Archive for July, 2009

S.C. State picked to win MEAC

South Carolina State, led by reigning offensive MVP Will Ford, is the preseason pick to win the MEAC championship.

The Bulldogs, who finished 8-0 in the conference and 10-3 overall last season, received 10 first-place votes and 290 total points. Florida A&M was picked to finish second with Hampton, Bethune-Cookman and Norfolk State rounding out the top five.

Ford, a second-team All-American last season, was named the preseason offensive player of the year with Norfolk State DB Terrell Whitehead earning defensive honors. In addition to Ford, South Carolina State had four first-team selections while the Rattlers, led by QB Curtis Pulley, had nine first-team selections.

For the entire preseason squad, visit the MEAC website.

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Kentucky State makes coaching change

Kentucky State was already facing an uphill battle in the SIAC this season after being picked to finish last in the preseason poll. Now, it will enter the season with a new coach after a sudden change days before the opening of camp.

Fred Farrier, the program’s coach for the past four seasons, was fired last weekend and replaced on an interim basis by receivers coach Wayne Dickens. For Farrier, the move came as a total surprise as he was preparing for what he thought might be a successful 2009 season.

“It was a shock,” he told the State-Journal in Frankfort, Ky.  “It was definitely not something I saw coming.”

KSU spokeswoman Felicia Lewis told the newspaper that the University had no statement on Farrier’s dismissal.

Farrier was 19-25 in four seasons at Kentucky State, including back-to-back 3-8 records in 2007 and 2008.

Clark Atlanta, Morehouse prominent on preseason All-SIAC team

Judging by the preseason All-SIAC teams, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse should field solid …

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Black College blog returns July 27

Hello everyone and thanks for your interest in the AJC. I’ve been away for a while, but during that time I’ve tried to come up with ways to make the HBCU Football blog more informative and interactive.

The summer break will continue for another few weeks and I’ll return Monday, July 27 with a new posting as we prepare for the 2009 season. Until then, let me leave you with one question – who will be the top HBCU program in 2009?

Thanks again for your interest and we’ll chat again at the end of the month.

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