavering support of Mother Tuskegee.

— Lily D. McNair, Ph.D.


September 07, 2018 07:51 AM


A Dallas police officer walked into an apartment she mistakenly believed was her own on Thursday night and shot and killed a 26-year-old man who was inside, the department said.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. at the South Side Flats at 1210 S. Lamar Street, after the unidentified officer finished a full shift, police said in a news release.

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