Good Morning, OK Let’s get to it……As we head into weekend three of the SWAC basketball slate, we know that defending champ Texas Southern and runner up Southern University will be fighting to stay on top. TSU heads into Grambling State with a 3-0 mark. Southern stumbled early on the road but broke even with wins over GSU and Jackson State to a 2-2 record. However, the most surprising team thus far is the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils who sit at 2-1 behind leader TSU. The sole lost is a 75-74 OT lost at Alabama State. The Devils started league play winless 0-14 before picking up their first win. MVSU has gone through several issues and chamges. Just four seasons ago, the Devils won the SWAC under former coach, Sean Woods . That year, MVSU went underfeated in SWAC play as well as winning the tournament and heading into NCAA post season. Woods left and Chico Potts took over. Under Potts, things didn’t go to well as the losses mounted, players left the program and questions about Potts management of the team arose. Shortly after Potts was released and an interium coach was in place. Heading into the 2014-2015, Valley officials reached into the NAIA ranks and hired Andre Payne, former Wiley and Texas College head coach to lead the program. Last season , Payne got things in order and finished 6-25. This year, the guys have bought into his program and after losing 14 straight games , MVSU finally benefited from the tough competition. Not only gaining much needed funds from big money games , the Devils were able to compete and win games in SWAC play. Dominating UAPB, AAMU and losing to Alabama State in OT after dominating the Hornets the entire game was a huge plus. MVSU has now gained the respect of other league schools as well as the respect of the Payne. Payne’s recruiting and his philosophy has finally took hold. This year’s team is paced by Marcus Romain with a 16.5 pts a game. Damian Young sits at 10 pts a game. There are a bevy of players who average between 8 to 4 points a game. I call that a balance attack. Another added demension Payne has added is on the bench. Former JSU star and assistant coach, Eric Strothers brings experience as well as on the court knowledge to MVSU . Strother’s presence has been a great one to MVSU program. As the Devils prpare for an indian invasion by Alcorn State on Saturday night, MVSU plans on writing another chapter as the SWAC season moves on.
Good Morning, OK….The NCAA College basketball conference slate is in full swing. Even though it’s early, a few teams are making surprising statements . Within the SWAC, Grambling State has made a statement for everyone in the league to know. The Tigers are 2-0 and look to continue their climb on the road as they visit the struggling Southern Jaguars in a pivotal game for SU. Coach Shawn Walker has won his players over with his style of play and closing out games has been to tone for the GMEN. Coach Roman Banks feels that the Jags has lost their swag after losing 2 key games on the road in SWAC play. Banks will use the next two games, GSU and JSU to re-evaluate his teams desire to win again. GSU’S Nigel Ribero paces the Tigers at 14 points a game. Southern’s Adrian Rogers and Trulan Banks have paced the Jags with a 16 point clip a game.
Houston will be the place to be as the Labor Day Classic takes place on the hardwood as the PVAMU Panthers visit the surging TSU Tigers. After upsetting Southern on Monday , the Panthers finally broke into the win column. Zach Hamilton and Tevin Bellinger leads the Panther attack. TSU’S Chris Thomas , Malcolm Riley and Derrick Griffin forms a 3 headed monster for the Tigers.
Jackson State is off the a surprising start as well. The Tigers visit upstart Alcorn State this weekend. JSU is coming off two wins over the Alabama schools at home. However, heading into nthe reservation could be tough. JSU will counter with Paris Collins 16.4 pts a game. The Braves Marquis Vance leads a well balanced team at 10.6 points a clip.
Mississippi Valley broke into the win column on Monday at home against UAPB. Now the Devils must take on an angry Alabama State team in Montgomery. Coach Lewis Jackson’s Hornets are hungry to get back into the race. MVSU Damian Young 13.2 clip leads the Devils. ASU’S Jamal Waters 14.0 a clip paces the Hornets.
UAPB heads into Huntsville looking to steal one from AAMU, also sitting at 0-2 in the SWAC race. UAPB is paced by JoVaugh Love 10.6 a clip. AAMU is lead by Ladaris Tabb 23.4 clip. The Bulldogs look to get back into the race as well.
Good morning, OK..Let’s get to it. The First weekend of SWAC Men’s hoops ended with a few surprises. Southern University, which was suppose to challenge Texas Southern for rights to the SWAC Throne has stumbled out the gate to an 0-2 record after losing to PVAMU 71-65. Alabama State has stumbled as well to an 0-2 record. The surprise is the Grambling State Tigers which have broken their record of consecutive D I losses after picking up wins against AAMU and the Hornets. The Tigers along with JSU have a 2-0 record heading into weekend two coming up. Texas Southern held their own with wins over Southern and Alcorn to stand pat at 2-0 also.
Texas Southern didn’t mess around as the Tigers roared to a 74-58 victory over the Braves. Derrick Griffin paced the Tigers with 13 before being ejected for fighting. Octavious Brown paced the Braves with 19 points.
Prairie View finally broke into the win column with a 71-65 victory over Southern. Jaryd Johnson paced the Panthers with 21 points. Zachary Hamilton added 12. Southern was lead by Chris Hyder’s 16 followed by Adrian Rogers 15. Trulan Banks chipped in 16 as well.
Grambling sqeezed by Alabama State 84-81. The GMEN were paced by Remond Brown 23. Three other players chipped in 14. ASU was paced by Steve Rogers 19. Four other Hornets players reached double figures also.
Jackson State got by AAMU 67-66. The Tigers were paced by Reaford Worsham 25 points. Chance Franklin chipped in 14 and Kervain Bernard added 12. The Bulldogs were paced by Jacob Perry 18 points.
MVSU finally got into the win column as the Devils defeated UAPB 66-60 in the Valley. MVSU was paced by Marcus Romain 20 points. UAPB was paced by Charles Jackson 13 points.
Happy New Year to all my sports collegues. OK…NCAA basketball is starting to go into full stride as conference play begans for all team. In SWAC play Southern looked like the team to be reconed with as the Jags pulled a few upsets prior to league play. However, opening up at defending champion Texas Southern wasn’t easy. The Jags jumped out to an ealy 10 point lead however, TSU roared back and never looked back as the Tigers stormed passed Southern 88-66. Tigers were lead by Chris Thomas 25 points. Jose Rodriguez chipped in 18. Derrick Griffin and David Blacks chipped in 11 and both had a double double. Thomas also had a double double. The Tigers shot nearly 50% behinbd the arc. The Jaguars had five players in double figures lead by Adrian Banks 14 points. However, horrific shooting doomed the Jaguars.
The GMEN ended their drought of Division I losses as they break through at home against AAMU 81-78. The Tigers were paced by Mark Gray 18 points. Deonte Hearns and Remond Brown chipped in 15 respectively. AAMU was paced by Nick West 19 points.
Jackson State held on to defeat the Alabama State Hornets 68-61 in Jackson, Ms. The Tigers were lead by Paris Collins 12 points. The Hornets were paced by Bobby Brown 18 points.
Alcorn State got off on the right foot as the Braves stole one from the PVAMU Panthers 73-70 in Priarie View. The Braves were lead by Octavious Brown 22 points. Tamarcio Wilson netted 19 for Alcorn State. PVAMU was paced by Zachary HAMILTON’S 31 points.
As we move on ahead……Monday’s match up’s
Southern ( 0-1 ) @ PVAMU ( 0-1 ) 7: 30pm
Alcorn State ( 1-0 ) @ TSU ( 1-0 ) ESPNU 8 PM
Alabama State ( 0-1 ) @ GSU ( 1-0 ) 7: 30pm
AAMU ( 0-1 ) @ Jackson State ( 1-0 ) 7:30pm
UAPB ( 0-0 ) @ MVSU ( 0-0 ) 7:30PM
Good afternoon, OK…lets get back too it…..The 2015 first installment of the Celebration Bowl was a success. Over 50K attended the national televised game to watch Rod Broadway lead his Aggies over the Alcorn State Braves 41-34. The entire weekend was a success. With the partnership of the SWAC, MEAC, Georgia Dome, Atlanta Flacons, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the College Hall of Fame and the Martin Luther King Exihibit group, there was enough fun to go around. ESPN’s Fan Festival was a hit as fans were able to mingle and participate in various events and contest. 2016 Celebration Bowl will be better than ever. Stay tuned….
Good morning, Glad to be back at it….Okay , Let’s get to it. This weekend starts the 2015-2016 College Bowl Season. ESPN , CBS, ABC , NBC, TNT , TBS, FOX among others will fill out the holiday season as Bowl Sponsor’s look to monopolize on many folk tuning in to watch college bowls while enjoying the holidays. From mid to major colleges will be on display until the National Championship will decide who is king in January of 2016. Well, with the blessings of ESPN and both SWAC and MEAC , the newly created Celebration Bowl has been added to the national slate and will be shown live on ABC. HBCU Football will finally be showcased for the world to see. The Celebration Bowl takes place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Dome. SWAC Champ ALcorn State will tangle with MEAC Champ North Carolina A&T. Now as we head into the home stretch of preparations , the Celebration Bowl group with consist of Atlanta Falcons reps, Georgia Dome reps, 100 Men of Atlanta reps , City of Atlanta reps and reps from both schools have been working into the midnight to put together a bowl agenda that would be measured against all other top Division 1 bowls. Starting with the teams’ arrival, many events have been put into place to keep the teams and fans alike buzzing. With traditional HBCU themed events, the ESPN sponsored bowl has even reached down and added Fan Feast among other notoriety events that usually take place at other bowl sites. The Celebration Bowl is sort of auditioning HBCU Football Brand to the nation, and is seeking to be a fixture on the annual bowl slate. With ABC broadcasting, both the SWAC and the MEAC need for their teams and bands to be on point for the national viewing audience. Back in 1995, the first Heritage Bowl took place but later flamed out due to sponsorship problems among other things. However, many years later it seems to me that the organizational group behind the Celebration Bowl got it right. With every stakeholder involved, the Celebration Bowl could be a grande ole success as well as entice more sponsorship to invest and come aboard to solidify and support the HBCU brand as well as the Celebration Bowl itself. What Bowl organizations really want is for 50-70K sitting in the stands and having a great time. HBCU and former NFL historians will also be on hand to help bring the gap and make the day a safe bet. Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T are on the clock. The Celebration Bowl committee……IT’S SHOWTIME!!!
Lenooris Footman began the 2015 season as the back up to All SWAC , ALL HBCU , and Preseason Pick John Gibbs. Gibbs was the 2014 SWAC Player of the Year. Gibbs started the season as usual leading the Braves to win after win. A one point loss to Grambling didn’t hurt as much as the injury he substained on a rainy day in Baton Rouge against Southern. Gibbs substained a high ankle sprain and was sidelined for most of the season. With GAibbs on the shelf, Lenooris Footman got his chance to shine and he did shine as he came in and paced the Braves ground attack to a 48-7 drubbing of the Jaguars. Footman later engineer many more wins as the Braves got on a roll. A 40-34 sat back to PVAMU is the only loss that Footman has endured as starter. Footman’s numbers include 1062 yards rushing and 11 tds on the ground…second to RB D. Ragsdale. Footman’s 962 passing yards and 12 tds is tops for the Braves. Heading into the SWAC Championship game against Grambling, many believed that Gibbs would return to his starting position, however, Coach Hopson elected to stay with the hot youngster as starting QB while Gibbs was the emergency QB. Footman did his usual thing and passed for 202 yards and 3 tds as the Braves blasted the GMEN 49-21 to capture the Celebration Bowl invite. The Super Sophmore has been fantastic and the future seems bright for the Braves. Can he finish the job where the Braves season began in Atlanta?: Stay tuned…