Archive for October, 2009

Four Black College teams in national rankings

Four Black College teams are ranked in this week’s Division II and FCS national polls.

Tuskegee edged Albany State in the battle of SIAC titans last weekend, but the Rams are still ranked ahead of the Golden Tigers in this week’s AFCA Division II coaches poll.

Tuskegee’s 21-19 victory in the final minute elevated it from 19th to 16th in the national rankings while previously-unbeaten Albany State dropped from eighth to 14th. But Tuskegee ranks ahead of Albany State in another race – the quest for the SIAC championship.

The three-time defending conference champion now finds itself in the driver’s seat for another title with only league games remaining against Lane and Stillman. Albany State has a key game this weekend against Morehouse, currently third in the SIAC, and finishes the regular season against Fort Valley.

The Albany State-Morehouse winner could represent the SIAC in the Division II playoffs. Tuskegee, on the other hand, could take another conference championship …

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Black College football teams ranked in national polls

South Carolina State and Albany State are the highest-ranked Black College teams in this week’s FCS (formerly Division I-AA) and Division II national rankings.

S.C. State (5-1), whose only loss came against Division I opponent South Carolina, moved from 12th to 10th in this week’s FCS poll following last week’s 35-20 victory over Florida A&M. Last year’s MEAC champion now holds a 3-0 conference record this season and will play at Hampton Saturday.

Albany State (7-0) survived a scare last week against a rejuvenated Clark Atlanta squad, prevailing in overtime 32-29. With the win, the Rams jumped from 10th to 8th in this week’s Division II poll and will host another ranked squad — No. 19 Tuskegee — in a huge SIAC contest Saturday.


Huge game on tap in the SWAC tonight as Southern hosts Prairie View in a contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

With a victory, Prairie View (4-1, 3-0 SWAC Western) could tighten its grip on the division lead as …

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S.C. State tops FAMU in MEAC showdown

South Carolina State used a 28-point second-quarter explosion to pull away from Florida A&M en route to a 35-20 victory Saturday in Orangeburg, S.C.

Leading 7-6 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-0 MEAC) extended their lead with a 2-yard run from Travil Jamison and a 17-yard pass from Malcolm Long to Oliver Young. FAMU (4-2, 2-1) cut the deficit to 21-13 with a 1-yard run by Mykel Benson, but the Bulldogs added TDs from Will Ford (11-yard run) and Donovan Richard (47-yard interception return) to build a 35-13 halftime lead.

See the complete recap of the game and all MEAC scores by clicking here.


Clark Atlanta, playing its first game under interim coach Keith Higdon, had unbeaten Albany State on the ropes Saturday before the Rams eventually prevailed 32-29 in overtime.

The Panthers lost a three-point lead in the final seconds of regulation and opened overtime with a 26-yard field goal. Albany State answered with a 14-yard TD pass …

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Who has the top rivalry in Black College football?

Looking back on the Classic games that have been played this year (and the ones yet to be played), I wanted to throw this question out to everyone – who has the top rivalry in Black College football?

And this doesn’t have to be limited to Classic games. In fact, some of the longest-running rivalries in Black College football have been in place long before Classic games became the norm.

Rivalries tend to bring out the passion in a football fan. If your team wins against its biggest rival, you get to talk smack for at least a year (and who doesn’t enjoy talking a little smack every now and then?)

Rivalries also tend to bring out the fans — thousands and thousands of fans. It’s likely that the two biggest crowds during the football season will be at homecoming and against the biggest rival.

So, who do you think has the top rivalry in Black College football? Most will say it’s their school against their hated rival, but is there one rivalry that most fans will agree stands above …

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Black College Football HOF to enshrine eight

The inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame induction class will have eight members and will be enshirned next February, according to an announcement from HOF organizers.

Former Grambling University and NFL quarterbacks James ‘Shack’ Harris and Doug Williams, among the driving forces behind the Black College HOF, announced Friday that the first class will consist of seven players and/or coaches plus one contributor to Black College football and will be enshrined Feb. 20, 2010 – in conjunction with Black History Month. New York Times columnist and author William Rhoden will serve as the chairman of an 11-person selection committee and an 18-member advisory committee is also in place.

For more information, visit the Hall of Fame’s website by clicking here.


Ex-Clark Atlanta coach Ted Bahhur, who was fired last Tuesday, filed a racial-discrimination complaint Friday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to …

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Clark Atlanta fires coach, more on Black College HOF

Editor’s Note: The AJC reported Wednesday that ousted Clark Atlanta coach Ted Bahhur and his attorney plan to take legal action against the university.

Three weeks ago, Clark Atlanta had an unbeaten record and was excited about its chances against perennial SIAC power Tuskegee.

Now, the Panthers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including a blowout loss to Kentucky State during homecoming last weekend which proved to be the last game for coach Ted Bahhur. The school announced Bahhur’s firing Tuesday, replacing him on an interim basis with assistant head coach Keith Higdon.

In a story posted on,
Clark Atlanta president Carlton E. Brown said in a statement that “we want to thank [interim head coach Keith] Higdon for taking the helm of our football program during this challenging time.”

Clark Atlanta got off to a fast start with wins over Fort Valley and Lane and a forfeit win over Stillman. The losing streak began with a 31-21 loss at Tuskegee Sept. 19 …

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Black College Football HOF headed to Atlanta

The Black College Football Hall of Fame is headed to Atlanta.

Former Grambling University and NFL quarterbacks James ‘Shack’ Harris and Doug Williams will announce the establishment of the Black College Hall of Fame Friday at a press conference in Atlanta. The Hall will honor the greatest football players and coaches at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony will be held in Atlanta in February, in conjunction with Black History Month. The announcement comes two weeks after the NCAA decided to move the College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Ind. to Atlanta.

All-time Black College football team

With the news that the Black College Football Hall of Fame will be established in Atlanta, I have an opportunity to bring up a subject previously discussed in this forum – who should belong on the all-time Black College football team?

You can check out the previous blog, and the team, by clicking here. View the previous …

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Battle of the Bands, part two

There are two things that I try to accomplish with this blog – provide an interesting topic for readers and provoke interesting, passionate conversation (without going over the top).

Think I hit the jackpot big-time Thursday.

For those who might have missed it, I put the following question on the worldwide web yesterday – Who has the best band among HBCU schools? – and threw out a list and poll to go along with it. As I mentioned in the blog, it was just a list (not my personal rankings) used to ‘get the ball rolling’ – and did it roll or what?

My thoughts don’t matter, I created this to get the conversation going. And for those who didn’t follow it yesterday, you can look back on it by clicking here.

Here’s a sampling of what was said ….

“No discussion needed. FAMU shows up and shows out every time!”

“This pole is TOTALLY invalid since you do NOT have the World Famous Grambling State University Marching Band on the list!!! No contest, hands down, the VERY BEST EVER!”

“I have …

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Who has the best band among HBCU schools?

Editor’s Note: Due to such great response to this blog, another forum has been set up. You can join the conversation by clicking here.

This is a question that I hear all the time, and it picked up more steam after last Saturday – Who has the best band among HBCU schools?

After watching FAMU and Tennessee State in the Atlanta Football Classic over the weekend, I would be hard-pressed to pick one or the other. And if you think I’m taking the easy way out by not picking someone, well ….. you are right. I’m not falling into the trap! (Although I must admit that FAM’s melody of Michael Jackson’s songs was pretty smooth).

Who has the best HBCU band?

  • Florida A&M
  • Tennessee State
  • Jackson State
  • Morehouse
  • Clark Atlanta
  • Southern
  • Someone else

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That’s why the Battle of the Bands is so popular. HBCU bands from all over meet up (usually in the ATL) and put it all out there for everyone to see. So, let me throw some names out there …

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