Albany State Golden Rams to play Clark Atlanta in classic game

June 26, 2011

goldenrams.bmp     The Albany State University Golden Rams will travel in a different direction for an SIAC matchup with the Clark Atlanta University Panthers. Instead of traveling north to Atlanta, the Golden Rams will head southeast to Valdosta, Ga. to face the Panthers in the South Georgia Heritage Classic on Saturday, Oct. 22.  Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
The South Georgia Heritage Classic will mark ASU’s fourth classic of the 2011 season.
 “We are excited to add another classic game to our 2011 lineup,” said interim ASU Athletics Director Dr. Richard H. Williams. “We have great fans who will follow the Golden Rams and cheer them to victory wherever they play.”
 Albany State kicks off the season in the Music City Classic against Savannah State University on Sept. 3 in Macon, Ga. The Rams will face Kentucky State University in the 28th Annual Circle City Classic in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 1, and Fort Valley State University in the 22nd Annual Fountain City Classic in Columbus, Ga. on Nov. 5.

Albany State to host Alice Coachman Invitational Track Meet - April 2

March 29, 2011

080707oliver.jpg(Albany, Ga.) - Albany State University will host the 19th Annual Alice Coachman Invitational Track Meet on Saturday, April 2, at ASU’s Robert Cross Track and Field Facility and Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, Ga. The hammer throw competition, followed by the javelin throw, is slated to start at 8 a.m. at the ASU complex. Other track and field events, starting with the long jump events, will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hugh Mills complex. The awards ceremony will start at the conclusion of the meet. 
 Sponsored by the ASU women and men’s track and field programs, the meet will feature world-class athletes from various track and field clubs in the Southeast. Several Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) teams, including Morehouse College, Benedict College, Clark Atlanta University, Tuskegee University, Fort Valley State University, Paine College and Stillman College, are expected to compete.
The annual track meet is held in honor of Alice Coachman-Davis, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Coachman-Davis made history and gained international attention by capturing the high jump title with a record-setting jump of 5′ 6 1/8″ during the 1948 Olympic Games in London. 
 The Albany, Ga., native attended Tuskegee University, but earned her bachelor’s degree from Albany State (College) after returning from the 1948 games. For more information about the meet or entry information, call 229-430-4761 or 229-430-4673.

Bowie State sweeps CIAA Softball Honor Roll

April 4, 2009


The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) recently released their Player and Coach of the Week Honors for games through April 1st and Bowie State made a clean sweep again. 
(From left to right) - Darrell Toney, Heather Enders and Ashley Cook)

Senior Heather Enders (Glen Burnie, MD) was selected as Pitcher and Player of the Week.  Senior Ashley Cook (Port Republic, Md.) also received double honors, receiving the nod for Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.  Head Coach Darrell Toney was named as the CIAA Coach of the Week.

Fort Valley State Wildcats get new head football coach

December 18, 2008

pittman.jpg (Fort Valley, GA.) - Fort Valley State University recently annouced the hiring of a new Wildcats head football coach.
FVSU President Larry E. Rivers introduced Donald Pittman during a recent press conference at the construction site of the new Wildcat Stadium.
“It is indeed a pleasure to introduce the new head coach of the Fort Valley State University Wildcats,” Rivers said. “The FVSU family welcomes Mr. Donald Pittman.”
Pittman is the former offensive coordinator of the Albany State University Golden Rams, a formidable Wildcats’ rival. “We will support Coach Pittman in continuing to move this team forward based on the solid foundation of our previous coach, Deondri Clark. We will make sure, with his assistance, that we are not only training good athletes. We want them to graduate as well as play good football.”
Pittman – wearing a white Wildcats’ ball cap – said he was ready for the challenges ahead.
“God has blessed me through all of my years of coaching. I feel that my best coaching is ahead of me and I’m going to make sure that all Wildcat fans are behind me. I waited over 30 years for this opportunity and I’m ready to go to work to show the nation what we can do.” 
Pittman said he hopes to coach his new football team to a national championship.
Sean Stanley, interim director of athletics, said that Pittman possesses one of the most brilliant offensive minds in the country. “A lot of time and effort went into the selection of the next FVSU coach. President Rivers charged us to be honest and forthright in our dealings.”

Two Grambling University legends headed to SWAC Hall of Fame

December 2, 2008

grambling.jpg (Grambling, LA.) - Former Grambling State star Frank Lewis along with Doug Porter, an assistant coach under Eddie Robinson, are part of the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Hall of Fame class of 2008.
Lewis, a wingback, running back and wide receiver in college, caught 42 career touchdown passes and earned third-team Little All-America as a senior. A two-time All-SWAC pick, Lewis rushed for 1,428 yards and averaged 10.8 yards per carry.

Lewis went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL with the Steelers and Bills. A first-round pick in 1971, he caught 397 passes for 6,724 yards and 40 touchdowns. Lewis was part of two Super Bowl championship teams and made the Pro Bowl in 1981. Lewis was part of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2006.

Porter led Valley from 1961-1965, was an assistant coach at Grambling State under Eddie Robinson for nine seasons before guiding programs at Howard and Fort Valley State. His career record stands at 166-105 with just five losing seasons in 26 years. The College Football Hall of Fame inducted Porter earlier this year.

The ceremony will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham on Dec. 11. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling (205) 241-3474.

University of the District of Columbia responds to NCAA report

November 11, 2008

Washington, DC - The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions Report, released today, marks the official end of an exhaustive internal review conducted by the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the official end of the NCAA’s own investigative inquiry into the policies and practices of the institution’s Intercollegiate Department of Athletics for the 2000-2001 through 2003-2004 academic years.
In response to the report, President Sessoms, who assumed the reigns at UDC just two months ago declares, “UDC understands and accepts today’s ruling by the NCAA Infractions Committee.” Sessoms further states, “The penalties proposed in the Committee’s report are consistent with our own recommendations and what we have already self-imposed. We understand that during the years 2000-2001 through 2003-2004 UDC failed to effectively carry out its responsibilities and obligations as a Division II member institution. UDC regrets that the violations occurred. The University has already taken proactive steps to ensure future compliance with all NCAA regulations.”

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Paine College Lions finish third in inaugural “Leave A Legacy” Golf Invitational

November 8, 2008

The Paine College Lions arrived in Caton, Ohio and were greeted by scenery they know very well. The six golf team members accompanied by head golf coach, Hoover Johnson walked onto a lush green lawn and entered the immaculately designed club house of the first and thus far, only golf course designed, built, owned and operated by an African-American.
The Leave A Legacy Golf Invitational was the first hosted by the Clearview Legacy Golf Foundation and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The tournament was designed to give recognition and build awareness of the game of golf to the minority community as well as provide internship opportunities for the golfers. John Deere and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and JC Watts Corporation were on hand to distribute information.
Paine College, Benedict College and Kentucky State University all took part in the historic event made possible by Dr. William Powell.
Powell, 92, faced racial discrimination on the golf course after returning home from World War II. That discrimination pushed him to build a course that welcomed all races. In 1946, he carved all nine holes of the golf course himself. He later added nine more in 1978.
The golf invitational was appropriately named being that Powell’s family has continued his legacy. Powell’s daughter, Renee Powell learned the game of golf from her father and went on to the LPGA Tour. She is one of three African American women to ever play in the tour. She also serves as Clearview’s Head Golf Professional, and is known as one of America’s top teachers.
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Historic Jackson State/Mississippi State football game set for 2009

November 7, 2008

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JSU AD Robert Braddy and MSU AD Greg Byrne announce 2009 Bulldogs-Tigers match-up

JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi State Director of Athletics Greg Byrne and Jackson State Director of Athletics Robert Braddy announced today that the Bulldogs and the Tigers will meet on the gridiron for the first time ever next season.
The two schools will open their 2009 campaigns with a Saturday, Sept. 5 contest at Davis Wade Stadium on the Mississippi State campus.
“MSU and JSU fans are in for a treat,” said Braddy. “Mississippi State has always reached out to Jackson State going back to 1975 when they were the first school in the SEC to play us in baseball.”
“This is a historic event in the state of Mississippi,” Byrne said. “It a great way to kick off the season.”

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Prairie View’s Frazier named Coach of the Year

February 15, 2008

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — The Black College Sports Page has announced the selection of Prairie View A&M’s Henry Frazier III as its 2007 Coach of the Year. Frazier was announced as the recipient of the College Sporting News Coach of the Year award in Raleigh, N.C.

This past season Frazier and his coaching staff completed arguably one of the toughest tasks in all of college football, turning around Prairie View A&M’s football program.

At the conclusion of the season the Panther’s football program has seen media entities and football fans nationwide take notice of the historic accomplishments of the football team.
“We’re very appreciative of all the awards and accolades we’ve received,” said Frazier. “I feel extremely blessed to be apart of the turnaround of PVAMU’s football program.”
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