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Sports Forum / TU & UNC Pembroke
« on: October 01, 2016, 12:57:32 PM »
Preview: No. 21 UNC-Pembroke at No. 11 Tuskegee

1. Top 25 matchup: Tuskegee and North Carolina-Pembroke both enter this game ranked and unbeaten. There are five games between ranked opponents this week. Tuskegee has been ranked from the start of the season while North Carolina-Pembroke is back in the AFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 poll for the first time since 2014. The Braves and Golden Tigers are two of 22 teams still unbeaten in NCAA Division II.

2. On fire: North Carolina-Pembroke junior quarterback Patrick O’Brien was named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in last week’s 49-35 win over North Greenville. O’Brien completed 34-of-39 passes for 330 yards with no interceptions. He connected on 20 of his first 21 passes in the victory.

3. Still hot: Wetumpka High graduate Kevin Lacey continues to have a stellar final season at Tuskegee. The senior quarterback earned SIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after accounting for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in last week’s 49-7 SIAC win over Lane College. He went 16-of-24 for 218 yards and ran for 61 yards in averaging 10.2 yards a carry.

4. Trying to go 5-and-0: Tuskegee has a chance to start a season 5-0 for the first time since 2008 when it went 10-0 before losing its final game against Alabama State, 17-13. Last season, the Tigers started 4-0 before losing at North Carolina-Pembroke, 29-17. Tuskegee led 17-16 in the fourth quarter before losing to the Braves.

Ladarell Pettway
WR, RFr., 5-9, 160
Pettway, the Spanish Fort native, caught a 54-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 64 yards for a score in last week’s win against Lane to earn SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

10: Number of touchdown passes for UNC-Pembroke quarterback Patrick O’Brien.
55: Number of points Tuskegee has allowed in four games this season. The Golden Tigers are ranked 12th in NCAA Division II in points allowed and points allowed per game 13.8
182.55: Passing efficiency for Tuskegee senior quarterback Kevin Lacey. The NCAA Division II statistics has him with a 176.9 efficiency to rank ninth nationally.

Tuskegee looking for the big payback. Should get it. Tuskegee 28, UNC-Pembroke 24.

Sports Forum / FAMU Coach: 0-2 Rattlers taking Tuskegee seriously
« on: September 15, 2016, 09:35:23 AM » (Read rest of sports article here)

0-2 Florida A&M taking Tuskegee serious

This is not how Alex Wood wanted to begin his second season at Florida
A & M.

In their 0-2 start, the Rattlers have been outscored 119-13 in losses at Miami (Fla.) and Coastal Carolina.

“We were disappointed with the losses for sure, but just like wins, losses, you’ve got to shake it off and move forward,” said Wood, who was an interim head coach at Football Bowl Subdivision school Buffalo in 2014. “We all understand that there’s a lot of football to be played. We’ll get a chance to demonstrate what kind of team that we are.”

Florida A&M isn’t facing an FBS or Football Championship Subdivision school this week, but Wood is making sure the Rattlers don’t sleep on Tuskegee for Saturday’s Fifth Quarter Classic in Mobile. Ranked 13th in the latest AFCA NCAA Division II poll, the Golden Tigers (2-0) are coming off a 28-18 win over Albany State.

“That’s an easy answer,” said Wood when asked how he will prevent his team from overlooking Tuskegee because it’s D-II. “One, we’re 0-2. Just show them the film on the two games we just lost. And then throw Tuskegee on and that should just set the tone. Just throw the tape on and watch them and you’ll understand that they’re not any different than we are to be honest.”

Florida A&M opened the season with a humbling 70-3 loss to the Hurricanes. Last week, Coastal Carolina took down the Rattlers, 49-10. Losers of its last six games dating back to last season, Florida A&M is tied with North Carolina Central for last in FCS play in most points allowed this season.

“We’ve got an idea where we’re weak and what are strengths and weaknesses are,” said Wood, whose team is allowing 481 yards per game. “We’ve got to obviously build on our strengths and strengthen our weaknesses and address those the best we can as we get ready for Tuskegee.”

The Rattlers have won the last four games against Tuskegee, leading the series 27-15-2, but they haven’t played each other since 1996. Florida A&M would love to get a win in the renewed rivalry to gain momentum going into Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play as it opens conference action next week against South Carolina State.

Wood knows that won’t be easy Saturday against Tuskegee.
“They’re polished,” Wood said. “They’re sound fundamentally. They execute their plays well. They know who they are. They’ve got a very distinct identity offensively and defensively and in their special teams. They do a good job.”

Sports Forum / TU/Albany State Univ.
« on: September 11, 2016, 08:39:20 AM »
Tuskegee continues domination of Albany State

PHENIX CITY — The 15th-ranked Tuskegee Golden Tigers made it nine wins in their past 10 meetings with the Albany State Golden Rams on Saturday.

Tuskegee scored 21 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 28-18 victory at the third annual White Water Classic at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City.
Both teams only cracked the scoreboard once in the first half and then took the lids off their respective offenses in the second half.

The Golden Tigers (2-0) went three-and-out on their opening possession, and Albany State made good on its first offensive series, with Emilio Maldonado chipping in a 33-yard field goal to give the Golden Rams a 3-0 lead.

Tuskegee answered the Albany State score with a seven-play, 76-yard drive that culminated in a Leo Gilbert 9-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Kevin Lacey.
After a scoreless second quarter and a Maldonado missed field goal on the opening Golden Ram possession of the second half, Albany State took advantage of one of the few Tuskegee offensive miscues of the contest. Lacey fumbled to the Golden Rams as he was being sacked, setting up Albany State on the Tuskegee 3-yard line. The Rams only needed one play to make good on the gift, with Jarvis Small punching it in to reclaim a three-point lead at 10-7.
Both teams swapped one more scoreless possession each, then the Golden Tigers exploded for 21 unanswered points.

Tuskegee had an identical drive to its first touchdown, taking seven plays to march the ball 76 yards to the end zone for a 14-10 lead. Jerome Lewis punctuated the drive with a 1-yard run for the score. The Golden Tigers held Albany State three-and-out on the ensuing drive, backing it all the way up to its own 6-yard line. Tuskegee started on the Golden Rams’ 41-yard line after an Albany State punt, and it took just one play to find Leo Gilbert for a touchdown and a 21-10 lead heading into the final frame.

After both teams again swapped possessions in the final quarter, the Tuskegee defense had perhaps its biggest stand with three consecutive sacks of Albany State quarterback Caleb Edmonds. After the Golden Rams punted the ball away, the Golden Tigers came out inspired. Wide receiver Desmond Reece ran a reverse for 13 yards, then Lacey found Reece for a 51-yard touchdown, his longest completion of the night, to take a 28-10 lead.

“We feed off the defense,” Lacey said. “In practice, we actually get to go against the (first-team defense), and it’s always a competition. You never want to go out and have an OK day against the 1’s, you always want to win. When it gets to the game, if they get a stop, you want to one-up them and score a touchdown. Getting those stops makes us want to play better.”
Albany State’s McKinley Habersham, however, got the Golden Rams offense jump-started with a return on the ensuing kickoff to the 50-yard line. It took five plays for Edmonds to find Michael Green for a 21-yard touchdown, and a successful two-point conversion put the Golden Rams within 10 at 28-18.

Tuskegee came out on the next possession with Darnell Hill behind center instead of Lacey, but the Golden Tigers went backwards and had to punt the ball away to Albany State late in the fourth quarter. It was a chance for Hill to get some game experience, according to Tuskegee coach Willie Slater, but it stymied the Golden Tigers offense.

“I admit, we were looking at the scoreboard,” Slater said. “We wanted the other QB to get some reps, but it dropped off.”

Maldonado missed a field goal on the next Albany State possession, and Tuskegee ran out the clock.
Lacey finished 11-of-19 passing for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jayjerien Craig ran 23 times for 130 yards. The option game worked well for the Golden Tigers, keeping the Albany State defense off balance much of the game.

“Albany is a very physical team and they’re very aggressive, so you want to counter the aggressiveness with deep passes,” Lacey said. “They make you execute and get those long passes in order to beat them. If you continually have 11- and 12-play drives, you’re not going to score very many points against them. I think we executed well in our option game, and it opened everything up.”
“Just about every play we thought we had worked tonight,” Slater said. “Big plays were what won the game. We were able to control the ball better than we did last week, but we still have a ways to go to control it like we want to.”

Sports Forum / 2015 TU Football Season
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:57:59 AM »
Please place all TU football articles in this thread.  Thanks. :) :)

Tuskegee Game Preview


1: Lacey’s time: Former Wetumpka star Kevin Lacey went into last season as the unproved backup, but he knows 2015 is his year. The 6-foot-6 quarterback took over as the starter midseason last year, but is coming into this year with the same attitude. Lacey completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,287 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. He also ran for 220 yards and a touchdown. “Last year, coming in as a backup, you kind of want to work harder and practice like the starter. Now I am the starter, but I still don’t want to get complacent,” Lacey said. “I work hard and try to get better each and every day.”

2: Questions along O-line: The thing that’s worried Tuskegee coach Willie Slater most this offseason is, who’s going to block? The Golden Tigers have to replace all five starters along the offensive line, including All-SIAC selections Matthew Reese, Jamil McKenzie and Darrius Moore. “We’re going to be new all away across the front on the offensive line, so there’s a big question mark there,” Slater said. “I don’t know how good we can be, I do think we have potential there though. But we don’t have experience there, that’s the scary part.”

3: Wide receiver duo: Tuskegee returns two of its top targets from 2014 in receivers Marquel Gardner and Desmond Reece. Gardner — 6-foot-3, 215 pounds — is a physical receiving threat that led the team with 29 catches for 687 yards and two touchdowns. The speedster Reece — 5-foot-10, 162 pounds — caught 16 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. With experience in the wide receiver corps, and a young offensive line, the Golden Tigers could rely more on the pass game than they ever had. That’s something Gardner’s taking to heart. “Everything needs to get better. I’m not satisfied at all with those numbers. I feel like I should have more catches, yards and touchdowns,” Gardner said. “For the team, I feel like I need to go be a better teammate and a better player. Just become better so we can win a national championship.”

4: Defense already clicking: Returning key pieces across the defense, the Golden Tigers are already clicking on that side of the ball. Returning two of its top tacklers in linebacker Jewell Ratliff and Osband Thompson, and its two top pass rushers in Julian Morgan and Darion Hall, Ratliff said its business on usual heading into Game 1. “We’re just trying to pick up where we left off at and stay with what our coaches have planned for us,” Ratliff said. “It’s just chemistry. When you have older vets or people that you play with every day that you’re used to from the last year, you just have good chemistry,” Ratliff said. “You don’t have much you have to go over and renew every day, everybody knows what they’re doing.”


Small in stature, but big on impact, defensive end Morgan is poised to have another big season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior led the team with 131/2 tackles for loss and 91/2 sacks last season. Going against bigger opponents every week, he’s focused on technique to take his game to the next level. “I weigh enough. Big’s never won anything,” Morgan said. “Being considered smaller, it kind of makes me work harder, and technique is definitely another think I rely on,” Morgan said. “The coaches here are big on technique. When you learn technique, it takes a good player’s game from one level to the next.”


Dennis Norfleet, RB, Sr., 5-7, 168: Norfleet transferred from Michigan and should make an immediate impact with the Golden Tigers. With last year’s leading rusher Hoderick Lowe out this season for academic reasons, Norfleet provides a perfect, speedy replacement to share the backfield with Tyree Brooks. Norfleet could also see time in the return game. He left the Wolverines as the program’s leader in kickoff return yards (2,203) and total kickoff returns (90).


Sept. 12 vs Albany State. A rematch of last season’s conference championship game, Tuskegee’s biggest game of the year comes in Week 2. The Golden Tigers defeated Albany State twice last season, both by one score. The Golden Rams feature SIAC preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jarvis Small at running back and SIAC preseason Defensive Player of the Year Tavarius Washington at linebacker.


9-1: Tuskegee has a lot to replace on an offensive unit that led the conference in scoring (34.8 points per game) and total yards (385.5 yards per game) — mainly all five starters on the offensive line — but returns key pieces in Lacey, Gardner and Reese. The defensive front seven returns a wealth of experience on a unit that boasted the No. 3 scoring defense (20.3) and No. 2 total defense (306.2) in the conference last season. This team has the talent to do something special, but with tough matchups against Albany State and Winston-Salem State early in the year, I think the Golden Tigers have an off day and drop a game before they work out the kinks.


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 17, 2015) —Phylicia Rashad, an award-winning actress will address the Class of 2015 during this year’s summer commencement, Friday, July 31. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. CST in the University Chapel.

Rashad portrayed Claire Huxtable, a popular TV character whose appeal has earned her numerous honors and awards for more than two decades. While television was a catalyst in the rise of Rashad's career, she has also been a force on the stage, appearing both on and off-Broadway, often in projects that showcase her musical talent such as "Jelly's Last Jam, "Into The Woods,” "Dreamgirls," and "The Wiz". She also has earned several accolades as a dramatic actress and director. She performed Violet Weston in “August Osage County”, Big Mama in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Aunt Ester in August Wilson’s “Gem Of The Ocean,”(Tony Award nomination) and Queen Britannia in Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” at Lincoln Center.

Rashad received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her riveting performance as Lena Younger in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In The Sun.” She appeared in Tyler Perry's “Good Deeds”, and starred in Perry's highly acclaimed film version of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.”

She made her directorial debut at the Seattle Repertory Theater with August Wilson's “Gem of the Ocean.” She directed Ebony Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun in the spring of 2011.” She has also directed Wilson's “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (2014 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director) and “Fences at the Longwharf Theatre” at the McCarter Theatre. She will return to the Mark Taper Forum this season to direct Paul Oakley Stovall's “Immediate Family.”

Respected in academia, Rashad is the first recipient of the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre at Fordham University. She also teaches master classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon.

A native of Houston, Texas, Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University. She is the recipient of the 2015 BET Honors Theatrical Arts Award. Her other honors include the Texas Medal of Arts, the National Council of Negro Women's Dorothy L. Height Dreammaker Award, Peoples’ Choice Awards, several NAACP Image Awards, and the Pan African Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Such a big fan of Phylicia Rashad!! :clap:

General Discussion Forum / First Lady inspires Tuskegee graduates
« on: May 10, 2015, 11:11:52 AM »

First Lady inspires Tuskegee graduates

First Lady Michelle Obama addressed nearly 500 Tuskegee University graduate candidates on Saturday. Had it not been for her presence, it would have appeared to be a standard college graduation ceremony in the James Auditorium.

Proud family members filled the stands and cheered. Students decorated their caps with messages such as "Next step law school," and "My 2 degrees cost me 80K."

Both Kalauna Carter, the senior class president, and Zachary White, the SGA president addressed their peers before Obama spoke. away

"When situations arise in our lives, we have to be the ones to change the environment. Tuskegee University has taught us how to do just that.

"From the times when the financial aid office line was wrapped all the way around the building, we never gave up. From the times we realized our lab quiz work was due at midnight and it's 11:30 p.m., we never gave up. And lastly, when the fried chicken line would be at the front door of the cafeteria, we never gave up," White said to a crowd exploding with cheers.

Tuskegee University President Brian Johnson introduced Obama, who began her speech by extending her sympathies to the family of Eric Marks. Marks was set to graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering, but died from medical issues days before graduation.

Obama touched on Tuskegee's rich history, making note of distinguished alumni such as civil rights leader Dr. Boynton Robinson, famed architect Robert Robinson Taylor and the Tuskegee Airmen.

"I hope that you're excited to get started on this next chapter. But I also imagine that you might think about all of that history, all those heroes who came before you and you might also feel a little pressure," Obama said. "Pressure to live up to the legacy of those who came before you. Pressure to meet the expectations of others. Believe me, I can understand that kind of pressure."

She also addressed racial issues many African-Americans face today.

"The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me because while we've come so far, the truth is those age-old problems are stubborn. So there will be times, like there were for those airmen, when you feel like folks look right past you.

"They will make assumptions about who they think you are based on their limited notion of the world. My husband and I know how frustrating that experience can be," Obama said.

Jacoby Browder, a student graduating with a history degree and the first person in his family to graduate college, related to Obama's message.

"She really shed some light on things that are going on that we need to talk about, especially with her being the first African-American First Lady," Browder said. "It had me thinking about my own life. There are going to be ups and downs, but in the end you have to keep pushing."

(My family & I watched on webcast.  We enjoyed her speech!)

General Discussion Forum / TU among top 69 HBCUs
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:27:17 AM »


U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing has once again ranked Tuskegee University among the top-five historically black colleges and universities in the country.

For the second year in a row, Tuskegee University was ranked No. 5 on the list, which this year included 69 HBCUs.

Tuskegee was one of five Alabama institutions on the list. Alabama A&M was No. 23, Oakwood University No. 33, Stillman College No. 40 and Alabama State University No. 41. Miles College, Talladega College and Concordia College were unranked because they didn’t provide data to U.S. News & World Report.
Tuskegee University President Brian L. Johnson said he naturally was pleased about Tuskegee being “consistently recognized” as one of the nation’s top universities.
“It speaks to the core of the institution’s strong point — the academic enterprise,” he said. “The teaching, learning and research of our faculty and students without question contributes to this consistency.”
It was also clear that Tuskegee isn’t resting on its laurels.
Cesar D. Fermin, Tuskegee Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, acknowledged that being the fifth best in the country was an honor, but said he believed Tuskegee would rank higher among the HBCU institutions next year.
“This is big, especially with the new president’s initiatives to return to some of the principles this institution had when Booker T. Washington founded it,” he said. “This is basically a corroboration of that potential.”

But he said one of the key numbers in the study will only improve, taking Tuskegee higher in the rankings.
Among the many categories the magazine measured, Tuskegee ranked sixth among the HBCUs that had the highest average freshman retention rates for first-year students.
“We are slowly improving retention and our next mission point with Dr. Brian Johnson’s presidency is to put a lot of emphasis on that, which will surely bring us to a much higher rating. I am sure of it,” Fermin said.
“This is just the beginning. I believe that 100 percent.”
But as good as the numbers were, Fermin said they didn’t represent Tuskegee’s true strength.
“What they don’t make clear in those numbers is what we do at Tuskegee that is unique compared to other institutions, and that is that we take people who sometimes would not even be looked at by other institutions and we make them into stars,” Fermin said. “And once we do, those stars are very loyal and send their children here and look for other students to come here — and they also become future stars.”
ASU President Gwendolyn E. Boyd respectfully disagreed with the university being ranked No. 41 out of the 69 HBCUs.

"Alabama State University appreciates the effort by U.S. News & World Report to list and rank the nation’s HBCUs, but we respectively disagree with its assessment of our university,” she said in an emailed reply. “We feel that ASU’s position is much stronger than what is reflected in the publication’s ranking, and we truly believe that we are very well-equipped to provide a quality education to all of our students.
“We know the quality of the ‘academy’ of Alabama State University, and we feel that the university deserves a much higher ranking than was reported. However, we do respect the magazine’s process.”

Brad Zimanek contributed to this report.

Sports Forum / Big congrats to Virginia State
« on: November 22, 2014, 06:47:17 PM »
Congrats Virginia State!  I'll be cheering you on to victory! :hugs:

Sports Forum / Proud of TU Golden Tigers Football Team & Coaches
« on: November 22, 2014, 06:45:09 PM »
First of all, congratulations to the Univ. of W. Georgia football team on winning the 1st round of the playoff.  

TU Golden Tigers did not win but I'm still so very proud of the team & coaching staff.  We had a good season in winning the 2014 SIAC Championship.  I LOVE OUR TEAM NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD - -win or lose.  

God is good!  God is good all the time.  Thank you to the team & football coaches for a great 2014 season.  
JOB WELL DONE! :clap: :clap:

Sports Forum / Tuskegee University Football - 2014 Season
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:09:11 AM »

Golden Tigers 'hungry' after Division II playoff loss

Last season was the first year in school history that Tuskegee participated in the Division II playoffs, and this was the first offseason they've had to deal with coping after a playoff loss.

But now that they've been acclimated to the pressures of the playoffs, the Golden Tigers are determined to redeem themselves.

"It made us hungry," senior quarterback Justin Nared said. "Being in the playoffs and losing by three points, it left a bitter taste in our mouths, and it's been a huge motivation for us to really do the small things right when you get into those crucial situations. I think it'll carry us through the full season."

Before Tuskegee can think about the postseason, it first has to focus on the season opener against Division I foe Alabama A&M. Last season, Tuskegee defeated Alabama A&M 23-7.

"We feel very fortunate that we were able to beat them last year. We understand that," Tuskegee head coach Willie Slater said. "They're a bigger school than us and have more scholarships than us. We understand that, too. At the same time, I think if we play well, we can play with them. That still remains to be seen. They have a new coaching staff and have some different players, so it's going to be interesting. It's going to be a tremendous test for us."

The Golden Tigers return eight starters on offense from a squad that went 8-3, including its top three receivers from last year in Marquel Gardner, Larry Cobb and Kaleep Williams. Leading rusher Hoderick Lowe was a preseason All-SIAC selection, along with offensive linemen Matthew Reese and Michael D. Thornton.

With multiple weapons coming back, Slater said the offense will hinge on Nared's play. He is coming off of a shoulder injury.

"He's been playing at some point for us for the last three years, so it's great to have him back. I think we had about four games that he started in last year where we didn't have a turnover," Slater said. "Then he got hurt, and we went with (Rashard) Burkette."

On the defensive side, Tuskegee has to fill the spots of brothers Aaron and Jovan Bennett in the middle. The Golden Tigers also are having to fill the shoes of leading tackler Quavon Taylor at middle linebacker. Taylor is away from the team while dealing with family issues.

Kentucky transfer Jewell Ratliff has stepped in at middle linebacker, and El'Malik Chinn — a second team All-SIAC preseason selection — has emerged as a team leader.

"I was brought in by a lot of good guys that taught me how to be a leader, taught me how to run the defense," said Chinn, who was second on the team with 86 tackles last year. "I think I have a good group of guys around me. With the help of them, we're just going to approach this one game at a time."

Tuskegee sneaked into the bottom of the poll with a No. 25 ranking by the AFCA Coaches. After starting last year with six straight games on the road, the Golden Tigers get to open at home and play three of its first five at Cleve L. Abbott Stadium.

"I'm glad that people feel like we can be a force in our conference, and even in the nation, but you know how that goes. I don't know if they've picked the right team to pick the conference in the last eight years," Slater said. "But we're going to give it our best shot. I like the nucleus of our team. I think we can have a big year if we can stay healthy."

Wishing the Golden Tigers a good season.  :nod:

Sports Forum / Smaller college teams in second and short situation
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:44:01 AM »
Good read... By: Duane Rankin, Montgomery Advertiser
Several HBCUs are discussed in the article.  The article was copied & pasted so everyone would have access to read it.

Smaller college teams in second and short situation

"They'd like to get paid, too.

With all the talk about paying Division I-A college football players and power leagues that are seeking more autonomy to provide full cost-of-attendance and other benefits, athletes at Division I-AA schools like Alabama State and Division II schools like Tuskegee also want to share in the wealth.

"It sucks," Alabama State senior defensive tackle Derrick Billups said. "I feel like we deserve money, but I don't really complain about it. It would help out a whole lot if student-athletes received money because it's tough in college. All our parents aren't blessed financially."

The "Big Five" proposal of the 65 schools in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 to provide full cost-of-attendance, medical care and insurance as well as to fund trips for family members to visit athletes is up for a final vote next month. NCAA I-AA and D-II programs may never receive those benefits, but Southern coach Dawson Odums described a way to address the needs of players at their level.

"From a nutrition standpoint, from a meal standpoint, from a housing standpoint; whatever it takes for those guys to have a better life — invest in them," Odums said. "My guys get up at 5:30 a.m. for a whole year and don't have anything to eat. You mean we can't invest in some granola bars and some chocolate milk? Something?"

Major college programs have multimillion-dollar facilities, top-shelf equipment and take chartered flights to road games. The situation faced by Grambling players — who boycotted last year's game at Jackson State due to lack of upkeep of facilities, mold on the equipment and marathon bus rides to games — shed light on the difference between the football powers and everyone else.

"The last three champions in the SWAC in 2010, 2011 and 2012 are a combined 7-26 after winning a championship," Odums said. "I attribute that to not investing when the product is at the top.

"Something has to get built. Tear up a field or something. But when you win, you made money. So invest back into the guys who allowed you to make that money. Everybody pulled from the football program."

They understand the big boys bring in much bigger bucks. According to the Office of Postsecondary Education, Alabama generated $88,660,439 in football revenue in 2012-13.

The 10 SWAC football teams had a combined $21,979,818 in revenue that academic year. ASU made $2,995,413, while Tuskegee led all SIAC teams at $2,006,507.

Still, hearing power conferences talk money is laughable to those who don't even make a morsel of what SEC, ACC or Pac-12 teams do.

"In that situation, compared to our situation, what do (they) have to complain about?" said Texas Southern junior quarterback Homer Causey, who previously played at D-II Shaw.

Different perspectives

It's also frustrating for I-AA and D-II players because they're making the same sacrifices to play the same game, but aren't reaping nearly the same benefits, be it better facilities, travel or overall program treatment.

"We're putting in all these hours besides school," Jackson State senior quarterback La Montiez Ivy said. "We have study hall. We have to meet up to the physical requirements to play the game."

If the football players from major conferences start getting paid, maybe those at the lower levels will receive funding one day. Maybe.

"I try not to pay attention to it because it's not going to happen," Mississippi Valley State senior receiver Julian Stafford said. "That's how I see it, but it would be a nice thing if we did get paid."

Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach Monte Coleman sees a different outcome, one he says would hinder I-AA or D-II schools when it comes recruiting.

"If they started paying players — players who have the ability to come to a I-AA maybe because of tradition — we're going to lose those players," Coleman said. "We do compete with them on a small scale with some kids, but if they said, 'I'm going to give you $1,000 a month,' or whatever it is, that kid is going to leave us and go there."

College football players on all levels don't receive stipends. Over the past few years, the NCAA has kicked around a proposal of a $2,000 stipend per year for scholarship athletes, but it's never been passed.

Ideal payment?

The Montgomery Advertiser asked Ivy and Causey what would be a fair amount of money to pay a player every two weeks. Ivy said $250, which adds up to $1,875 for a 15-week semester.

But once Ivy started calculating expenses such as food, gas for a car and utilities, he came to a troubling realization.

"That's not covering anything," Ivy said.

Causey suggested $500 every two weeks.

"You'd want to keep some food in the room," Causey said. "Some needs, some hygiene needs. Maybe have a couple of dollars to go to the movies and spend the money on some things that you'd like to do."

Jackson State coach Harold Jackson suggested players might not turn to an agent for money if they were paid.

"Most of these young men today, they come into school, they have a family, so they've got to try to take care of their family some kind of way," Jackson said. "So how are they going to take care of their family in college if they can't work or get a job? But if the school was giving them an allowance, a stipend, I think that will take care of a lot of those problems that we're having with agents."

Tiresome travel

Big schools typically take chartered flights to road games even if they're within a reasonable driving distance. Schools at the I-AA and D-II level don't have that luxury.

So they travel by bus. Just thinking about trips to Montgomery (to play Alabama State), Houston (Texas Southern) and San Marcos (Texas State) this season exhausts Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Coleman.

"We're going to be on the bus eight, nine hours on those particular trips," Coleman said. "The University of Arkansas, hypothetically, they're going to get on their plane and travel there. It costs money to do it, but you've got donors giving them $200 and $300 million over a lifetime. So it doesn't become an issue. If we had those types of donors, instead of busing to Montgomery, we'd get on a plane."

Coleman said travel is the second-highest expense behind scholarships. Tuskegee started last season with six road games, and bused to all but one.

"It's rough," former Tuskegee quarterback Rashard Burkette of Montgomery said after a home game last season. "Long bus rides. We come fresh off a game, get right back on the bus and we're not staying overnight at a hotel."

Last week, Tuskegee coach Willie Slater admitted that part of the 2013 schedule likely hurt his team later in the season. So the friendly skies would be even friendlier to I-AA and D-II players.

"You have to rest the whole day after a long bus ride," Alabama State senior tailback Malcolm Cyrus said. "Everybody is drowsy. You can't sleep well on a bus, anyway.

"Buses have compact seats. You want to lean here, lean there. Everybody is crunched up. Flying is way better. You get on a plane and in an hour, hour and 30 minutes, you're there."

Scholarship not enough

Players don't receive stipends, but can get Pell Grant funds — if eligible. Last year, $2,800 was the maximum amount football players could receive from a Pell Grant. For an I-AA or D-II athlete, that doesn't compensate for the loans many of them have to take out just to pay for college.

According to, Division I-AA programs can provide a maximum of 63 full scholarships, and Division II can offer up to 36 full scholarships. D-I schools have 85 full scholarships to give. So far more football players at the I-AA and D-II levels are on partial scholarships than at the D-I level.

"At Morehouse, everybody on our team is less than half," said Morehouse senior tailback Shelton Hamilton, a Montgomery native. "A lot of guys on our team have to take out loans.

"Tuition is $25,000. You may be on $18,000 for football. So you have to come up with the rest of the money for tuition, plus room and board."

In short, players at the lower levels would enjoy full cost-of-attendance, too.

"If they could just take care of our school and our housing, that would be enough for us," Hamilton said. "I'm pretty sure every Division II athlete would say the same thing."

Tuskegee senior quarterback Justin Nared, who is on a full scholarship, is happy to say he'll graduate without any debt.

"I'm going to be debt-free versus having to pay back loans," he said.

Many others can't make the same statement, however.

Hamilton has an athletic and academic scholarship, so he doesn't have expenses, but he said the NCAA should provide a stipend to help players with meals and traveling home for emergencies.

"A lot of our players don't have meal plans because we don't have the scholarships to do that," he said. "So a lot of our players don't eat unless it's game week. They should give something to make sure all players are fed and can travel home if they need to."

Benedict coach James Woody endorses additional scholarship funds, but he'd want the funding to be incentive based. He favors awarding of grants for maintaining a certain grade point average.

"A lot of kids are used to being given things," Woody said. "I just feel with this generation, they've got to work for what they should get. That goes for all athletes. Make those kids work for the incentives and benefits they're seeking instead of just flat-out giving it to them."

Beyond that, Coleman said a full scholarship at Arkansas-Pine Bluff allows students to take a maximum of 15 course hours. Athletes at D-I schools can take more hours and aren't limited during summer school.

"We have to get special funding in order for us to even send our kids to summer school," Coleman said.

Pell Grants help — a little

Cyrus said he received $2,500 per semester through Pell Grant. He said the players get the money in a lump sum during the first two weeks each semester.

While that may seem like a lot of money to receive at one time, Cyrus said it can go fast.

"How can you make that stretch over a four- or five-month period? You can, but it's very hard," Cyrus said. "People don't think about (car insurance). Cellphone bill is $90 a month. In four months, that's already $400. Car insurance is $60 a month. That's $200 gone. I'm down to $1,800 already. I go shopping to get clothes. It's hard to budget, and you still want to do stuff you want to do."

Cyrus said he also helps out friends and gives money to his mom, who has children at home, and dad, but additional expenses often arise.

"Every year, things come up," Cyrus said. "I have to get my car fixed probably twice a year. I might have to buy tires. That's $400 gone. You have to get tires. There's  maintenance. Oil change."

Billups, who also receives Pell Grant funding, has a mom who can help, but it's not easy for him, either.  

"It's a struggle," Billups said. "I struggle. I go through days when I don't have any money. My mom, she has to pay a bill or something."

Causey sees a silver lining out of all this.

"It betters you in life," Causey said. "You learn how to manage. In life, there's going to be times you have to manage. It builds you for those times."

Help your brother out

Those without Pell Grant funds face a greater struggle, but like teammates do, the players help each other. Miles senior quarterback Demetrice Price of Birmingham said his mom has cooked dinner for out-of-state players.

"A teammate is like a brother to me," said Price, who receives Pell Grant funding. "What's mine is yours. What's your is mine. I try my best. If a guy doesn't have money, the guys who have money, we'll probably put in $5 each for him. That's how we do."

Nared said he's provided transportation for teammates to get food, even in the midnight hour.

"In Tuskegee, there is only one store that stays open 24/7," he said. "So it's been plenty of nights I've gotten a text at 11:30 or 12 saying, 'Hey, can you run me to McDonald's?' I never asked for gas money.

"Guys who have an apartment, we'll cook. It is difficult, but we manage because we want to do things the right way. We manage to get through."

Some SEC or ACC football players face the same issues, but their needs are being discussed and addressed. The same can't be said for I-AA and D-II players.

"They're at the top of the food chain," Albany State coach Mike White said. "It's on this level, when you have to deal with what we have to deal with, that's what it's all about."

Haves and


Here's a comparative look at the revenue schools in the Southeastern Conference, Southwestern Athletic Conference and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference generated for football in 2012-13, according to the Office of Postsecondary Education.


Alabama: $88,660,439

Georgia: $77,594,300

Auburn: $75,092,576

Florida: $74,820,287

LSU: $74,275,838

Arkansas: $61,492,925

Tennessee: $55,359,423

Texas A&M: $53,800,924

South Carolina: $49,266,878

Ole Miss: $41,136,644

Kentucky: $30,526,981

Missouri: $28,792,306

Mississippi St.: $25,824,156

Vanderbilt: $22,628,642

Total revenue: $759,272,319

Avg. (14 teams) $54,233,737


Alabama: A&M $3,275,757

Alabama State: $2,995,413

Texas Southern: $2,720,494

Southern: $2,365,298

Grambling: $2,358,768

Prairie View: $2,184,367

Alcorn State: $1,713,736

Ark-Pine Bluff: 1,654,317

Miss. Valley St.: $1,098,231

Jackson State $1,613,437

Total revenue: $21,979,818

Avg. (10 teams): $2,197,981


Tuskegee: $2,006,507

Miles: $1,768,888

Benedict: $1,643,248

Clark Atlanta: $1,322,206

Albany State: $1,052,074

Kentucky State: $1,026,962

Stillman: $850,631

Fort Valley St.: $777,284

Central State: $662,403

Lane: $471,651

*Morehouse: N/A

**Paine: N/A

Total revenue: $11,581,854

Avg. (10 teams): $1,158,185

* — No records of information

** —Didn't have a football team "


President of Tuskegee University Meets with Alumni

President of Tuskegee University spent the day meeting with Alumni discussing his vision for the University.

Alumni, supporters and friends gathered to hear him speak and ask their own questions about the University.

President Brian Johnson began his tenure as president of the University just last month.

The event also served as an University club membership recruitment opportunity, as well as providing updates to the upcoming Tuskegee National Alumni Association Convention.

WAKA showed a clip of Dr. Johnson speaking to the crowd on the news last night with his nice attire & shiny shoes. :nod:

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TUSKEGEE –  Tuskegee University's new president brought along a $100,000 gift Friday.

Brian Johnson, 40, also told students and faculty that social media interaction will be fine with him.

"You will probably find me on Facebook and Twitter and that's okay," Johnson said, adding he'll be too busy to start answering them right away and will rely on his staff to help him with that assignment.

Accompanied by his wife and two sons, Johnson quickly won over the large crowd at the TU chapel during his speech, especially when he said he would be promoting an "outcome-based" program available to the public under his "transparent administration."

During a news conference following his speech, Johnson, who begins his tenure Monday, was asked about the $100,000 family gift that will take the form of an endowed student scholarship spread over five years.

Johnson indicated it was a way for him and his wife, Shemeka, to illustrate a "proverbial expression" to "put your money where your mouth is."

The seventh president at a university created in 1881, Johnson spoke for about an hour. He received loud applause several times, including standing ovations from faculty, students and visitors.

"He hit all the necessary points to get us started and motivated in the right direction," said Walter Hill, chairman of the Tuskegee University College of Agriculture. "You can say he just nailed it."

Retired Gen. Charles Williams, chairman of the TU board of trustees, introduced Johnson at the chapel and news conference during which he lauded his numerous academic achievements.

Williams said 40 educators from across the country applied for the job of university president, but it wasn't long before the list was whittled to three, with Johnson the clear choice to succeed Gilbert Rochon. Rochon resigned as president unexpectedly in October after serving as president for only three years.

Johnson's academic credentials impressed Williams and the other trustees so much that the chairman couldn't wait to praise him during his Friday appearances.

"I've seen good leaders, and this man rates at the top," Williams said. "He is well-qualified to be president of any college."

Tuskegee University is one of several historically black colleges and universities. Some have been suffering in recent years due to financial problems.

Johnson was interim vice president of strategic planning at Austin Peay State University when he was named TU's new president. He let it be known that his priority will be to learn as much as he can about a school created by the legendary Booker T. Washington.

"I am not coming as the great messiah," he said. "I am building on a very grand and glorious tradition."

He said that tradition has led some fans to describe Tuskegee as a cross between a Maserati and a Lamborghini — two of the world's most expensive automobiles.

"Well, this is a car ready to be fully driven into the 21st century to reach its potential," said Johnson, who added TU already has exceeded that description within the HBCU family.

For good measure, he added: "I simply suggest we want to be the premier 21st century higher education institution."

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