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« on: May 16, 2019, 02:11:12 PM »
I'll be in Valdosta next Thursday and Friday attending a graduation. Any good eating spots?
I personally played against Grambling and Jackson State in 1986 & 1987. NCCU played at Southern 10 years ago. I have seen a couple of MEAC/SWAC challenges on TV. Other than BCU, FAMU, and I guess SCSU, our bands aren't holding a candle to the SWAC Bands that I have seen. Perhaps it's just a "deep South" thing. My eyes have been opened. I can admit that the bands are a big part of the HBCU Gameday experience. I just had a cousin that came from Maryland to the a&t/NCCU game because she thought the bands would do like they did on the movie "Drumline". Nevermind that it just happened to be a championship football game.
Anyway, though the NCCU band as well as other MEAC bands do their best to "hang in there" with bigger bands, I'm tired of sending our band kids out . I know this will take a real interest and investment from the Universities and maybe even the students. Band is a lot to do off of just "pride" as the return for a student. I'm hearing of band scholarships and band housing even. How are you guys funding your band programs? Is it a shift from athletic funding? What?
Hey Eagles and Aggies (I can't believe I capitalized that word)...what are your thoughts on our game taking on a true "Classic" format? What would it take to make it worth us not playing on campus? What are the pros/cons?
Anyone is welcome to chime in...SWACers especially. Say what you want, but they seem to have the "classic" format down.
With the NCAA Playoffs starting today, how is it that Morgan St.@Savannah St, and Bethune-Cookman@SC State games were scheduled for today? I don't want to turn this into a Celebration Bowlq versus Playoffs thread but it could've been very well possible that one of these teams could've been in the playoffs today. Was this a scheduling glitch? Are they make up games that was canceled? I'm just curious.
I watched the "Triangle Massacres" featuring the a&t vs UNC and NCCU vs Duke games online on ESPN3. Let me preface by saying, I KNOW IT WAS ABOUT THE MONEY. Both NCCU & a&t are coming off a championship season with the aggies predicted to finish 1st again this year. The best we could do vs. our ACC neighbors is 50 point blowouts!!!??? And yes, I know the aggies "only lost"by 39 but they were down 41-zip at one point during the game.
Now, don't get me wrong we can still play these games. They make sense. The games are close in proximity so you're not wasting a bunch of your payoff on travel. But, WSSU and a&t should be playing. That's money for both schools. Same for NCCU. The WSSU people are right. That a&t-WSSU matchup needs to happen. Even the NCCU-WSSU matchup needs to happen. And then there is WSSU playing Valdosta & Pembroke. I understand they need those matchups for their regional standings concerning the D2 playoffs. But I'm sure those games weren't very profitable.
We need to get creative for two main reasons...1) one day, these guys will not play us when it does not ptofit THEM 2) we are HBCUs...period. I don't care about the NCAA classification. We are lumped together and that's not gonna change. A real, branded aggie-Eagle Classic NEEDS TO HAPPEN. UNC & U of SC just got $1,000,000 EACH to play in Charlotte. I know we like the on-campus atmosphere. It's great. But it needs to be seriously discussed...ESPECIALLY with the way Charlotte has embraced the CIAA Tournament. Yeah...I said it. Both NCCU and a&t need to figure out a way to play in Charlotte since both have such huge alumni bases here. You could play JCSU. Pay them a guarantee and keep the rest. Everybody wins.
I hope NCCU can hold it in the road in Florida this weekend. Until then, like Andy used to tell Opie..."Don't spend all your money in one place."
No NCAA surcharge at Ritz-Carlton, hotel responds
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - By Steve Crump
For the second time in less than a month, center city Charlotte is hosting a major college basketball event, but this time there was no surcharge on Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte lounge receipts.
When WBTV reached out to the Charlotte Ritz-Carlton, they said there was not a surcharge because the NCAA tournament historically "has not drawn large crowds to the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and has not required any expansion of our Lobby Lounge facilities or departure from the normal service provided by our staff."
This weekend, our city was home to the first round of the NCAA tournament, but at the beginning of March a controversy started when thousands came to town for the CIAA tournament.
Patrons of the Ritz Carlton that weekend were angry after learning the hotel passed on a CIAA surcharge to hotels bar checks. Many CIAA fans felt violated.
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:13:35 AM »
N.C. attorney general wants answers on Ritz-Carlton CIAA service charge
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office is demanding answers from the Ritz-Carlton in uptown Charlotte about why the hotel tacked a 15 percent service charge on guests of the hotel’s lounge during the CIAA basketball tournament last month.
“We are writing to request that you provide us with some information so that we can better understand the nature and circumstances of the surcharge and how it was disclosed to consumers,” Harriet Worley, special deputy attorney general for the office’s Consumer Protection Division, wrote to the hotel’s manager, David Rothwell, on Monday.
Cooper’s office forwarded a copy of the letter to the Observer on Tuesday. The Consumer Protection Division enforces the state’s laws against unfair and deceptive trade practices, and can compel customer refunds.
Patrice Wright told WBTV that she and her husband have frequented the Ritz-Carlton lounge several times “and never had any surcharge that was associated with any organization that was in town.
“Is there an ACC championship surcharge?” Wright asked. “Is there a Speed Street surcharge? Is there a Belk Bowl surcharge?
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:13:08 PM »
From www.wbtv.com COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
A House subcommittee has voted to shut down South Carolina State University for a year due to ongoing budget issues that have plagued the university for years.
The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Higher Education voted 3 to 1 on a proviso to shut down the university on July 1, 2015 for fiscal year 2015-2016 and reopen in 2017.
That plan would suspend all athletics programs, fire President Thomas Elzey, dismiss faculty and state employees, terminate the Board of Trustees.
This a sad day indeed!!!!!
Do you guys watch Aspire TVs "Inside the Game"? It is a show hosted by Stan Lewter that comes on Sunday mornings in the Charlotte market. He can be corny AND WAY TOO SWAC FRIENDLY (he'll be on location at say NCCU, WSSU or Fayetteville St but then ask a fan about a SWAC legend as a segway)...that's what I mean. Get ya panties out of a wad., but I like the fact that it is a show dedicated to showcasing HBCU sports.