Realsportsrealtalk Midweek Commentary: MVSU, UAPB have a lot to play for…..

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Good morning…..OK…As we approach the last leg of the 2015 SWAC Football season…two teams will be fighting for more than just a win. Mississippi Valley State and University of Arkansas Pine Bluff have experienced one of the worst season in the history of both storied programs. The Delta Devils coached by former JSU head man Rick Comengy has endored a 1-9 season thus far with their only win being an upset victory over AAMU in Huntsville 27-24. Comengy has had to deal with a tiny budget that includes a restricted recruiting budget and many more internal issues. MVSU’S athletic budget is only a fraction of what other SWAC schools may have to offer. Not getting quality recruits plus losing out to top JUCO’S in Mississippi has a lot to do with the Devils fall from grace. Playing in tiny RICE-TOTTEN stadium doesn’t offer much to a top 5 athlete. With donations coming in from MVSU’s national alumni organization, it still may not be enough to run a competitive football program in the SWAC. However, coach Comengy has stuck it out with the small school and seems to be loyal to them for offering their coaching position to him after he was fired by JSU. UAPB has also had a tough season going 1-9 and currently winless in SWAC play thus far. Coach Monte Coleman, who lastly won the SWAC in 2012 defeat Comengy in that championship game . The Lions only win was against SIAC foe Morehouse College. UAPB ‘s Lonza Hardy, Athletic Director is the pioneer of the SWAC as it comes to history and changing of the landscape. Hardy can attest to UAPB’s small budget as well and also competing against JUCO’s as well as the Southland Conference ‘s Central Arkansas and small college Arkansas Monticello for talent as well. Both MVSU and UAPB game will say a lot in going forward into next season to build upon. I even came to a notion that both programs need to get together make their annual game an event……” MID SOUTH CLASSIC” with proceeds going to both schools athletic departments. However, the game itself means much more.

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