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... with two of the handful of African-American college head coaches - LeRoy Gardner of the U. of the Ozarks and Robert "Hollywood" Hemingway of Allen University in South Carolina, the only four-year HBCU with a wrestling program.

Might be worth the listen - I'm actually looking for feedback from the HBCU fan community, since it's tough for me to tackle discussions of race and overall diversity considering I'm a white male, although I've been an HBCU football fan for decades (growing up near Hampton U and Norfolk State).

Wrestling is predominantly white, so there's a big faction of the fanbase who refuses to believe any such racism or racial issues are relevant and feel if anyone brings them up, they're trying to race bait and be part of that "liberal media." That disclaimer out of the way ... here's the link.

Sports Forum / Re: Kaepernick Campaign Created $43 Million in Buzz for Nike
« on: September 08, 2018, 09:25:49 PM »
Just pointing out that Nike stock has NOT gone up 33 percent. No more, no less other than offering two comparative global brands in the same space.

Sports Forum / Re: Kaepernick Campaign Created $43 Million in Buzz for Nike
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:10:34 AM »

Not exactly, but to be fair, adidas and Asics also dropped some over the week.

Politics / Re: Rep. Jordan probably didnt see this coming!!!!
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:45:37 AM »
Criminal vs. Politician.

Not rooting for either position. Everyone within wrestling knows the type of person DiSabato is, but the way social media works, the voices of people with no dog in the fight are drowned out by both sides of the political spectrum.

This stopped being about the truth the moment the initial story was published with poorly sourced intel.


Politics / Re: Rep. Jordan probably didnt see this coming!!!!
« on: July 05, 2018, 09:51:03 AM »
I’m staunchly apolitical, but I’ve also spent most of my life as a journalist. Two of the sources for the allegations against Jordan are highly suspect with their credibility.

Yetts is a convicted felon while DiSabato, who I know and have dealt with personally, is the least trustworthy person I’ve ever been associated with.

These allegations may be legit, but using these two (and an anonymous source) as the basis for a story is another case of getting a story out is more important than vetting your sources.

There are a ton of victims around according to other reports, so using a blowhard with a personal vendetta against a school and the Jordan family isn’t the best source to tie your horse to. Neither is a convicted felon

I don’t care for anyone’s politics (left, right or other) I just know first-hand the DiSabato guy has some “issues” with his credibility and motives.

Sports Forum / Re: Famed TSU track coach Ed Temple has died
« on: September 24, 2016, 09:05:51 PM »

Me with two of the legendary TigerBelles at the Olympics a month ago. Once i saw a man wearing a TigerBelles shirt, i immediately started up a conversation. Then he said "two of them are right there"

This was one of the highlights of my Olympic Games, and I got to call two of the biggest history-making things of the Games while announcing the wrestling competition.

Sports Forum / Re: Grambling football coach, father facing ethics charges
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:21:18 PM »
Some schools have this as a policy, some states.

An example from this in wrestling is Central Michigan head coach Tom Borrelli wasn't allowed to hire his son Jason as an assistant wrestling coach because the school had a policy preventing anything that could be construed as nepotism.

Jason Borrelli is now the head coach at Stanford.

If qualified, this is a non-factor of a story. If a family member was chosen over someone who applied and didn't as much as get an interview, that could be evidence of nepotism. Most state schools also have to publicly open the job. Private schools don't have that stipulation.

Probably much-ado about nothing, unless pops' resume was significantly lower than any of the other applicants.

Coming at this as a longtime journalist, this is a farce. Guess what folks, you're not always going to like what the press writes about you. You've already got a Sports Information office that always spins things to talk about only <insert school here>'s side of the story already.

While not germane in the sense of comparison, I remember when I was at ODU and the Hampton U. folks tried to silence the student newspaper.

ODU admins did the same to our weekly rag during a PREVIEW weekend when there was a story about crime on the front page around 2001 (or so)

Both stories have this in common -- you look worse when you try to stifle journalism rather than let it take its natural course.

I wonder what he would say about the largest collection of second place trophies.   

White people in Richmond call it Monument Avenue.

I'm white and a native Virginian .... and I'm laughing my a-- off at this comment. Well done.

Sports Forum / Re: The new king of the CIAA - Virginia State....
« on: May 27, 2015, 06:13:42 PM »
Fair enough -- three out of four isn't bad at all.

I would subscribe to a theory where a team taking second in all 8 sports would trump that, but that's more about theory of sport than it is a factual proof.

Four men's sports ... that's something I can't fathom, even coming from a then smaller Division I school.

Sports Forum / Re: The new king of the CIAA - Virginia State....
« on: May 27, 2015, 03:31:57 PM »
Football and basketball are generally regarded as the only revenue sports en masse. Baseball, soccer, lacrosse and wrestling are revenue sports depending on the region and programs.

Baseball isn't what I'd call a revenue sport outside of the SEC and sporadic Western programs like Oregon State.

Regarding one's claim as the top school as to only "revenue" sports is completely selective and subjective with the criteria established. If a school has two revenue sports, but fields say 12 men's sports, and finishes dead last in 10 of those 2 but wins MBB and FB, that would hardly classify a team as a king of anything.

Claiming "revenue" sports as a decisive factor ...

Sports Forum / Re: The new king of the CIAA - Virginia State....
« on: May 26, 2015, 11:17:49 AM »
What's your definition of revenue sport, because it varies by school.

Playing in a one-and-done money game at the end of the year rather than the playoffs ALSO means your team isn't heard from again until next season.

Now I'll stop feeding the troll. I believe they don't stomach truth serum very well.

But what about while folks like me who watch HBCU football games during the regular season, but I don't watch much of any playoff football in any division? I don't watch "Classics" just to watch classics, I watch any and all HBCU football. I watch Division III because I want to see Mount Union and Whitewater. I watch I-AA when my alma mater was playing and I follow North Dakota State (I live in Minnesota).

If a program wants to make an effort to be nationally competitive and make a run at a championship, that should not be regarded as a bad thing.

I know, I know, I shouldn't feed the trolls.

Sports Forum / Re: Can wrestling return as a sport at HBCU's?
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:02:00 AM »
You don't need a revision the part of Title IX most problematic for HBCU's to add wrestling programs, rather, taking a proactive and "can do" attitude with doing things that might take a tad more work can solve a lot of the Title IX issues. I'm by no means an expert on HBCU's, but been a black college football fan for over 20 years and have dealt with the programs at Howard, Del State, Coppin State and Norfolk State before they all gave the sports the chop.

One example is women's wrestling is an Olympic sport. The NAIA has been adding women's teams as well as men's teams, offsetting Title IX numbers and those schools get national acclaim for being trailblazers when it comes to providing women an opportunity. One NCAA issue is sports like sand volleyball get emerging status, whereas wrestling, isn't yet getting that distinction.

Maybe the MEAC is the wrong place to start. It's attractive because its Division I. The SWAC doesn't have much going for it with its location, other than competing against Division II programs. The MEAC is right in the heart of the SoCon and ACC teams, so competition wouldn't be an issue.

The SIAC would also be attractive from a Division II standpoint.

Would enrollment be significant? At some schools, 40-50 extra tuition paying students going to a school specifically because of wrestling makes a difference. Have to look at what tuition dollars would bring to the entire school vs. the cost of the program for athletics.

Without looking at the division breakdown, the following schools would be my personal targets to add.

Langston - Oklahoma is wrestling country.
Fisk - small enrollment, wrestling program could impact school's income on tuition dollars similar to Newberry and Limestone did in South Carolina.
Prairie View A&M - This one is a real reach, but it could be the only Division I program in Texas. Right now, only NAIA Wayland Baptist has varsity wrestling in the state (both men and women)
Virginia Union - Small enrollment, lots of good African-American wrestlers coming from the state, could be competitive in D2 sooner than later.
Hampton - I grew up 10 minutes from HU. Personal preference. Has hosted national youth and club wrestling tournaments.
Morehouse & Tuskegee - Name and brand recognition alone make them attractive ads.

Simply adding a men's program won't get you a Title IX complaint, going after prong two would be the best compliance option when it comes to adding sports. Adding non-revenue sports CAN bring in money for the school because of the tuition dollars.

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