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Sports Forum / Re: Breaking Alcorn medical staff has covid
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:55:39 AM »
From The Athletic: (Subscription may be required.)

Alcorn State canceled practice on Monday due to a lack of available trainers, and the same thing may happen on Tuesday. Ahead of a game against South Alabama this Saturday, it's possible the Braves may not practice at all during the week, and coaches are concerned about the safety of players. 

Program sources told The Athletic early Monday about the situation, and head coach Fred McNair confirmed the news on his radio show Monday night, putting the blame on the athletic department administration. The Mississippi school does not have a full-time athletic trainer, and its part-time contracted trainers are unavailable due to COVID-19. This is a program that has won consecutive SWAC championships and four consecutive division titles.

"We've got a big game that's going to make the university money, and we can't go out and get treatment for the young men and women and not knowing what's going to happen tomorrow," McNair said. "This is something that needs to be fixed. This is an administration issue. I could talk about it until I turn blue. This needs to be fixed."

In a statement to WLBT in Mississippi, athletic director Derek Horne said, "The Alcorn State University athletic teams have modified their practice schedules because of a COVID-19 related issue. Throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of our student-athletes remain our top priority. Alcorn will continue to monitor and maintain compliance with CDC, Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), and Institutions of Higher Learning guidelines, in addition to state and local regulations pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic."

But this is not a new problem. Alcorn State surprised many in February when it opted out of the spring 2021 season just weeks before games began. After all, this program has been the class of the SWAC. The school said it was due to COVID-19 concerns, but program sources said the team didn't want to play due to staffing issues. It didn't hire a new trainer until late January, and it didn't have a new head strength coach until the beginning of the semester.

"Our administration didn't shut (the season down), they were ready to go with no trainer or strength coach," one assistant coach told The Athletic. "We let the kids decide. They went to the AD and said they didn't feel comfortable with everything going on. Not once in that whole message was COVID brought up. We didn't have a trainer and stuff like that."

According to program sources, that new trainer, Fred Worthy, left for a job with Merit Health this summer. Instead of filling the position with a new full-time trainer, Alcorn State contracted Worthy and associates to fulfill the duties on a part-time basis. One source said the athletic department has lost several employees in recent years whose roles were filled by contractors. The department used to have a full-time trainer and graduate assistants. Now it's just contractors and undergraduate student trainers.

"This whole thing is becoming ridiculous," another assistant coach said. "It's really sad. This is the worst I've seen it."

(Photo: Ken Murray / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
When could trainers arrive?

Chris Vannini, college football staff writer: As of Monday night, coaches didn't know if they'd have a trainer on Tuesday, in which case they again wouldn't be able to practice. A trainer is scheduled to be there Wednesday, but a coming storm may wipe out the day, meaning the Braves might not practice all week.

On top of that, they play again next Thursday at Arkansas Pine-Bluff, meaning there's a short turnaround for the next game, too. Last week, the school used new contractor trainers that at least one coach had never seen before. That coach assumes the plan is the same for the South Alabama game.
What other issues have Alcorn State dealt with?

Vannini: Funding and support for Historically Black College and Universities has been an issue for a long time, but program sources feel the school is trying to get by on the cheap, and because it's won consecutive titles with little support, there's no reason to give it more.

This is a program that produced NFL players Steve McNair (Fred's brother) and Donald Driver. One coach noted a situation a few years ago when headsets didn't work for several games. Fred eventually complained publicly, and the problem was fixed. He hopes going public with this trainer issue will help the problem and help the players.

"I don't make excuses for this team. I try to find solutions. I try to find help," McNair said. "Somebody has to help. This is very discouraging. The players understand they can't function like this. This is really bad. It hurts as a coach to tell a young man they can't practice because they don't have this. We've been through this several times, and something has to be done about this."


Antonio Morales who used to be at the Clarion-Ledger, now works for The Athletic.

The Drum / Entertainment Industry Internships for HBCU Students
« on: September 06, 2021, 03:35:33 PM »
HBCU in LA, Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program
Apps open on September 10 and are due on December 20.
Register for information session via Zoom at

*****EMail Text*****
Dear HBCU Community Leaders!

It is that time of year to let the HBCU community know, the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program premiere internship program, HBCU in LA, application will open September 10th!! Please share the attached announcement with your students, faculty and department heads. We look forward to having more HBCU scholars join us in Hollywood for our summer 2022 program!!

The HBCU in LA program is the first of its kind, providing unapparelled access and opportunities for HBCU students to work behind-the-scenes with major Hollywood studios, networks, talent agencies and other leading industry organizations. We are seeking students across all majors! The program provides paid housing and a minimum of a $4K stipend for all students selected to participate in this 8-10 week immersive internship program!

This immersive internship experience gives HBCU students access to viable hands-on work experience from both the corporate and creative aspects of the industry. Students will be placed into key internship roles across the industry working in Animation, Human Resources, Legal, Finance, Technology, Creative Development, Production/Post Production, Digital Media, PR/Marketing, Music, Sports and Major Talent Agencies.

In order to prepare students for this opportunity, we will be hosting a virtual informational tour! Our first session will be September 9, 2021 at 4 PM PST. Also attached is a flyer with the link to RSVP. We would love to see you and/or your students in attendance. This first session will be a look into the exclusive opportunities the program has to offer along with a resume workshop from an industry professional.

Exciting Update: We will be establishing an HBCU Advisory Council to work with us as we look to build and bridge relations between HBCUs and the Entertainment Industry. If you would like learn more about becoming a member our advisory council please email, Leonard Washington at for more information. We look forward to working with the HBCU community leaders in support of this important initiative. Together, we can change the lives of HBCU Scholars one student at a time!

Thank you for your time and consideration. We are looking forward to welcoming another stellar cohort of HBCU Scholars!


Stacy Milner
Founder & CEO
Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program
HBCU in LA Internship Program
2321 West Olive Avenue Suite F
Burbank, CA 91506
EICOP! celebrates and promotes workplace diversity

Wonder if he’s related to the family with the same last name that attended the 6th Avenue Baptist in BHM?

He's from Birmingham, AL.

Figured as much…distinguishable last name stood out for me….

Any idea what school he prepped at in BHM?
Sorry, I don't.  I just read about him in Condoleezza Rice's first memoir.  They grew up in the same neighborhood about the same time.  Angela Davis who was older than Rice and Hrabowski grew up in the same neighborhood, but left to go to high school elsewhere.

Wonder if he’s related to the family with the same last name that attended the 6th Avenue Baptist in BHM?

He's from Birmingham, AL.

Southern will also have an opening then.  However, I don't think Kimbrough is a good fit for a public university in a red state. 

It would be interesting to see who Southern hires next as its President/Chancellor of the Baton Rouge's campus.

Maybe they stay in house? James Ammons is chancellor at Southern-New Orleans.  Prior to that he was the EVP/executive vice chancellor at Southern A&M in Baton Rouge.

Cheyney is 10 minutes away from the largest university in their system, West Chester University.

I appreciate the response.  Southern has so much potential, but so little support at the state level IMO, which has changed at least temporarily with Gov. Edwards.  I was looking at it for a project comparing desegregation agreements/litigation at HBCUs.  The Louisiana HBCUs were really ill-served by the settlement. 


I know that in the last few years Southern has gotten commitments/appropriations for substantial construction and renovation on campus.  In the short term, might they consider moving those buildings (or activities housed by them) and then addressing the longer-term problem?  I would think that a damn or something like that would take at least 3-5 years to plan and fully implement if they are starting from scratch.

Sports Forum / Re: Deion Sanders’ first class transfers to FBS
« on: June 06, 2021, 10:26:59 PM »
Louisiana Tech is just five miles from Grambling State.

The Association of Public Land Grant Universities has a table of estimated MSI allocations from the American Rescue Act.

Their analysis of the American Rescue Act more broadly is available here:

Universities routinely require first-year students to have an up-to-date shot record either to complete enrollment or to live on campus.

Legal problems may arise from the type of authorization for the COVID-19 vaccines.  They were approved with an emergency use authorization rather than the standard authorization (which takes longer).  That's why military personnel are currently permitted to skip the COVID-19 vaccines, but cannot skip standard authorized vaccines.

WOW! there are more HSI's than I thought there was.

I'm surprised PVAM and Texas Southern don't qualify as well. Can you be an HBCU and a HSI at the same time?

Yes.  HBCU is a designation from the Higher Ed Act of 1965.  The HSI designation is based only on the proportion of Hispanic/Latino/Latinx students at the institution. 

General Discussion Forum / Re: Bethune-Cookman president resigns
« on: March 17, 2021, 01:20:17 PM »
HBCU Digest claims that the BCU president left for another job:

Bethune-Cookman University President E. LaBrent Chrite resigned his post this morning, and tomorrow is expected to be announced as the new president of a predominantly white institution.

Sources say Chrite, who was hired at BCU in July 2019, will leave behind a record of success and respect from the campus community, but a great deal of tension with the university’s board of trustees. It isn’t the first time that the university’s executive body has faced allegations of tampering, lack of support, infighting, or incompetence, and it probably won’t be the last.

But Chrite’s defection is the latest and among the highest-profile of a quiet trend among the HBCU presidential ranks; PWIs looking to lure Black leadership away from Black colleges.

Last month, Old Dominion University named Brian Hemphill its first African American president, five years after he was hired away from West Virginia State University by Radford University.

Privately over the last two years, several high-profile HBCU presidents, particularly among the private institutions, have been courted by public and private PWIs in searches. Their reasons for staying are simple; they love the students and the community more than they hate the fight for resources and cooperation from the board.

But several things are beginning to change the calculus. The windfall of philanthropy from wealthy companies and benefactors is winding down to half-life nearly a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd. Pandemic-related government support has probably seen its last action in Congress. Millions remain without jobs and industries remain without a plan for recovery from losses.

This is particularly true in higher education, where downward trends in enrollment and rising costs in tuition will create a sudden and potentially catastrophic reality for HBCU campuses already facing significant debt.

Before the ship begins sinking, many talented presidents in their early and golden years alike will head for the exits before rent comes due and fingers start pointing in blame.

Where will they go? Several presidents could make it big as administrators in big money sectors of business, consulting, or healthcare. Some could become political advisors, liaisons, or bundlers with the keenest of insight on the all-important African American voting bloc.

And some will go to lead predominantly white institutions which can offer more money, more stability, and a political culture that in many ways is more tolerable than that of an HBCU. Working with and for people brings anxiety, intrigue, and treachery no matter where you are. But when it happens amongst your own people and there’s no money to insulate institutional systems from its effects, and the check you receive every two weeks makes it feel less than worthwhile, the allure of serving in the name of ‘the cause’ grows dimmer by months, days, and sometimes even hours.

HBCUs are the subject of the nation’s affection right now, but there will be an end to the love affair. The catalysts for this support are tethered to unspeakable tragedies that swept unprecedented racial reckoning and economic infusion well beyond our campus and community borders, and when the days get warmer, the affection will grow colder.

Presidents are paid to be the smartest among us, and they clearly see the writing on the wall. They are talking about it privately in growing numbers and in rising volume to folks who can read between lines and those who are fluent in understanding the language of a body of work within a campus community.

Are we listening? Or will we continue to drown them out with interference, pettiness, and a lack of support until there’s no one left to lead?

According to her Wikipedia Page, Lisa Jackson (Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives) is black, a Delta (honorary) and from New Orleans.  (She graduated from Tulane, but oh well.)

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