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Alpha72

March 11th, 2009
4:21 pm

This is a refreshing addition to the AJC. I look forward to more HBCU Athletic news and have requested the RSS feed so I don’t miss one word. Suggestion: Include a tidbit on each conference and an Independent in each addtion when you can. Thank you so much and Hallelujah!!

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MJ

March 11th, 2009
4:53 pm

Being a Tarheel fan, I hope NC Central beats the snot out of Duke.

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Miranda

March 11th, 2009
6:35 pm

That’s great – its time for Joe Gilliam Jr. to go into the TN Sports Hall of Fame. He was an awesome QB.

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Tyger

March 11th, 2009
6:36 pm

How bout an HBCU mock draft, who’s going this year?

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Sam Dixie (Cao)

March 12th, 2009
7:44 am

Great to read this Tidbit. This is my first but not my last due to this addition. Miranda when I see that name I think Rattlers…are you?

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GOODY26

March 12th, 2009
8:30 am

Good read, would like to see more coverage on HBCU

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lwillingham

March 12th, 2009
10:00 am

Thanks to everyone for the comments so far and I’ll definitely try to follow up on all suggestions. As some of you may remember, this blog had begun to build a pretty decent following last fall and we took a little break while transitioning to the new format (and look). Thanks again for the comments!

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SkegeeFAMU

March 12th, 2009
12:54 pm

Keep up the good work with the updates!

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Golden Kitten

March 12th, 2009
3:38 pm

I wondered what happened. Glad you’re back…

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Darion

March 12th, 2009
3:41 pm

Thanks for the tidbit…I do wish more schools who are located in close proximity of each other would play more often. I think its good for the community. The Duke/NCCU game hopefully will be a success for the Raliegh community. It was refreshing to see Vanderbilt and Tennessee State finally play each other back in ‘06. Maybe we will see a Florida State/Florida A&M or LSU/Southern game in years to come. I also think it helps recruiting.

It was very good to see “Jefferson Street Joe” get inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame! He had an excellent career at TSU. May he rest in peace…

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Tyger

March 13th, 2009
10:57 am

I cant think of two better teams right now in HBCU football. But on another note, does anybody have any opinions on the next HBCU coaching great? Historically there have been some heroes, but who’s would qualify today? Did the Eddie Robinson, Willie Jeffries, Doug Porter trees sprought any roots?

Joe Taylor, Alonzo Lee, Kermit Blount? The latter two from the Willie Jeffries tree. Who was the guy at Bethune with the white leisure suit?

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lwillingham

March 13th, 2009
11:22 am

Tyger,
The guy at Bethune-Cookman, Alvin Wyatt, has been around for many years and has fielded some pretty good teams. As for the coaches, I’d start by looking at the leaders of the top two HBCU programs. Rod Broadway brought plenty of D-I experience to Grambling while Buddy Pough apparently knows the state of South Carolina like the back of his hand and spent some time with one of my favorite coaches of all-time – Lou Holtz.
There are a couple of good coaches over here in the A – Rich Freeman at Morehouse and Ted Bahhur at Clark Atlanta.

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JROCK

March 13th, 2009
11:43 am

The Black College blog is an interesting read. I would like to see and read much more HBCU athletic news in the AJC. Mr. Reese in the past was very good with his HBCU coverage. It is my belief that the coverage should be increased….Geaux Jags!!! A SUperior Product!!!

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Tyger

March 13th, 2009
3:03 pm

Is there anyone close to dynasty levels of Robinson, Jeffries, Porter? Are those days a thing of the past?

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lwillingham

March 13th, 2009
3:09 pm

Legitimate question for sure. Would like to think there are potential dynasties out there, but in this world of instant gratification that we live in, is there enough patience among administrators to give coaches a chance to be in one place for a long time?

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Michelle

March 13th, 2009
3:51 pm

ROAD TRIP :)

I’m ready so if anyone is planning a bus trip/road trip/trip just let me know ;)

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GeorgiaBoy

March 13th, 2009
5:13 pm

The HBCU news is great. My local papers don’t carry news and/or many scores so this has been great. The news about the game in Orlando would not be in any media until late August. I live in south Georgia. I love all HBCU football but Skegee is #1.

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R.Best

March 13th, 2009
5:22 pm

How about Bill Hayes former coach at WSSU, NCA&T State Univ and now AD at Floida A&M produced some great in N.C.

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Get Real

March 13th, 2009
5:47 pm

Off topic, I would love to see Morehouse/Clark square off in the dome once a year. The matchup is always a thing of ‘beauty’ for the fans, I mean that literally. A lot of people would show up.

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Big Fella

March 13th, 2009
6:07 pm

JSU Tiger always representing…….

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Cliff Rutledge

March 13th, 2009
6:31 pm

Glad to have you there giving information on HBC. We broaadcast High school football and will aways make references to Black teamd and your paper and articles are great sources of information. Keep it coming.

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RA

March 13th, 2009
8:52 pm

I would like to see an objective article on HBCU Football’s participation in the NCAA FCS & DII Playoffs. There are those of us that hunger for FCS & DII Playoffs wins, and there are others that just wish for HBCU Football conferences to leave the NCAA Playoff route. An article about this topic in the AJC, would bring more people “into the know,” regarding our unique situation; helping individuals to see how passionate some of us are about the post season experience for HBCU Football teams.

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12kyle

March 14th, 2009
12:31 pm

I am an alum of South Carolina State and I’m glad that we’re playing against Grambling. I’m looking forward to the game.

I think you can’t ignore the legacy that Joe Taylor has established. He put Hampton football on the map. He will do the same at Florida A&M.

I think it will be tough to see coaches do what Willie Jeffries and Eddie Robinson did. I played for Jeffries in the early 90s and he was a great coach and role model. There is tremendous pressure to win at HBCUs right now. I don’t know if the schools would keep a coach for 10 or 20 yrs.

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Reg Watkins

March 14th, 2009
12:42 pm

Undoubtably, you guys do not know about Jake Gaither from Florida A&M and Big John Merritt from Tennessee State. Any tree root sprouts for up and coming coaches would have to sprig from these two coaches as Gaither’s Blood, Sweat, and Tears teams and Merritt’s Big Blue Tiger teams were some of the best in HBCU football. Add Florida A&M to the list of teams to watch next year with Joe Taylor at the helm.

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CG SAMUEL

March 14th, 2009
12:51 pm

I THINK THIS IS GOING TO A GREAT MATCHUP. GRAMBLING IS GOING TO FIND OUT WHY SC STATE WAS RANKED 13TH IN THE FINAL D-IAA POLL. THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION ALONE. IN THE WORDS OF THE LATE GREAT MARVIN GAYE,”LET’S GET IT ON”

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Walt Bee

March 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

I think any national exposure for HBCU football is great. It should be an entertaining game. I think you have to throw Willie Slater of Tuskegee in the equation of great coaches. Check his record. You can say what you want about being in a smaller division (Div II) but under his guidance all TU does is win.

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JROCK

March 14th, 2009
1:24 pm

I believe that Grambling State and SCSU are currently the two marquis programs in BCF. It will be a good match up and just may set the tempo for one of the two programs’ season.

I believe it would be very difficult for any current coach to reach the heights of an Eddie Robinson in this day and age. However, BCF has quite a few coaches currently that have enjoyed extremely good tenures at their respective schools. A few examples of these coaches are Pete Richardson of Southern U, Joe Taylor of FAMU (former Hampton U coach) and Rod Broadway of Grambling State (former NCCU coach). Coach Comegy of Jackson State also have had formidable success (former Tuskegee coach). Odd enough, all of the aforementioned coaches were part of a D-2 HBCU program in route to coaching at the FCS level.

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Mr. B

March 14th, 2009
1:57 pm

willingham, You couldn’t have said it any better! All of sports in every level is going to have this problem of trying to find the next legacy. For HBCU’s.. We have to deal with the “having too much success” factor too.. Meaning as soon as you have the program winning and advancing in the playoffs for a couple of years, the BIG programs WILL come sniffing around with their big bucks and big facilities to make it extremely difficult to stick around.

Oh well.. I will still Hope that my U (the REAL, HU) will be back on top of the MEAC soon! The last few years of finish less than first have been painful!! lol

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Satchel Kelly

March 14th, 2009
2:28 pm

That’s cool…I am sure it will be a great game. However the main reason I will be going is to see the bands, especially The Champagne Dancers of SCSU!

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GADAWG

March 14th, 2009
2:32 pm

When will the SWAC Championship Game finally be cancelled and the Bayou Classic rescheduled? They serve very little purpose and prevent really good SWAC Teams from going to the playoffs.

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qdog2

March 14th, 2009
3:09 pm

When you mentioncurrent successful HBCU coaches and legendary or Dynasty status the conversation begins and ends with Pete Richardson at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA

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Chesare S. Horton

March 14th, 2009
4:28 pm

As a graduate of GSU, I am so excited that this game has been scheduled for the top two teams in Black College Football to square off; and on television at that! Go GRAMBLING!

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Hubbard

March 14th, 2009
5:17 pm

What about Williard Bailey currently at St. Paul’s College. Won CIAA championships with Virginia Union and Norfolk State.

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MBC

March 14th, 2009
6:47 pm

The Willie Jefferies tree, you have the late Bill Davis who lead Sav. State back to greatness and also current Bulldog coach Oliver ‘Buddy’ Pugh.

I wish more of our black kids would go back to our schools!!!!

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js3atl

March 14th, 2009
6:49 pm

Pete Richardson at Southern. Three Black Natinal Championships, Beat Grambling at least 7 consecutive years … SCSU also a number of years. SWAC is where its at.

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Erik B

March 14th, 2009
7:12 pm

That would be a cool match up…But there really isn’t any competition without FAMU in the house!

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KimaniKing

March 15th, 2009
6:52 am

I believe Tuskegee has a strong argument for being in this top two. Tuskegee completed an undefeated season in 2007. Then followed that season with a 10-1 season in 2008. I understand that SIAC is divison two. But here is my argument. Tuskegee loss to Alabama State (Swac) on a bad call. And the ref was permanently banned from games in the conference. If this would not have happened, Tuskegee would have been undefeated beating 2 SWAC teams. Obviously you know where I went to school.:)

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Ike

March 15th, 2009
7:35 am

I believe this a great match-up between two great HBCU college football teams. This could be the beginning of a great rivalry if both teams continue to dominate in their conferences.

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Jpeezy

March 15th, 2009
8:29 am

S.C. State got a raw deal from the pollsters last year…clearly the best team in Black College Football. The only losses for the Bulldogs were to U. of Central Florida, Clemson, and App. State (defending FCS Champions). As for future coaching legends, Buddy Pough (who played for and subsequently coached with Willie Jeffries) is rebuilding the Bulldog Dynasty. A former All-MEAC performer himself, he has been and continues to be an ambassador for S.C.S.U., the MEAC, and the entire coaching profession. Go BULLDOGS!!!

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Tyger

March 15th, 2009
10:33 am

And vice-versa, where in HBCU-land does a President last more than 5-10 years? That turnover at the top leads to turnover everywhere. But the outcome is the same, today’s HBCU coaches dont have the longevity of the Eddie Robinsons, Willie Jeffries or Doug Porters.

I guess the bigger question is, if any of todays HBCU coaches achieved the success of those predecessors, would they even stay?

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kurt henry

March 15th, 2009
3:02 pm

go bulldogs!!! the Meac owns the swac in football matchups…

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kurt henry

March 15th, 2009
3:07 pm

as a former DB for south carolina state, under coach willie jefferies, I’m sick of the NFL and most of the nation disrespecting HBCU’s, when we are by far more talented or just as talented as the guys in your so call BCS programs.. Apparently the football fans in America forgot that in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s, half of the players in the NFL came from black schools.

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Barry

March 15th, 2009
5:17 pm

Hey Y’all:

I wish they would of had this game last year when
Delaware State University (DSU) won the MEAC with an undefeated record and advanced to the Division I-AA playoff. DSU would have kicked Gramblings butt. Nevertheless, the current MEAC champions are well deserving to represent the MEAC against the SWAC next football season. I am more than confident that South Carolina State University will take Grambling to the “woodshed”. Any MEAC champion look forward to the challenge with at positive out come of MEAC as the winner.

GO MEAC. GO DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS!!!!

GOOD LUCK, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS!!!!!

Ringold

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Bookert T.

March 15th, 2009
6:03 pm

It’s good to see both HBCU major conferences get early preseason hype. Hopefully, the hype is justified with solid team play and great sportsmanship!

Texas Southern University (SWAC)

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Andre'

March 15th, 2009
6:09 pm

Wow…my Alma Mater SC State getting play on the AJC?

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JGM

March 15th, 2009
6:54 pm

The potential for dynasties such as the one of Coach Robinson’s at Gram is not likely. There are different dynamics in play today when recruiting players out of high school.

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mullgrav

March 15th, 2009
9:42 pm

I would like to see more spotlight on ALL HBCU’s.

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TigerAlum

March 16th, 2009
2:29 am

I have to say that coaching legends may be no more. Doug Williams was on the right track but left after just nine seasons. Coaches nowadays are too eager to climb up to a bigger program instead of building the one they left behind. Also, administrations are too quick to pull the trigger on a coach that can’t produce bowl wins or .800 seasons consistently. I don’t think we’ll ever see a Bryant or Robinson ever again.

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EddieKang48

March 16th, 2009
7:14 am

Well, I tell you this we better start introducing our kids to these great storied universities before all is lost. We have to increase interest in our schools and their sporting events.

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EddieKang48

March 16th, 2009
7:18 am

I too played for Willie Jeffries in the mid 90’s. Two fingers in the air let me know you’re out there!!!!!! Bulldog Tenacity!!!!!!!!!

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sunny

March 16th, 2009
7:44 am

I love any and all HBCU FOOTBALL………I WISH IT WOULD GET MORE MEDIA ATTENTION. I REALLY WISH THE HBCU’S HAD THERE OWN CABLE STATION FOR ALL THE SPORTS. I’M HOOKED ON MORGAN STATE BUT I LOVE ALL HBCU’s.
MY heart go out to ALL BLACK SCHOOLS, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO KEEP ON BLESSING THEM.

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the ams(asu)

March 16th, 2009
12:35 pm

to the fans of the big teams…have some fun and don’t forget the small teams.
The fellow who love the tigers(siac)the rams is the one that play in the chall game(the big teams). Maybe oneday the tigers will feel the feeling of being in the big game at the start.
GOOD LUCK IN THE GAME (BOTH TEAMS). HAVE SOME FUN IN ORLANDO.

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Rick

March 16th, 2009
3:35 pm

Jerry Rice

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Noneya

March 17th, 2009
4:37 pm

Claude Humphrey could have made that list but I see why he didn’t over Deacon Jones. Eldridge Dickey is a great selection and Jefferson Street Joe Gilliam could have been honorable mention. Guess you can say I’m a little biased…..

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Larry Edwards

March 17th, 2009
4:43 pm

Hats off to SCSU. Most definitely one of the top teams in HBCU history. A big shout out to William “Bill” Hamilton, Sports Information Director at SCSU for a job well done. Go Bulldogs!!!!

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jj

March 17th, 2009
4:49 pm

I am glad to announce that The Fort Valley State Univ.Wildcats will be traveling to La.to play Southern Univ. this year.A great trip for Wildcat fans.

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johnmerrittclassic

March 17th, 2009
10:58 pm

Thank you for the past and current news that you are providing on HBCU sports it is outstanding DATA for HBCU supporters.

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GB

March 18th, 2009
11:10 am

HBCU candidates will perform well and should always be considered, NFL is also be missing out on talent in the Semi-pro, and other leagues we have here in the south.

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DeeMcKenzie

March 18th, 2009
11:11 am

Sure players from HBCU schools will perform well in the NFL. These are athletes who decided to attend a Black school. Greatness is greatness no matter where you are. I for one am glad they are being looked at and not overlooked. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie proved that some of the best NFL players can be found at the HBCU schools!

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sunny

March 18th, 2009
11:11 am

Yes This Is just A TRUE BLESSING. AND I’M GLAD THESE YOUNG MEN REALLY PLAY WELL AND PUT THERE HEARTS IN THE GAME, AND IT’S ABOUT TIME, HBCU’S LET THE DRAFTING START………

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Willie Jacks

March 18th, 2009
11:12 am

I think Athletes from HBCU’s will fair just as well as any other athlete that comes out of a small school. And with the parity in NCAA football rivaling that of it’s pro counterpart, I see no reason why HBCU athletes shouldn’t see an uptick in their overall draftworthiness.

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JGrant

March 18th, 2009
11:12 am

WOW, I think this is great and some of these players get a good look and consideration from the scouts!

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Toni Reynolds

March 18th, 2009
11:25 am

My son is attending a JR College at Louisburg College in North Caroline do you do any Drafting from any JR Colleges?

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wtls

March 18th, 2009
11:51 am

They will do well. I’m happy they at least have the opportunity. Shannon Sharpe attended Savannah State, and he is a Hall of Fame TE. Big things can happen for these kids!

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AH

March 18th, 2009
11:53 am

talent is talent. It doesn’t matter where these kids went to college if they can play a team is going to check them out. Now lets not have this same discussion next year if there are no pro days at any of the HBCU’s because that is just going to cheapen the accomplishments of these kids past and present.

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Greg

March 18th, 2009
12:35 pm

they are as good as it gets, some are at the schools to hone the craft because D1s wouldn’t give them a chance for varying reasons.

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Johnny Too Good

March 18th, 2009
12:48 pm

Glad to see the HBCU athletes get some recognition, some of the NFL’s best talent was found at HBCU’s anybody remember Jerry Rice(Miss. Valley State) and Shannon Sharpe(Savannah State)?

Shout out to those Golden Rams down at Albany State!!

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JDSV

March 18th, 2009
12:49 pm

Just want to address Toni Reynolds question and I do not believe that they draft from JR College’s at this time; It has to do with the rule that you cannot enter the draft until three (3) yrs after your High School graduating class has been out of High School.

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Brian

March 18th, 2009
10:29 pm

Our schools are doing well in the Pros, I think at least all teams but two had a player from an HBCU on its roster and total of at least 27 in the league. Donte’ Curry Morris Brown Carolina Panthers, Carey Scott Kentucky State (no longer in league. Several Clark Atl. Panthers over the years (the late Chuck Evans). Tavaris Jackson, ALA. State All the names may not be marque but the good thing is the players are getting a good look and are doing well.

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Wreddawg3

March 19th, 2009
2:40 pm

Tuskegee University alone has 2 starting DB’s in then NFL Frank Walker (Baltimore Ravens) and Drayton Florence (Jacksonville Jaguars). Anthony Mitchell (Retired – Superbowl Champion) and Roosevelt Williams formerly of the Chicago Bears. All of these DB’s went in a 4 year span of one another.

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Johnno Johnson

March 23rd, 2009
6:02 pm

Check into the great players from Morris Brown College who had outstanding careers … can’t recollect their names, one was an outstanding defensive end for the 49′ers and the otehr and outstanding defensive back.

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Al Beeski

March 25th, 2009
10:25 am

Great job Leo, I love HBCU football, and really appreciate the updates. Keep up the good work. Will you reveal a spring HBCU Top 10 heading into next year, what about a pre-season All- America & updates on where last years seniors are headed after the draft as free agents?

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Doug

March 25th, 2009
5:11 pm

Judging by the list – 3 out of 4 should have started last month. Is it too soon to Trash Talk?!

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Dick Harris

March 25th, 2009
7:47 pm

Roosevelt Williams was a product of Savannah State’s 98 1# Defense NCAA D II. Redshirted and played two years at State until Steve Wilks left. He than transferred to Tuskeegee and went 3rd round to the Bears.

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Carlton Riddick

March 26th, 2009
10:27 am

Hey Leo don’t forget the CIAA Football teams!

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Sonja

March 26th, 2009
10:33 am

Never too soon to trash talk. Rattlers gonna whoop some butt. Watch out MEAC!

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Trenell

March 26th, 2009
10:48 am

Thanks Leo, I look forward to updates on last years seniors as well. Your doing a great job!!! Go Grambling State Tigers!!!!

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John

May 28th, 2009
4:45 pm

Leo, Will you please include SIAC schools? Morehouse and CAU

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FCS Power

June 24th, 2009
2:42 pm

Ok with all of the nice crap! Grambling is going to beat the piss out of South Carolina State! 35-7! The defense will be too much for SCSU!

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Al Beeski

July 30th, 2009
10:58 am

Yeah Leo,
The mighty Rams appear loaded down here in the ‘Bany this year, especially with Skeegee losing so many skill players, ASU should win the conference title this year if they stay injury free.

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Brian

July 30th, 2009
12:48 pm

CAU will be solid for the second year in a row!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BC

July 30th, 2009
4:43 pm

Watch out for Morehouse. They will be the surprise team to win the SIAC.

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Irving Mitchell

August 1st, 2009
4:32 pm

Thanks for covering HBCU sports. It has been a long dry spell and those of us who are HBCU grads crave more reporting. Just do more reporting.

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Barry

August 1st, 2009
6:04 pm

That poll must be crazy. There is no way any of those team will beat Delaware State University this year. There must be some political jockying going on among the coaches in the MEAC to even think Florida A&M, Hampton, Bethune Cookman, and Norfolk State can beat Delaware State. I give South Carolina State some credit. They are the reigning MEAC champs. But the others , no way!!! Justify their selection? You can’t, and not mention Delaware State. Something is real fishy with this.

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akaree16

August 2nd, 2009
5:58 pm

The SIAC should not, and I mean SHOULD NOT look over FVSU this year.

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Doug

August 3rd, 2009
10:30 am

HooRAA Football!!… I like the Albany State #1 Rankings in the Predictions Poll over Tuskegee. Tuskegee is in a rebuilding year. Should be a nice game in Albany,GA come Oct. 24th to CLEAR things UP!!!

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Sad Bison

August 3rd, 2009
10:35 am

Sadly, it won’t be my Howard Bison. I long for the days of Lee DeBose, Harvey Reed, Jay Walker and Ted White…cuz we stink right now!

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Bronco Alum

August 3rd, 2009
10:42 am

FSU, has the opportunity to turn in one of the best seasons in Bronco history, but, it is hard to pick a DII school over a DI-AA(It will always be that to me, LOL). Anyone can be beat on any given day, but, I would assume if FSU played a Full DI-AA schedule it would not be as successful. So I pick South Carloina Sate as best black college team and FSU as the best in DII.

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Add Seymour

August 3rd, 2009
11:36 am

I will ALWAYS say the Tennessee State Tigers, but South Carolina State is super strong this year.
However, this is Big Blue Country, baby ! Go TSU!!!

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Leo Willingham

August 3rd, 2009
12:42 pm

The Grambling-S.C. State game kicking off the season should be a great one. Some have told me they would like to see a matchup like that at the end of the year, but that can’t happen. FAMU is supposedly loaded and so is Jackson State, but it’s hard to argue with the preseason vote from conference coaches. Or is it?

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JayD

August 3rd, 2009
12:45 pm

Bethune-Cookman University!!!!

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Mississippi P

August 3rd, 2009
1:40 pm

Jackson State is loaded but they have probably the toughest start for the season. Their the first four games are Mississippi State in Starksville, Tennessee State in Memphis, Grambling and Southern University in Jackson. If they can get through this stretch 3-1, only losing to an Miss State of the (SEC), they will be in the drivers seat awaiting a second meeting with Grambling in the SWAC Championship game in December.If they can pull it off a second time(tough to beat a good team twice)they will be the New Black College National Champions hands down.Go JSU Tigers ( Big Blue Bengals) Sonic Boom !!!!

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BILLY

August 3rd, 2009
2:01 pm

AS A FORMER GOLDEN TIGER I MUST SAY, SKEGEE IN DA HOUSE!!!!!!!!.WE LOST ONE(1) QB,BUT THE RUNNING ATTACKS BEGIN THIS YEAR.GOOD QB,BUT BETTER GROUND GAME. THE SKEGEE NATION……….ON TOP…..AGAIN!!!!! EVERYBODY LOVE DEM’ GOLDEN BOYS!!!

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Maurce Freeman

August 3rd, 2009
4:59 pm

Florida A & M Rattlers return 19 of 22 starters this year. What a turn a round for the Orange and Green. Don’t look back for the Rattlers because the Rattlers will be at the front of the pack.

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Barry

August 3rd, 2009
5:20 pm

Hey Y’all:

The “BEAST of the EAST” and the MEAC will be DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY.
I guarantee Delaware State will rearrange the rankings in national and HBCU rankings. MARK MY WORDS!! The HORNETS will be the team to beat. Those in the MEAC know, underestimating Delaware State will be to their detriment. I just love the underestimization due to that means Delaware State University, at the end of the season, will be the MEAC champs. MARK MY WORDS!!!!

GO DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS!!

“THE BEAST OF THE EAST”

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Keno

August 3rd, 2009
5:34 pm

The GREAT Grambling State University!!!

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dooley

August 3rd, 2009
6:20 pm

albany state all the way baby

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MrDFCS

August 3rd, 2009
8:21 pm

ALBANY STATE will be the best Black College in the country! Bar None!

GO RAMS>> ALL THE WAY FROM THE ATL

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Know-It_All

August 4th, 2009
12:01 am

Grambling should win the SWAC which means they are automatically bettter than the rest of the HBCU’s. Look out for those Alabama State Hornets.

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John

August 4th, 2009
12:03 am

The Mighty Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College

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One Striking RATTLER

August 4th, 2009
1:03 am

The coach’s coach of all HBCUs, Jake Gaither. Legendary teams at FAMU. Any discussion of HBCU that doesn’t pay respect to Jake is meaningless.

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Mr. Smith

August 4th, 2009
9:38 am

I’ll give it to Albany St., but Fort Valley gone get blasted when they go to Southern for their homecoming wish i could be there.

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BWood

August 4th, 2009
10:01 am

Tenn St. baby all the way!!!

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[...] Several readers have responded to the previous blog asking “Who will be the top Black College team in 2009?” [...]

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Trevin Montgomery

August 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

First of all, the SWAC hands down is the best conference in HBCU football. And with that said, GRAMBLING will reign supreme again as the best in Black College Football.
In all honesty, I wish they would create a superconference of HBCUs: Grambling, Southern, Jackson State, Alabama A&M, Howard, SC State, Hampton, and FAMU. Just an example.

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thick girl

August 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

Please…announce the DATE, TIME AND LOCATION of this game!!! No Angel City Classic this year, so I will make a trip to San Diego. Also, can you get some radio and bill board ads up here in Los Angeles.

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John

August 4th, 2009
7:26 pm

Mr. Willingham Is there a list of the greatest players that have attended/graduated from HBCU’s? Something like a all decade team for FAMU or Morehouse is what I’m looking for.

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VLW

August 4th, 2009
11:17 pm

Look out for the Southern University Jags. SU has the QB and WR in BCF.

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Doug

August 5th, 2009
11:07 am

Billy?!! Now you know Deep…DEEP…DEEEP! Down INSIDE! You and “SKEGEE NATION” really don’t belive in your own post! We will only allow one blog retrival on this blog….Try the Question Again! Who will be the top Black College team in 2009?

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Ram Pride

August 6th, 2009
11:15 am

ASU Golden Rams for 2 reasons…I) tradition never graduates and ii)the schedule sets up nicely…”Skegee Nation” has to come through Albany for a SIAC nation

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Ram Pride

August 6th, 2009
11:15 am

ASU Golden Rams for 2 reasons…I) tradition never graduates and ii)the schedule sets up nicely…”Skegee Nation” has to come through Albany for a SIAC championship

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ACe

August 6th, 2009
2:17 pm

hey think girl, Here is the link for more info: http://www.sandiegofootballclassic.com/
Hope this helps!

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harold dean trulear

August 6th, 2009
8:03 pm

That would be Tommy Hart for the 49ers and George Atkinson for the Raiders. I’m old school so I have to cast a vote for Tank Younger.

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Barry

August 7th, 2009
11:27 pm

SIAC and CIAA teams are no match for teams in the MEAC and SWAC. You all no it so lets just get real. Their players are too small against the big boys. Their wins against each other have given them a “false sense of security” about the level of football they play. Those who do these polls should know that and stop playing with knowledgeable sports fans intellegence.

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TH-1

August 9th, 2009
4:17 am

Shannon Sharpe at Tight End, from Savannah State…next year at this time he will be an NFL Hall of Famer!!! One of the best to play that position!

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TH-1

August 9th, 2009
4:20 am

Georgetown Hoyas at Savannah State Tigers in Men’s Basketball this year!!!

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Joe D. OLD SCHOOL RAM!!!

August 9th, 2009
10:35 am

Skegee has ruled the SIAC for the past three years but the Golden Rams of Albany State University is back to regain the SIAC title. Watch out for FVSU and its outstanding reciever Ricardo Lockette. Lockette should go high in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Johnny Too Good

August 9th, 2009
5:19 pm

Coach White gonna have dem Golden Rams ready to go as always, it doesnt matter who Tuskegee brings

Shout out to #3 Jonathan Armstrong

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Johnny Too Good

August 9th, 2009
5:20 pm

Fort Valley fell from glory a long time ago………… and they are stil not a threat

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DHOUSE

August 10th, 2009
12:02 pm

John, You’re right! MOREHOUSE is in the “HOUSE” to win the SIAC.

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J PHILLY

August 10th, 2009
3:16 pm

I think the national black college football champion will come out of the Bayou Classic again. When they meet Grambling will be No. 1 and Southern will be No. 2 – kind of similar to 2003 I think. Should be the match up of all season.

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RattlerInCali

August 11th, 2009
11:52 am

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY, MEAC CHAMPS!! Eager to see what my Rattlers will do this year!!!

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RattlerBob

August 12th, 2009
2:04 pm

Florida A&M University has the best coach and the best talent not only to win the Black College National Championship but they will win the FCS Championship. The Rattlers had a great recruiting class, some great transfers, a great reshirted class, the best returning startings in the MEAC, and they had one helluva offseason conditioning and summer workouts. This will be the year of the Rattler!!!!!!!!!

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hamburger

August 12th, 2009
5:34 pm

DB

August 13th, 2009
2:20 pm

I think that it is ok the way it is. I was a Sr. @ Albany State the year we went to the Simi-finals (2005 or 2004) and lost to valdost St. with a because of a 2nd half comeback win in the rain that messed up my new shirt and made me late to work. We were close and suffered our only loss of the season, and was the only team to beat the national champion that year. Valdosta State. I do wish that the top four black schools should be able to play in 2 seperate games and be placed afterward as the HBCU National champ and ranking 1-4. That would help recruiting, and get our HBCU’s much needed prime time marketing! GO RAMS… Number 1 HBCU in our great UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.!!

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Stephens

August 13th, 2009
2:45 pm

Well Leo, being a former player and graduate of AAMU I think that the school benefits the most from the school playing a Classic or Championship game. Why, becuase of the revenue that is generated and the importance that is placed on creating something special for the institution. Granted an HBCU can compete on a national stage however you have to make it so that you have a plus one game that allows these schools to gain access to the national stage. Great column Leo I would like to add that HBCU’s need to be more aggressive in signing more talented players and the only way that’s going to happen is that the Divison 1-AA HBCU’s get together and push for regional TV rights so that these kids get the exposure that is warranted.

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Add Seymour

August 13th, 2009
3:51 pm

There has to be a way that BOTH can happen for HBCUs. HBCUs will always play in Classic games – at Tennessee State, our three of our first four games are long-standing Classic games (the fourth is a game against Southern which in its on way is a Classic-like game). Then we spend the rest of the OVC season gearing up for a run at the I-AA playoffs. So Classic games and NCAA playoff games for HBCUs can definitely work.
But a championship game should also be able to work. Most of the D-1 conferences have championship games and could (should, actually) do a playoff schedule throughout December. HBCU conferences should maybe back their seasons up a week or work with the NCAA to make the schedules conducive. So there can be championship games and then playoff games. There’s no reason it can’t work.

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bmoney

August 13th, 2009
4:10 pm

Play in the playoffs. Measure yourselves versus other quality programs. There is no reason that what’s being achieved at App State can’t occur at one of the HBCU’s. As long as the schools only compete amongst themselves, they will never get better and never win titles.

BTW – SCSU played well at App State.

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jeffMan

August 13th, 2009
6:10 pm

It’s a sell out for HBCUs not to compete for a national championship in football. For all those who did not have the chance to compete as equals with the other universities in the championship series, current HBCUs should be ashamed. Some things are not always about the money. Has the SWAC championship game ever made a profit? It is a forgotten game, even for the fans of the schools that participate. The return on winning a national championship would cover any return from a somewhat meaningless conference win. It you cannot have the classics and compete in the championship series, drop the classic.

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Sugar Hill Dawg

August 13th, 2009
6:30 pm

I’m a UGA grad, so I’m looking at the issue without a dog in the fight, but….I used to live in northern Louisiana (Barksdale AFB in Bossier City), and I can tell you the Southern vs Grambling State game was THE state game of the year. The bands, the fans, the pride on the line – you name it, it was (and, I guess, it still is) life and death! I grew up an LSU fan, saw the light, and attended America’s finest university, but I have to say the GA – FLA game has NOTHING on SU – GSU! One of these days I’ll go downtown to a Morehouse game and see if the vibe is still alive in the HBCU environment. As a player, I’d love the chance to get a ring with National Champs on it, but….I’d hate to see the Classic games fall by the wayside.

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Djack0062

August 14th, 2009
2:05 am

I know its about money. Would have loved to see how ‘Skegee and Grambling would have done in the playoffs (NCAA). I hate seeing the SIAC, SWAC, CIAA sending the second best team in some cases to the NCAA playoffs…The tradition and the money from the classics I don’t see the HBCU’s giving that up anytime soon – at least the money makers that are played after the NCAA playoffs start. Don’t like the idea of a playoff, I do favor the HBCU’s taking on some of the local “backyard” teams (Troy State, Valdolsta State, West Georgia….etc) more often during the regular season. National stage – more and more colleges are starting football programs (Georgia State, Lagrange Georgia, Old Dominion..competing for recruits) and I fear HBCU’s ability to compete on the “national level” difficult – if that is a concern. I could be wrong but I do think TSU saw the writing on the wall.

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Shelt

August 14th, 2009
9:32 am

Until the Financial model of the FCS and DII playoffs changes the choice will be a no-brainer. In the playoffs to host games you have to pay the NCAA and the NCAA gets most of the money off the gate. If you’re a road team the NCAA will pay your teams travel expenses, but nothing else (no band, no cheerleaders, no extras). Tuskegee, Grambling, Southern, and Alabama State are not going to give up guaranteed 6 figure paydays for a chance to pay the NCAA to be in their playoffs. That would be sheer stupidity!

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Al Beeski

August 14th, 2009
9:35 am

Whassup Leo, I’m an Albany St. grad(95)and attend several games here and on the road every year. There have been very few HBCU teams in D-II which could actually compete for a national title. As a matter of fact, the only teams in the past 15 years with an above average shot was Hampton ~96 (before they joined MEAC), Albany State in ‘05, and the Tuskegee team in ‘07. Therefore, on the field there have not been many teams with the talent to win a national title.I totally understand the financial windfall and the tradition that goes along with playing in these classics. That being said the HBCUs should honor their tradition and continue playing in these classics, but play them earlier in the year so they can qualify for postseason play and give these student-athletes a chance to win a national championship. Consequently, the schools would get much more publicity and financial success if they actually won a national title.

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Reality Check

August 14th, 2009
10:27 am

I think the day of the Classic has come and gone. It’s nice that a five or six schools get the added attention from playing these games. But only two get the benefit of getting any major TV exposure from it. We have tons of talented teams and players. For our teams to truly be national programs at the I-AA level and have the chance to develop real long term chances at Division I, we must enter into and succeed int he Division II and I-AA playoff structure. Otherwise we will continue to be marginal football teams that only get the light of day as a group once or twice a year.

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Southern Jaguar Fan

August 14th, 2009
11:30 am

Leo, this is a great question? Among those of us in SWAC circles, this question has been tossed around quite a bit for quite some time.

I honestly would rather the Classics, and I say that for one reason only. From what I know, HBCUs don’t have the financial support that others school do. Those “classics” allow HBCUs to a fairly sizeable payday that I don’t believe they could get in a playoff.

Also, with regards to competing in playoffs, some schools would lose out on many of the “traditions” (Bayou Classic during Thanksgiving weekend), and so forth, if some schedule juggling were to take place.

Keep up the great work Leo, and keep the questions, news and updates coming….!!!!

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Styck

August 14th, 2009
12:46 pm

It is a hilarious and disingenuous debate in many ways.

There is a very obvious jealousy and bias against the HBCUs from the majority institutions in FCS and DII. First and foremost, few of those schools can ever dream of the revenue HBCUs derive from the “Classics”. The only way they generate revenue is from the payday games from FBS schools – which HBCUs are mysteriously almost totally shut out of (there are even majority schools that have NEVER played a single game in their program’s history – Georgia State and South Alabama – that are on the schedule’s of FBS schools).

The SWAC has led 1AA or the FCS 29 of the last 30 years in attendance. So what you do? Play in a money losing, nobody watching playing, or play on national TV in front of 60-70,000 fans while generating 100s of thousands of dollars.

And, there is NO better marketing that an HBCU can do than the Classics, putting your school in front of thousands of potential students and parents several times a year.

It is funny to hear complaints from fans of schools who participate in the BCS while shunning a true playoff. The BCS is not about selecting a true national champion, but generating $$$ which the classics do for FBS teams.

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TheHillDawg

August 14th, 2009
1:52 pm

As an AAMU grad I say if D1 doesn’t believe in playoffs then why should we. Small schools lose money in playoff scenarios when you factor in travel costs and other detracting factors. Lets be honest, the level of talent is way down at HBCU’s right now and I don’t know if any school (Grambling included) can challenge for national title.

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ray

August 14th, 2009
7:23 pm

HBCUs need to come into the 21st century and integrate the classic games into the regular season and compete for national championships. It will raise the profile of the playoffs, and HBCUs.

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Know-It_All

August 15th, 2009
2:50 am

Who really cares about a championship game played in Florence Al. or Chattanooga Tn. that will probally be played in the cold, rain or cold and rain. HBCU’s will be looking for a check for playing in post season games. Well guess what, after expenses guess who gets to keep the rest of the money. It’s not the schools but the NCAA.

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Eastside

August 16th, 2009
2:35 pm

I think there should be a way to do all, conference title game, classic, and playoffs. Go to a 10 game schedule title game then classic is the tune up game for playoffs. We should reward teams that when their conference title game by alowing them to play in the classic and then the following week play in the playoffs.

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DJ MARAUDER

August 16th, 2009
3:00 pm

CENTRAL STATE MARAUDERS MAY MAKE SOME NOISE THIS YEAR, A TRUE NATIONALCHAMP SHOULD BE CROWNED FROM PLAYING ON THE FIELD NOT LIKE THE BCS WHERE WE THEIR IS A VOTE. MOST HBCU DON’T GO TO THE PLAYOFFS ANYWAY SO LETS FORM A HBCU PLAYOFF SYSTEM

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rave1914

August 16th, 2009
3:05 pm

i dont understand why it is either/or…the big problem is schools insist on playing thanksgiving weekend, which is when the playoffs are underway….i dont know if or how the florida classic has been hurt by moving from thanksgiving, but i think they have done pretty good at the box office since they moved and both schools are still eligible for championship play…and unless you aspire to be the best in your conference and division what’s the use…i look forward to the year i can say hampton won the battle of the bay, the whitney young classic (or whatever) the and national championship…

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jas

August 16th, 2009
3:35 pm

It is time to compete on a bigger scale. Both situations can work, if the powers (and supporters’ money) that be want them to. A participating NCAA member shuld compete for the title, they deserve to.

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add14jazz

August 16th, 2009
4:46 pm

Again, the issue really ISN’T the Classic games here! HBCUs CAN play classics all day and then play in NCAA playoff games. The issue is the conference championship games. The SWAC title game and I guess the MEAC title games are played after the I-AA playoffs start. THAT is the problem!

Tennessee State joined the predominatly white (well, it’s the only HBCU) Ohio Valley Conference not because the school saw handwriting on the wall. TSU was always an HBCU independent and travel costs were tooo high! The OVC affords less travel costs for TSU. The other issue is legal – TSU was in a loooong court fight over whether the state’s historically black schools were funded equally as other schools. The result was a settlement that left TSU officially known as a racially-non-identifiable institution. (Check the small print, you’ll see!) During that period in the late 80s and early 90s, the move to the OVC, though big time unpopular, fell into this thinking. So TSU goes to the OVC but gets a conference waiver to play an additional “traditional” i.e. black, opponent. So TSU plays four black schools at the beginning of the season, three in Classic games (some seasons, all four).

All the SWAC and MEAC have to do is fix their schedules by moving their seasons back a week or two or stop playing a championship game and get in the NCAA playoffs. The conferences would lose one big game at the end of the season, but only two of however many conference schools (many of those conference schools NEVER play in that game) play in the championship game anyway. THEY CAN PLAY ALL THE CLASSICS THEY WANT. GET RID OF THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND DO AS THEY DID BEFORE AND LET THE SEASON DETERMINE THE CONFERENCE WINNER. THEN PLAY IN THE NCAA PLAYOFFS AND KICK THESE OTHER SCHOOLS’ BUTTS!

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Big Lew

August 17th, 2009
1:25 pm

Del St is da bomb!!

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Warren Jones

August 17th, 2009
2:07 pm

I have always that it should be a playoff system. It will never happen because the Bayou Classic brings so much money to Grambling and Southern. It would be nice to happen, but a possibilty is that the winner of the SWAC and MEAC should meet up like they did previously in a big bowl game at the end of the year. The MEAC needs to get out of the Division 1-AA playoffs and have a playoff system like SWAC and winners of SWAC and MEAC play for true Black College Championship. It is a start and could be something similiar like the Heritage Bowl and maybe they could get better sponsorship than they did before.

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Warren Jones

August 17th, 2009
2:10 pm

GRAMBLING STATE ALL THE WAY!!!!! GO GRAMBLING!!!!!!

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RattlerBob

August 17th, 2009
2:19 pm

HBCU’s have more talent than most of these teams that win the national title at the 1-aa schools level but the difference is clearly in the coaching and preparations. With the exception of 3 classic football games the promoters are making all the money and the HBCU’s are being used. They are the following the Florida Classic, Bayou Classic and the Atlanta Football Classic are the only ones were the schools truly benefit from it and the rest are pimping at it’s best. I don’t one to see a Black College Champion but I would like to see a National Champion. And the team to make that run this year is Florida A&M university because they have the best college coaching in 1-aa.

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GM DIXON

August 17th, 2009
5:36 pm

I DO NOT KNOW HOW THEY GAVE GRAMBLING THE NO.1 RANKING IN BLACK COLLLEGE FOOTBALL WHEN THE SWAC IS WEAKER THAN THE MEAC CONFERENCE -(FOR THE PAST YEARS ALL THE SWAC TEAMS HAVE LOST MORE GAMES TO THE MEAC TEAMS BY A LARGE MARGIN – THAN LET A SMALL TEAM LIKE TUSKEGEE BEAT SOMEONE IN THEIR CONFERENCE) SOUTH CAROLINA STATE IS BY FAR THE NO. 1 BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM THEY ILLUSTRATED THAT BY THE CLOSED GAME AGAINST APPLACHIAN STATE WHO WON THE DIV-1AA CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2007 AND 2006 AND UPSETED MICHIGAN AT HOME. SC STATE IS DEFINITELY NO. 1 HBCU AND YOU WILL SEE THAT COME SEPTEMBER 5–HOLLA

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Reuel L. Williams

August 17th, 2009
7:18 pm

Prairie View A&M University is the team to beat in the SWAC.

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Darion Hall

August 18th, 2009
12:10 am

Tennessee State University!! Big Blue Tigers are ready! I look for FAMU to be even better this year…but besides my beloved TSU Tigers, I will go with South Carolina State.

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tidog

August 18th, 2009
1:53 pm

Barry, i can’t speak for other SIAC SWAC matchups but Tuskegee has owned Bama State for the millemium.

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Brian

August 19th, 2009
10:02 am

Simple solution, send the conf. champ to the play-offs and send the No. 2 or designee to the classic. Also the perspective is simply this, it cost say an SIAC school thousand to go across country to compete in DIV II. It pays to play a classic. Revenues vs. expenses. That is on the Div. II level. In the Div. 1 AA level i’m sure these altheletic directors did not spend all there time and efforts getting these schools Div. 1 ready not to send the best teams to the play-offs. The Hamptons, FAMU’s and other DIV 1 schools should send the team that is eligible or selected to the play-offs.

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Barry

August 19th, 2009
3:08 pm

tidog, who is Alabama State? When have they won the SWAC. Alabama State is not one of the “big boys” in their conference. They are on the lower end, but still competitive. When we talk abotu the ‘BIG BOYS” and playing them, we are talking about Grambling, Southern, etc. and those MEAC teams like S.C. State, FAMU, Delaware State, Hampton. I cna go on and on. The SIAC teams, head to head, can not match up to these teams and the conferences in which they play.

Sorry, tidog

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Stiffback

August 19th, 2009
3:58 pm

Why in dahell would someone want to be a Divisional or Regional Champ. It’s all about being known as the Best period. Those conference champs games are bunch of losers. SWAC, get off your high horse and become a real winner. The FCS NCAA playoffs is alot better fit because it proves who can win, coach, play, and survive. If the MEAC decides to have a conference champ game instead of playing in the playoffs, then you can best believe FAMU will be leaving that conference. We’re trying to accomplish something on a national level, not a HBCU level, that’s worthless. Why would you want to be the best HBCU, get out of the Chittlin’ circuit people. Open your clouded minds. If you become Champions, the money will follow. FAMU can play the FL Classic game and still make the playoffs once they win the MEAC Conference, not no Heritage or MEAC vs SWAC Champ game, get real.

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homegrowndog

August 19th, 2009
9:55 pm

South Carolina State bottom line
The best defense in all HBCU football and top 10 in the all of FCS ,one the best quarterbacks in all FCS football and the best RB tandom in the FCS (2 backs with a combine 29 tds and over 2,200 yards rushing in 08 returning. So to sit back GET UP FOR THOSE BULLDOGS EVERYBODY GET UP !!!

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Tbanks

August 19th, 2009
10:16 pm

The classic games are worth more in pride and spirit to me as a former player at Da’ House than the playoffs per say. Granted we never got that far but the operating costs of football at West Ga. or VSU is different than in the HBCU’s, plus check our attendance records. What we could really use is the Pioneer and the Heritage Bowl back! Play them on the same day at the same venue. For example, the Ga. Dome at 1pm for the Pioneer and 6:30 for the other one. Let the bands rock in the middle.

The Classic games can’t be thrown away that is the only way to keep the teams afloat. Tuskegee needs the Turkey Bowl money to still field the team they have.

The TSU argument is pointless, until TSU plays in the playoffs! The playoffs in FCS and D-II are money losing opportunities!

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Patricia

August 22nd, 2009
10:02 am

Bethune-Cookman University, The Wildcats will be the TEAM to beat this year! Keep your eyes on the prize! Great games to see this season! HBCU FOOTBALL get ready! OH THE other play will be HALFTIME!! ONLY AT HBCU games!

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BGD

August 23rd, 2009
9:39 am

I strongly encourage everyone to take note of Prairie View’s dramatic improvement over the last two years. Coach Frazier is still there, and they have ADDED talent. They will finish the season as one of the top three Black Colleges in the nation.

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PT

August 23rd, 2009
5:08 pm

It’s not fair to the players. They deserve to compete for the national championship. You play to win it all. Not for some bragging rights over one game. Tuskegee can brag all day about they’re better than Alabama State but they cant say they’re National Champions. If the rivalry is so important, set it for another date.

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DB

August 24th, 2009
8:20 am

Tuskegee has fared very well against all SWAC schools played for our non-conference games for the past 9-10 years, with only 1 loss (2 if you want to include the bad call at Turkey Day 2008) to SWAC schools (Arkansas Pine Bluff) Gateway Classic.

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Donald E.Bailey

August 24th, 2009
12:18 pm

Black College Football kicked off the 09-10 NCAA season on 22 August, at 6pm in Columbia, SC. Benedict hosted Skegee. Do you have results or scorebox. Thanks, DB.

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2cents

August 25th, 2009
6:11 am

Tbanks…….TSU was in playoffs in 98 and 99

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PG

August 25th, 2009
10:10 am

Does anybody know the average cost for hosting a HBCU in a classic.

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Bishop

August 25th, 2009
2:05 pm

Who cares? Lets be real. Folks only go to HBCU games to socialize and for the halftime show anyway.

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tidog

August 25th, 2009
2:22 pm

Barry, the pecking order Alabama St falls in their conference is for AL State to figure out and more importantly do something about. As always, Tuskegee just lines up and plays the team on the otherside of the ball. The Tuskegee program controls Tuskegee play not the ineptness of their opponent or it’s conference. Last I heard Alabama state was apart of the SWAC. Now since you feel the SWAC is the premier confernce in HBCF, no way a SIAC school should be on the same line of scrimmage with a SWAC affiliate much less dominate the series. You see Barry, there is winning tradition at Tuskegee. That my friend explains why it’s the winningest program in HBCF. Don’t take my word check record books. When the MEAC meant zilch, Tuskegee lined up on saturday afternoons and played FAMU, BCC,ALA AM, ALA ST. They all left the SIAC to go D II. Sounds like the SWAC is a 2 pony conference anyway, Southern and Grambling. Maybe coach Comegys(ex Tuskegee coach) can breath some life in Jackson st. Ain’t no fear of the SWAC or MEAC in Tuskegee. We play the game and play it well.

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Decatur 4 Life

August 26th, 2009
10:30 am

Southern alum- Nobody can touch us this year, Pete’s finally getting some talent back and watch out during Bayou Classic. We got Tiger stew on the menu for Thanksgivng this year

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Decatur 4 Life

August 26th, 2009
10:40 am

Tuskegee who? I’ll give you a lil something, you guys have been sucessful but that’s where it stops. You bragging about beating Bama St.
but Bama St. hasn’t had anything even with Tavaris Jackskon. We beat them like they stole something every year when I was in school in Baton Rouge, if you think the SWAC/MEAC wasn’t all that then you should have had more SWAC/MEAC opponents on your schedule. I think you guys are Div II, SWAC/MEAC is Div I

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Decatur 4 Life

August 26th, 2009
10:49 am

Southern is going to surprise some folks this year, Southern runs the SWAC from football, baseball, and track. How many times did we play in the Heritage Bowl here in Atlanta? We were a fixture in that game every year. While I was at Southern, the SWAC stood for Southern Wins Another Championship. It’s time to regain control starting with the pigskin.

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Barry

August 26th, 2009
11:19 am

tidog, great to hear from you, man. However, Tuskegee made that hisory against inept opponents, in a weak conference. Your coaches know who to put on the schedule no the SWAC and MEAC where they believe they have a chance to win. They will never schedule the top teams in the MEAC like S.C. State, Delaware State, FAMU, Hampton nor top teams in the SWAC like Grambling, Southern, or Jackson State. They know they will get their ego busted by playing these teams. It is best they keep their ego in tack by not playing the big boys in the MEAC and SWAC. Keep thinking you have a winning program. Tuskeegee’s program and tradition is only good against low competition in the SIAC. So let’s get real. In fact, tell me some history regarding how many Tuskeegee players are in the NFL. I guess we can use that as a measuring stick on talent that comes from your program and tradition. You are out of your league, tidog. They can not and will not play the big boys of the MEAC and SWAC and your tradition shows it.

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wjack42

August 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

Until we get together and start sending the top black atheletes to HBCU’s rather than to your great white colleges that pimp them and make millions off them and give nothing back we are going to have to live with and become extinct.

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Kaye

August 26th, 2009
3:01 pm

I dont see nothing up here with Tennessee State

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BigBlueTiger

August 26th, 2009
4:40 pm

Yeah, where is TSU?

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Go Rams

August 26th, 2009
4:40 pm

I am looking forward to the Rams going all the way this year. Thanks for providing a HBCU link

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Grammer Nazi

August 26th, 2009
4:57 pm

I don’t see anything up here with Tennessee State

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Kapital1911

August 26th, 2009
9:51 pm

SCSU without a doubt! MEAC teams are better than a SWAC team. FCS pollsters realize this as well. Sept. 6 will settle things once and for all. Rattler fans: get ready to come to the DAWG POUND on Oct. 17. I am sure you remember the final score the last two trips down there.

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Mr. Riley

August 27th, 2009
12:19 am

No disrespect, but this is all D-II….were is the SWAC lineups?…and yes Grambling will hold up the SWAC..now if we could get rid of that damn SWAC Championship and start going to the playoffs we could really be some contenders..

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Jim morrison

August 27th, 2009
7:52 am

Who cares?

Div 1 is the only one that matters.

Enough Said!

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Decatur 4 Life

August 27th, 2009
9:33 am

The MEAC teams are better than the SWAC schools, man please. I agree we had our problems with FAMU while I was at Southern but it was always a tough game for both teams. The rest of the MEAC, we beat like a drum. Bethune Cookman, Hampton, SC State, and NC A and T even after the Heritage Bowl ended we still beat up on those guys in various classics.
I bet the FCS pollsters didn’t have that in their report.

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JJ

August 27th, 2009
9:40 am

quit complaining and pay attention…no “D1″ teams are playing this weekend. Geez

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Decatur 4 Life

August 27th, 2009
9:46 am

Dixon please, maybe recently but the SWAC traditionally runs the MEAC. And what’s this about playing Appalachian St. tough, who cares that they won the championship 2006 and 2007. They didn’t win last year and they beat Michigan 2 years ago. That doesn’t mean a hill of beans how close the game was. That only matters in horseshoes and hand grenade throwing. And you guys keep talking about Tuskegee, they play ALA St. out of the SWAC, who cares about ALA St. If Tuskegee came to Baton Rouge, they would go home knowing they played a true SWAC school and not an intown cupcake.

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SD

August 27th, 2009
10:57 am

Jim, why read this blog and come with the foolish comments? There is a large contingent of alums and fans of the fine institutions who appreciate the information provided by Leo. Keep up the good work Mr. Willingham.

Morehouse ‘05

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DeLano M

August 27th, 2009
11:00 am

Lem Barney attended Jackson State University where he was a three-time All-Southwestern Conference star with 26 career interceptions.

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tidog

August 27th, 2009
2:08 pm

Barry and Decatur 4 life. Like I stated the Hornets are part of your 2 team conference. i only hear about Grambling and Southern. I guess they play a bunch of loosing programs every year in their conference. As you know when you are in a conference you play a conference schedule. We are part of the SIAC so we play a DII SIAC schedule. You the big dogs over there, it’ll be a lot easier for a big dog to schedule a lil dog not vice versa. The few 1-DAA”s who ventured into those waters in Classics have been soundly humiliated.

2002 3rd round Roosevelt Willams DB
2003 2nd round Drayton Florence DB
2003 6th round Frank Walker DB
2005 7th round Harry Williams WR
Your turn, I’m just saying FYI
I live in MEAC country. I’ve seen old Hampton teams run though the MEAC only to get trottled by the like of William and Mary, New Hampshire, and Richmond CAA squads. The SWAC doesn’t even go bowling so it doesn’t have a track record with the best 1-DAA programs. Not impressed by your puffed up conference records against Prarie Veiw,MissValley Arkansas PineBluff,Alcorn Ala. state Ala A&M. Ain’t no powerhouses in the bunch.

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Stacy Heard

August 27th, 2009
2:30 pm

Great exposure for the Rattlera, Im from Athens but graduated from FAMU, I would love to see the matchup…Go Dawgs!!!

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Al Beeski

August 27th, 2009
2:47 pm

C’mon Leo, give us something better to blog about than this, we all know what kind of financial mess FAMU is in, and this is strictly about dollar$ & $ense. Of course, anytime a HBCU can be a sacrificial lamb for a I-A program, get more exposure, & a fat check it’s a no-brainer. Give your loyal readers a better topic next time, especially considering we have an almost full slate of HBCU games this weekend

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Marcus

August 27th, 2009
3:37 pm

2 things:
1. For whatever reason, FAMU (my alma mater) and ATL (my hometown) work well together via the ATL Classic to get a lot of non-athlete ATL (and state of GA) students down there, but the same success for the ATL-area athletes (esp. football) hasn’t been realized in the 15-20 years of the Classic. Saying that to say, this game in Athens (if it comes to pass) may not be a boon to FAMU football recruiting inthe sate of GA, as we seemingly haven’t produced a veritable pipeline of football players after nearly 20 decades of ballin’ in the 100BM/ATL Classic.

2. the original Miami/FAMU game was Labor Day weekend, until ESPN came calling with $$$ to switch Miami and FSUs game (normally 2nd Sat in Oct.) to Labor Day nite … then FSU had to buy out its original game for Labor Day weekend (Univ. of Maine) and the Miami/FAMU game date was swapped to the 2nd Sat. in Oct.

Good for FAMU … yeah, but as good as any other FBS (1-AA)/FCS (1-A) matchup. If anyting, I would like for us to talk-shop with the UGA AD and staff to see what successful things they do that we could adopt and implement (on a relative scale).

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GSU ALUMNI 97

August 27th, 2009
4:47 pm

Grambling gonna do it again… Enough said. Shot out to all the homies that stayed in pinchback hall aka pimpback lol. Hope this season is good for the tigers of Grambling.

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djack0062

August 27th, 2009
6:00 pm

I’m sure the young men at FAMU would welcome the opportunity to play UGA…..its about them…right.

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djack0062

August 27th, 2009
7:44 pm

Back in the day Grambling would always take on one of the “big boys”. FAMU I believe a few years back was thinking about going up to FBS..so somebody felt they could compete..anyway what is the issue…Georgia (and some other FBS teams) beat the hell out of quite a few FBS/non-FBS schools (Hawaii Sugar Bowl) and maybe some Pro teams….If you eliminate the money element these “kids” just want to show they can compete with the “big boys”….Howard-Rutgers, Grambling-Oklahoma State (this fall), Georgia Tech-South Carolina St (2010),…..just a few.

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Mr. Riley

August 27th, 2009
8:27 pm

Yeah this is strictly a paycheck pickup…FAM needs the cheese and UGA is willing to whip that but. As for recruiting, I really don’t see this helping FAM by any means since all of the SEC east teams get the cream of the crop out the state first, then you still have the D-1AA schools here in the state with the SWAC and SIAC getting the remaining players..

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Mr. Riley

August 27th, 2009
8:31 pm

My question is why the heck are they going all the way out there to play the game???…they’ll be lucky to get 100 people in the stands..

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CB

August 27th, 2009
10:01 pm

What’s new here. Both South Carolina State and Jackson State play SEC teams this year. So what if it’s for the money? Jacksonville State plays Georgia Tech this year. Do they really think they have a chance to beat Georgia Tech. No. They’re doing it for the money.

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ManOfAction

August 28th, 2009
12:17 am

It doesn’t do anything for FAMU other than generate a nearly million dollar paycheck. That is the only reason FAMU is discussing this game, cause they’ll lose by 50. If they want to do their program a real favor, offer Rodney Garner the head coach position.

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AtlantaFan

August 28th, 2009
12:58 am

Good for FAMU. I will be there!

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bmoney

August 28th, 2009
5:28 am

Does FAMU even have to recruit outside of the state of FL? There are enough prospects there to not have to worry about exposure in GA.

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Big Chief

August 28th, 2009
7:10 am

My favorite University period vs. my favorite HBCU….. It just might work. UGA will get a second bye week and FAMU will get a big check…. A win-win situation. PLUS the folks in Athens will have the opportunity to enjoy The Marching 100. Plus coach Richt is a nice guy, so it might not be a total slaughter.

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SarccastikFrank

August 28th, 2009
8:04 am

Hell yeah!!! good for HBCU…i’m a SWAC Graduate (Alabama State) I think our conference needs to slowly add the top programs for the financial benefits and exposure.

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RattlerBob

August 28th, 2009
10:54 am

Folks wake up. After this season when we win the 1-AA National Championship the Rattlers will get even more top players and if Georgia plays us next year they better be ready. FAMU doesn’t fear anyone and therefore Mark Richt remembers what happen to his Miami Team in 1979 when we beat 16-13 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Florida State campus. So I just want you readers to remember one thing:

“When the dark clouds gather over the horizon, and thunder and lightning pierce the sky, and faith is but a glint in the eye of a fallen rattler, and hope a long lost friend. When the sinews of the chest grow weary from those hard-charging linebackers and the legs grow tired from those hard-charging running backs may their right hand forget its cunning, their tongues cling to roofs of their mouths, as we always remember that the Rattlers will Strike, Strike, and Strike again!

So Georgia bring it and while most of you think we want a pay day we don’t want your money we are coming to get that _ ZZ!!!!

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Jennifer B.

August 28th, 2009
11:30 am

What is the point! FAMU is way, way out of its league. It just doesn’t make sense, even for the dollars. It is like Tiny Tim vs Mike Tyson. I’m a graduate of an Atlanta HBCU. My mom and other family and friends are FAMU alumna. I live literally a skip, a hop, and a jump from FAM on this side of the FL/GA line. I take my children to FAM’s homecoming yearly and enjoy the tailgating, food, sights, networking and my sorors. Why would any fan want to see FAM get what we know is coming if they suit up against the Bulldogs. Damn the money, where’s the dignity. Now, individually, many of the rattler players, if given the opportunity, could and would stand toe-to-toe any bulldog player, one-on-one. Many possess like are similar athletic ability. Major difference one at DI and the other at DII, DIII, some were able to clear the elgibility center, others didn’t stand a chance.

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AQueFromA&T

August 28th, 2009
12:14 pm

Exposure? Please. Thats what the band is for. Take away the money and FAMU and any other HBCU won’t even put gas in the bus to cross stte lines. Its a win-win for UGA. An easy win thats in the plus column when its time to go for the multi ( like Foghorn Leghorn would say it) I say multi million dollar BCS bowl payout. I bet FAMU tries to charge extra to bring the band. UGA might draw the line on that. Halftime performances don’t count toward BCS bowl berths. Bands only matter to HBCU’s. Not playoffs. Ask the SWAC.

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Barry

August 28th, 2009
12:50 pm

tidog, get real. Tuskeegee is not even qualified to get in the I-AA bunch. The SIAC and the ciaa are weak conferences. I am just being real. I know you have pride for all those small schools you play and beat, but that has defintely given you a “FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY” of the type of football being played in the SIAC. It would be an embarrassment to your school id you played any I-AA schools or teams from the MEAC and SWAC. Your coaches know it, and your schedulers. STAY IN YOUR LANE and play the small schools. If you get out of your lane your team will get hurt, busted, demoralized and confused. You will be firing coaches and wondering what happened to your program and history. STAY IN YOUR LANE and enjoy your “FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY!”

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cedric

August 28th, 2009
2:29 pm

SC STATE offense has finally caught up the defense. I look for us to win the MEAC again this year. GET UP for the Bulldogs. Everybody get up.

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tidog

August 28th, 2009
3:44 pm

Barry, being in the wrong lane would be lining up against LSU, MISS, etc,etc,etc. Tuskegee lining up against weak SWAC and MEAC teams is simply driving. You have this FALSE SENSE OF PRIDE about the SWAC/MEAC caliber of play/players. If it’s as good as you believe, why has the FAMU team of 77-78 been the only team to win a 1AA championship ? 30 years and no SWAC/MEAC championship caliber team. Both conferences are jokes on the national level. 26-1 over the last 27 games. I can only speculate how some of those teams would have fared against mediocre SWAC and MEAC teams.

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August 29th, 2009
1:29 am

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BILLY

August 29th, 2009
12:18 pm

THE THING IS……REVENUE???.Do the black colleges have the earned capital to travel to the locations for such playoffs.Then besides the Classics,will the student body SUPPORT THEM WITH TICKET SALES. If not, have a playoff system that have games in big market areas.Nashville,Tn. Atlanta,Ga.Baltimore,Md.B’ham,Al. Then have a championship in the dome in New Orleans. then alternate sites to keep the revenue coming.

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BILLY

August 29th, 2009
12:34 pm

SAY WHAT?? CAN I REMIND YOU IN 1979 FAMU WENT TO MIAMI AND UPSET THE CAINES………COACH RUDIE HUBBARD HAD JUST COME OFF A 1978 D-2 NAT’L CHAMPS.VINCE COLEMAN KICKED THE WINNING FG TO BEAT THEM 17-14….THEN THOSE GOLDEN TIGERS FROM TUSKEGEE ROLLED INTO DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUM,AND BEAT THEM ON THEIR HOMECOMING 16-14,BUT BEFORE THAT WE WENT TO DAYTONA,SPANKED BCC ON THEIR HOMECOMING 18-16. I remember asking students at FAMU who did they have for their Homecoming concert……Guess Who,- the same group BETHUNE had for theirs…..”THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH”………I TOLD MY TEAM MATES “WE GONNA WIN THIS GAME”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DID……..” WE’RE KNOWN BEFORE WE WENT TO PLAY TEAMS IN FLORIDA AS “THE FLORIDA SPOILERS”,THATS RIGHT “THE FLORIDA HOMECOMING SPOILERS of 1979…..WE EVEN HAD T-SHIRTS MADE!!!

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Jazzy Nupe

August 29th, 2009
3:18 pm

The Bulldogs are by far the best team in this matchup. Grambling continues to stand on the laurels of past years. Can’t wait to see Ford (best RB not to attend a Div I school) and the other Bulldogs win this by a landslide. There hasn’t been days like this in the Burg since Jefferies was coach.

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JFROE

August 30th, 2009
1:42 pm

If it is and always will be about the money. Then… HBCU’s should form a conference with 11 teams from the bigger football schools TSU, JSU, FAMU, SCST, NCA&T, Bethune, GRAM, Southern TEX SOUTH, ALA A&M,,. Howard, & HAMPTON.(criteria could be school enrollment stadium size etc) and get a instant bid to the 1-AA playoffs and not get jobed as we always seem to do!

Two divisions 10 games just look at the week to week INSTANT classics and revenue $$. Each team is REQUIRED to play a 11th MONEY GAME EX: natural rivarly JSU vs MSVS or Howard v Morgan prefer a DIV 1 school like FAMU (MIA) does get $250k per $2,750,000 per season from those games alone! That kind of revenue is generated for the conference and non revenue producing sports Not including the regular season games. Come on presidents and AD’s This is a NO BRAINER! Why do you think Boston College and MIA Fla State Joined the ACC? as the O’Jays once said in a CLASSIC MONEY MONEY MONEY YES WE CAN

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Scottie

August 30th, 2009
8:34 pm

As far as the MEAC goes this season, it will be a dogfight between SC State and FAMU. Both are loaded with talent and have good coaching staffs as do many other teams in our division but when the dust settles, SC State will prevail. FAMU is loaded but State is SUPER LOADED on both side of the ball. Delaware State has always been the sleeper team of the MEAC that will surprise you if teams underestimate them but that will no longer work as teams are not looking past their opponents so the Hornets will have the work for it from here in. FAMU plays State in Orangeburg this year. I will be sure to make it back to my Alma Mata for that game. SC State 24 FAMU 17. The game will be much closer than my prediction, however; State will turn it on in the 2nd half to finish them off.

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Clark Atlanta Fan

August 31st, 2009
10:08 am

How about those Panthers. Putting a STOP to the Wildcats on Saturday Night. The Panthers came out and let the the Wildcats know, we are here to win and win they DID!. WAY TO GO PANTHERS!. Great way to open the season.

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aQueFromNCA&T

August 31st, 2009
12:29 pm

Its Monday afternoon. Would it hurt to have an updated page with up to date results and comments about the past weekend games. Please. It is the 2009 and the technology does exist. I started tput in something about “CP time” and then I realized its not that serious. Keep up the good work. Go Aggies and win a game. Please. Ratller fans are killing me here in Atlanta. Thank goodness they got busted cheating ad had to give up some games. Naw. That’s a raw scene. The whole fiscal mismanagent situation there really hurts the students above all.

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aQueFromNCA&T

August 31st, 2009
12:33 pm

Sorry about the mispelling. Spellcheck does exist. Typing skills need to improve. With all that junk I talked I can feel the knives coming. Aggie Pride!!! Bring it. Don’t let me go get that coach from Ok St to have my back.

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Doug

August 31st, 2009
12:39 pm

OH MY!! Sounds like the “Dirty Blue” Defense is back at Albany St. Go Figure. GO RAMS!!

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Barry

August 31st, 2009
12:56 pm

tdiog, you are starting to show a low football IQ. What teams do you know MEAC, SWAC or other go to the I-AA playoff and win consistantly every year. The teams in that playoffs are tough and competitve. To even get in the playoff is a great opportunity to show what your program can do. No program is consistantly better than the other in the I-AA playoff. I believe the only back to back champs was Georgia Southern. It is a competitive playoff with no repaeat champs year in and year out. If FAMU won it once in 1978 then that is one hell of an achievement from a black college on the national level. What has Tuskegee and/or any SIAC team done on that level instead of being given a #1 rating by these shody pollsters who rank black college football. They need to get rel too in thinking an SIAC champion should be rated the best black college football team. The SIAC is weak as is your schedule.

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GSUperTiger

August 31st, 2009
1:03 pm

The key for the G-MEN, like Coach Broadway states on the time, is to stop the Bulldog run. The G-MEN lost its two interior D-linemen to graduation, so I am eager to see how the newcomers fare. Our LBers are top notch, and the secondary is the best since the Doug championship run from 2000-02. On offense, we are not as explosive as years past (loaded with freshmen and sophs last year), but we have just enough as the QB position is solidifed.

G-MEN by 10 led by a strong defensive effort!

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Barry

August 31st, 2009
1:07 pm

LIke all MEAC schoo “WE BACK DOWN FROM NO ONE!!” To take that into account, DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY will be playing MICHIGAN this year. I am confident one of the teams in the MEAC is going to do an Appalachian State beat down like they did Michgan the year before last. Never underestimate a good I-AA school, especially those from the MEAC.

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tidog

August 31st, 2009
2:28 pm

Barry you must be soccer knowledgeble because football history is no your forte. The Colonial Athletic Conference consistently has 4 and sometimee 5 representative teams. Appalachia State (southern conference) has been the most recent back to back champions, but I digress. Of course teams in the playoffs are tough and competitive. You make my point blatantly obvious. The MEAC champ gets a automatic invite. The MEAC is 0 for whatever. The 2 best teams in the SWAC play the Bayou Classic every year. Coreect me if I’m wrong , the SWAC doesn’t even send a representative to the playoffs. So these 2 powerhouse conferences are tough compared to D II ballers not I AA ballers. BTW Tuskegee plays a Thanksgiving Day Classic so the 2nd place SIAC club usually gets the playoff invite. Point is the SWAC and MEAC are weak when you compare apples to apples.

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george

August 31st, 2009
6:34 pm

CAU’S football team was outstanding and so was the band when we defeated Fort Valley State University. on Saturday. The game was so exciting , The stadium exploded when we won by a score of 30-24 during overtime. GO PANTHERS GO!

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Decatur 4 Life

September 1st, 2009
9:33 am

To Billy and Barry, sounds good but it won’t happen. Miami is going to win big and Delaware St. will get there clocks cleaned just like you imagined. You can’t even compare Appalachian St. with any of the those schools, they have had a lot of sucess in the playoffs the past few years. They are good teams no doubt, but to say that they will win or give them a good game is dillusional. The bigger division 1 school will underestimate them and it won’t make a diference, TRUST ME

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Decatur 4 Life

September 1st, 2009
9:41 am

AQueFromA&T – Ask the SWAC what? Yeah we prefer the classics over the playoffs, so what? “The band only matters at HBCU’s”, yeah you right about that too. But we at Southern don’t care nothing about the playoffs, the classic is too much of a payout. Besides who cares if your last a week longer than ours if that. Most schools that go are back home in no time anyway. So you tell me what difference does it make

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Decatur 4 Life

September 1st, 2009
9:54 am

What the G men gonna do with them Jaguars this year? Pete got our offense back to the Fun and Gun days in the late 90’s. Only thing missing is that Dog Day Defense during that time, mark my words,
WE BACK.And we got tiger stew on our Thanksgiving menu

Yall better take it to the MEAC this week too, like we used to every year in the Heritage Bowl!

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Decatur 4 Life

September 1st, 2009
10:13 am

You FAMU fans make me laugh, you guys do all this talking about playing the big boys and going to the playoffs but you don’t stand a chance. Maybe back in the day but not now. Back then you could compete better because HBCUs weren’t losing as many black athletes to larger white institutions. Now with so many schools out there playing major D-1 football it’s a lot more to deal with, the best players go everywhere except to HBCUs. The ones that do end up at HBCUs have off the field issues or problems with grades. So going to the playoffs now or playing the big schools, although can be exciting, doesn’t make much sense.
(Or cents)

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Barry

September 1st, 2009
7:53 pm

tidog. Play the big boys of the MEAC and SWAC and find out. You and I know Tuskeegee will be embarassed. Therefore, this conversation is “MUTE”. Talk to your people down there and ask why they won’t play the big boys. Evidently, they know more than you.

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FAMU1972

September 2nd, 2009
8:25 am

Offer Rodney Garner their head coach job? FAMU’s head coach: Joe Taylor has fielded teams that not only placed guys in the NFL, but also legitimately graduated (i.e. not have tutors do their work). Rodney Garner is part of the in crowd in SEC football, 90% jock, 10% scholar.

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FAMU1972

September 2nd, 2009
8:29 am

Does anyone here realize that before the major universities started paying players, the HBCU’s would have kicked their you know whats? Do your research and I guarantee you that the majority of guys in the HALL of FAME played at an HBCU. Notable names: Jerry Rice, Bob Hayes, Walter Payton, Mel Blount. You also had guys like Doug Williams and Steve McNair. Jake Gaither (Former FAMU coach) had a better winning percentage than Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.

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Decatur 4 Life

September 2nd, 2009
11:56 am

tidog- We are weak compared to the D1-AA opponents you named but if our conference is weak what do you call the SIAC or CIAA. Extremely weak. So it’s our fault we would rather take the money and fan-fare of the Bayou Classic than go and get our head beat in just to say at least we made it. I don’t think so, top to bottom our conference is much better than SIAC or CIAA. That’s why you guys get scheduled for Homecomings for SWAC/MEAC schools. We’ll see who does better against the bigger conferences this year the SWAC or the MEAC? We’ll definitely know after Grambling gets finished with SC State this weekend.

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Scott

September 2nd, 2009
8:28 pm

I love the ideal, but i just wanna see the 100 in Athens.

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lax

September 3rd, 2009
4:13 am

We also have to take into consideration that Tuskegee is focused on Academics, unlike some of the other respective school’s talked about in this discussion. That plays a vital role in recruiting and eligibility (according to TU) of their players. There have been talks of Tuskegee moving up to the SWAC East to make that conference more competitive. As well renovations are currently taking place to accommodate such a move. Until then, SWAC and MEAC schools need to start accepting invitations to play Tuskegee. Grambling and Jackson State have turned down such offers with in the past few years. All in all I have to give credit where it’s due. Grambling University is synonymous with Football excellence, besides GSU I dont know another team worth discussing.

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TI

September 3rd, 2009
11:13 pm

Can we all get along?

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TI

September 3rd, 2009
11:23 pm

North Carolina A&T will be a team to reckon with in a year, but for now the best team in the MEAC is South Carolina State and in the SWAC, Grambling. I beleive Grambling will repeat as SWAC and Black college champions this year. Tuskegee has a great tradition, and will beat some MEAC and SWAC teams, but not the one’s that really count. Tuskegee rules in HBCU DII.

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September 4th, 2009
11:41 pm

Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

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September 6th, 2009
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Kapital1911

September 6th, 2009
9:23 pm

Well we know it won’t be Grambling after the straight UP beat DOWN Otown earlier today. And with all the returning starters we keep hearing about. Maybe next year Grambling coaches will watch film from ALL of the SCSU quarterbacks instead of the starter. The back up quarter named the Player of the Game. WOW! Good luck in the SWAC the remainder of the season.

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Kapital1911

September 6th, 2009
9:28 pm

Shaw beating Bethune-Cookman was definitely a surprise. BCC only scoring 6 points against a Division II team. WOW! I am sure that Alvin Wyatt is about to have a stroke~ And next week they play SCSU!! They got a lot of work to do in six days.

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September 7th, 2009
7:51 am

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D.B

September 7th, 2009
10:35 am

I told yall about Albany state. They said Kentucky state and Albany State were the top two in the siac… before ASU BLEW THEM OUT THE WATER. 2009-2010 Black College National Champions… ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY

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Barry

September 7th, 2009
1:11 pm

MEAC prevails again. South Carolina State kicked that butt. The score should have been higher due to some miscues by the Bulldogs. SWAC you better some better than that. Your champions are weak like your conference. The MEAC is where the best football is being played except for Bethune Cookman. I think we need to put them in the SIAC.

GO MEAC!!!!!

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tidog

September 7th, 2009
3:08 pm

“I’m back Barry “like James Brown. JUst had the weekend privledge of watching MEAC power Hampton. The Pirates got the victory with all the benefits of “homecooking” to eek out a win over North Carolina Central. Very questionable calls against the road team in closing minutes. Central is one of these DII (CIAA) teams with hopes of moving to 1AA. From my seat, I just didn’t see the disparity in player size and ability that the MEAC (big boy) conference is supposed to have. Shaw (CIAA) just beat the living daylight out of Bethune Cookman (MEAC) over the same weekend. Decateur 4 life check your SWAC homecoming schedules for the past 7-10 seasons. Ain’t nobody invited Tuskegee to be homecoming fodder. I admit talent and size can be a factor DIII vs DII vs 1AA vs 1A. The most consistent and distinct factor is “numbers”. 1A’s can outnumber 1AA (more scholarship players). If your’e mediocre or bad 1A / 1AA you’ll get handled by these good 1AA and DII teams.

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Jackie

September 7th, 2009
5:16 pm

@Barry

I give the Bulldogs their props, but, the CIAA is strong enough to give most MEAC and SWAC teams a very competitive game. Our top could compete with your top.

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Christopher

September 8th, 2009
8:49 am

I say stay with the Classic concept and if anything, try to reignite the Heritage Bowl and have the MEAC and SWAC meet, or do it really big and have a doubleheader with the CIAA and SIAC champs meeting as well.

As others have said, college football is a MONEY making proposition and Classic games, especially around the Thanksgiving holiday make money. You notice teams want to move up from the playoff division to the bowl division and not the other way around? Plus here’s a dirty little secret about NCAA football playoffs. THEY LOSE MONEY! If not for being subsidized by the money the NCAA gets from Division 1-A (BCS subdivision) many schools wouldn’t even play in it at all. One D-1-AA conference, the Ivy League. chooses not to have its teams play in the football playoffs at all.

Black colleges need to have the same vision as the BCS Presidents. Don’t kill the goose that is laying the golden eggs by buying into to playoffs. Stick with the way you are doing things.

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Christopher

September 8th, 2009
8:58 am

@Jackie. The CIAA has lost enough of its best teams over the past decade that there is no way they are strong enough to compete. Don’t let Shaw’s win over BCU fool you. Of the 11 schools in the MEAC, three may be bottom feeders that the CIAA can play with but for no one in the CIAA could be in the top six or seven of the MEAC.

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Doug

September 8th, 2009
12:17 pm

The only surprise started at the beginning of the season when Shaw withdrew from playing Albany State. Please Leo, find out why Shaw refuse to play Albany State. Shaw and the CIAA must know something…..Da Dirty Blue Defense of Albany State in back in the SIAC!

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charles mathis

September 8th, 2009
6:49 pm

Watch your mouth jitty-bug, Fort Valley State is going to scare the siac this year stanky spanky?

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scsu

September 8th, 2009
10:44 pm

south carolina state bulldogs run black college football

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scsu

September 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

the swac has nothin on the meac. SCSU prove that this past weekend. SCSU ( black national champs 2009 )

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Mr. Riley

September 9th, 2009
12:33 am

One time for my alma mater (AAMU) for the nice victory… i really wasn’t expecting to much from us this year, but this is a good way to start it…

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James

September 9th, 2009
9:53 am

BET should show hbcu games and help support it i would love to see it on tv alot more

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SIAC

September 9th, 2009
10:59 pm

Can you break the scores down by conference.. SIAC, MEAC, CIAA…

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Charles

September 10th, 2009
5:20 am

The SWAC Conference is considered by many “experts” to be the strongest HBCU Football Conference.

This past weekend showed their strength.

The conference scored a very impressive total of 29 points against their competition. The competition scored a total of only 227 points.

They were 0/5 versus out of conference non-HBCU teams. Alabama State did win. They beat the “powerhouse” Concordia College/Selma 38 to 33.

SWAC 29 points / Competition 227 points !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SWAC teams should be National Champions because of the strength of our conference.

Tuskegee University wins 26 straight football games and only lose on a very, very controversial play but yet Grambling State wins the National Championship because they play in such a powerful conference.

Next we will examine the other so-called power conference the MEAC. One of their teams Bethune-Cookman scored a whopping 6 points in their loss to Shaw University last week.

THANKS.

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Greg

September 10th, 2009
10:25 am

Just announced… NCCU has been admitted into the MEAC

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Greg

September 10th, 2009
1:29 pm

As a grad from A&T, I look forward to beating Central in every sport over the following years :)

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Marcus

September 10th, 2009
3:00 pm

Good addition. I am interested to see how this thing plays out with other rumored expansion candidates (Winston-Salem State and/or Savannah State), the onset of MEAC divisional alignment and the conf. direction for post-season play (Playoffs or resurrected Heritage Bowl).

I vote to stay a playoff league.

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Eagle Fan

September 10th, 2009
4:40 pm

Welcome back to the MEAC! Congrats Eagles…

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Reader

September 10th, 2009
5:35 pm

Congrats NCCU!

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GRAMBLING

September 11th, 2009
9:41 am

I HAVE READ ALOT OF COMMENTS AND THOUGHT HEAVY ON THEM AND HEAR IT IS. I ATTENDED GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSIYT, BORN AND RAISED IN THE HEART OF LINCOLN PARISH IN NORTH LOUISIANA. UNDERSTAND THIS EDDIE ROBINSON CRETAED THE BAYOU CLASSIC FOR GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY. THEY HAVE A LIFETIME CONTRACT WITH NBC TO TELEVISE THE GAME NATIONALLY. ALLSTATE CAME AND JUMPED ON AND ADDED MORE REVENUE TO THE GAME AND FOR THE SCHOOL. THE GAME WAS INITIALLY PLAYED AT TULNE STADIUM BECAUSE OF RACE ISSUES AND TO SEE IF COACH EDDIE ROBINSON HAD WHAT IT TOOK TO PUT TOGETHER A GAME OF THAT MAGNITUDE AND HE DID. THE GAME WAS A SELL OUT OF 79,000 PEOPLE MORE IN TULANES FOOTBALL HISTORY AND THE SUPERDOME OFFERED A LIFETIME CONTRACT FOR THE GAME AS WELL. THAT GAME WAS GENERATED FOR US TO HAVE FORWEVER. ALLSTAE, NEW ORLEANS SUPOERDOME COMMITTEE AND NBC REQUESTED THAT THE GAME BE PALYED ON THANKSGIVING WEEKEND FOR REVENUE PURPOSES. THAT’S WHY THE CONTRACTS FOR THAT GAME IS THE WAY IT IS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR GRAMBLING AND ITS RICH AND DEEP HISTORY IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL IT’S AMAZING. FOR THE RECORD, WHY GIVE UP WHAT’S YOURS THAT YOU CREATED TO BE APART OF SOMEONE ELSES, THEY ARE NOT DOING IT FOR YOU. THINK ABOUT IT!!!

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GaRattler

September 12th, 2009
3:01 pm

Under coach Billy Joe, FAMU moved the Florida Classic so that they could compete in the 1AA playoffs. That was one of the best moves that he could have done, because the Classic actually got bigger. The Florida Classic competes, and in some years has exceeded the attendance at the Bayou Classic. The purpose of having different divisions in college football is that it allows schools with similar resources to compete on a national level. The only way that we can compete for resources is compete on a national level. If you compete and win you will get the same recruits that a Ga Southern or an Appalachian state gets. It seems that most HBCUs settle for the status quo and with that mind set we will always have second rate athletic programs. There were several Southern teams in the mid/early ’90s that would have competed for the 1-AA championship. My argument is purely academic because they chose the Bayou Classic over the 1-AA playoffs. I always tell my Southern and Grambling that the Bayou Classic will draw a large crowd even if the game was held in the middle of July. It’s the game, the Classic, that everyone is attached, not the date. I am actually supporting a FAMU (with BCC) move to the Southern Conference. It costs us too much money to travel to play non-competitive schools such as Winston Salem State, Howard, NC A&T, and Morgan State. We will make more money in the long run by building our fan base in Tallahassee. The schools in the Southern Conference are more competitive and are closer to Tallahassee. We still can play TSU and BCC in two of the top classics in HBCU football…..Bottom line TRADITION does not pay the bills or put fans in the seats.

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GaRattler

September 12th, 2009
3:06 pm

San Diego is a hard sell. LA would be better. In order to do LA you would need two marquis HBCUs like FAMU and Southern

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Division II football Fan

September 13th, 2009
2:09 pm

It would really be nice if our main newspaper in Atlanta our AJC would do more towards their Division II football teams. AJC can do writes up on the major colleges and the high school teams. But, they just throw Clark and Moreshouse to the curb. These guys play good ball. Where is the support for these teams, they are a big part of your city. AJC needs to stand up and let these schools know that they are important and supported too!!

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Scottie

September 13th, 2009
9:07 pm

As I discussed earlier, the MEAC will be decided between SC State and FAMU. Being an alumni of SC State, my loyalty belongs with Dogs. If either teams manage to go undefeated until they meet on Oct 17th, it’s going to be one hell of a showdown in Orangeburg. I do not like FAMU but I do respect them, however; I think that State’s defense and special teams will make the difference in the game. My prediction is State will pull off the victory 24 to 17. Again, this game will be much closer than my prediction indicates.

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Kaye

September 13th, 2009
9:45 pm

wow…my school won. Tenn St….after that horrible butt-kicking last night. To bad more ppl dont comment on here

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danp

September 13th, 2009
10:05 pm

This is Albany State Rams year; look for them to win the NCAA D2 Championship. They can run, pass, and play defense.

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Lawal

September 13th, 2009
11:47 pm

I am ‘91 wildcat grad, and would love for BCU to have that opportunity. Yes the chances for any HBCU to beat a major DI is slim, but the financial award for the institution is awesome. Any player worth a grain of salt would accept the challenge without a second thought.

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TrippDawg

September 14th, 2009
11:29 am

It’s pretty cool to see HBCU getting some press in the sportspage. Got some good ballgames going on here.

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F H Staley

September 14th, 2009
2:21 pm

To set the historical record straight: SC State, Tenn State and FAMU (won it all one year) have won NCAA playoff games so HBCU ARE NOT “0-for ) in the playoffs.

This year, SCSU is a legit 2 deep at QB and 4 deep at RB (and, their #1 at RB, Will Ford is the real deal and a preseason FCS/Div 1AA All-America).

Even with the loss of two veteran starters (injury), the SCSU defense was ferocious in wins over Grambling and Bethune Cookman.

Also, in the SWAC, don’t count out Anthony Jones’ AL A&M.

AND, why should the SWAC and MEAC schools play SIAC and CIAA schools when they have the opportunity to schedule contests against SEC, ACC and other Div 1A schools?

For example, over the past three seasons, SCSU has scheduled games against Air Force, Clemson, Central FL and South Carolina (twice)!

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F H Staley

September 14th, 2009
2:22 pm

To set the historical record straight: SC State, Tenn State and FAMU (won it all one year) have won NCAA playoff games so HBCU ARE NOT “0-for ) in the playoffs.

This year, SCSU is a legit 2 deep at QB and 4 deep at RB (and, their #1 at RB, Will Ford is the real deal and a preseason FCS/Div 1AA All-America).

Even with the loss of two veteran starters (injury), the SCSU defense was ferocious in wins over Grambling and Bethune Cookman.

Also, in the SWAC, don’t count out Anthony Jones’ AL A&M.

AND, why should the SWAC and MEAC schools play SIAC and CIAA schools when they have the opportunity to schedule contests against SEC, ACC and other Div 1A schools?

For example, over the past three seasons, SCSU has scheduled games against Air Force, Clemson, Central FL and South Carolina (twice): All of whom were nationally ranked at the time SCSU took the field against them!! . . .

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Doug

September 14th, 2009
5:04 pm

Clark Atlanta University….Celebrate while you can.

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Barry

September 16th, 2009
12:51 pm

Hey Y’all:

What’s up Tuskeegee fans? You let little Miles College bust your bubble!!! The MEAC and SWAC teams continue to show their stuff, but the MEAC is the conference to be in. We welcome North Carolina Central to the fold. But when they come they better have their “A” game or they are going to get stomped in the MEAC. The teams in the MEAC are not playing.

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MHC Tiger!

September 17th, 2009
2:48 pm

dayum albeny st.(as you southerners say ) and clark! Da Tigers (MHC) are getting their wits about them and will make a run at the conference championship, and a first ever Post-season berth!

yes, i said it, yes I have been smoking, but heck….I’m a fan-atic!

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rave1914

September 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

hampton opens meac season with win at a&t en route to the title…

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Erin

September 18th, 2009
3:05 pm

Go Skegee! We are waiting on Bahhur and Company!

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Josh B

September 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

let’s go A&T!! AGGIE PRIDE!!!!

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JGM

September 19th, 2009
9:58 am

I am a FVS Wildcat. As much as it PAINS me to say this, Albany ST will wear the SIAC football crown in 2009.

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Barry

September 19th, 2009
12:58 pm

Hey Y’all:

Delaware State University (DSU) of the MEAC will be playing the University of Delaware (UD) this week. This is the first time DSU and UD played in a regular season game since they have been in existance in Delaware (almost 100 years). UD was “forced” to play DSU (10-1) in the I-AA playoff 3 years ago wherein DSU lost. UD had “Flacko” who now is the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. This game has historical signifance in black history for the state of Delware as was with S.C. State when they first got the opportunity to play Univ. of S. C. Therefore, y’all cheer for a win for Delaware State University. We hope they make black college football, especially in the MEAC, “PROUD”.

GO DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS!! BEAT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE BLUE HENS.

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Barry

September 19th, 2009
1:10 pm

Hey Y’all:

GO DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS (DSU) of the MEAC. MAKE HISTORY AND BEAT THE UNIVERSITY OD DELAWARE (UD) THIS WEEK. This is the first time these two teams have every played in their nearly 100 years existance in the state of Delaware. Racism played a part in this, of course. UD was forced to play DSU (10-1) in the I-AA payoff 3 years ago. DSU eventually lost that game. UD had Joe Flacko at the time who is now the starting quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens. A win by Delware State University have historiccal significance for black college football, in general, and in the state of Delaware. And you know the significance it will have for the MEAC.

GO DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS!! BEAT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE.

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Doug

September 19th, 2009
7:59 pm

Hold the phone…LEO. I love to bet on the underdog myself, BUT. This kind of talk about Clark Atlanta making noise is premature. In baseball, a pitcher may commit a number of illegal motions (win a couple of games) or actions which constitute a BALK. A BALK ordinarily results in an immediate dead ball and nullification of any pitch, and each runner is awarded one base. You’re talking like Clark Atlanta is going to win the Big “SIAC” Show. A bye week by Albany State doesn’t constitute a forfeit of the Holy Grail…Let’s Keep it Real Leo. RESPECT.

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PantherDiva

September 20th, 2009
2:04 am

Go CAU! So proud of my alumnus

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mickster

September 20th, 2009
10:38 am

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mickster

September 20th, 2009
10:51 am

Enter your comments
this IS hbcu football folks. Those other so called “programs” have yet to realize what we offer.Soon our players will come home and that’s when football will be FOOTBALL(right mr.peterson?). both swac and meac conferences should host 1-A teams, listening to the cupid shuffle. I’m out…

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BisonMan

September 20th, 2009
12:09 pm

Does anyone have a coach they could let Howard “borrow” for the rest of the season? The Bison are an embarrassment to their alums. They look great in their uniforms, but the stink on the field. I’m scared this season will be worse than last year’s shamefulness.

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Clark Atlanta Fan

September 21st, 2009
8:29 am

Clark and Tuskegee was a game with it all. Sunshine, rain, rain delay. Fighting to the finish. Wet field, injuries for both. Hard plays, Good fans on both sides. Though our great panthers took home a lost. It was a great game. We are proud of our sons!

Thanks for the write up AJC!!

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Sporty

September 22nd, 2009
7:26 am

Folks don’t be so critical of the fact that they are scheduling the game. Those that have issue and are an alumni of the school should be ashamed to have adverse comments. Let me put it this way, have you as an alumni put any finances back into the school. Wheather we like it or not, it takes money to run any thing in the world we live in. Big schools like that have alumni as well as loyalty to put back into their school. When we as a Black culture decise to do that, then we won’t see our schools venturing out to help themselves in this manner. Although it may be a beatiing, go for it!!!!

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ASUNUPE

September 22nd, 2009
3:37 pm

Hey Clark Atlanta Fan…. How could yall have great fans on both sides when you only have a onesided stadium…. as much as yall charge for tuition yall should be able to build the other side… and maybe get some grass…. Oct 17… a real football team will come into panthers stadium(practice field) and show yall how to play… GO Albany State Golden Rams!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Tony Williams

September 22nd, 2009
6:41 pm

Enter your comments here
I would love this matchup. The Rattlers could certainly use the money and the exposure. TheRattlerswillStrike!

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ASU--ALPHA

September 23rd, 2009
7:41 am

I didnt know there was a such thing as a NUPE or Kappa, but I would have to agree. Albany State University… the only national ranked SIAC team… is coming.. Be very very afrain Clark Atlanta

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FAMUAKA

September 23rd, 2009
10:38 am

Have any of you watched the movie,”Any Given Sunday”? I ran track @ FAMU and I will never forget when we(FAMU Women 4×100)won the FSU Relays beating LSU’s team. LSU Women was acting just like some of you all, they were like we let this little black school beat us. The sad part was they had an all black relay team and they were acting if attending a SEC school made them better. Any team can be beaten on any given day. Just like I use to joke w/ Warrick Dunn(during his FSU days), if you take every black guy off of the ACC and SEC teams and let them meet up against a HBCU team, who do you think will win? Of course, the HBCU team. Although I was born in the 70’s, I do know HBCU was the only opportunity for black football players back in the day. And I will always remember Coach Bobby Lang giving us the speech before each FAMU RELAYS, IT TAKES A MIGHTY POOR DOG, TO BE BEATEN IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. SO UGA BE READY BECAUSE THE FAMU RATTLERS WILL BE READY 2 STRIKE.

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GoldenRamPride

September 23rd, 2009
11:48 am

I agree with BisonMan. I watched Howard on last Thursday and it had to be the worse display of defense and special teams that I’ve seen in a loooooong time.

Anyway, that’s why it feels great to support my Golden Rams. Regardless of conference or division affiliation the ASU Rams will make some noise this year. If we stay healthy, ASU should go deep in the playoffs. Hoperfully, it will help to bring more credibility to the quality of Black College football.

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WSSU Rams

September 23rd, 2009
12:34 pm

In case you haven’t heard WSSU has decided not to continue it’s move to DI. Instead, the university intends to stay in DII and will reapply for reinstatement back to the CIAA. Expenses, insufficient fund raising and the lack of owning it’s own sports facilities were a few of the reasons cited.

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RattlerMan

September 23rd, 2009
1:46 pm

FAMU is back, baby!! We will eviscerate TSU on Saturday in the Dome!!

Watch GameDay this Saturday to see a feature on Leroy Vann, FAMU’s electrifying kick returner. Desmond Howard is on campus in Tallahassee today to tape the feature!!

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bluelion

September 25th, 2009
1:14 am

Watch out for freshman qb Kindle. He is on the rise at NC A&T. you will see and enjoy the spread offense.

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Barry

September 25th, 2009
1:01 pm

Hey Y’all:

Another MEAC win, baby. Florida A&M is going to “rock the house” against Tennessse State University. TSU is out of their league.

GO MEAC. Florida A&M, “KICK THAT BUTT” IN ATLANTA!!!

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Mimi95

September 25th, 2009
1:39 pm

Let’s go RATTLERS!!!! Wish I was there, but you have our support out here in Cali!

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John

September 25th, 2009
3:48 pm

Leo, Thanks for reporting of HBCU’s. Fans of HBCU’s appreciate it. Go Maroon Tigers of MOREHOUSE

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True Rattler

September 26th, 2009
10:08 am

FAMU will cush TNST.

Now its time for the Sports Center Top #10 plays of the day starting @ #10 FAMU vs TSU in the Georgia Dome. I got 5 words for ya.
LOOK! AT! THAT! VANN! GOOOOOOOOOOO.!!
FAMU wins 45 to 10.

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An Observation

September 26th, 2009
7:44 pm

What happened to the fans (of both colleges) during the second half on the game (BTW I didn’t see the 1st half because I was driving to Florida)? I am in Florida on vacation so I watched the game once I arrived here and I’ve never heard the GA Dome so quiet during a college football game. What happened?????

Leo – Keep up the good work reporting on HBCU football!!!!!

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Eagle will soar!

September 27th, 2009
5:15 am

With serious efforts being put into the NCCU athletic programs competition will be surprised at NCCU’ s growth.

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Erin

September 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

I hope Fort Valley whip the socks off of Albany State this year!

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Jerry Moore, Jr.

September 27th, 2009
9:08 pm

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It’s interesting to read people’s comments who criticize HBCU’s like FAMU playing division 1-A schools. Historically alumni from HBCU’s are not in position to give back thousands and thousands of dollars when we are just trying to make ends meet. If NC Central needs to play Duke let them, if FAMU wants to play Miami then let them, what’s the problem? You put on your uniform, play the game bring your bad ass band, and then get the hell up out of there!

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Mimi95

September 28th, 2009
11:49 am

Way to go Rattlers!!!!! 4- 0 BABY!!!!

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Barry

September 29th, 2009
10:04 am

The MEAC wins again!!! It looks like a show down is brewing between South Carolina State and FAMU in the MEAC right now. Other tema in the MEAC are battling for positin early. It will be interesting to see which team is standing at the end of the season. We may have a surprise MEAC champ that may not be FAMU nor S.C. State. Stay tuned to the season.

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Richard

September 29th, 2009
4:20 pm

Yes, HBCU should compete for national title. I think when JSU competing for a national title and the SWAC our program went down. We used to always get good skills players on offense and defense, our only weakneass was the offense line and the kicking game when we played the other FCA teams. All that needs to happen is to get the FCA to start the playoffs one week later and break the teams into regionals for the first round then go by seed for the next round. HBCU must start competing to be the best not just the best HBCU. In my opinion we have lower our standard.

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Miss Hip hop

October 1st, 2009
11:32 am

Morris Brown College has the best band.

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Paula

October 1st, 2009
11:34 am

South Carolina State University’s Marching 101. I’m a little biased since this is my Alma Mater!!

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Erik B.

October 1st, 2009
11:37 am

#1 Florida A&M University
#2 Jackson State University
#3 Bethune-Cookman University

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Raymond

October 1st, 2009
11:40 am

This should be interesting.

1. FLORIDA A&M MARCHING 100 – There is not other band that toaches then….
2. Bethune Cookman is good
3. Southern – Juke
4. Jackson State – Sonic Boom
5. South Carolina State University – Marching 101 even though they are not very original.

The others are just mediocre…

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Cool Cash

October 1st, 2009
11:42 am

Like my daddy always said, ‘If you know and I know, why discuss it?”
Which band here is the only one to cover the WHOLE field? The Rattlers will Strike, and strike and strike again!!

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Dashizz357

October 1st, 2009
11:46 am

Morgan State

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E. Brown

October 1st, 2009
11:47 am

Enter your comments here Alabama A&M Marching Maroon & White

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read a book

October 1st, 2009
11:48 am

OMG. This list is far from accurate…While I agree, Southern, BCC, FAMU, AA&M, Jackson State and Gramblin belong – where in the HEEZE did these AUC schools come from? I mean for REALS?!?! Where is JCSU, Hampton, SC State and NC A&T? Wow. I cannot wait for the Battle to Begin!

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ATL

October 1st, 2009
11:50 am

SOUTHERN UNIV. HUMAN JUKEBOX always on top of their game, the precision marching, the drills at halftime, and they always have some of the best arrangements!!!

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BC Tigerette c/o '04

October 1st, 2009
11:50 am

I’m an alumna of an HBCU that didn’t make the list so I’m unbiased. But during my glory days, no one topped FAM, Norfolk State and Texas Southern. I will never forget when they came to Cali for the Gold Coast Classic, it was my first exposure to HBCUs and I’ve been hooked ever since. Can’t wait for the Battle in Jan!

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KenFromCalifornia

October 1st, 2009
11:53 am

wow, times sure have changed! i was always told that the debate used to be between grambling and southern for marching band supremacy. the other schools wouldn’t even rate in the discussion.

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Will

October 1st, 2009
11:54 am

Mo Brown was good in the 80’s but I have to give it to SC State 101…good sound and good music. FAMU is over rated! Southern and Grambling and TSU are all the same!!!!!

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T

October 1st, 2009
11:55 am

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!!!

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Skee Wee90

October 1st, 2009
11:56 am

I’m also an alumna of an HBCU and Florida A&M has the best band go rattlers shout out to all the graduates of 1990 and my sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc…

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Bobby

October 1st, 2009
11:56 am

Southern University……marching drills are spectacular !!!! Ohh, and that sound, WOW!

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read a book

October 1st, 2009
11:57 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Did someone actually say Morris Brown?!?!?!? HAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAHAHAHA!

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LegionFannatic

October 1st, 2009
12:01 pm

Can’t believe the Spartan Legion, NC A&T. or Howard are not mentioned but this topic is discussed ad nausem on http://www.5thquarter.com also can see and hear all of these bands there. Bands above NC get very little publicity.

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D

October 1st, 2009
12:01 pm

SOUTHERN UNIV!!! Most on the east coast rarely get to see them, but they’re the truth!

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Will J.

October 1st, 2009
12:03 pm

North Carolina Central University!

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LaShaundra

October 1st, 2009
12:04 pm

Finally a question worth posting for–no doubt about it FAMU’s Marching 100 is the best band in the land. Or should I say Marching 1000!

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Will J.

October 1st, 2009
12:04 pm

It’s about time. I love my alma mater. Congrats North Carolina Central University!

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Eagle

October 1st, 2009
12:09 pm

North Carolina Central University is the best! Nothing but the Maroon and Gray!

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Leo Willingham

October 1st, 2009
12:10 pm

Glad to see so many lively, passionate responses.

LegionFannatic, who would you rank as your top five or 10?

T, who would you rank behind Grambling?

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Torin

October 1st, 2009
12:10 pm

This poll is an absolute joke. I’ve been to a few classics in my day and FAMU has the best marching band HANDS DOWN!!! Who else gets invited to play during the Obama Inauguaration and Super Bowls? As Katt Williams will say, “Don’t worry….I’ll wait”

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DecaturNative

October 1st, 2009
12:20 pm

The Sonic BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM of the South!

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AAMU 1906

October 1st, 2009
12:23 pm

Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White tops all. Having the AUC bands on the list is a joke!
SU and Grambling are close along with JSU.

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D-Nice

October 1st, 2009
12:31 pm

The Legion is in the top 5. Behold the Green and the Gold. Norfolk State Spartans

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8 Wonders of the World

October 1st, 2009
12:37 pm

“Marching 100″. The most imitated band in America. The most televised band in America. The Incomparable.

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Russ

October 1st, 2009
12:39 pm

Prairie View!!!!

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Aggie

October 1st, 2009
12:39 pm

The list has to be created by a novice of bands. From the Meac alone, you should have FAMU, BCC, NC A&T, Norfolk State and maybe SC State. TSU should rank for the independent.
Swac –Southern Jackson, Alabama A&M
ciaa—FSU, Shaw, nccu maybe

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runtt

October 1st, 2009
12:40 pm

I would have to say Atlanta A & T.

(sound of crickets chirping here)

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Jim

October 1st, 2009
12:47 pm

BOOOM hands down

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Cutty

October 1st, 2009
12:48 pm

Mo’ House all day!!!

Papa was a rollin stone!!!!

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Rell

October 1st, 2009
12:50 pm

2009 Best HBCU Marching Band List

1. South Carolina State University Marching “101″ Band
2. Florida A & M University Marching “100″ Band
3. Bethune Cookman University “Marching Pride”
4. Southern University
5. Norfolk State University

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Melissa Hogan

October 1st, 2009
12:56 pm

SU All the Way!!!! I’m looking at the list and I’m perplexed. Leo, what planet are you from?????:-) Your list is WAY OFF!!! Maybe you need to take a trip to the Bayou Classic!!!

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Leo Willingham

October 1st, 2009
1:03 pm

Melissa,

I’ve been accused of being from a different planet for many years. As I mentioned earlier, this is just a list (not a ranking) and the list is in alphabetical order. And I will be in Nawlins next month!

Rell,

That’s an interesting list. I wonder what others have to say about it.

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Billy Ray Valentine

October 1st, 2009
1:04 pm

I thought Atlanta A&T had the baddest band in the land. No?

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TA

October 1st, 2009
1:11 pm

The Sonic Boooom……………..Jackson State……..

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Rayzr

October 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Easy…FAMU. They set the standard others emulate today. And their size alone is enough to overwhelm anyone else. It’s symphony when they play and the rattle march is unmatched.

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RattlerMan

October 1st, 2009
1:18 pm

You should know by my name alone that I’m reppin’ the Marching 100 (a misnomer since we have over 400 members)!!

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MR164

October 1st, 2009
1:21 pm

@Miss Hip hop Morris Brown HAD the best band in like 2003

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SCSU 1908

October 1st, 2009
1:26 pm

Ummmmm Hello, SCSU BULLDOG Marching 101…

They may not be first on the list, but how dare you not even make them an option…..

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Missy

October 1st, 2009
1:31 pm

Hands down FLORIDA A&M MARCHING 100!!!!!!

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Young Chico

October 1st, 2009
1:32 pm

Southern is the best band in the land!!!!! They don’t need to put a 1000 people on the field in order to create a full sound. As Doc Greggs would say “Often imitated, never duplicated.”

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EBONY19

October 1st, 2009
1:37 pm

You forgot out of SWAC those marching Hornets Alabama State University

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LegionFannatic

October 1st, 2009
1:42 pm

Top 15-Insert your own Number 1. These bands have their own distinct styles and sound but you can hear them CLEARLY 12 city blocks away.

150+ Big Bands
FAMU
Norfolk ST
BCC
SOUTHERN
JACKSON ST
NC AT
TSU

Smll Bands Sound like 150+
NCCU
VSU
Tuskegee
Morgan St
Edward Waters
TX Southern
Ala AM
SCSU

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Tech

October 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Umm… Just look at the resumes’. No one mentioned above touches the accomplishments of the Florida A&M University Marching 100, nationally or internationally. Being the most sought after band in the land should be a clue for you all. From inaugurations to Super Bowls to Hollywood award shows, there is no question, argument, or debate about it. We ARE simply…the best…

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SphiD2005

October 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

Out of the SIAC….THE ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY MARCHING RAMS SHOWBAND!!!!

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T

October 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

@ Leo, behind Grambling I would rank FAMU, who was actually my third choice when considering where to attend. A dear friend of mine would say SC State,but nah…

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ArtVandelay

October 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

Come on bruh…how do you have any discussion of best HBCU bands and leave off SC State? That is just unexcusable. To determine the BEST is subjective, but anyone who has seen them will agree they at least deserve to be in the conversation.

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MOJO43

October 1st, 2009
1:52 pm

FAMU has the rep, but I give BCC the edge. FAMU will slack on some shows, have yet to see BCC slack anywhere at any time. Plus they do different things and moves throughout their shows…its easy to get bored with entrance, school song, dancing girls, dance routine, finish everytime. I like how BCC changes it up and “lets go wildcats” is probably the most often borrowed collegiate piece out there……….and I love to hear it played well live. By the way I went to Howard lol…so no alma mater bias there.

The Legion (NSU) is tight but I cant put them over many SWAC bands, certainly not Southern and JSU.

Ive been more and more impressed with Texas Southern….the Ocean definitely deserves to be in the discussion.

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Leo Willingham

October 1st, 2009
1:52 pm

LegionFannatic,

Now that’s a list! Everyone needs to check it out and weigh in with their thoughts.

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Lil Lady

October 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

From what I have heard and seen from the 2009/2010 season so far, my top 5 would have to be in no order Bethune Cookman, Southern, Norfolk State, Jackson State, and a tie between Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Albany State, UAPB & South Carolina State

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James

October 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

Alabama State University has one of the best if not the best college band. Southern University is up there too. FAMU is by far the most overrated band. I’m not sure why FAMU gets so much praise other than being big. There sound doesn’t even match their numbers.

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ATL

October 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

Morgan State, Alabama A&M, Praire View and Albany State.

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FAMUAKA

October 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

I would have to say FAMU. I ran track for FAMU(sprinter) and I must admit the Marching 100 practiced harder than us. I haven’t seen another band that comes close to comparing w/ them. They have sound that will blow you away and if you were @ Saturday’s game, they added FAMU’s gospel choir to sing “Heal the World” and it was great. For those of you that are choosing Atlanta A&T, let me be the 1st to tell you, I was @ FAMU when those guys(Atlanta A&T) were there, so go ahead and choose FAMU. Atlanta A&T were most of FAMU’s Marching 100 members from the ATL area.

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Jmcdonald

October 1st, 2009
2:00 pm

Albany State should be on this list. GO RAMS!!!!!

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WB

October 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY MARCHING LIONS…BEST EVER!!!!!!

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mscutie78

October 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

A&M, A&M, A&M Youuuuuu a booty booty – Alabama A&M University has the best marching band in the land – y’all better recognize!!

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JSU Alum98

October 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

Hands down Jackson State Univeristy’s “The Sonic Boom of the South” and the thrill of a million eyes “The Prancing J-Settes”.

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CCGroovy

October 1st, 2009
2:02 pm

I’m a SOUTHERN Fan from JAGUAR Land!!! SU rocks the house, ALL Day, E’RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRYYY Day!!!

This is a GREEEEEEEEEEEAAAAATTT Topic & Article.

THANXXX, My Brother!!!

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hot j

October 1st, 2009
2:03 pm

morgan state,albany state

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Wildgator

October 1st, 2009
2:03 pm

Fort Valley State!!!!!

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Jstatefan

October 1st, 2009
2:09 pm

JSU all the way baby! JSU Rocks the House!

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IamME

October 1st, 2009
2:09 pm

My vote will have to go with Southern. FAMU fans are driven on numbers. They have interesting shows and I love there ballads. In contrast, Southern have the total package without having to have 1,000 members. They march with precision, have nice ballads, and most of all… they can blow. Dr. Greggs all day.

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Mr. Mortician

October 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

I have to say Jackson State’s Sonic Boom then SU’s human jukebox. It’s about musicianship, precision, entertainment, and aesthetics. Why does everybody think FAMU? All FAMU has is alot of people with loud country uniforms that can not form straight lines.

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SEBREEZE

October 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

EVERYBODY BRINGS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SOUNTHERN HAS SOUND ,JACKSON STATE HAS THE DANCE ROUTINE AND DRUM MAJORS. FAMU HAS THE SIZE .SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PLAYS WITH EMOTION. AND ALABAMA STATE HAS THE BEST STANDS ROUTINE.AND BCC HAS THE BEST OPENING OF THE SHOW.

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Jazzy

October 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE………..ALL DAY EVERYDAY

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Cool Cash

October 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

Like FAMUAKA, I ran track for FAMU and can still remember the band out there practicing all through the night. Paid off, too, seeing as they are still marching circles around all the other wannabes. All others imitate. I can’t believe we’re still having this discussion. @Leo, put these people out of their misery.

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Twilight

October 1st, 2009
2:24 pm

Alabama State University marching hornets are the best, no other band can whip it like they do and the drum majors….wow….there is something for everyone, big girls too!!!!!!!!!!………..Go hornets…..sting!

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Cool Cash

October 1st, 2009
2:25 pm

sportsmommy74

October 1st, 2009
2:28 pm

Where is Albany State Golden Rams on this list?

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Su Alumni in the ATL

October 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

No one can compare to the Human Jukebox. Grambling, J-State, and FAMU come close, but THAT’s no good enough. besides the only Battle of the Band that really matters is at the Bayou Classic….SU JAGS vs Grambling TIGERS.

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rave1914

October 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

do the band members actually have to be students at said institution — ok, i didnt come here to hate, but appreciate — i vote for the damu marching undergrads, superseniors, community college and high school and aluimni 400 some odd..

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HUCutie!

October 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

I went to HU…Howard U, that is!!! And we def have a GREAT band that often goes unnoticed. Like someone else said, bands from HBCU’s above NC very rarely get much attention!!! The BOB is always a fun event to see who shows up and shows OWT! I must say that at the Classic last weekend, FAMU did an awesome job and did great justice to the king of pop!!
KUDDOS!!!

MAYS HIGH….the BEST HS band in the SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….LOL!! ;-)

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IamME

October 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

Well said SEBREEZE

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FAMU FAMU

October 1st, 2009
2:36 pm

Lets give a shot out to all the HBCU Bands. But you all know that FAMU’s Band is the best in the world. Reason being, 1st they have the passion and the love for the music. The band invites everyone to their show just ask our President!!! RATTLERS DID AND WILL STRIKE AGAIN!!

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KaRon

October 1st, 2009
2:43 pm

Yes they do. I was in it 1989-1990 School Year. They really need to the school back open….It’s a disgrace…….

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Kimmie from Louisiana

October 1st, 2009
2:44 pm

That is easy:

We can name all the HBCU’s we want, but until you EXPERIENCE the BAYOU CLASSIC, you are just talking. Southern University & Grambling State University has the best band. I can’t leave J-State off the list.

SU
GSU
JSU

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JBaker

October 1st, 2009
2:46 pm

Mean Green Marching Machine!!!!

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Jerri Sutton Weary

October 1st, 2009
2:46 pm

SERIOUSLY!!! Why is this even a question? AMERICA and the WORLD have spoken….

FAMU’s MARCHING 100 is the unbreakable MOLD and the rest of you aren’t even CLAY!!! The record speaks for itself but don’t believe me, see for yourself..

1992 – Sports Illustrated Magazine listed The Marching Band as “The Best College Marching Band in the Country.”
1994 – ESPN2 produced a thirty minute documentary on the Marching Band that aired in 1995
October 2003 – ESPN’s Kieran Darcy states, “The Marching 100 is the Best Band in the Land.”
2005 – The Marching Band performed at Super Bowl XXXIX.
February 4, 2006 – The Marching Band Performed at Super Bowl XLI with recording artist “Prince” in Miami.
2006 – 20 Members of the Marching Band performed at the Grammy Awards with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx in Los Angeles. The show was broadcasted nationally on CBS TV.
2006 – The Atlanta Constitution named The Marching Band “The Best Band.”
2006 – Members of The Marching Band performed at The American Music Awards.
October 15, 2008 – CNN television states, “The FAMU Band is the Best Band in the Entire Universe.”
2008 – The Marching Band was featured in the NY Times for its band camps.
2008 – The Marching Band was featured on ESPN’s College Game Day on the campus of FAMU.
2008 – The Marching Band was featured on CBS News with Katie Couric.
January 20, 2009 – The Marching Band represented the State of Florida in the Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama.
January, 2009 – The Marching Band makes another appearance at Honda’s Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, GA.

**This was just a tiny portion of their resume!

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The Golden Lions

October 1st, 2009
2:48 pm

The golden lions of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff along with the rest of the SWAC. Once you go SWAC, you will never go back!!!!!

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BigBlueTiger

October 1st, 2009
2:49 pm

Aristocrat’s!

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HB

October 1st, 2009
2:50 pm

Morris Brown DEFINITELY was the band of the South in the early 2000’s. However, now, although I’m a Morehouse Alumus, the best band is Jackson State, The Sonic Boooooooom of the South! Shouts out to my brother-in-law Cliff! Hold it down on that sax boi!!!

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Miss FAMU

October 1st, 2009
2:51 pm

First, let me begin by saying I love all HBCU’s.

The Marching 100 is the best band in the land. Every other band you mentioned has been trying to copy what Dr. William P. Foster perfected. Name another band that rocked the Super Bowl with Prince and the Grammy’s with Kanye. FAMU Baby! STRIKE…STRIKE…and STRIKE AGAIN!!!!!!!

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FAMUAKA

October 1st, 2009
2:51 pm

Jerri Sutton Weary- is this Jerri that ran track w/me from Chatt. Tenn?

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Miss FAMU

October 1st, 2009
2:59 pm

Oh, BTW you know you have to be the best when all the other schools are hating on you instead of telling why their school has the best band. I’m just saying tho….

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OutsideLookinIN

October 1st, 2009
2:59 pm

Reason #1 FAMU is NOT the best…they have that many members and do not blow any louder than bands with 3/4 of their number. Reason #2…went to the classic on Saturday and one of the snare drummers didn’t even know the cadences being played at halftime so he wasn’t even beating his drum (yes I was that close to the field). Reason #3 Their drumline is not innovative enough…been that way for years
We all know that being invited to play at certain events has more to do with Alumni and connections than how good a band is (see South Cobb High School here in GA that played at Obama’s inauguration)

It is really impossible to say there is one band that is truly the best but in terms of the top ones, here is my list:

NC A&T (nobody is touching the Blue Steel drumline) Blue & Gold Marching Machine
S.C. State
FAMU
Southern Univ
Bethune Cookman
Grambling
Jackson State
Tennessee State
NC Central
Howard Univ

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The Truth

October 1st, 2009
3:04 pm

Nobody brings it like the Rattlers. Nobody can touch ‘em. Nobody works harder.

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Stiffback

October 1st, 2009
3:11 pm

It’s nice for everyone to have pride in their school’s bans. And rightly so they should. BUT when America needs a band to represent America, how many other school bands were called to FRANCE, Japan, England to their nations celebrations. Was it Grambling? Was it Jackson St., was it BCC, Alcorn, Southern, Howard, Clark, Morris Brown, or any of the other schools? NO! It was the one and only Florida Agricultural ad Mechanical University (FAMU). The documentaries, 60 Minutes, 20/20, ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and the list goes on to have peeked interest in the greatest show band ever created. So continue to list your school’s bands, its only right to show favoritism for you college. BUT, when the world calls for a representative, Grammy, Super Bowls, Music Awards, Emmys, Tonys, and such alike. FL A & M Univeristy will always get the first call…Oh yea, for those who’s gonna ask why FAMU was not in the movie Drumm Line; it’s because FAMU turned them down, we don’t play second to any band, not even fake make-believe.

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oohed

October 1st, 2009
3:15 pm

JSU is the band the totally big band, pretty j-settes,hell of a routine,and unbelievable history and tradition……

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Catch22

October 1st, 2009
3:17 pm

Alabama State University has the best, hands down!! Whether it’s in the stands or on the field, the Hornets put on a show you don’t want to miss! I have to give love to the SWAC as a whole, though…the SWAC doesn’t field any weak bands!!

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Barry

October 1st, 2009
3:21 pm

Hye Y’all:

FAMU you performed one of the greatest halftime show of all time at the Alss state Atlanta Classic. I mean, man, they were precision and entertaining in their tribute to Michael Jackson. Their configuring the body of Michael Jackson with his head and “THE GLOVE” was “FANTASTIC!”. I am more than confident they will be ask to perform this show again. Maybe a the SUPER BOWL. They are a great marching band. I give their band director and the “MARCHING RATTLERS” KUDOS. They were the talk of the town in Atlanta and to those across the country who saw their performance.

GO MEAC and the DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS!!!

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musicmann jr

October 1st, 2009
3:24 pm

People people…NC A&T was asked for usage of their name in the film “Drumline” but they declined because they wanted higher compensation than they were being offered. So, the name was changed to Atlanta A&T but of course the uniforms and colors were still modeled after A&T. A&T’s drumline a.k.a. Blue Steel routinely embarrasses other drumlines. This is not to say A&T has the best band overall, but they are indeed near the top

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April

October 1st, 2009
3:33 pm

Florida A&M No. 1. Rattler 4 life!

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BeholdtheGreenAndGold!

October 1st, 2009
3:33 pm

Norfolk State Spartan Legion!

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Famu Rattler ATL

October 1st, 2009
3:48 pm

FAMU has the best band hands down

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AMIA IN ATL

October 1st, 2009
3:59 pm

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY! The Marching Maroon and White. I must admit that when I was in the band 1995-1998, it was a much larger band. I love my school! Go Bulldogs!!!

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alflow

October 1st, 2009
4:10 pm

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Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South -There is no comparison

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GSU TWIRLER

October 1st, 2009
4:13 pm

Hello, all you fans of the HBCU bands. I just want to say to the band that went to France, did you leave any towels, shampoo bottles, sheets, etc… for the rest of us. OOps, I forgot, the band got banded. The SWAC IS THE BEST!! THE MEAC, UMMM, whose in the MEAC!!
Now, it is SHOWTIME!!!! MAKE ROOM!! MOVE TO THE STANDS!!
HERE COMES THE BEST BAND IN THE LAND!!

THE ILLUSTRIOUS WORLD FAMED GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY TIGER MARCHING BAND.
There is NO other!!!
GOD Rest their soul: Conrad Hutchison and Eddie Robinson.

NO! G-S-U ROCKS THE HOUSE!!!
I said a, HEY! HEY! HEY! I feel alright!!
HERE COMES TIGER FUNK!!! (Man, I was having a flashback)

Seriously, Historically Black College Bands are the best. Much love to any person that attened and graduated from any HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE. Let’s encourage the youth of today to continue to follow the path of excellence and pride.

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Yes I am a Rattler

October 1st, 2009
4:15 pm

FAMU of course

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Corey

October 1st, 2009
4:16 pm

Not FAMU. Too big. More than 400 members and the band loses its effectiveness and cannot fit on the field. Big is not better. Musicianship and percision are a must. Noise does inspire some but not all. A four hundred member marching band in the GA Dome with horrible acoustics, gorss.

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KDE

October 1st, 2009
4:40 pm

The number one HBCU band program is the Florida A&M University Marching 100. To build a quality program such as the “100″, one has to really develop a blueprint that truly defines band pageantry. Dr. William P. Foster set a standard that many bands in the USA govern their respective bands by. Today, the teachings of Dr. Foster continue to affect the lives of many musicians,students, band directors, and music fans alike.He believed in not only producing quality musicians, he also believed in developing character within his students.

Don’t get wrong, there are some good HBCU bands out there(i.e. Southern, BCU, PVAMU, etc.), but since 1946, the FAMU Marching 100 has consistently developed some of the greatest musicians & leaders in this country and abroad.

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BIG DADDY DON

October 1st, 2009
4:45 pm

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UAPB!!! Best of the SWAC. Best of the best!! All others are living on fumes from years gone by. Go to any game and compare. SWAC bands top all!!

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JB

October 1st, 2009
4:49 pm

J – S – U ! ! ! ! Sonic BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM of the South

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Mr. Music Man

October 1st, 2009
4:52 pm

LOL at this poll…..There’s only a few HBCU bands who I think are even worthy of being considered the best band among HBCU’s, and Tenn State-Aristocrat of Bands is definitely on that list.

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E

October 1st, 2009
4:59 pm

GS, GS, GS, U U U !!!!…I thought you knew B…h!!!

Its GSU

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Herman Shelton

October 1st, 2009
4:59 pm

Im very surprised that Texas Southern Ocean of Soul does not top the list. My list would be TSU, FAMU, Southern, Grambling, Jackson St. I belive the SWAC holds the best bands among HBCU, CAU dont come close to our worst schools so……

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JSU alltheway

October 1st, 2009
5:01 pm

I can’t believe that Morehouse would really be considered in the conversation….PLEASE.

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Proud Rattler

October 1st, 2009
5:08 pm

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

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ROBERT SMITH

October 1st, 2009
5:10 pm

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY IS THE BEST OF THE BEST!

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PatrickT

October 1st, 2009
5:11 pm

Many bands live off their reputations. Grambling has been a “joke” for at least twenty years. FAMU would really shine if they did a better field show. By the way, nobody touches FAMU in concert formation. Tennessee State will never be embarrassed and The Sonic Boom (Jackson State) always brings it. That said, there is only one band left standing when the dust clears. The Human Jukebox of Southern University is the most complete, consistent and entertaining band I have ever seen. I have followed and photographed bands for more than thirty years. “Trust me….I’m a doctor.”

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Alright

October 1st, 2009
5:21 pm

FAMU Marching 100. Is there any other band? SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSStrike Again!

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Dee

October 1st, 2009
5:27 pm

Savannah State? What the hell!!! OMG!!!

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tyrone

October 1st, 2009
5:32 pm

The Green and Gold of Norfolk State. Holla!!!!

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2ndGenBulldog

October 1st, 2009
5:39 pm

I know for a fact, The Marching 101 of SCSU! Hands down. I could care less about the rest!

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James

October 1st, 2009
6:02 pm

Come where is NC A&T on this list!

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Darryl Moore

October 1st, 2009
8:35 pm

Tuskegee University Crimson Piper Band!!!

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Bigdrew

October 1st, 2009
8:38 pm

South Carolina State University Marching 101 and that young freshman snare drummer Danny Hastings.

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Will C

October 1st, 2009
8:51 pm

Going to the Southern U and Jackson State game this weekend. I will report on who won the battle of the bands. The HUMAN jukebox rocks.

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ClemsonPaw

October 1st, 2009
9:22 pm

Where is SC State, NC A&T, Morgan St… C’mon now- sounds like someone doesn’t know much about HBCU bands? And for the record, I didn’t attend a HBCU- I just appreciate good music…
Major respect to Southern, FAMU and GSU as well…but the list is definitely incomplete without the above!

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js3

October 1st, 2009
9:29 pm

Let’s get real people…Southern University is the best. Yes I am a SU grad and so is my son. We have had the opportunity to see all of the SWAC and many of the other bands, and honestly the Jags have what is required to blow the opposition and fans away…sound is big, steps are precise, routine is always on point, Now when it comes to dancers …….. Jackson State. Nuff said.

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Al Bundy

October 1st, 2009
9:40 pm

“The”… Fort Valley State Marching Wildcats!

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FAMU92

October 1st, 2009
10:01 pm

FAMU of course! I’m not just saying that because I graduated from there. They are the undisputed best band in the land. I grew up in Tallahassee and have heard many bands come to town… FAMU sent them all home packing! Leo Willingham, you are crazy!

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SWAC FAN

October 1st, 2009
10:11 pm

I can not believe the Ocean is not in this discussion! Did you all not attend the 2008 Honda BOTB? Texas Southern handsdown! Historically I would say FAMU, Grambling, and Southern thouh. Either way the SWAC has the best bands!

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Miss V

October 1st, 2009
10:19 pm

Enter your comments here
SC State 101! They ALWAYS play thier instruments when they dance. No holding of the instruments to move and groove. SCSU all the way!!

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Eagle Pride

October 1st, 2009
11:10 pm

North Carolina Central University “E-Funk”

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Eagle Pride

October 1st, 2009
11:10 pm

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BackBreaker

October 1st, 2009
11:11 pm

I’m feeling you, Kimmie from Louisiana…with one minor tweak: GSU, SU, JSU…hehe..

…if you haven’t EXPERIENCED the Bayou Classic, I’m not quite sure your entry is credible…

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Doc

October 1st, 2009
11:23 pm

Okay…let’s wake up. If we combined ALL the bands in the AUC they still would be worse than Alabama A & M at best. How AUC schools rank over Howard and Tuskegee is mind blowing. Dude, do you see these bands…where is Alcorn State? However, Morehouse’s band is considerably better than it ever was…so they get most improved. FAMU wins hands down though!

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Big Dex

October 1st, 2009
11:30 pm

I have only a couple words to say!

WILDCATS…………………………………….LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOO!
WILDCATS…………………………………….LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOO!

The crunkest in the land!

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PVAMU

October 1st, 2009
11:40 pm

Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm!! ;-)

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scoidy

October 1st, 2009
11:41 pm

ALABAMA STATE

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N.C.C.U. + M.E.A.C. = The Black A.C.C.

October 1st, 2009
11:56 pm

Great blog Leo, Many thanks to you and the AJC for keeping up with the goings-on in the world of Black College athletics, academics and politics and bringing it all together on a blog at the top newspaper here in the “Black Mecca” of the world, Atlanta, Georgia. This is an invaluable service that you provide and I hope that you keep up the good work!

Also, many congratulations to North Carolina Central University and the Eagle Nation on rejoining the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Already a well-kept secret hidden in the long shadows of nearby big-name and much more expensive UNC Chapel Hill and Duke for much of its history as many black and white North Carolina and Southeastern professionals, social and political elites have taken advantage of a low cost high-quality education, especially at the very-much underrated schools of law and finance (Chapel Hill, NC Mayor Kevin Foy, Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and many NC governors and big-time NC/SE lawyers among them) NCCU has continued to make great strides in recent years in athletics and, most importantly, academics. Central was supposed to rejoin the MEAC much sooner, but its membership bid and the process that accompanies it was almost put on hold when NC A&T refused to vote with the rest of the MEAC to allow NCCU back into the conference as a reaction to the aftermath of an extremely violent bench-clearing brawl during a football game between the two heated rivals in 2007 as the approval of all existing member schools are needed to admit any new member institutions. I’m happy that A&T finally decided to vote to allow Central back into the fold. NCCU needs the MEAC just as much as the MEAC needs NCCU and the rest of its member and affiliate institutions to survive and advance their goals as critically important educational entities. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: HBCUs like NCCU, NC A&T and those that comprise the MEAC, the SWAC, the CIAA, the SIAC and other affiliated institutions were giving African-Americans access to higher education and professional life long before big-name mainstream schools like UNC and Duke would give them the time of day. There was a time not all that long ago when the only way that an African-American could get onto either of the campuses of a Duke, a UNC and the like was either to be a low-wage menial employee or a high-performing athlete. While HBCUs like NCCU have advanced their missions far enough to now attract the kinds of elite students that are a staple of the student bodies at a Duke or UNC, HBCUs like NCCU still give chances to students of all colors that wouldn’t get a first look, much less a second look, by the admissions committees at a Duke or UNC. Despite the acceptance of African-Americans into the mainstream of American life, HBCUs still serve a vital role in providing educational opportunities to those who wouldn’t necessarily get those opportunities elsewhere.

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randy perry

October 2nd, 2009
12:33 am

Enter your comments here I’m Tenn. State alumma from the 70’s and I think all the HBCU BAND names are great band and back in my glory days TSU play a lot’s of HBCU school before we move to the OVC. I think year in and year out FAMU has the best band and I remember when they were the real marching 100.

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Darrell

October 2nd, 2009
12:38 am

LU-Langston University Marching Pride (The Spirit of Oklahoma)is the best I’ve seen. I think FAMU is over rated because of size; LU has size, but more importantly sound and scholarship among its members. 2.Grambling 3. FAMU 4. SCSU 5. Prarie View

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FAMU4408

October 2nd, 2009
12:42 am

FAMU HANDS DOWN…. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THEY ARE THE BEST BAND IN THE LAND….LET’S BE REAL HERE. WHEN U ARE ASKED TO PLAY 4 THE INAUGURAL PARADE 4 THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT…. U ARE REALLY ON TOP….SO EVERYONE ELSE JUST SIT BACK AND TAKE A SEAT. BECAUSE THE RATTLERS ARE HERE 2 STRIKE….STRIKE……AND STRIKE AGAIN….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Darrell

October 2nd, 2009
12:42 am

Go Langston U. Lions; ranked #8 in the nation. That baddest team with the baddest band!

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FAMU4408

October 2nd, 2009
12:45 am

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Know-It_All

October 2nd, 2009
2:34 am

Enter your comments hereThe Mighty Marching Hornets of Alabama State University.

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Blueceo2002

October 2nd, 2009
9:53 am

The Morris Brown College Marching Wolverine Band is the best band in the land. If it is large as it was or small as it is know, the Brown sound is well known and is definitly identifiable when heard.

At last years Chick-fil-A Bowl parade the LSU fans went crazy all along the parade route as the small but loud playing and high stepping Marching Wolverine Band marched and played down Peachtree Street. They were amazed that a band that small could put out that much sound.

When MBC comes back there will be “Hell To Pay” for those who kicked us while we are down and did not support us. Athletic and band programs beware.

The Fighting Wolverines will fight on and march on. And if you don’t believe simply come to MBC Homecoming October 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM for the Homecoming Parade on Martin Luther King (Mozley Park to the MBC campus).

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G-Man

October 2nd, 2009
10:23 am

To FAMU, Grambling ST. U. also has & still is traveling the world & been in superbowl. Also their resume is just as large as yours so the only way to end this discussion is a super battle of the bands. So on that note, GSU is the top dogs in my book and I would put money on it vs any Band in the world!!!!!!!!!!

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DurhamRes

October 2nd, 2009
10:54 am

Simply…Get Up For the Bulldogs! South Carolina State University is easily one of the top bands in the country. I don’t think there is anyway to know who the “BEST” is but there is no discussion without the Marching 101. Southern and BCC also have stellar bands. FAMU is like that soul food resturant all your co-workers tell you to visit and then you get there and its no better than the local meat and three.

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ALBERT SANDERS

October 2nd, 2009
10:57 am

Prairie View A&M University has the BEST college band-PERIOD! The Prairie View A&M Marching Storm Band and Black Fox dance troupe that performs with the Band, was the first HBCU Band in the Tournrament of Roses Rose Parade. Debut, Jan. 1, 2009. PVAMU’s band was a pioneer in the entire HBCU showman-style band movement. The BBC and the New York Times have heralded the Marching Storm as the nation’s BEST and most consistent HBCU band.

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Chill

October 2nd, 2009
11:59 am

1. Southern
2. FAMU
3. Jackson State
4. Alabama State
5. Prairie View

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Decatur 4 Life

October 2nd, 2009
12:03 pm

That’s a no-brainer, it’s got to be the Human Jukbox at THE Southern University. We set the standard for excellence as it relates to marching bands, we made it popular to be in a marching band. Dr. Greggs, best band director in history.

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Decatur 4 Life

October 2nd, 2009
12:11 pm

That’s a no-brainer, it’s got to be the Human Jukbox at THE Southern University. We set the standard for excellence as it relates to marching bands, we made it popular to be in a marching band. Dr. Greggs, best band director in history.

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Antwan

October 2nd, 2009
12:25 pm

Ok this is the funniest list I have ever seen when it comes to HBCU band rankings. You are clearly not a band person because on your list you have left out powerhouses and you have put in the lesser quality bands in our little world. The SWAC and the MEAC has the power house of bands. You have schools like Tuskgee, Clark Atlanta, Lanston, over the powers of Southern? Now I am and alum of Alabama St. and I am a Marching Hornet and I do believe that on any given Sat. that we would clean the field with any of these bands. FAMU is highly overated living off legend and history but no more… MY five are like this

#1 Southern
#2 Alabama St. Univ
#3 Norfolk St.
#4 Bethune Cookman
#5 Jackson St. Univ.

done deal

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DHOUSE

October 2nd, 2009
12:32 pm

Morehouse “The House of Funk”. We’re not big band as far as band members, but we sound better then most bands that are twice our size. Plus, our music is very clear!

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BeEasy

October 2nd, 2009
1:24 pm

Man, only one band has been invited to 3 Presidential Inaugruations, 2 Super Bowl Pre-Game shows, Preformances with Prince and Kayne… FAMU’s Marching 100 or should I say 500 (or as my Granny says “The 100th). No one can touch them… Come on why do you think ESPN, CBS, NBC come down to do stories about them. DUHHH, cause they blow everyone else out of the water!!!

I do like and respect BCU WildCats (their entrance joint is the best ever), Southern, and Jackson State but none of them can even touch the 100th. Man tell them to get their numbers up then we can talk… LOL

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Ziki

October 2nd, 2009
1:28 pm

Hmmm….well being that I seen Grambling last month i’m erasing them from my mind…..because on the field and in the stands they were clearly unprepared or sick in the head or something! SCSU did a good job, but FAMU and BCU have the best bands in the land hands down! Im tired of people sayin that they are only good cause of their size (FAMU). Only a few years ago their numbers were depleated in a way and they still brought! They don’t have to blow or crank, its called being a musician people! Use your ears not your eyes! They have a balanced sound, great tonation, and specialize in advanced techniques!

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LegionFannatic

October 2nd, 2009
2:15 pm

@Leo This thread proves my point that bands above NC get no recognition. It isn’t because they aren’t good it’s just Marching Band is rooted in the South. This blog is heavily swayed towards the southern bands because there are simply more alumni from southern schools reading this blog. True Bandaholics have expressed objective opinions about the topic….diehard alumni have expressed their undying loyalty to their respective schools which leaves us here with the same question…WHO IS THE BEST? I have seen and heard most of the bands mentioned and I have witnessed some good and bad performances from all of them. Some of the bigger bands are riding on rep and don’t seem hungry as they were when they were a small. Many small bands exhibit this hunger but go unrecognized.

It’s similar to when an opinion is sought on civil rights issues…who will you see Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Joseph Lowery….etc…people go with the things that are familiar to them be they right or wrong or out of touch.

So if I am looking for a marching band …let’s see who do I know…FAMU, Grambling, Southern…..this is particularly true if I am doing this in the South.

To round this out….I feel that HBCU Marching Bands are all unique in their own way and to experience a show by anyone of them is an event to remember….Hats off to all HBCU BANDS AND KEEP THE HUNGER!

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The Unbiased One

October 2nd, 2009
2:21 pm

Most of the people who have been saying FAMU is the best WENT to FAMU. How can bands “imitate” FAMU when Grambling and Southern were the blueprints for marching bands??? The reason the 100 was invited to those different places is because they’re the BIGGEST HBCU…thus whenever people want to showcase the black community they go to FAMU. Unfortunately, quantity doesn’t equal quality. Being the BEST college band means bringing the WHOLE experience…strong and clear horns, a banging drum line, crunk stand music, a sick half-time show and good dancers. That being said, the baddest band in the land is none other than the Jackson State University Sonic BOOOOOOOOOOM of the South. Who cares if FAMU does a good half-time show (if good means NO power) and doesn’t play anything the rest of the game??! None of these other bands cover ALL the bases like J-State…musicianship, showmanship, SOUL and the J-Settes <-Nuff said! (and no I did NOT go to Jackson State)

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rebo

October 2nd, 2009
2:28 pm

Enter your comments here erin just kept hoping.

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Book

October 2nd, 2009
3:43 pm

According to Records from the 1950’s on up

Southern, Grambling and Forida A&M’s Records beat out all as Most Accomplished bands…These bands were the Innovators of out craft.. it doesn’t mean that they’re all The Best. It all depends on what you’re looking for in a Band..

These bands have set lasting Traditional standards across the board But they also represent what Is the Idealistic & Stereotypical Black college band as well.

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T. A. Hutchies

October 2nd, 2009
4:24 pm

Enter your comments here Beloved brethren I am rpoud to shout out the Marching Tigers of Savannah State University. i had the priviledge of holding down the drumline in the year of Our Lord 19 and 66 God Bless You

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Kem

October 2nd, 2009
5:00 pm

Historically, FAMU, Southern and Jackson State are 1st tier and stay consistent Bethune is underrated. Locally Mo’Brown was tight back in the day until they ran into problems. NC A&T? SC State ? -suspect. Morehouse?- WTF.

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scott

October 2nd, 2009
6:52 pm

Get up for the Rattlers, everybody get up!
http://www.collegesports-fans.com/articles/marching-bands-2007.html
Florida A&M Marching 100 – The FAMU Marching “100″ is probably the most famed of all of the HBCU bands receiving numerous honors including having been referred to as “the most imitated band in America.” Labeled “the best marching band in the nation” by Sports Illustrated in 1992, the Marching “100″ also won the 1985 Sudler Marching Band Trophy. our comments here

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J.E.

October 2nd, 2009
9:55 pm

Name says it all. Southern “The Human Juke Box” Marching Band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the best band in the land. Of course the best HBCU would have the best band!

These top 3 bands are in a league of their own:
1. Southern U.
2. FAMU
3. Jackson State

By the way (and no disrespect to Tennessee State) the Atlanta Football Classic should be between Southern U. and FAMU. That would be so hype with the two largest HBCUs and the two best bands going at it.

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seabiscuit

October 2nd, 2009
11:06 pm

o.k…..even though i live in seoul, i attended HBCU in Atlanta…an oh yes, i`m from decatur so i know all about the band competition…hands down, FAMU is one of the `best`..i just wish that I could see more `live` performances from Seoul….
peace out

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FlyWhiteGuy

October 3rd, 2009
3:10 am

Norfolk State is the best overall package and combination of fun, musicianship, tradition and innovation. FAMU and Bethune are a close second.

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AGGIE 03

October 3rd, 2009
9:42 am

Are you serious! FL A&M might be large in numbers, but they are definately NOT the best HBCU Band! North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University better know as NC A&T is by far the best HBCU band in the land! AGGIE PRIDE!! Check us out at Homecoming 2009 October 31, 2009 at Aggie land. AGGIE PRIDE TIL I DIE!!

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NUPE NUPE

October 3rd, 2009
9:57 am

This poll is totally inaccurate! Where is Hampton, Norfolk State?????? And he has extremely weak Clark Atlanta in the list, LOL!!!!!!!

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ATLAggie4Lyfe

October 3rd, 2009
10:00 am

How in the heck that the best band in the land not get mentioned??? NC A&T State University Blue and Gold marching machine is right up there with FAMU….Why are people still mentioning Morris Brown? How you gonna have a band with 23 students??

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ASU Alumnus

October 3rd, 2009
11:31 am

Are you serious. Alabama State University has won that battle many times so please start from the top Son. ASU Hornets are truly the bomb, hands down. FAMU is second…due to their size and coordination..and work it down from their. Peace..go ASU Hornets

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Travis Rock

October 3rd, 2009
1:09 pm

Albany State University formerly Albany State College… in Albany GA…

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steelerq

October 3rd, 2009
3:30 pm

I have seen all of the HBCU bands and actually was a member of one. When it comes to musical arrangements, overall sound and quality of sound, there is only one institution that comes to mind. Listen to the sound of a band that has their back to you for the volume level, when you can hear flutes with all the brass, reeds and drums, that is a dramatic sound. One thing about great musicians, they are talented enough to play anything well. It is hard to compete with a band where 79% of the members sat 1st Chair in their high school band. Band camp is a way of life during the summer. The difference is clear. Take a trip to Tallahassee and experience musical bliss.

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Adrienne

October 3rd, 2009
6:22 pm

The best band worldwide would be those Might Marching Hornets of Alabama State University!!!! LET’S GO HORNETS!!!!!

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Lance

October 3rd, 2009
6:29 pm

Grambling State University Marching Tiger Band

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AlphaSphinx

October 3rd, 2009
6:44 pm

I really see what most of you all are saying as I, too, attended,not one, but two HBCU’s, matter of fact, it was Albany State University for Undergraduate Studies and Florida A&M University for Graduate Studies. Now although everyone is saying FAMU, however, this list is short changing other HBCU’s who deserve to be on the list. Before I became an Alumni of FAMU, I was an Alumni of Albany State University first and I think they surely deserve to be on the list as well because can most definitely hang with the BEST of them and this is a fact!

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AlphaSphinx

October 3rd, 2009
6:47 pm

Travis Rock, I see you!!!!! Represent!!!!!!

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Romase

October 3rd, 2009
10:34 pm

Behold the Green and Gold

October 4th, 2009
7:50 am

First of all FAMU is extremely overrated. They’re a good marching band but borderline organized confusion. Because you are a large band doesn’t mean you are a great band. If you want to see the best uniformed, best sounding, best song selection and best in overral performance take a look at Norfolk State and the HBCU schools above North Carolina. Norfolk State has a powerful history in the northeast just as Grambling in the south and the Spartans drumline is bananas!!!!!!!
The list goes a little something like this… Norfolk State, Hampton, Howard… then you can start to add some of your southern schools to the list. Keep it real….

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tonyp

October 4th, 2009
9:52 am

A lot of bands have good and bad years. But when it comes to being on top year after year, I would have to give it up to Southern, FAMU, and then JSU.

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Trini

October 4th, 2009
10:07 am

Have you seen South Carolina State’s Marching 101? There’s no comparison

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bearman

October 4th, 2009
10:33 am

Enter your comments here i think miles college is the best keet secret in HBCU bands

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ATL Life

October 4th, 2009
10:45 am

In the SIAC – the Ft. Valley State University Marching Showband however, I love Grambling State University, Southern University, and Jackson State. FAMU is a huge band…that is it…And what makes a band complete? Dancing dolls of course…which FAMU does not have!!!

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pv

October 4th, 2009
10:46 am

Alabama A&M Marching Maroon & White

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Nash TENN

October 4th, 2009
11:18 am

I am a Morehouse Man, but I grew up in TN, AL, MS & GA. The best band of all time will go down in history as the ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS. I remember when they were all male and FAMU & TN STATE could not touch them! There were only a few bands like that during the 70s & 80s that could pack a punch like those three schools. You could take any musician from those schools and they would run every late night band out of New York & LA…. enough said!!!!!! I dare anyone to challenge this statement!

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Professor

October 4th, 2009
11:20 am

Although HBCU bands are unique in their own way, FAMU is the blueprint for the unique style of all HBCU marching bands. Many of you have mentioned your top choices of HBCU bands and all of your choices are valid, whether they are biased or not, however many of you may not know but many of the bands you mentioned have band directors or band staff who were taught, who marched, and were ‘groomed’ at….FAMU!!! (Prairieview, North Carolina Central, South Carolina State, and the list goes on)….look it up!

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Rattlerborn

October 4th, 2009
11:35 am

Seeing polls like this really kills me. I think the title of the artilce should be Post your Band’s Resume. Once that is done, then the origianl question for this poll will be answered. The 100rd’s resume is a BOOK. 20/20, 60 Minutes, Sports Illusrated, Bastille Day in Paris, Grammy’s, numerous Super bowls, 3 Presidential inaugurations and Drum Line. Yes I said Drum Line. The 100rd was NOT in uniform in the movie but we were all over it. The assistant Band Directors wearing the yellow jackets were former 100rd members. Most of the A&T band members were 100rd members and basically, BCC little dance routine in the movie was a leftover from the 100rd.

In all the world, there just is no other. Get this, we didn’t even submit an application for Super Bowl to play with Prince. The Super Bowl committee came calling once all the applications has been submitted and America’s band wasn’t on the list. Prince stated he wanted the same band that Kanye had.

Did you see Barack tell Joe Biden “they are the best” when the 100rd marched past them in the parade?

Anyone on here not recognizing that the best HCBU band resides on the highest of Tallahassee’s seven hills needs to stop smoking dat stuff. Crack kills the brain cells!!!!!!

Hubba Doc….

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Rattlerborn

October 4th, 2009
11:54 am

By the way, the three assistants in Drum Line who are former 100rd members happen to be residents of your fair city now. Don Roberts, has the largest high school band in the Atlanta area. I think it is Dekalb High School. Keith Sailor and Demetris (can’t think of his last name).

Make you wonder now doesn’t it haters?????

The Incomparable Marching 100 is more than what you see on any given Saturday.

I know for a fact that they will be arrested and they do any other school the way they did TSU last Saturday in the dome. The 100rd was just dead wrong for that. They knew TSU wasn’t expecting to get their butts handed to them but hey, what more should I expect from my alma mater. Anything else would be uncivilized, wouldn’t you say??????

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An Observation

October 4th, 2009
12:12 pm

Over the years, I have not witnessed a band at better precision marching than Southern University. Sure there are a lot of HBCU bands that can throw down at half time, but Southern can complete in a variety of musical styles on the field – playing and complex marching patterns.

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ceo205

October 4th, 2009
12:22 pm

Okay when everybody wakes up please go to youtube and search for “Bama State Neck” and also bama state hall of fame , and you will see the best HBCU band in action. JSU should even be in the sentence because ASU killed them at the hall of fame. Check it out and holla back. Snap Snap Drive baby!!! Mighty Marching Hornets ‘97

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Jeanette

October 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

Enter your comments here
I have read all the comments and they seem to be coming from the GA, SC, FL, AL, MS, states, but here in the Carolinas (NC), we have some great bands and yes, I am biased, because NC A&T State University is my alma mater……go Aggies! Yes, we do the doggone thang!

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Kalikid

October 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

C’mon Howard is not even on the list. This must be about only the south.

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wynter w

October 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

Norfolk State Spartan Legion

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Shannon

October 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

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Come on now.. where did this list come from. My daughter is in NSU(Norfolk State University) they are one of the best I’ve heard. They should have been included as they have performed and blown out several bands in the ATL “Battle of the Bands”. They are phenomenal.

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Rachelle

October 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

The best band in the land hails from the state of Louisiana and it is THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY HUMAN JUKEBOX. GOOOOOO JAGUARS!!!! OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED!!!!!

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Rachelle

October 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

It is clear to see that east coasters prefer east coast bands, but the best bands are west of the Mississippi.

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Great Fan

October 4th, 2009
1:34 pm

No such thing as one band being number one. Especially for the Top 10 HBCU schools. One any given weekend one can come up with a show that shuts the other one down. I’ve seen TSU shutdown FAMU and FAMU shut down TSU. TSU has proven that it doesn’t take a huge number of band members to produce a great sound (they should be very proud of that). Sometimes its the bands dancelines that can make a show exciting. I’ve seen the days when the band has been ok, but the Dancing Dolls, or Jsettes have shut the house down and saved the band (these women don’t get enough credit sometimes). But, some are know for certain things…SU is a drilling beast. SU dancing dolls are an elite danceline that incorporates classical, jazz and modern dance moves in there routines. JSU is known more for the trendy bucking prancing Jsettes danceline which is probably more imitated than any other danceline in history. TSU is known more for a clean collegiate sound and musical arrangements. FAMU I don’t even have to say right. Other schools such as Alabama A&M, Norfolk St, South Carolina, Bethune, TxSU are just as good but may not have the history of the other schools.

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Chiquita

October 4th, 2009
1:48 pm

FAMU is the best HBCU band around, hands down. They cannot be stopped!!

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will c

October 4th, 2009
2:32 pm

Southern U. rocked again. The band lived up to its reputation as the “Best Marching Band In America.” The precision steeping, the coordination, the dancing, the sound, and yes, those beautiful dancing dolls make for one hell of a band. For further proof, check out this link of the halftime at the S.U. and U.L. game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxRWZLKGe70

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Fam!

October 4th, 2009
3:08 pm

Enter your comments hereOMG! HANDS DOWN! THE SPARTAN LEGION of Norfolk State University is the Best Marching BAND! I don’t who made that list but it is soo off base and in accurate! BEhold THe Green and Gold should have definitely been in the top 5 at least! Oh and Their drum line “The Million Dollar Funk Squad can never be faded! Just saying…

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cedric

October 4th, 2009
3:11 pm

i am appauled that south carolina state wasnt even mentioned.

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SportsFan31313

October 4th, 2009
3:19 pm

In all fairness, Norfolk State University has the Best Band and Drumline… Especially the Drumline. No other HBCU Drumline comes close…..

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Mr. Moore

October 4th, 2009
3:34 pm

CAN ALABMA STATE GET SOME LOVE IN THE RANKINGS

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Tired of ignoring the Black Tiger in the room

October 4th, 2009
4:00 pm

Southern (Baton Rouge,LA) has allowed HAZING along with the other bands listed.. 2 Black Young Men were hurt!!!!! You all are sick to think this is ok.. this is Terrorism and the Band Directors should be fired for allowing it. I would cut my throat if I HAD to go to one of these sorry a** schools. For a BAND PERFORMANCE. STOP SUPPORTING BLACK ON BLACK CRIME.. NO ONE IS THE WINNER…maybe the Klan.. you’re doing their job for them.. because the band members won’t report these things.. and EVERY school listed is guilty… Southern got caught.. and nothing was done to them.. so they suck!!!

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Shanda B.

October 4th, 2009
4:02 pm

Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats
The PRIDE is clearly the GREATEST.

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Moneyman

October 4th, 2009
4:06 pm

FAMU and TSU did a great job last weekend, I like them both…..but I have to rep for my school Savannah State….since no one else will!

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menicko

October 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

Almost every band leader male or female has come from Florida A & M University. This means they were in the band and they were trained there under Dr.Foster and /or Dr.Smith. Then they go and acquire band leadership jobs in major school systems and college bands, all over the nation. I myself teach at MLK here in Dekalb County and our band leader, Travis Kimber is the best.Because why, naturally he attended FAMU. Many band leaders are good, but not many are talented. Can they write music for the school, can they sing, can they inspire students in music.This is why FAMU continues to win the musical band war..Pure talent!!!!
Nuff Said!

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Judi

October 4th, 2009
4:22 pm

South Carolina State University Marching 101 Is the BEST!!!!!! My Alma Mater

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Niecy

October 4th, 2009
4:44 pm

I have been around for some years a graduate of Southern University in the 80’s and by far I have heard FAMU, Grambling, Jackson State, and Alabama State University. Nobody can touch the “Human Juke Box”. Like listen to the SU is like listening to the radio. FAMU is over rated numbers do not make a band. I was at the MEAC and SWAC championship 2 years ago and SU blew FAMU off the field. Let’s not talk about after the game I could make out what FAMU was playing. Let’s get real any new song that comes the “Human Juke Box” will perfect the piece. I also have to admit I went to a MEAC game last week and I got to give it to the Marching 101. They are way further better than FAMU. Here is my ranking: 1) SU 2) Jackson State 3) South Carolina State Univ. 4) Alabama State Univ and 5) Praire View. Look at the list the SWAC represents talented Marching Band.

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Pete

October 4th, 2009
4:46 pm

The 10 Best Band Undisputed Ranking is as follows:

1. South Carolina State University
2. Hampton University
3. Florida A&M
4. Jackson State
5. Clark Atlanta University
6. Southern University
7. Jackson State
8. Tennessee State
9. North Carolina A&T
10. Howard University

I have seen them all and the rankings are based on the following criteria:

1. Quality and Complexity of Music
2. Clarity of Sound
3. Showmanship
4. Drum Line
5. Crowd Appeal

Honorable Mentions

North Carolina Central
Morehouse College
Grambling State
Alabama A&M
Tuskegee University
Savannah State
Virginia State
Bethune – Cookman University
Tennessee State
Prairie View A&M

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QueenBea

October 4th, 2009
5:32 pm

Albany State University–Golden Rams. Best in the land..

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FVSU Wild Cat!

October 4th, 2009
5:33 pm

Fort Valley State University all day!!!!! Smile!

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charles

October 4th, 2009
5:38 pm

1. FAMU
2. Bethune-Cookman
3. Arkansas Pine Bluff

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Brandon

October 4th, 2009
5:53 pm

BEHOLD THE GREEN AND THE GOLD!!! The Spartan Legion has one of the most precise, cleanest sounding bands in the land. We lack a little showmanship these days though… But Grambling, FAMU, and Southern, puts on some of the best overall shows. The sounds may not be as precise…

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Mo See

October 4th, 2009
6:00 pm

Leo! How u have a poll and not include Morris Brown????? Mo Brown was and will always be the BEST band!!!! Mo’ Brown was putting it down when FAMU was a mere garden snake. (exh. A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r8pWJ_Wnss) For all those voting SCSU – They are under the direction of Mr. Eddie Ellis…..who is a proud Mo Brown Alum and was the band director from 1996 – 2004. Ya’ll betta ask somebody!!!!

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JT

October 4th, 2009
6:03 pm

There’s no doubt, the SONIC BOOOM OF THE SOUTH-JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY, is the best band in the land! Much repsect to all the other bands, but that band is the frontrunner and how could Southern University not be in the top five?? Please? Bethune-Cookman????? The SAWC is where it’s at!! All those other bands are copycats…FAMU is living off of PAST history..

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Leon

October 4th, 2009
6:14 pm

After scanning through these posts and seeing how passionate the fans of the HBCU bands are, I would like to know if there’s an opportunity to see some of these bands perform. Are they only available at football games, or is there a competition or a festival somewhere that brings them together in one place? Also, can someone point me in the direction of some good videos online? Thanks!

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DAW

October 4th, 2009
6:36 pm

Ok, I wasn’t goint to weigh in BUT…………..the last time I had the pleasure to see FAMU I was at best disappointing!!!! :( I remember back in the day they USED to bring it. We, all HBCU’s would wait with bated breath for them to unwind to that hellaious cadence and TAKE the field NOT line up on the field. FAMU the best? Yeah from back in the day. :) AND the only reson for the current accolades is because main stream media has really ONLY been exposed to them over the years. Get it back togeher FAM we miss you. I’m done.

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A

October 4th, 2009
6:38 pm

Enter your comments here
No doubt about it, the inimitable Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Marching 100 !!

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Dee Bo

October 4th, 2009
6:54 pm

@Miss Hip Hop

LOL, Mo Brown barely even has a college these days, lol

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marching Hornets

October 4th, 2009
6:58 pm

Every body knows that Alabama State University Marching Hornets has the best band in the Land. No question ask. SWAC.Every year we kick butt. Marching Hornet 1986.

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#20 ~ The Pearl ~ Skee Wee

October 4th, 2009
7:08 pm

Are you really serious? None of these bands come close to the Marching 100 (F.A.M.U.). Yes, this is my Alma Mater, but even if it was not, we all know that no one can touch F.A.M.U.’s band. (Strike, Strike, and Strike AGIAN!!!)

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Mceachren connection

October 4th, 2009
7:35 pm

Savannah State is the absolute best, Smaller components with much louder
and stylish flair! the tigers are a serious band to be reckoned with.
Instrumentalist come from many miles to enjoy this musical treat. There
is no richer sound in the state. keep on keeping on this band is the
true Gem of the south!!!!!!

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Mceachren connection

October 4th, 2009
7:50 pm

Savannah state, is the most prolific and dynamic band in the south, the
coastal connection is head and shoulders above the rest of the HBC’s
also rans, it’s a battle for second of which everyone else is striving
for. Year in and year out excellence, in showmanship and musical talent
is evident. This musicians are of extraordinary madnitude, they indeed
have our gratitude.

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Bounty

October 4th, 2009
9:35 pm

Don’t sleep on the Virginia State Trojan Explosion Marching band. Always awesome!

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Bounty

October 4th, 2009
9:39 pm

Don’t sleep on Virginia State Trojan Explosion Marching band. Always awesome!

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FromTheClair...

October 4th, 2009
9:58 pm

**East Orange High School!** – Though it was a high school, it was clear that someone who was instructing these kids came from a HBCU.

As a Hampton alum, that’s the reason why I chose to go to a HBCU.

Because while in high school (Montclair HS, NJ), our archrival – East Orange high, was always the closest thing to a HBCU half-time pageantry spectacle, unless you went to Yankee stadium to witness the annual Urban league Classic, Grambling versus Morgan. In the 70’s that was a show! FAMU didn’t have anything on those bands, especially when they played all of James Brown’s classics. From that point on, I said I would never go to another inferior school ever again in life!

E.O.!

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Kim

October 4th, 2009
10:01 pm

Enter your comments here
MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE

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Sherwood Davis

October 4th, 2009
10:24 pm

I can’t believe you rated NCCU above the “Red Sea Of Sound” @ WSSU! What in the ham sammage is that about??? I don’t know where WSSU would rank nationally, but they are without a doubt the BEST HBCU Band in NC!

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icecold

October 4th, 2009
11:31 pm

damnmmn.. where my school!!! alabama state at!!!!!! thats real disrespectful… lol

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Chellz

October 5th, 2009
12:19 am

I must say that reading this stream has got to be one of the most hilarious bits of reading tonight. *sigh* Oh the haters….the haters. How they wish they could have watched the FAMU Marching 100 sssstrike TSU down up close last weekend!
I am a proud alumni and I attend the Classic every year for the halftime show (and walking around afterward of course).
We rocked it. Admit it so we can go sleep!

Southern Univ is a close 2nd. I respect them. But they can’t beat us.
Then Jackson State.
THEN TSU…. maybe. I haven’t seen Grambling in years, so who knows? ;-)

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MhsRaider09

October 5th, 2009
2:35 am

Am I the only one tryin to figure out why savannah state is on here?

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Tuskegee_Princess

October 5th, 2009
10:48 am

Come on! We all know you have heard of the Marching Pipers of the Glooooooorious Tuskegee University….Jaaaammm Pipers Jam. Jaaaammm Pipers Jam

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"On The Hill"

October 5th, 2009
10:55 am

Alabama A.& M. University marching “Maroon and White”!!!

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J Lew

October 5th, 2009
11:09 am

Hands down it has to be The Marching 101 of South Carolina State University… Next question please…

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"On The Hill"

October 5th, 2009
11:15 am

Alabama A.& M. University marching “Maroon and White” !!

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DMack

October 5th, 2009
11:20 am

You cannot leave out Alabama State University, one of the best by far and perform with Dr. Oliver at the helm CONSISTENTLY. I think Black schools will always be competitive in the music arena b/c we just love music and bands.

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KB

October 5th, 2009
11:23 am

The real GSU…Grambling State University. I thought you knew!

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Add Seymour

October 5th, 2009
11:35 am

A lot of people get biggest and best mixed up (especially since a lot of bands are playing the same stuff these days — no more Michael Jackson tributes PLEASE!!). FAMU will always have a great sound and look good on the field as they have ten million members.
But the TSU Aristocrat of Bands ALWAYS plays better than they do. Sit in the stands during a game, especially in the third and fourth quarter. FAMU band is straight boring. The Crat? Listen sometime to how they play The Show by Doug E. Fresh and you’ll see what I’m talking about…..

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GA Girl

October 5th, 2009
11:35 am

That depends on who has the best grades, highest percentage of graduation and obtaining jobs in reputable fields. Also, who can say this or that, rather than dis or dat! You see what I’m sayin’?

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EddieKang

October 5th, 2009
11:41 am

SC State Marching 101 is the best. A lot of people who comment don’t even know what HBCU stands for and the schools that are HBCU’s.

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LegionFannatic

October 5th, 2009
12:05 pm

@Leo- You stirring the pot again. Let me Help you out
Forget LAMU Rattlers, forget the Sonic Boon, forget the SU Laguars

THE MARCHING BULLDOGS OF WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY are the BEST IN THE LAND

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DW

October 5th, 2009
12:25 pm

Clark Atlanta University without a doubt

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Seen it all

October 5th, 2009
1:51 pm

First, I have to ask the question, did someone on this forum actually have the audacity to bring up Morris Brown? They were ok in the late 70’s and early 80’s (when they had money), but are they even around anymore? I first saw them in Miami in the Orange Blossum Classic against the Incomparable Marching…well you know how it ends. The SWAC once had great bands and the only one kicking it right now would be JSU. Both the Cat bands have fallin off. GSU needs to stop trying the 360 steps thing. YOU CAN’T DO IT…LOOKS BAD..STOP IT! The Hundred, BCU and 101 are still holding up the MEAC strong,however the 101 still needs to get their own thing that stands out. Norfork needs to lose the helmets and corp style uniforms, however when I last saw them in Tallahassee a couple of years ago they were rocking the stands with old school hits…hard! After that everone else is on the outside looking in. Moorehouse should stick to book learnin. What happen to Tuskeegee and Praire View?

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Fan46

October 5th, 2009
1:55 pm

Can someone tell me when the Battle of the Bands is scheduled to be in the ATL?

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Fan46

October 5th, 2009
1:55 pm

Can someonw tell me when the Battle of the Bands is scheduled to be in ATL?

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Funny Comments

October 5th, 2009
6:08 pm

I love the dancing girls but look at the pool….

Any Questions?

Take away half the votes….Still #1 LOL

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Funny Comments

October 5th, 2009
6:09 pm

I love the dancing girls but look at the poll….

Any Questions?

Take away half the votes….Still #1 LOL

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Add Seymour

October 6th, 2009
11:12 am

A whole bunch of folks….but a good start would be:
From TSU, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Jefferson Street Joe Gilliam and Eldridge Dickey; from Grambling James Harris; from Jackson State Walter Payton; Alcorn State Steve “Air” McNair; Mississippi Valley State, Jerry Rice

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DD

October 6th, 2009
11:33 am

Of course its moving here. Where else would it go?

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RhoNu

October 6th, 2009
11:34 am

Miles College PURPLE MARCHING MACHINE. Tru that!

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RhoNu

October 6th, 2009
11:37 am

Miles College PURPLE MARCHING MACHINE. That’s right!

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JEWELL ROLLEN

October 6th, 2009
11:41 am

I JUST KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF FORMER TENNESSEE STATE UNIV ALL-AMERICANS ENSHRINED!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!

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Eagle

October 6th, 2009
11:46 am

Quarterback – Earl Harvey, North Carolina Central University. 1985-1990

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Bernard Rolax

October 6th, 2009
11:57 am

This is great for the city of atlanta and guys like Joe 747 Adams from tsu boy was he great but like the other greats most people don’t know him and the late EDDIE ROBINSONS NOW THE REAL STORY CAN BE TOLD IN STYLE, and this is great for the city and myself……. LET’S GET IT ROLLING.

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JEWELL ROLLEN

October 6th, 2009
11:58 am

IM WITH NONEYA AND SEYMOUR (I TOO AM BIASED)….FOR ALL THE GREAT TENNESSEE STATE UNIV BIG BLUE TIGERS!!!!!!

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Jessica

October 6th, 2009
12:07 pm

Grambling State University under the leadership of the great Coach Eddie Robinson!!

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The Voice of Reason

October 6th, 2009
12:09 pm

The best HBCU football team of all times should be the school that has won the most national championships during the integrated era. I do not know who that is or even if a HBCU has won a national title in Division 1A, 2, 3 or NAIA. If no champion has been crowned then the winner should be the school thta has had the most success in wins and losses otherwise it is will become a popular vote like that joke Division 1. ALthough they play a national “championship game” it is a still a popularity contest as to who gets in.

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reebok

October 6th, 2009
12:16 pm

that’s cool…hopefully they can co-locate it near the college football hall of fame so we college football junkies can get our fill…

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Makin A Comment

October 6th, 2009
12:16 pm

Well @ 55 yrs. old and attending quite a few HBCU homecomings, battle of the bands, etc. FAMU is the most disciplined, clear sounding band around! Don’t go to FAMU but let us not hate! FAMU you go!!!!

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Tim

October 6th, 2009
12:20 pm

This is great. Black College football was the the SEC/ACC that we know today in the 60’s and 70’s. I hope that this is pointed out is an exhibit to all visitors.

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Tim

October 6th, 2009
12:24 pm

The Voice of Reason
Does this mean that Alabama’s (or insert name) titles should be taken away under Bear Bryant during segregation?

October 6th, 2009
12:09 pm
The best HBCU football team of all times should be the school that has won the most national championships during the integrated era. I do not know who that is or even if a HBCU has won a national title in Division 1A, 2, 3 or NAIA. If no champion has been crowned then the winner should be the school thta has had the most success in wins and losses otherwise it is will become a popular vote like that joke Division 1. ALthough they play a national “championship game” it is a still a popularity contest as to who gets in.

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Pammy

October 6th, 2009
12:25 pm

Grambling State University…and the all time winningest coach.. Coach Eddie Robinson has got to be inducted!!!I am a alumna of GSU, and I am proud to know that the hall of fame will be here in my hometown of Atlanta..Go Tigers!!! I can’t wait to take my son, a future running back for the Tigers!! Yeah!!!!

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hryder

October 6th, 2009
12:27 pm

Prairie View A & M’s 1960’s teams have to be at the top of any such listing. Walter Payton and Bob Hayes must be first team on any all time HBCU offensive team chosen.

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Mo See

October 6th, 2009
12:30 pm

Leon, Come to the Honda Battle of the Bands or look it up online. its a HBCU battle like no other

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Todd - Dacula

October 6th, 2009
12:31 pm

Alfred Jenkins

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Jay Dogg

October 6th, 2009
12:31 pm

Enter your comments here South Carolina State University in kmown for present NFL hall of famers like Deacon Jones(inventor of the head slap) and Harry Carson.

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HBCU is the only way

October 6th, 2009
12:35 pm

John Taylor Del- State 1981 – 1986

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JSU #21 Fan

October 6th, 2009
12:37 pm

You can not build a HBCU Hall of Fame without including all of the great players from the State of Mississippi. And, of course…you should start with the likes of Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Willie Totton (?), Steve McNair, Speedy Dunkin, Donald Driver, just to mention a few.

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Brian

October 6th, 2009
12:44 pm

Shannon Sharpe Savannah State College

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Dell

October 6th, 2009
12:48 pm

Jackson State just check the records and caliber of talent: Walter Payton, Jackie Slater, Jimmy Smith, Robert Brazille, Lem Barney, Wesley Walker, etc….

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Dell

October 6th, 2009
12:51 pm

Yo Tim, to answer your question, Central State (OH) won the NAIA National Championship in 1993 I believe

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LadyBug

October 6th, 2009
12:54 pm

North Carolina A&T State University!
Aggie Pride is Nation-wide.

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Monie

October 6th, 2009
12:56 pm

Enter your comments here
We can not forget Southern University Jaguars and Coach Pete Richardson

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Monie

October 6th, 2009
1:01 pm

Enter your comments here
We all know the best HBCU band is the Human Jukebox of Southern University. I also want to give some love to the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers

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Jason Dabney

October 6th, 2009
1:04 pm

Man gotta give it up to Prairie View A&M we beat GRAMBLING this weekend at the Cotton Bowl classic so i would say right now that I think PVAMU is the best in the business. ALL HAIL TO MY ALMA MATER!!!! It might sound crazy people but hey… We finally winning some games… because some scholarships are avaliable and etc…. GO PVU!!!! HOLLA!!! HBCU ALL DAY…. I LOVE IT….

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Eagle Pride

October 6th, 2009
1:07 pm

Yes… NCCU’s Earl Harvey and don’t forget Robert Massey. He ended up in NFL with the Lions. This is when NCCU was paying D-II in the CIAA.

Long Live Football Hall in 1st Floor Annex in Chidley Hall.

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Speed Racer

October 6th, 2009
1:12 pm

Does the current college football hall of fame not include HBCU players/coaches? Seems silly to have two halls of fame. I believe that the baseball hall has a section devoted to the Negro league players. Unfortunately, this just further divides us among racial lines. There should be one building so that everyone can visit to see the heroes from all facets of college football under one roof.

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tyger

October 6th, 2009
1:13 pm

Howard University – Coaches: Steve White, Willie Jeffries, Doug Porter

Tracy Singleton, WR, USFL
Sandy Nichols, QB
Jimmie Johnson, TE, Redskins
Steve White, DB, Broncos
Harvey Reed, HB, Bears
Ty Prather, WR, DC Bucs
Ron Bartell, DB, Rams
Curtis Chappell, WR
Derrick Faison, WR, Rams
Tim Watson, DB, Raiders
Troy Kyles, WR, Giants
Tracy White, LB, Ravens
Marques Douglass, DE, Ravens
Martin Brown, LB
Ted White, QB, Jaguars
Lee Dubose, QB,

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Bookert T.

October 6th, 2009
1:27 pm

SIAC, CIAA, and MEAC (except the large numbers at FAMU) bands should sit down, shut up and learn from the power bands of all time!

Not in any ranking order: Ocean of Soul (Texas Southern), Southern, Jackson State, and Tenn. St.

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TSU Alumni

October 6th, 2009
1:30 pm

Tennessee State, Grambling, Southern were TOPS in the 70’s. Then the “white” schools starting taking all of our top players !! Look at the white schools players now, if this was in the 70’s, our kids wouldn’t be playing for the ACC, SEC, PAC 10 or Big 10 teams. Parents, let’s get our kids back to their roots. Are there many great players now going to our HBCU’s ?

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Maybe soon

October 6th, 2009
1:34 pm

Sonic, sonic, sonic Booooooooooooooooooom! Jackson State University…

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starbuck

October 6th, 2009
1:39 pm

Great! Jake Gaither, “Bullit” Bob Hayes, Jerry Rice, Steve McNair, Ken Riley, Nate Newton

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LegionFannatic

October 6th, 2009
1:55 pm

@LEO…..Most of the responses are coming from biased readers. Most of your responses will come from FAMU, TSU, SOUTHERN, ALABAMA ST/A&M alumni who are totally biased towards their own schools…Very little about bands above SC or west of Alabama…they have narrow view of marching bands.

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Stiffback

October 6th, 2009
2:24 pm

Okay, thwe question was whats the best TEAM in the HBCU era. Well, only one HBCU team has won the Div. 1 AA Championship. and that Florida A & M University, winning the first ever Championship game in a playoffs format. Yes, FAMU was won Black College as well as PWC Champs. That was in 1978. In 1979, FAMU beat The Uni. of Miami, the only HBCU to have beaten a Div. 1 A school. So, take your pick. FAMU is the only HBCU that has made it to the semi-finals in the Div 1AA playoffs, back in 1998. No othr HBCU has even won a play-off game, and of course the SWAC don’t even play in the playoffs. So, it appears FAMU is the only HBCU that has actually won a Championship game of substance.

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BillyWhiteShoes

October 6th, 2009
2:28 pm

Off the top of my head, these are the ones that should definitely be in the HOF from HBCU’s. I feel like I’m missing some RB’s. Who am I missing?

QB – Steve McNair, Alcorn St
QB – Doug Williams, Grambling St
RB – Walter Payton, Jack St
WR – Jerry Rice, Miss. Valley St.
WR – Donald Driver, Alcorn St.
WR – Bob Hayes, FAMU
WR – John Taylor, Del. St.
TE – Shannon Sharpe, Savannah St.
OL – Nate Newton, FAMU
OL – Jackie Slater, Jack St
OL – Art Shell, MD Eastern-Shore

DL – Richard Dent, Tenn. St
DL – Too Tall Jones, Tenn. St
DL – Deacon Jones, SC St.
LB – Earl Holmes, FAMU
DB – Ken Riley, FAMU

Coach – Jake Gaither, FAMU (204 – 36 – 4)
Coach – Eddie Robinson, Grambling St

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tyger

October 6th, 2009
2:35 pm

FVSU Coaches: Doug Porter, Ken Schoolfield, LJ Lomax

Rayfield Wright, OL, Dallas
Dean Brown, RB, Browns
Greg Lloyd, LB, Steelers
Tyrone Poole, CB, Colts
Derek Harper, CB, Titans
Eddie Anderson, S, Raiders
Roscoe Mitchell, HB

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Big C

October 6th, 2009
2:38 pm

Hugh Douglas-Central State University
Eric Williams-Central State University
And, yes, Central State University has won a NC in NAIA

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Bob

October 6th, 2009
2:45 pm

So wait.. im confused a little. Is the HBCU HOF open only to players who played at a “HBCU” or is it devoted to black athletes who played football anywhere and garnered a little fame?

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Drew

October 6th, 2009
2:50 pm

At the top of my head:

Coaches- Eddie Robinson (Grambling), Pete Richardson (Southern)
RB’s-Walter Payton (Jackson State)
WR’s-Jerry Rice (Miss Valley State), John Taylor (Del State), John Stallworth (Alabama A & M), and Donald Driver (Alcorn State)
QB’s-Steve McNair (Alcorn State), Doug Williams (Grambling), Willie Totten (Miss Valley State)
TE-Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State)
OL-Art Shell (MD-Eastern Shore) and Jackie Slater (Jack State)

LB-Greg Lloyd (Ft Valley State)
DL-Deacon Jones (SC State), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (TSU), Richard Dent (TSU)
DB-Mel Blount (Southern Univ)

Just a few, but not all of the names that should be included.

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liberalextremist

October 6th, 2009
3:17 pm

I’m very partial….GS..GS…GS..GS..U…I thought u knew…Grambling State University under Coach Eddie Robinson…Without question the best HBCU Football Team ever!!!!

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Randy

October 6th, 2009
3:19 pm

Speed racer…Eddie Robinson is already in the NCAA college football hall of fame. I had the pleasure of being there in South Bend (I believe it was 2001) the day he was inducted and got to meet him. I think he certainly should be in the HBCU HOF.

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ray

October 6th, 2009
3:22 pm

Enter your comments here Willie Galimore…….chicago bears…….fla a&m……nfl in the 50″s

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GermanDawg

October 6th, 2009
3:24 pm

This will be a great addition to a great city. Atlanta should be the hub of college football in the south and this is one more aspect of the game that we love in this part of the country more than anywhere else. It will bring some well deserved attention to a segment of the game that has been overshadowed for far too long. Way to go Atlanta!

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ConsiderThis

October 6th, 2009
3:27 pm

I’m noticing a trend – many of you substantiate your nominations by naming the NFL teams that your guy played for. Not sure why. Anyway, consider the Morris Brown College greats: George Atkinson, Tommy Davidson, Duke Bradley, and Sol Brannon.

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ray

October 6th, 2009
3:32 pm

Enter your comments here All HBCU’s have had players at one time or another that could qualify for the hall of fame….larry little and cy mcclaren of bethune…….george atkinson of morris brown etc….i guess it depends on who is asked.

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Keeping It Real

October 6th, 2009
3:34 pm

TSU Big Blue!!!!!!

Eldridge Dickey( the best QB period)
“Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam
Claude Humphrey
Noland “Super Knat” Smith
Joe”747″ Adams
Richard “Dirty” Dent
Joe “Turkey” Jones
Ed “Too Tall” Jones
James Marsallis

Too many more to name. If these guys had been allowed to play in the ACC and the SEC, Southern Cal , Michigan and Ohio State would not have won as many national titles.

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shilohmecq

October 6th, 2009
3:36 pm

Not to take any glory from the other HBCU’s. Jake Gaither and the mighty FAMU RATTLERS should be the #1 University on the list…Jake Gaither was a powerhouse. Most of these other coaches that are listed studied under him….GO RATTLERS. And you all are right in that intergration destroyed our illustrious football programs. A lot of youth aren’t even aware of the pride that went into our athletic programs. Not to mention the opportunities derived from such. They need to be taught their history.

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JJ

October 6th, 2009
3:37 pm

Shannon Sharpe- Savannah State University

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Jeremy F

October 6th, 2009
3:39 pm

Enter your comments here
Ok yes the Echo is in the room. And yes I am partial because I played for both of these Men.Doug Williams and The Great Eddie Robinson. I am so tired of everyone in media on ESPN or whatever outlet they have but these two men are the great coach and QB duo in football ever. Dougs record setting performance with the redskins and Eddies Record of 408 wins which nobody ever talks about even today. If I have to hear how great Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno are without hearing about the man they are trying to be measured up against my head is going to explode. These guys know who the Win King Is And His Name Is Eddie Robinson of The Great Grambling State University. And yes he achieved all those wins at one school. Enough Said

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Marcus

October 6th, 2009
3:46 pm

Stiffback,
other HBCus have won playoff games (’99 A&T beat Tenn. State, I believe SC State and/or Tenn. State won a game or 2 in teh early 80s). Check the Div. I record book which has all of those things documented.
It will be ineresting to see comprises the selection committee for enshrinees.

FAMU alum, ‘93

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Keeping It Real

October 6th, 2009
3:50 pm

Do not forget Jake Gaither(FAMU) and “Big” Merritt(TSU). Can you imagine these coaches in the Jawja Dome before intergration? Some of my best memories are TSU(A&I in old school),Southern,FAMU,Central State, Grambling, Texas Southern,Jackson State,Arkansas AM&N, Kentucky State,North Carolina A&T, etal. Hail to the HBCU’s.

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cedric

October 6th, 2009
3:54 pm

i am baffled that Robert Porche is left off best d-linemen of all time hbcu players.

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Bill Long

October 6th, 2009
3:58 pm

None but the RATTLERS!

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Cool Cash

October 6th, 2009
3:58 pm

– 1979 FAMU 16, Miami 13
– NFL Hall of Fame inductee, Bob “Bullet” Hayes
– Legendary coach Jake Gaither
– 5-time national champions
– and now I’m tired of typing….

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DSU Alum

October 6th, 2009
4:40 pm

I’M SO GLAD, I WENT TO AN H-B-C-U! Sing it with me y’all. I’M SO GLAD, I WENT TO AN H-B-C-U!

…The sweeter the knowlege!

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Duane

October 6th, 2009
4:47 pm

John Stallworth, Alabama A&M, should be one of the WR’s, he was a MUCH better WR than Bob Hayes. All the speed in the world doesn’t help you if you can’t run routes or catch the ball.

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BillyWhiteShoes

October 6th, 2009
4:58 pm

Here’s a name for the other Rattlers out there: Jacquay Nunnally, WR FAMU

Didn’t make it pro, but broke all of Jerry Rice’s Div. I receiving records.

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Duane

October 6th, 2009
5:11 pm

In fact, the NFL teams that dominated in the 1960’s and 1970’s were chock full of players from HBCU’s:

Steelers: Ernie Holmes, John Stallworth, Joe Gilliam, LC Greenwood, Mel Blount, Donnie Shell

Raiders: Art Shell, Willie Brown

Cowboys: Ed Too Tall Jones, Bob Hayes, Hollywood Henderson

Packers: Willie Davis

Chiefs: Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier

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SimpleDawg

October 6th, 2009
5:27 pm

Sweetness.

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Mississippi

October 6th, 2009
6:20 pm

Jerry Rice (MVSU) , all day, everyday. Steve McNair ( Alcorn). Walter Payton ( JSU)

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Kevin

October 6th, 2009
8:24 pm

CAN’T FORGET TUSKEGEE !!!!!! IT’S ALL BOUT SKEGEE TIGERS

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KISHA

October 6th, 2009
8:27 pm

ITS ALL ABOUT ASU!!! HORNETS FOR LIFE!!!

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Bulldog One

October 6th, 2009
8:34 pm

Can we get some Bulldogs in the house? S.C. State University has a rich tradition of Black College Football excellence.

Coach: Willie Jefferies (First black coach at an NCAA Division 1 program)

QB Nathaniel Rivers
QB Marvin Marshall

RB Marion Motley *
RB Michael Hicks
RB Ricky Anderson

OL Edwin Bailey
OL Philip Murphy
OL Raleigh Roundtree
OL Raymond Harrison
OL Orlando ‘Zeus’ Brown
OL Luther Dixon

WR John Gilliam
WR Charlie Brown
WR Darius McCarthy

DL David ‘Deacon’ Jones *
DL Harry Carson *
DL Barney Chavous
DL Robert Porcher

LB Joe Montford
LB Ervin Parker
LB Angelo King

DB Barney Bussey
DB William Judson
DB Jermaine Derricott
DB Donnie Shell

* Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Tone LaRone

October 6th, 2009
9:01 pm

I am a graduate of Georgia Tech. I have seen the AU really step up when it comes to the bands. It is tough for me to decide, especially since I was at the FAMU-TU game a few weeks ago. lets try this on for size.
1. FAMU
1. Morris Brown
2. TU
2. Southern
That will do it for me.

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Tone LaRone

October 6th, 2009
9:02 pm

OK, Morris Brown is out
Southern
FAMU
TU

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Lybron Gideon

October 6th, 2009
10:01 pm

John Stallworth played at Alabama A&M from 1971-1974 and went on to win 4 superbowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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jimmy

October 6th, 2009
10:34 pm

don’t forget Harry Carson,Donnie Shell and Coach Willie Jeffries from South Carolina State!

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Apple

October 6th, 2009
10:34 pm

Hands down, Central State University Marauders:

1983 NCAA II Runner-Up
1991 NAIA I Runner-Up
1990, 1992 & 1995 NAIA I Champion

Vince Heflin – Bucs
Hugh Douglas – Eagles
Vince Buck – Saints
Alfonso Boone – Chargers (Current)
Eric Williams – Cowboys

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BisonDawg

October 6th, 2009
10:38 pm

Jay “Sky” Walker, QB, Howard University

Mr. Walker transferred from Long Beach State University after football was dropped from its schedule. He is the single-season leader in pass completions with 223 and in passing yardage with 3,508. He also holds the single-game record for pass completions with 38. He was selected to the All-MEAC teams of 1992 and 1993 and was voted Offensive Player of the Year in 1993. He was voted All-American by the Sheridan Broadcasting Network. As quarterback, he led the Bison to an undefeated regular season in1993 and a national I-AA ranking of 8. He was drafted into the NFL by the New England Patriots. He graduated in 1998. Currently, he is CEO and President of Walker Financial Services and broadcasts football games on the MBC Network.

Gary “Flea” Harrell, WR, Howard
Mr. Harrell was a wide receiver who holds the records for most career receptions with 184, most punt return yardage with 417 yards and the most punt returns with 29. He also holds the record for the most receptions in a single game with 13 and the most receiving touchdowns in a game with 4. He was named to the MEAC first team in 1993. He signed as a free agent with the New York Giants and graduated in 1996. He is currently an assistant football coach at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.

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Alabama A&m University is the BEST EVER!!!

October 6th, 2009
10:50 pm

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Nash TENN

October 6th, 2009
11:00 pm

It Should be called the TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – HBCU – HALL OF FAME
No other HBCU has contributed as much consistently as TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY.

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, TRACK & FIELD & SWIMMING

John “BIG JOHN” Merritt – Head Coach – Tennessee State University

Eldridge Dickey( the best QB period)
“Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam
Claude Humphrey
Noland “Super Knat” Smith
Joe”747″ Adams
Richard “Dirty” Dent
Joe “Turkey” Jones
Ed “Too Tall” Jones
James Marsallis
Larry Kennebrew

Coach Ed Temple TSU Tigerbells Track Team
Wilma Rudolph
Chandra Cheeseborough
Wyomia Tyus
Mae Faggs

Just to name a few. Can anyone name any other HBCU that has contributed as much overall as TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY?

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rick

October 6th, 2009
11:27 pm

Tuskegee University is the winning HBCU with a grand total of 611-336-51 now who can beat that. Go Tuskegee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rick

October 6th, 2009
11:28 pm

Now thats football

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Nash TENN

October 6th, 2009
11:54 pm

It Should be called the TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – HBCU – HALL OF FAME
No other HBCU has contributed as much consistently as TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY.

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, TRACK & FIELD & SWIMMING

John “BIG JOHN” Merritt – Head Coach – Tennessee State University

Eldridge Dickey( the best QB period)
“Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam
Claude Humphrey
Noland “Super Knat” Smith
Joe”747″ Adams
Richard “Dirty” Dent
Joe “Turkey” Jones
Ed “Too Tall” Jones
James Marsallis
Larry Kennebrew

Coach Ed Temple TSU Tigerbells Track Team
Wilma Rudolph
Chandra Cheeseborough
Wyomia Tyus
Mae Faggs

John McLenden – Head Basketball Coach – TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
Invented the “FAST BREAK” & “FOUR CORNERS”

“TRUCK” Leonard Robinson
Carlos Rogers
Anthony Mason

Just to name a few. Can anyone name any other HBCU that has contributed as much overall as TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY? I know this is supposed to be football, but it has to take an overall view of athletics during the most dominate period of HBCU athletics.

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D Squared

October 7th, 2009
12:16 am

I’m glad that several people mentioned Jake Gaither. I got to meet him once several years ago, and he is one of the nicest people you could ever talk to.

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bill

October 7th, 2009
12:37 am

Jethro Pugh Elizabeth City State, Bobby Walden likewise. I am white but attended many games as a child at ECSU. Night Games against the classic schools like Hampton and Howard

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John

October 7th, 2009
3:04 am

The great Morehouse College quarterback Jimmie Davis

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John

October 7th, 2009
3:05 am

Morris Brown running back Phillip “Moose” Johnson

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John

October 7th, 2009
3:06 am

Howard University DE Gary Willingham

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John

October 7th, 2009
3:09 am

Morehouse College All Everything QB Jimmie Davis

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glodar

October 7th, 2009
4:41 am

Albany States College 1960 Undefeated, Unscored Upon Football Team

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Falcons Minority Owner

October 7th, 2009
12:24 pm

Assuming it will include coaches, no list is complete without Eddie Robinson.

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PatrickT

October 7th, 2009
2:01 pm

Do you remember a time when HBCU’s chose schools like Miles And Kentucky State for “homecoming sacrificial lambs” ? Boy, how times change. And in a totally unrelated subject, Southern has the best band in the country.

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newkid

October 7th, 2009
2:21 pm

Why such a low aim when the target should be placed much higher? Instead of JUST a Black College Football HOF, why not a Black College Sports HOF? There are tons of poignant stories to be told about the athletic programs and athletes at these colleges during a period when those with darker skin here in the US weren’t allowed to compete in intercollegiate sports on playing surfaces simultaneously occupied by those of European descent. Rather than needleesly parsing these stories via separate venues, why not tell the whole story (in all its shame and glory) under one roof?

And while we’re telling the stories of the athletes at these institutions, demonstrate fortitude by including a wing to tell the stories of the amateur athletes of the native peoples of this land.

A good vision, but don’t unduly constrain it. Let the sun shine on ALL these sports stories for all to see and hear.

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PatrickT

October 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

For thirty years I have roamed the sidelines, sat in the stands and filmed halftimes from the press box. I am at someone’s game (sometimes two) each and every Saturday. I marched in bands (high school and college) and understand and appreciate what it takes to put together a halftime show. I have seen them all, heard them all and recorded all. I can say, without question, that despite all the accolades lauded upon FAMU and Grambling, your bands are living off reputations. Florida A&M’s field show is a complete joke, although their concert formation piece is excellent. Grambling, people are watching you and laughing. Jackson State is consistent and always entertaining. Tennessee State will never be embarrassed by anyone. Bethune-Cookman, Prarie View A&M and South Carolina State are all good bands. Now, with all that said, I’m not going into a long-drawn out explanation about the best band around. I didn’t attend this school, so I’m not a blind loyalist like most of you. If you truly know anything about musicianship, showmanship and without question, the most daring music arrangements around, simply stated….it’s Southern.

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Doug

October 7th, 2009
7:35 pm

Kudos to newkid. It is sad to think about all the talented QB that attended HBCUEnter your comments here

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Doug

October 7th, 2009
7:40 pm

that were being shopped as wide receivers to the NFL after playing their college careers as a QB. Thumbs up to the HOF.Enter your comments here

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Doug

October 7th, 2009
7:42 pm

that were being shopped as wide receiver to the NFL after playing their college careers as a QB. Thumbs up to the HOF.Enter your comments here

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Doug

October 7th, 2009
7:50 pm

But in the defense of the fired coach.CAU may have won more Homecoming games than Morehouse.Enter your comments here

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Barry

October 7th, 2009
9:09 pm

People you better realize. The band director that was at Morris Brown before it closed is now the band director at South Carolina State University. I understand half his band tranferred with him to S.C. State to augment an already fiesty band. Therefore, you have to include S. C. State in the bunch in regard to direction and performance.

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Mrs. Z

October 8th, 2009
9:38 am

Of course Shannon Sharp must be inducted BHOF. He did attend and graduate from Savannah State then go on to earn two Super Bowl rings. One with the Denver Bronco and one with the Baltimore Ravens!

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SIAC Alumn

October 8th, 2009
10:24 am

Ted Bahhur getting dismissed from Clark Atlanta is absurd. Prior to his arrival, from Tuskeegee (Black College Football’s most winningnest program), CAU was the doormat of the SIAC–a true stat game. In recent years, under the leadership of Bahhur, Clark has slowly become a dominate force in the SIAC. He has instilled a winning attitude and recruited (which is hard for any private HBCU institution, due to high tuition and low scholarship money) some quality players, four of which have made it to the NFL. Now, all of a sudden, you start winning and you say, “Oh, he is not living up to our expectation.” A bunch of mularky, is what that is. This is the most impatient society when it comes to coaching. It takes 4-8 years to build a powerhouse. This microwave panel of judges, which consist of people that know nothing about the game or what it takes to establish residual winning seasons, need to do research on how long it takes for a program to become successful. Look at programs like South Florida, Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern, etc. It took time and a transition. I don’t know coach Bahhur, now have no affiliation with his program. I played in the SIAC and I get tired of coaches that get booted because they are ‘not keeping up with the Jones.’ For those, who don’t know the SIAC is a powerhouse Div.II conference that doesn’t get it’s due dilligence. Tuskeegee, Albany State, Fort Valley and Morehouse are your typical powerhouse schools. Up-in-coming programs, however, such as Benedict (alma matter), Kentucky State (which abruptyly fired its coach too), Stillman and Miles (Former Florida A&M coach Billey Joe is at the helm) are going to be forces to be rekon with.

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Tyronne Smith

October 8th, 2009
10:41 am

I guess Coach Bahhur wasn’t Black enough for Tamica Jones or that bust-out President Brown.

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Shimmy

October 8th, 2009
10:44 am

On what basis is the coach now suing?

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Joseph Froth

October 8th, 2009
10:55 am

I enjoyed the resurgance of the Clark Atlanta football program in recent years. I hope the Coach was not fired because he wasn’t black, although this is possible knowing the group in charge at the school. If this was the case than the communnity should call for the immediate resignation of Tamica Jones and Carlton Brown and the sponsors should withhold support from the school until there in a plausable explanation.

If you read the article, it appeard that the Coach did better than the 3 previous coach’s combined and his removal smells fishy.

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Shimmy

October 8th, 2009
11:17 am

I agree that something’s up with the firing. Given recent nonsense that’s been tolerated at Clark Atlanta (re: racist memo written by professors Jennings and Boone), would it be all that shocking for an otherwise successful coach to be dismissed because of something he has no control over? Probably not.

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An Observation

October 8th, 2009
11:23 am

Some people commenting here and throwing out names are seriously confusing BIG AND LOUD with quality and musicianship. BEST does not equate to being BIG AND LOUD!!!!

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LegionFannatic

October 8th, 2009
11:33 am

@Tone Larone……What other HBCU bands have you seen?

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Mr. SIAC

October 8th, 2009
12:13 pm

The CAU firing was terrible. I played for 4 different head coaches in 4 years @ Morehouse. I wish more decision-makers @ HBCUs (and the SIAC specifically) understood more about building a football program. Its definately not all about winning homecoming….the 4 yr coaching carousel @ Morehouse finally ended when we won HC in ‘99.

Buhhur had made significant improvements and had the program going in the right direction. What about the underclassmen that had a real chance to compete for rings…now they’ll be rebuilding (again) for the next couple of years.

At the end of the day the student-athletes are the biggest losers.

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Spuerbowl Ring or Bust!

October 8th, 2009
4:26 pm

I’m shocked at the abrupt firing of Coach Bahhur. My nephew played ball for him a few years ago and loved him. He taught my Nephew more than football and being a winner. He empowered him with life skills and today because of Coach Bahhur he’s on his way to success. Randy and I thank you and God Bless you!

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Carl

October 8th, 2009
4:30 pm

Man, if they lossed to Kentucky State at homecoming, that coach deserved to be fired. Way to keep it real Tam (LHS ‘93).

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Smokey

October 8th, 2009
6:10 pm

Most HBCU bands in the south are pretty much the same(very few people listen to what matters most and that’s the bands arrangements)younger kids are more impressed with size than anything and that’s why the Rattlers have been leading the HBCU popularity chart since the 60’s. What many don’t know is there were on 2 bands in the 60’s that high school graduates wanted to be a part of and that was Tenn.SU and FAMU. Grambling was also a choice, but very few kids from southern or northern states wanted to go that far south to go to school. Realistically, FAMU was further south than Grambling (TO SOME). Popularity was something FAMU had and that’s were everybody wanted to go. Also during the 60’s, FAMU had a 1-2 year waiting list just to (tryout) for the band. They also had a 15 to 20 man front which was unheard of during that time for any HBCU. I will give you this little historical FACT. There’s only one band that has and always will get the attention of a Marching Rattlers and that’s the Marching Hornets of Alabama State University. Many have no idea that these 2 organizations have a very close brother to brother type relationship that started in the 60’s. Both these bands have very similar styles which they’ve been displaying for 40-50 years. Numerous HBCU’s have tried to COPY them. Both these band have mega respect for each another because of their backgrounds. If they were in the same conference, the attendance would be unbelievable just because of the bands. There are many stories to tell about these 2 and you should hear some of them. Yes, I’m a Mighty Marching Hornet and former Head Drum Major, but I have to give credit when credit is due. I’m not saying they’re the best, but the Southern Univeristy Marching Band has always been my favorite to watch.

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Mr. SWAC

October 8th, 2009
6:59 pm

I’m not surpise at all the dismissed action of Coach Bahhur from the AD or the President at Clark Atlanta University. I ask that coach Bahhur attorney do an investigation of the entire situation surround action of Dr. Jones and President Brown. The entire sports department headed by Dr. Jones should be ashame of itself the way they treated Coach Bahhur. The only reason why he was dismissed was because of his skin. By the way he is not WHITE, he’s from Palastein. The decision to dismiss him was truly emotional, so pay the cost of your wrong doing.

Let God’s justice be done. I wish the best for the football players that work so hard each and every day to win giving the situtation at hand. Players stay strong and focus for the remaining games.

Coach our prayers are with you and your family.

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tyger

October 8th, 2009
8:07 pm

How could I forget perhaps the greatest Howard QB ever?

Jay Walker, QB, Vikings

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NSU2010

October 8th, 2009
11:46 pm

The Spartan Legion ALL DAY

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FAMU Rattler

October 9th, 2009
12:42 am

To The Voice of Reason
In your comment you claimed that no HBCU has won a NCAA championship but I am sorry to tell you this but there is only HBCU that has. It was the 1978 Football from FAMU.

Year Champion[7] Runner-up Score Location Attendance Head Coach
1978 Florida A&M Massachusetts 35–28 Wichita Falls, Texas 13,604 Rudy Hubbard

From 1977 to 1978, FAMU went 22-0 then Florida A&M ’s Vince Coleman booted a 34-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter and the Rattler defense held off a frantic University of Miami final effort to preserve a 16 -13 upset victory on Oct 6, 1979.

In 1999, FAMU became the only HBCU to reach the final four of the NCAA Div 1AA Championship after beating Troy State on their home field.

So therefore from your logic this means that FAMU 1977 to 1979 football team should inducted in the NCAA Hall of FAME?

Well I guess this truth is that FAMU has/had the best HBCU Football teams

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FAMU Rattler

October 9th, 2009
12:51 am

To rick as related to Tuskegee I am very sorry to say that many of TSU early wins were against Black High School, teams put together on Army bases for Black Soliders and Jr Colleges. But when other HBCUs started playing football (TSU was palying at least 10yrs before any other HBCU) Tuskegee really do not have a very good record then.

Therefore, if you care to really look at wins please start at the point which Tuskegee started palying other HBCUs and not high schools, Jr colleges, and poorly orangized teams like for Ft Benning.

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Stiffback

October 9th, 2009
10:12 am

I hope CAU don’t get dealt with by the Taliban. Them Palastians don’t play the radio, they will ALSHULAGUBLAK ya in a second. BOOM!

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Stiffback

October 9th, 2009
10:27 am

Seymour, it’s obvious you hear less. TSU sounds like a transister radio on the field and in the stands at the GA Dome. FAMU Band blew you guys at the dome and anywhere else. TSU needs some serious help on the field. Its bad to not hear your band when they turn their back, but at least increase your sound when facing. The Aristocraps of Band is true.

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SIAC alum

October 9th, 2009
11:10 am

First of all Carl, if you know SIAC football, you will know that Kentucky State is always a tough match-up for anyone. Firing a coach during the middle of the season is not keeping it real and it’s very unprofessional and unethical. Especially, when the team is 3-3. Since I can remember there hasn’t been no kinds of expectations at Clark until Bahhur got there. He turned the program around and look how they treat him. Check the facts..

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Sierra

October 9th, 2009
1:46 pm

Carlton Brown has a record of not being able to work with whites. Carlton Brown can not stand it when a white does not look down and to the right while in his presence. I saw that some many times while we were at SSU. Do you all remember Coach Rigdon (white baseball) fired by Brown? Oh by the way I am an AAM.

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Smokey 1983

October 9th, 2009
3:05 pm

Over the years, FAMU’s Marching 100 has faded. The glitz and glamour is not what it used to be and I think many Marching Rattlers of yesterday will agree. The old school new school controversy exist at all HBCU’s.

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2001 Alumni

October 10th, 2009
9:17 am

After watching last weekend’s homecoming game, preceded most games at Panther Stadium for over a decade, truthfully I was a bit relieved upon hearing of the firing of CAU’s head coach. The team seemed all over the place on Saturday and as if they lacked direction. I may be the only person with this experience, but when I looked at those guys on the field, i saw a lack of camaraderie and again, no direction. When I think of the program, I personally don’t think “oh we have non- black coach.” The coach’s race is just not at the forefront of my mind. What I do think is that we need a coach who can give us a winning season. “In his first four seasons, he paced the Panthers to a 17-26 record WHILE COACHING 18 ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS” (via http://www.cau.edu/Football_coach_bio.aspx). With the cream of the crop, why couldn’t we get out stats in the black? And according to the ajc, Coach’s overall record was “20-29 … [and] this season… 3-3″ (www.ajc.com/sports/fired-clark-atlanta-coach-157388.html). And it should be noted that one of the games was a forfeit because the guys on the opposing team had swine flu! How dreadful! This is the thing. Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t! He had his run, and just couldn’t build a winning team for us. How long should we have given him? If I fail to produce what my employer asks of me, do you think they would keep me around year after year? I think not. Maybe we should trust the judgement of the President and Athletic Director and not be swayed so easily. If the Panthers pull out a winning season with the few games left, will some of you take back these harsh words and allegations? I’m just saying…

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October 10th, 2009
12:57 pm

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AtlantaFan

October 10th, 2009
2:18 pm

Morehouse vs. Tuskegee broadcasting on ESPN 360.

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Alardolia

October 10th, 2009
9:08 pm

Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!,

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Whats the deal?

October 10th, 2009
10:18 pm

The Clark Atlanta administration has some serious explaining to do as to why this coach was fired. Improved graduation rates, last season the first winning team in 18 years, raising money to improve the facilities. Whats the problem? Most football coaches get a raise and a new contract when they achieve those kind of things. Sounds like his lawsuit has some teeth.

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Whats the deal?

October 10th, 2009
10:20 pm

Why was my last comment awaiting moderation?

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BILLY

October 10th, 2009
10:33 pm

TUSKEGEE WILL HAVE PEOPLE IN THE HALL OF FAME.
1.Coach Cleveland L. Abbott-coached 32 years 202-wins 47-lost 27 ties.10-S.I.A.C titles in a row 12 totally.6 black college championship teams,winning 4 in a row.
2.Whitney Van Cleave-3 sport letterman,Coach at Tuskegee,ASU,Albany State,also.
3.Alice Coachman-Olympic gold medal winner in track.
4.Haywood Scissum-my coach at Tuskegee for his use of the wishbone offense in a HBCU.GATE CITY BOWL winner in 1974
BUT TO GIVE RUDY HUBBARD OF FAMU his due…..only BLACK COACH OF A HBCU TO WIN A N.C.A.A.FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1978(D-II)…OR SHALL I SAY THE ONLY ONE I KNOW OF…i stand corrected if incorrect?

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BILLY

October 10th, 2009
10:45 pm

SKEGEE IN D HOUSE 30-16 AGAIN.

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AL

October 11th, 2009
6:26 am

Leo,

Thanks for putting this out there for HBCU football fans. It’s also a place to give voice to finally call for the end of the meaningless SWAC Championship that’s played in Birmingham every year. The game adds no value to the conference from a football perspective. If the game must be played then play it in a time frame that will allow the Champion to represent the conference in the “1-AA” play-off system. FINALLY all of the SWAC schools have realized that there’s more money to be made by playing D-1 schools. The SWAC needs to stay connected with it’s fan base, but it’s time to elevate the status of the league as a legit football conference. Playing that meaningless game in B’ham does just the opposite, it only further isolates and lowers the quality of football played in the conference. Higher quality of play attacts higher quality players and coaches.

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The Alpha Worm

October 11th, 2009
9:48 am

I think it is appalling to suggest Dr. Brown fired Coach Bahhur because of the color of his skin. I read many of the posts on thisd subject in an earlier blog and could not believe all the “Brown-bashing.” Dr. Brown was one of the first people I met at Savannah State, and he walked over to me and welcomed me to SSU. He made me feel like part of the SSU family. Every time I have seen he has been genuinely concerned about my well being and me as a person…even after he left SSU. Oh by the way, I am white.

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Adun

October 12th, 2009
1:43 am

I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!,

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Zaessa

October 12th, 2009
1:43 am

If you have to do it, you might as well do it right.,

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BEHOLD757

October 12th, 2009
2:02 am

Honestly I believe that the list for 2009 should go like this: Sound Quality: NROFOLK ST. UNIV.MARCHING SPARTANS “THE SPARTAN LEGION”, BETHUNE COOKMAN UNIV. MARCHING WILDCATS “THE PRIDE”, FLORIDA A&M UNIV MARCHING RATTLERS “THE MARCHING 100″, PRAIRIE VIEW UNIV. MARCHING PANTHERS “THE MARCHING STORM” ALCORN ST. UNIV MARCHING BRAVES “THE SOUNDS OF DYNAMITE”, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIV. MARCHING EAGLES “THE SOUND MACHINE”, SOUTH CAROLINA ST. UNIV. MARCHING BULLDOGS “THE MARCHING 101″ and VIRGINIA ST. UNIV. MARCHING TROJANS “THE TROJAN EXPLOSION”. Honorable mention SHAW UNIV, CLARK ATLANTA UNIV, NORTH CAROLINA A&T, HOWARD UNIV., BOWIE ST. UNIV. and MORGAN ST. I like JACKSON ST UNIV SOUTHERN and TEXAS SOUTHERN also but these bands only display on particular style of musicianship. They are traditional. Not excluding all others but the bands that were previously listed consistantly continue to try and raise the bar with originality and musicality. HOWEVER; I support ALL HBCU BAND PROGRAMS. “STRIVE FOR THE HIGHEST”!!!!!!

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daniel

October 12th, 2009
1:21 pm

this topic is pointless because every HBCU’s band and fan believes they have the best marching band.

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BILLY-skegee51

October 12th, 2009
8:10 pm

FAMU RATTLER- we played who was out there!.1975 tuskegee16,famu10,1976 tie 28-all at tampa stadium.You had the upper hand in 77,78,BUT AFTER YOU BEAT THE CANES’ WE CAME TO TOWN AT DOAK CAMPBELL AND MUHAMMED ALI said it best,I KNOW WHO IS GOING TO WIN THIS GAME.” THEN HE LOOKED AT US SKEGEE!! THEN YA’LL TRIED TO STEAL THE GAME……SNOWMAN KNOCKED THE HELL OUT OF YOUR HALFBACK AND HE FUMBLED IN THE END ZONE.THAT WAS OLD SCHOOL,WHEN YOU HAD TO CROSS THE GOAL LINE. KEN WOODARD RECOVERED THE FUMBLE,AND THEY CALLED IT A TOUCH DOWN.I WAS ALMOST THROWN OUT OF THE GAME BECAUSE I ARGUED THE CALL!!BUT THAT WAS OKAY BIG CHAMP O’NEAL WENT WILD AND WE BEAT,COLEMAN,TRUVILLIN,RUDY HUBBARD,ALMOST LOST HIS JOB FOR LOSING TO SKEGEE ON HOMECOMING.PLUS OUR CENTER WAS A FRESHMAN FROM BIRMINGHAM-THAD SMITH THAT WORE HARRELL OLIVER OUT. THE SCORE 17-14…SKEGEE….I KNEW WE WERE GOING TO WIN THE GAME A YEAR EARLIER WHEN I SAW FAMU WIN IT ALL IN 78…THOSE RINGS WERE NICE,I MET A PLAYER THAT WORE HIS………..AS I STATED THAT WAS NOT THE FAMU WE BEAT IN SKEGEE…ON MONDAY COACH SCISSUM SAW THE FILM AND CAME AND TOLD ME I WAS CORRECT AND HE FUMBLED BEFORE HE CROSSED THE GOAL LINE 1979 FLORIDA SPOILERS
TUSKEGEE 18,BETHUNE 12
TUSKEGEE 17,FLA.A&M U.14. I’M THE MAN THAT RULED THAT TEAM IN 79-BP51…NOSEGUARD….11 TACKLES………..SEE THE FILM……THEY TALKED ABOUT ME ALL WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shuflu

October 13th, 2009
9:55 am

I for one am really shocked by the recent firing by CAU of Coach Barhur. I have met this coach, and seen some of the good things that he has done with and for these young men. It appears to me that the only thing some people are only concerned with winning their homecoming game. Keep it real people, I see no reason that this coach should have been fired in the middle of the season, especially given CAU past of ineptness in athletics. I thik that this law suit will shine the light on some issues though it will be costly, and the school can move forward in a positive direction.

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Alpha06

October 14th, 2009
10:35 am

Does anyone know why The Magic City Classic in B’ham 31 Oct 09;
Bama State and Bama A&M is not being televised? ?this is a well attendend Classic over 70,000 folks, just wondering…

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Chris

October 15th, 2009
12:35 pm

Clark Atlanta vs Morehouse. The game has history dating back to the early 1900’s and the tradition is still going. I look foward to us beating Morehouse this year.

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Pacman

October 15th, 2009
12:41 pm

I would have to say that the grambling southern clash at thanksgiving is at the top of the list

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PurpleHaze

October 15th, 2009
12:42 pm

Alcorn State and Jackson State

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Wildgator

October 15th, 2009
12:44 pm

Fort Valley State vs Albany State

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Maurice

October 15th, 2009
12:45 pm

By far-Southern U. v. Grambling State U.

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Trevin

October 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

EASILY….GRAMBLING versus SOUTHERN…..everyone knows the game that they either fly to New Orleans for or sit down on watch on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

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Trevin

October 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

EASILY….GRAMBLING versus SOUTHERN…..everyone knows the game that they either fly to New Orleans for or sit down to watch on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

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LJ

October 15th, 2009
12:53 pm

I would say Tuskegee vs. Morehouse
or I could say Tuskegee vs. Alabama State

…but since Tuskegee routinely whups these inferior squads, how can we call it a rivalry? LOL

TU…You Know!

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NRR

October 15th, 2009
12:53 pm

I would have to definitely say Ala. St. and Ala. A&M. Also, Grambling and Southern…the Magic City Classic and the Bayou Classic. These are the two biggest games in HBCU football.

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b

October 15th, 2009
12:56 pm

Hampton VS Norfolk State

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Big True

October 15th, 2009
12:59 pm

I would have to say The Valley vs. Albany in the Fountain City Classic

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ann

October 15th, 2009
1:04 pm

I would say FVSC & Albany!!!!!!! Honey that is a game to see.

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sarccastikFrank

October 15th, 2009
1:04 pm

Most definitely will be the Magic City Classic (Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M)….or the Turkey Day Classic (Alabama State vs. Tuskegee)…since tuskegee just start getting better…it’s actually a rivalry now….

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JSU #21 Fan

October 15th, 2009
1:09 pm

I went to the first Southern vs Grambling game in the Super Dome as a family (about 13 packed into a chevy station wagon (remember the one with the wood paneling on the side) holiday event when I was a kid. And, just before Katrina, we went back again as a family (this time 50+ in separate vehilces (each child and adult really had their own seatbelt this time.)

But, while the Bayou Classic has the numbers…there’s still nothing like the original MS homestate classic…JSU vs. Alcorn State…

Go Tigers!!! RIP Wavy Dave…

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rave1914

October 15th, 2009
1:18 pm

hampton vs norfolk — the battle of the bay….
they dont drink
they dont smoke
norfolk

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Wildcat4life

October 15th, 2009
1:19 pm

Fort Valley vs Tuskegee

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Wildcat4life

October 15th, 2009
1:20 pm

Fort Valley vs. Albany State in the Fountain City Classic, I played in this rivarly from 01-05 and it is one of the best atmospheres in black college football, it has to be up there with Ft. Valley vs. Tuskegee!!

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mscutie78

October 15th, 2009
1:31 pm

This is too easy – Alabama A&M and Alabama State University – Magic City Classic held in B’ham every year on the last Saturday of October – let’s get it Bulldogs!!!!

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Tiger Hearted!!!!!!!!

October 15th, 2009
1:37 pm

NO Contest! Grambling vs Southern. Everyone is familiar with the Bayou Classic and if you haven’t been, you GOTTA go! (it’s like Mardi Gras for HBCU alum) GSU Rocks the house baby!!!!!

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Hurricane

October 15th, 2009
1:41 pm

FAMU vs Bethune Cookman
Tuskegee vs Alabama St.
Tuskegee vs Morehouse
Grambling vs Southern
Jackson St. vs Tennessee St.
Tennessee St. vs FAMU
Hampton vs Howard
Hampton vs Norfolk St.
Alabama A&M vs Tuskegee

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FVSU_Alumni01

October 15th, 2009
1:43 pm

Fort Valley State University vs. Albany State in “ANYTHING”. Anyone who knows about these two schools really knows how deep this hate runs. The Fountain City Classic and the basketball games during the season both bring out Alumni to these schools like it’s another Homecoming. Never seen anything else like it! Go Wildcats!!!!

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BHO

October 15th, 2009
1:44 pm

You must decide when discussing HBCU whether you are simply talking football or the whole experience because the battle of the bands is sometimes a bigger deal than the game and THAT is what draws the fans. The band thing is what makes HBCU unique versus major college football where it is simply about football.

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Kris

October 15th, 2009
1:54 pm

Magic City Classic- Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M
Turkey Day Classic- Alabama State vs. Tuskegee

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Nichole

October 15th, 2009
1:58 pm

Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State

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Aristocrat2000

October 15th, 2009
2:00 pm

Tennessee State vs. FAMU
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State

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The REAL HU

October 15th, 2009
2:00 pm

HOWARD UNIV (the REAL HU) vs. Hampton Univ (Institute)

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THE REAL HU (HAMPTON) KID

October 15th, 2009
2:07 pm

HAMPTON VS NORFOLK ST.

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Carla

October 15th, 2009
2:09 pm

Morehouse vs. CAU
Albany State vs. Fort Valley

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ala girl

October 15th, 2009
2:19 pm

Two are tops:
Alabama A&M vs Alabama State
Grambling vs. Southern.

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FLORDIA CLASSIC

October 15th, 2009
2:21 pm

FAMU vs Bethune Cookman

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Daniel

October 15th, 2009
2:24 pm

Being from S.Ga. thirty miles from Tallahasse, Fla I would say the FAMU vs. Bethune-Cookman it regularly draws over 80,000 fans to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando,FLA.

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tyger

October 15th, 2009
2:29 pm

Howard vs. Everybody!

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EBM

October 15th, 2009
2:31 pm

MAGIC CITY CLASSIC! AAMU vs ASU! BULLDOGS ALL THE WAY!

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Lady Rattler

October 15th, 2009
2:32 pm

FAMU vs. BCC; deep with tradition.

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October 15th, 2009
2:33 pm

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Chris

October 15th, 2009
2:35 pm

North Carolina Central University vs NC A&T State University

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Decatur 4 Life

October 15th, 2009
2:37 pm

Being a Southern Alum this is a no-brainer. There isn’t a rivalry in the nation with the tradition of the Bayou Classic and on Saturday after Thanksgiving you can’t ask for a better time.

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Darryl

October 15th, 2009
2:37 pm

Albany State vs Ft. Valley State, this has been a hated rivalry for many many years and the game has always been off the da hook!!! During the beginning, Ft. Valley dominated but in the last 20 plus years or so, Albany State has dominated… Go Rams! If this game could be advertised and get some celeberty backing and moved to Atlanta, I guarantee it will be as big as the Bayou Classic.

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Ernie

October 15th, 2009
2:39 pm

Easily it is the N.C. Central University vs. N.C. A&T.
Interest is so high and the passions are at such a level that until this year, the two schools couldn’t even play on each other’s campus. Plus, aside from this year’s upset, we own A&T. LOL

Ernie, NCCU ‘90

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HBCU FAN

October 15th, 2009
2:40 pm

I agree with all of the comments so far. I am a Morris Brown College Graduate and love my school. I miss the Morris Brown- Clark Atlanta rivalry and the Morris Brown- Bethune Cookman games.

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Reginald M

October 15th, 2009
2:42 pm

Jackson State vs Tennessee State University is hands down the best HBCU football game.
J – S – what U U U.

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Erik

October 15th, 2009
2:45 pm

FAMU vs BCC or BCU (since they are a university now). Football teams and the bands go head to head.

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Barry

October 15th, 2009
2:47 pm

I liked the Delaware State University (DSU) vs Howard University matchup. Howard use to be good, but DSU beat them down too much over the years to be tradition anymore.

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Drew

October 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

The top one has to be the Bayou Classic (Grambling vs. Southern). Locally, Ft Valley vs Albany State is good (maybe the GA Dome should have them play here since GA Tech and UGA want to act all sissified), NC A & T and NC Central (Aggie-Eagle Classic) is another one.

Tuskeegee vs Alabama A & M? FAMU vs Bethune-Cookman?

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MBC #1 FAN

October 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

I would say Morris Brown and Clark Atlanta , then Grambling vs. Southern. I hate Morris Brown is not open, because they also had the best band in the LAND.

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October 15th, 2009
3:11 pm

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krystalb

October 15th, 2009
3:13 pm

hey gsu band yea hey gsu band yea the baddet band in the land yea with yo bad self. Grambling Tigers all the way common on ive seen them blow other bands out

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gramblingfan

October 15th, 2009
3:16 pm

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gramblingfan

October 15th, 2009
3:17 pm

aint no band like an a grambling tigers band. AND U KNOW THEY GOTTA HELL OF A BAND!! TAKE THAT!

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Earl

October 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

Without a doubt NCCU vs nca&t (small case intended). This rivalry goes way beyond football. A brawl during a basketball game @ 1988-89 prevented us from holding any athletic event on one another’s campus. The school’s are located less than an hour’s drive from each other along I-85. We compete for students, prestige in the state of North Carolina, even who has the finest women. Every student from North Carolina who attends one of these schools has a close friend who attends the other. There’s no comparison!

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CEE CEE

October 15th, 2009
3:31 pm

Fort Valley State & Albany State nothing like the rivalry between these to.I look forward to them playing every year. Go Wildcats!!!!!!!!!

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smooth operator

October 15th, 2009
3:40 pm

Morehouse V.S. CAwho? Always been the crunkest! Morehouse College always got the best of clark, and you know it! Shout out to #82 TE from class of ‘09…you already know!

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Big Dog

October 15th, 2009
3:44 pm

SC State VS NC A&T… Battle at the Borders!

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NCAA Fan

October 15th, 2009
3:51 pm

First to have a rivalry, you must have a history of winning program.

Grambling vs Southern

TSU vs. FAMU

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ron

October 15th, 2009
3:51 pm

southern university has the best band and the most beautiful dancers imagineable.

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A&M4Life

October 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

The Magic City Classic – Alabama A&M vs Alabama State

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LAPDOG

October 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

THERE’S NO DOUBT FAMU VS BCU!!! THE LARGEST GATE, THE BEST BAND THE 100, AND FAMU IS ONE OF ONLY HBCU’S WITH 500 PLUS WIN!!!

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Cool Cash

October 15th, 2009
4:55 pm

FAMU vs. BC-WHO. I’ve been going to the game all my life and it keeps getting better. Fantastic now that it’s in Orlando. I have to admit that I enjoyed Grambling vs. Southern, too, especially with the late coach Eddie Robinson the sideline.

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Spartan4life

October 15th, 2009
5:10 pm

Norfolk State v. Hampton U.
The Battle of the Bay Classic!!

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BLEED BLUE & GOLD

October 15th, 2009
6:34 pm

HANDS DOWN IT’S FVSU vs. ALBANY STATE, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!!!!!!!! GO WILDCATS!!!!!!!!

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Tracelyn

October 15th, 2009
6:44 pm

Grambling vs Southern…

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The Big VA

October 15th, 2009
8:29 pm

The Gold Bowl – Virginia State vs. Virginia Union

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charles g samuel

October 15th, 2009
9:17 pm

SC STATE VS FAMU IS A VERY BIG RIVALRY GAME AS WELL AS SCSU VS NC A&T. BOTH OF THOSE GAMES ARE VERY BIG IN THE MEAC CONFERENCE. THE SCSU VS FAMU HALFTIME SHOW WITH THE FAMU MARCHING 100 VS THE SCSU MARCHING ”101 IS WELL WORTH THE PRICE ALONE. BEING A MORRIS BROWN WOLVERINE, THE GAME AGAINST OUR BIGGEST RIVAL CLARK COLLEGE WAS A HUGE GAME AND A HEATED RIVALRY. WITHOUT QUESTION HBCU’S HAVE SOME OF THE MOST HOTLY CONTESTED RIVALRIES IN ALL OF SPORTS. GET UP FOR THE BULLDOGS.

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Doug

October 15th, 2009
9:30 pm

While in high school, TSU vs. FAMU. After attending “A” Albany State vs. Ft. Valley State “Fountain City Classic” football game. Imagine playing a school with the same team colors…the football gods knew what they were doing.

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Craig Johnson

October 15th, 2009
9:38 pm

It’s got to be Southern vs. Grambling. NO BLACK SCHOOL has the name recognition of Grambling (except Howard). And what other game gets a national television broadcast each year?
CJ, SU, ‘95

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SavedAggie93

October 15th, 2009
10:09 pm

North Carolina A&T SU vs North Carolina Central
North Carolina A&T SU vs Florida A&M

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Kenny Ray

October 15th, 2009
10:39 pm

I have witness many NCCU vs. NC A&T rumbles. The trainers were betting on how many times the meat wagon (EMT) had to come on the field to get a player. That is WAR!

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Rav80 Morehouse '07

October 16th, 2009
12:23 am

Morehouse vs. CAU because they are right next to each other literally. Where Morehouse ends CAU begins. The closest College football rivalry in the entire country. The two schools share the same library, players from each team pass by each other everyday on the promenade and because of cross campus registration players from Morehouse and CAU occasionally take classes together. They are really on the same campus. That’s like if Southern and Grambling were next to each other and had to see each other EVERYDAY. This is by far the most intense HBCU Rivalry. Morehouse vs. Tuskegee is a great rivalry too. I played for Morehouse and I’ve been to many classic games but none of them match the intensity of the Morehouse vs. CAU game. Go Morehouse!!!

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Rav80 Morehouse '07

October 16th, 2009
12:36 am

Morehouse vs. CAU by far is the most intense HBCU rivalry. The two schools border each other. Where Morehouse ends CAU begins. The players from both teams share the same library and constantly see each other there and on the promenade. Also because of AUC cross registration they even occasionally take classes together. It’s what would happen if they were to put Georgia and Georgia Tech right next to each other! By far the closest and most intense rivalry in HBCU as well as college football in the entire country. Morehouse vs. Tuskegee in Columbus is also a great rivalry too. As a former Morehouse Maroon Tiger Football player who played in this rivalry as well as an avid HBCU football fan and Classic game attendee no rivalry can match Morehouse vs. CAU. Go House!!!

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Know-It_All

October 16th, 2009
2:35 am

The estimated crowd at last years Magic City Classic (game and tailgating) was over 100K. The Hornets had a terrible team and the Bulldogs were not much better. Think of what that number would be in a city the size of Atlanta or New Orleans.

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teezy

October 16th, 2009
5:40 am

THE MAGIC CITY CLASSIC!!!!!! when you shut down a state and ALABAMA and auburn football teams leave the state you doing something. GO BULLDOGS!!!!

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Otto

October 16th, 2009
7:00 am

FAMU-Bethune Cookman. Over 70,000 every year in Orlando.

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sarccastikFrank

October 16th, 2009
7:24 am

let’s get it ASU Hornets!!!

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Samson

October 16th, 2009
7:29 am

In a few words, who cares? Worry about your step teams.HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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The Man

October 16th, 2009
8:10 am

Howard vs. Morehouse-this rivalry needs to be restarted!

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Black Panther (Huey Newton)

October 16th, 2009
8:29 am

FVSU v/s Albany St Fountain City Classic is the game to be at in the city of Columbus.

Wildcat Alumni C/O
2002
Big Blue And Gold All Day!!!!!

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Peekabu

October 16th, 2009
9:45 am

Tuskegee vs. Alabama State
Its what to look forward to every Thanksgiving, eating turkey and spanking Alabama State’s butt.

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Radio Listener

October 16th, 2009
10:22 am

I’m not the biggest follower of HBCU football but in my time I’d have to say Grambling/Southern, JacksonSt/AlcornSt and Hampton/NorfolkSt all stand out to me.

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John

October 16th, 2009
10:41 am

Atlanta Football Classic FAMU vs TSU

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BLUPHI RAM

October 16th, 2009
2:04 pm

ASU and FVSU….it aint a bout the tv exposure, or the big time name recognition. This is simply about the two schools. This is a REAL rivalry, both blue and gold, recruit from the same area. Cross ties,with spouses, children, sibligns, coworkers, frat brothers and sorors. This thing runs deep. It is an intense rivalry as it is a family affair. We when talk it is simply see you at the Classic, nothing more need to be said.

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Jstate

October 16th, 2009
4:12 pm

Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South would be number 1, 2, and 3 in the list of top 5, followed by Southern, FAMU and one of the NC schools. If you do not believe youtube Jackson State University’s marching band and look at their performances this year. They are beasting and sitting on all the competition. Ya betta believe me!!!!

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Odell Parker Jr.

October 16th, 2009
5:01 pm

I started at Defensive Lineman for Knoxville College in 1985 and set a NCAA Single Game Sack Record with ten in one game vs Wilimington College…had the opportunity to block for aa NFL quarterback named Sterling Henton in 1998 for the No.1 ranked Semi Pro team named the Knoxville Crusaders and averaged 40 points per game, won the Conference Championship and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Had a chance to go to the NFL and was ssupposed to play for the Tennessee Thundercats in 2000(Arena Football) I would have had to gotten one sack per game in order to go to a NFL Camp. *Note- Maximum bench press 600lb -550lb x 2, 400 lb x 10 seated military press, 720lb. squat, 1400 lb legpress, 500 lb deadlift, broke NFFL Combine Record in 1998 in front of witnesses with 51 repetitions, beat a 165 lb. wide receiver in a forty-yard dash in 1998. I started at offensive guard at a weight of 245lb. and was sronger the ALL PRO Tight End Shannon Sharp by 430lb. on two lifts at his bodywweight. (865)474-1622 or odell_parkerjr@comcast.net…Bachelor’s Degree in General Management, Cisco CCNA 3.5 GPA(Superior than the University Of Tennessee’s Graduate School Of Technology, Microsoft Word and Excel Beginning and Intermediate 4.0 G.P.A. (Cisco is the top Information Technology Company in the World) I’m an entrepreneur and have researched business startup for several thousand hours.

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Curtis Inabinett, Jr.

October 16th, 2009
11:12 pm

Hello All,

I enjoyed the comments but you all should be advised, and or placed on notice, that there’s still only one HBCU Marching Band that has earned the title as “America’s Band” and has ever won “The Sudler Award.”

Since 1946, under the leadership of “The Legendary Dean of College Band Directors,” Dr. William P. Foster, Past President of both the National Band Masters Association and the American Band Masters Association, and recently nominated for a 2010 NAACP Image & Trumpet Award) and the current Director of Bands, Dr. Julian E. White, the FAMU 100, is, and always will be known as the most imitated and best Marching Band in America.

Just a few notable quotes to leave you with.

1. “The Lena Horne of Bands” …………. The Wall Street Journal.
2. “This band is known as the 100, unmatched in it’s power, passion and precision” ……………CBS News.
3. “The most televised band in America …….. Florida Times Union.
4. “The Incomparable Marching 100″ ………. Pittsburg Courier.
5. “The Marchingest and Playingest Band in America” ….. Paramount News.
6. “The Notre Dame of Marching Bands” ……… CBS 60 Minutes.
7. “The Greatest Half – Time Show in America” …… Life & Chronicle of Higher Education.
8. “The Number 1 Marching Band in the Country” ……NBC & ABC News.
9. “Florida A & M University International Marching 100 is the most Exciting band in the country” …… Southern Living Magazine.
10. “The World Famous Marching 100 of Florida A & M, People will get their monies worth” ………. CBS News.
11. “The E.F. Hutton of Marching Bands” …….Tallahassee Democrat
12. “You’ve seen one marching band, You’ve seen them all, with the exception of the Florida A & M Band” ….. Lewis Gizzard, Atlanta Constitution.
13. “The Acknowledged Heavyweight of Marching Bands, it’s showtime when the FAMU Band Marches” … Atlanta Constitution.
14. “William P. Foster. A Fabled Director and His Band” …. Ebony Magazine.
15. “The Florida A & M University Marching Band,One of the top 10 Examples of Excellence among Black America” ……. The University of North Carolina.
16. “The Best College Marching Band in the Country” …….. Sports Illustrated Magazine.
17. “The Marching 100 is the best Band in the Land” ……….. ESPN’s Kieran Darcy.
18. “To the French, the FAMU 100 is the sound of America” ……. ABC’s Good Morning America.
19. “The most influential University Band in the Country” ……. US Congressman James E. Clyburn, Majority Whip.
20. “The NFL has been proud to feature the World Famous Florida A & M University Marching Band” ……………. Frank Supovitz, Senior Vice – President, National Football League.
21. “I came because of the World Renown Marching 100 Band, I came because of them! I think it’s great that you have the best music program around” …….. Former President Bill Clinton, 2009.

End of discussion !!!

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JSpearman4

October 17th, 2009
2:30 pm

The Fort Valley State University vs. Albany State University at the Fountain City Classic! Hands down, The rivarly is SO intense and it spills over into all sports. We could even play pencil pop and we still play hard. As a FVSU alum, WE SIMPLY CAN NOT STAND ALBANY STATE! That being said after the game we party together but as far as the game, CANT STAND THEM BILLY GOATS! This game is the Blue and Gold Superbowl!

Justin Spearman
FVSU
Class of 2007

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TCF

October 17th, 2009
6:36 pm

As a graduate of Fort Valley, along with my mom and her sister, my grandmother and three cousins, The Fountain City Classic is a great rivalry. Not only that but my mom has hired both, Ft. Valley and Albany St. graduates at her place of employment, and the tension between the employees is intensed. I have been to the FAMU/TSU game, FAMU/BCC game, and Bayou Classic, but nothing compares to the FCC, because it’s not about notariety, only the two teams, that are the same color, and are located 45 mins apart. Doesn’t get any closer or better. All roads leads to Columbus, Ga.

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Neal Scott

October 17th, 2009
7:32 pm

When you put Albany State University and Fort Valley in the same arena it’s bound to get heated!!! This rivalry draws up emotions and the atmospher is exuberant with black folks galore. The Ram faithful show up ready to talk trash to those Wildcats then send them home with a loss.
GO ASUUUUU!!!

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#1 bear

October 17th, 2009
8:00 pm

Morgan vs Howard the battle of the beltway. Throw the records out and the game is always close.

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js3

October 17th, 2009
8:46 pm

Thanksgiving, New Orleans. Super Dome. 73,000 in the Dome, 135,000 can not get in so they watch on national TV. The Step show, Battle of the Bands. Family and friends. Y’all tell me.

The other rivalries are also great but from the days when Coach Robinson ruled college ball the the accomplishments of Coach Richardson at SU. the games have been legendary. We have lost to great Grambling teams and beat great teams when we had down years. That is what rivalry is all about … throw out the record … they coming at us and we coming to get them. then after the weekend … the Smack for the rest of the year.

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Deerhunter88

October 17th, 2009
11:10 pm

WE (SCSU) beat Grambling, they were supposed to be the best, just whipped FAMU. Admit it, South Carolina State is running HBCU Football!!!
We will have the MEAC Championship in 2009.

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2ndGenBulldog

October 18th, 2009
1:50 am

THE Bulldogs of South Carolina State University v. The World. Lord help me the day we lose. I’m so used to winning. I’m spoiled.

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Scottie

October 18th, 2009
2:47 am

State is the Beast of the MidEast!

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LmR51090

October 18th, 2009
7:34 am

COME ON NOW……….. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE “MAGIC CITY CLASSIC” (ALABAMA A&M VS. ALABAMA ST.) IS THE TOP HBCU CLASSIC AND WILL ALWAYS BE…… U GOT THE BIG PARAD, THE PEP RALLYS, THE TAILGATING, AND THE CELEBRITIES EVERY YEAR.

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Doug

October 18th, 2009
9:05 am

It’s was amazing! A ray of sunshine came through the clouds on that cloudy day just as Albany State was driving to tie the game and go into overtime. The clouds returned as Clark had the ball in overtime and kicked a field goal to go up by three. The sun peeked again! and a Rainbow appeared over the stadium just as McKenna threw a rainbow pass TD to Jones and skittles exploded from the rainbow. Trust me… You can’t make this stuff up! Go RAMS!

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Rattler4Life

October 18th, 2009
11:00 am

Is this really up for discussion? FAMU. Now, pose a serious question.

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Ibn Tamir

October 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

I went to Howard University…So I cannot forget the Super Bowl winning Colts who have #41 at safety, Antoine Bethea, starting and making plays for the Colts. Also if you look at the History of the NFL, some of the best have been from HBCU’s …

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BILLY-skegee51

October 18th, 2009
12:55 pm

The Bayou Classic.
TURKEY DAY CLASSIC-TUSKEGEE v. ALABAMA STATE
note: ANY SCHOOL TUSKEGEE PLAYED,BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO BEAT US SO BAD!!!!..LOL..LOL
MAGIC CITY CLASSIC
TUSKEGEE-MOREHOUSE CLASSIC-the oldest classic(88yrs.+)to replace the auburn v. uga game that was played there.
FAMU v.B-CC
TSU-JSU
GRAMBLING STATE V.MORGAN STATE-1st major classic that was considered a classic-others were as stated rivalries,that turn into CLASSIC status.
HAMPTON- N.STATE
ALBANY STATE-FORT VALLEY
NCSU-FAYETTEVILLE STATE U.

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Sebo

October 18th, 2009
4:04 pm

The only important rivalry is Jackson State vs Alcorn State.

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FVSU Mom

October 18th, 2009
10:45 pm

Fort Valley State has a great band. If I had to rank bands, it would be FAMU, Southern, FVSU

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Get Real!

October 19th, 2009
3:43 pm

It Figures….strictly SWAC and SIAC teams and the three southern schools they recognize from the MEAC..FAMU, BCC and SCSU. Shallow posters.

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McNeil

October 19th, 2009
5:08 pm

Well the Morehouse Morris Brown WAS my favorite…
The Classic between Alabama A&M and Alabama State is RAW UNCUT UNADULTERATED FUN!!!!
BUT for 2009 Morehouse vs Clark on our Homecoming…. Its the one!!!

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Truth Teller

October 20th, 2009
2:48 am

Southern University @ Baton Rouge, Louisiana possesses what is currently the the best HBCU band in the world. Among so many other accolades past and present, The Human Jukebox has been chosen as “The #1 marching band in The Nation- by USA TODAY!” They’ve traveled the world extensively with great results. Unlike so many other HBCU bands, Southern University has been able to assimilate it’s rich past with it’s present to mold it’s future; while not living solely of of it’s past glories. That is, we are and forever will be, a progressive program representing a progressive institution. Not to mention The Fabulous Dancing Dolls, who represent the first HBCU danceline. Southern University is also considered “The POP HBCU.” Meaning, Southern University offers and has demonstrated mastery of just about every academic program and or extracurricular activity available, as far as HBCU’s are concerned (academics, drama, football, baseball, backetball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, etc). Southern University is also a top tier HBCU. So much History, So Much Pride!!! The JAGUAR NATION embraces our HUMAN JUKEBOX and Oh So Beautiful DANCING DOLLS!!!!

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Truth Teller

October 20th, 2009
3:00 am

THE BAYOU CLASSIC!!!! Southern University vs Grambling State University!!! Not only is it historical; it’s phenomenal!!!! The JAGUAR NATION Loves Our JAGS!!!!

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Carlonda Williams

October 20th, 2009
5:59 am

I have to give some love to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. I love to watch them get down.

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Barbara Thompson

October 20th, 2009
11:24 am

Jackson State the best my grndson is in the band and he would only play with the best.

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Frank

October 20th, 2009
6:55 pm

HBCU’s have been selectively excluded from the playoffs. Grambling and Southern removed themselves when the NCAA changed the playoff schedules and that change conflicted with the Bayou Classic. Do the math regarding revenue. Why was the rest of the league denied? Since 1978, I know of only two times that an HBCU has hosted a playoff game. One time TSU and SCSU were allowed in the playoffs, they played each other. One year SCSU was 10-1 and denied participation. And, the beat goes on. It is clear that the NCAA accepts membership fees from HBCUs but denies them equtable participation in its playoff system.

It is my opinion that HBCUs develop a system of classics and further build their programs. As Charlie Neal said during this year’s MVU/Alcorn game, “there are more Black players from HBCUs in the NFL Hall of Fame than there are in the NCAA Football Hall of Fame.” Do you smell something here? I think this is systematic exclusion and should be addressed. In the meantime, why don’t we do our own thing? There have been IAA championship games with less that a 10,000 fan attendance. Grambling and Souther draw more than that for the Friday-before-the-game battle of the bands.

Let’s wake up and say, “NCAA, forget you!”

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Doug

October 20th, 2009
8:48 pm

What HBCU currently has the only undefeated Football program in the United States? But, You can have the Mid-East.

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Sylvia R. Williams

October 21st, 2009
10:43 am

There are many Historically black colleges not just FAMU and Tennessee State. don’t forget about Albany State

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Barry

October 21st, 2009
12:52 pm

MEAC is the place where real black college football is being played. FAMU, S.C. State, Delaware State, Winston Salem, N.C. Central, Norfolk State, Hampton, Howard, Bethune Cookman, N.C A&T. When we play each other we make the winner of our conference play better. SWAC, nor any other HBCU football team, can bet any designated champions of the MEAC. Who will be the MEAC champ this year?? Whoever it is, I expect them to represent all HBCU football programs in the I-AA playoffs this year.

GO MEAC!!

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October 21st, 2009
2:39 pm

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October 21st, 2009
2:42 pm

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Devo

October 21st, 2009
11:57 pm

My opinion is different than most of the peeps who have made their comments. I could be bias since I grew up in SW Georgia and lived within 5 hours geographically of 15 HBCU’s ranging from BC down in Daytona to A&M in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s very east to say a band with over 300+ members who is very loud is the baddest band alive, but unless you have actually played music and appreciate it, a group of 100 will always beat a group of 400 blaring their lungs out!!

That said this Battle of the Bands is really not up for discussion unless you can get all of the HBCU Bands in one area and everyone goes for it!! Then and only then will this saga end!!

I have my favorites but then I would be bias as well!

Also I think that is what’s being lost in this discussion: Are we talking about good music that gets the 74 yr ole grandpa up on his feet or the current state of music of 3 or 4 notes and ladies dressing in short and skimpy(probably misspelled this, but in a rush: military compputer)outfits?

Lots of rambling, but we have to have ALL HBCU’S in 1 place to decide it all!!

Stay strong my people and GOD Bless each and everyone of you!

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Tokunboh Adeshile

October 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

It’s got to be the FCC. Ain’t nothing like it. The hate runs deep between these two schools. Albany St vs Fort Valley. I was apart of this classic from 97-00. Man, just to see the sidelines, rain, hail, sleet or snow it’s going to be packed. Let’s go Albany St, The Real Blue & Gold. CO ‘01

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Al Beeski

October 22nd, 2009
10:22 am

sup Leo,

Can’t wait til Saturday here in da ‘Bany for the SIAC championship, as ASU or Tuskegee has basically ruled the conference for the last 15 years. Tuskegee doesn’t have the firepower of last year & the Rams lead the nation in D-II total defense giving up 205 yds/game. So hopefully CMW and the Mighty Rams will pull out an exciting game.

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Leo Willingham

October 22nd, 2009
10:31 am

Thanks for checking in.

Yeah, that’s supposed to be a big one down there this weekend. And you’re right – it’s either been Albany State or Tuskegee every year except one since 1994. So, if you had to give preview for the game, what would it be?

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Al Beeski

October 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

Basically, the Rams have been led by a suffocating defense as usual, which has been Coach White’s staple since he was a DC for the Rams in the 90’s. However, the biggest change for the Rams this year was the arrival of new O-Coordinator Steve Smith, he has changed the dynamics of the offensive line and the way ASU uses RB Demetrice Johnson by lining him up in the slot to take advantage of his receiving skills. However, the Rams have been very inconsistent in the running game this year, and if Tuskegee can force 3rd and longs, it could get interesting.
Tuskegee has not been able to match last year’s production with Jeremy Williams at the helm at the QB spot. However, ASU must account for WR Antoine Mitchell who is leading the conference in receiving yds/game and TD receptions. The Tigers are basically playing alot of fresh & soph, so the edge has to go the Rams, and my prediction is ASU 27-13.

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Barry

October 22nd, 2009
3:53 pm

Please. The SIAC. Such a weak conference. Let’s get real!!!! Thier ranking in black college polls will always be more than suspect versus teams in the SWAC and MEAC.

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Doug

October 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Preview Albany State vs. Tuskegee –
1. Keep the crowd out the Game. Albany’s crowd will be wearing “ALL WHITE” to white out any hopes that Tuskegee has of winning the SIAC title.
2. Jump on the Scoreboard early. Clark scored with a special team play early and made it a interesting game.
3. Score a bunch of points. Albany’s “Dirty Blue” Defense is allowing an avg. of 10 pts. a game.
4. Tuskegee needs to borrow Michael Turner from the Falcons before he gets on the plane for Dallas and put him in a Tuskegee uniform because Albany remembers losing last year in Alabama after rallying from 7-20 to tie and loose in the final 3-minutes of the 4th quarter.
I do like the 27-13 score…GO RAMS!!

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BILLY-skegee51

October 22nd, 2009
7:23 pm

Holla!! if you hear me… Those GOLDEN TIGERS WILL RUN ‘DEM RAMS IN THE INDIAN RIVER!! SKEGEE IN THE HOUSE.

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John

October 23rd, 2009
1:38 am

Leo, Just wanted to say “Thanks” for keeping the AUC schools in the conversation. SIAC plays pretty good football that goes unnoticed sometimes.

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Terrence G. Caldwell

October 23rd, 2009
9:44 am

Leo, once again thanks for communicating HBCU football for the masses. I’ve had the chance to watch South Carolina State’s squad a few times this season in person and on TC; they are foreal. Their zone-read option attack out of the shotgun is a very tough match-up for I-AA defenses because of their overall team speed. With Will Ford & Travil Jamison on the ground and QB Malcolm Long running this explosive offensive attack, they’ll be Tranked in the Top 5 and undefeated in the MEAC by year’s end. The defense is stingy as well, and plays very aggressive and physical.

I’d love to see them do well in the I-AA playoffs this year, as last year’s game versus App State went well, but not the outcome the Bulldog fans wanted. By the way, I’m a Tennessee State alum, but also a huge Bulldog fan and supporter. This is the year of the Dawgs!!! God bless…

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JAB

October 23rd, 2009
10:18 am

The Morehouse Homecoming game versus Clark will come down to the wire! Skeege and ‘Bany will be a great game also. Thanks for covering HBCU’s- great stuff.

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Sad Bison

October 23rd, 2009
10:43 am

Where is Howard in these rankings? Oh wait…we totally suck.

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GaRattler

October 23rd, 2009
11:45 am

The Florida Classic; FAMU-VS-BCC is by far the best classic in HBCU football. This classic has it all. Two of the best bands in ALL of college football. 70,000 excited fans. Tailgates that are out of this world. A-list talent. A whole week of events. The Bayou Classic doesn’t compare!!!

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DHOUSE

October 23rd, 2009
1:28 pm

Morehouse vs. CAU. Bring back the “The House” vs. Howard.

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kapital1911

October 23rd, 2009
3:00 pm

Doug, neither Albany St. nor Tuskegee can beat the top three teams in the MEAC. Just because they are undefeated does not mean their level of competition is that of the teams in the MEAC, or the SWAC for that matter.

I agree wholeheartedly with Barry!

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L.A. Da House '93

October 23rd, 2009
4:15 pm

Morehouse is having an outstanding year minus the hiccups against Fort Valley and Tuskegee. The House has too much fire power for CAU and even though our neighbors want to spoil our homecoming…ain’t gonna happen. I expect the House to keep up their good play and win this one 34-24. BTW, great article on the Morehouse OL Harewood. It would be great to see a Morehouse player in the NFL.

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Lauren

October 23rd, 2009
4:16 pm

Hands down Norfolk State has the Best Band and Best Sound!! BEHOLD THE GREEN & GOLD!

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leroy thompson

October 24th, 2009
1:53 pm

I laugh at all these so called rivalries…….yall have no idea what a rivalry is until you come down 85 to Columbus the 1st Saturday of every November and watch the wild kittens of FVSU get mollywhooped by the MIGHTY GOLDEN RAMS of “THE” ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY. Its so much hatred between these schools. FVSU wants to be ASU so bad, they built a stadium like us, they built dorms like us, they even went as far as hired our coach to be like “WINNERS” and yet they still cant come close to ASU……the SIAC is our conference and we will reign supreme !!!!!!!!!!!!!

FORTY VALLEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY aint ISH!!!!!!!!!!!

see ya on the 7th……

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Barbi

October 24th, 2009
8:08 pm

I don’t why Hampton thinks they are the real HU when history speaks that they were INITIALLY called INSTITUTE until some years ago. Obviously, they have don’t know their own history. I just laugh at them because they are no way near to being the real HU with their dress code policy. It will ALWAYS be Howard !!!!! — Pretty much we’re the Alpha of most things! They finally got the University behind their names and think when people say HU, they are thinking of Hampton — sorry, but they are thinking of Howard. Unfortunately, people still refer to them as a ONE name school, Hampton and not Hampton University. They have issues!!!! LOL LOL They get no respect for HBCU’s located in an unwelcoming dull of a city. LOL LOL !!!!

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sanquezpns

October 25th, 2009
10:59 am

Tuskegee has great potential and will rise again!

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Atl Hawk

October 25th, 2009
4:45 pm

JSU Jackson State University…..Sonic Boom Baby

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BILLY-skegee51

October 25th, 2009
5:19 pm

I BELIEVED WE JUST WON THE S.I.A.C…….AH..GAIN…..SKEGEE21 ALBANY STATE19….AIN’T NOTHING LIKE DEM GOLDEN BOYS!!!!!! HOLLA!! SKEGEE IF YA HEAR ME!!!

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flamin raymond

October 27th, 2009
7:58 pm

it is a shame that you had to have had a dynamic football program so that exposure was given. ShAW UNIV MARCHING BOOGIE BEARS (70′S) HAS ALWAYS HELD IT’S OWN WITH THE LIKES OF NSU, HAMPTON. THEY STILL CAN MAKE YOU FIND A STUMP TO FIT YOUR RUMP BECASUSE THEY ARE NOW ” THE PLATINUM SOUND”. BUT PLEASE DON’T JUST TAKE MY WORD, LET YOUR EARS EXPERIENCE WHAT I HAVE HEARD. FOOTBALL TEAM HAS FINALLY RISEN TO THE TOP ALSO.

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norris19

October 27th, 2009
8:52 pm

ITS GRAMBLING STATE VS SOUTHERN

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MB

October 28th, 2009
10:23 am

PVAMU’s Marching Storm is the truth! The Box–enough said!

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Doug

October 28th, 2009
11:13 am

Well. Not the RAM to be selfish, but here’s A Cheer for Lane getting their first Win of the season. No one in the SIAC should be Undefeated or Defeated. GO RAMS

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BigSarge

October 29th, 2009
12:01 am

Please! Bethune-Cookman vs FAMU!

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BigSarge

October 29th, 2009
12:05 am

Ahem! Bethune-Cookman UNIVERSITY, not ‘college’! Ya gots to keep up!

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Montre

October 29th, 2009
10:19 am

Now from STATE 2 STATE, NATION 2 NATION……..DIS BAND HAS BEEN HEARD FROM 1 COUNTRY 2 ANOTHER……..WAS IN 2 INAUGURAL PARADES, PLAYED IN 2 SUPERBOWLS, ONE THE SUDLER AWARD, AND PLAYED @ THE BASTILLE DAY PARADE IN PARIS, FRANCE…….WITH THE GREATEST VOICE IN JOE BULLARD….AND BEGAN WITH DOC FOSTER……PRESIDING WITH DR. JULIEN E. WHITE I GIVE TO YOU COMING FROM THE HIGHEST OF SEVEN HILLS N TALLAHASSEE, FL AND HAS BEEN DEEMED “THE BADDEST BAND IN THE LAND” BY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, WAS BROADCASTED ON CBS EVENING NEWS……FEATURED ON ESPN’S COLLEGE GAMEDAY……..LADIES AND GENTLEMAN I GIVE TO YOU THE FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND…..BETTA YET THE MARCHING 100………

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Montre

October 29th, 2009
10:24 am

U CAN NOT MENTION A MARCHING BAND WITH OUT MENTIONING THE MARCHING 100 1ST……………

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PVDogteam

October 29th, 2009
4:52 pm

Who ya rootin’ for? PVU!!!

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Darryl Moore

October 29th, 2009
10:10 pm

Go TUSKEGEE!!!

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BILLY-skegee51

October 29th, 2009
10:43 pm

ENUF SAID- TUSKEGEE 21-ALBANY 19, AS I HAD STATED EARLIER……GO SKEGEE!!
WHEN the late Jim Martin was Coach in the mid-80’s the Turkey Day Classic was put on the back burner,because of the D-II playoff chances,and Alabama State did not want to do opposite home games so the gate receipts could be enjoyed by both schools,as they use to do with AU/UA in B’ham for the IRON BOWL. This was the only time all alum from ASU would come home. this is why they changed their homecoming date to be the TDC. So i think for SKEGEE to make more money for their school, they need to scrap the TDC and become playoff eligible. Tuskegee could not play on that thursday then 2 days later on saturday for the D-II playoffs.

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Key

October 30th, 2009
9:14 pm

I think all of these people are bias, because they went to the universities that they are choosing. But honestly, when you start trying to choose the best band from HBCU, you can’t start without starting with Grambling and Southern university. All the other bands just haven’t caught up yet. But take Grambling, they have a certian uniqueness, how they can play music,and dance, without putting their instruments on the ground. That is what sets them apart. And they can play almost any pop song out there, just like the record.

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Key

October 30th, 2009
9:50 pm

“”"GOSH”"”"Where are you people getting all of these comments. How can you think about putting any other rivery above the Grambling vs. Southern rivery in the Bayou Classic? Im not saying that the other schools don’t have riveries. But stop answering questions with your heart, and start answering with your brain. I didn’t go to either one of the universities, but all of us black people know that the Bayou Classic is the biggest black college rivery of the year.

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KK

October 30th, 2009
9:51 pm

“”"GOSH”"”"Where are you people getting all of these comments. How can you think about putting any other rivery above the Grambling vs. Southern rivery in the Bayou Classic? Im not saying that the other schools don’t have riveries. But stop answering questions with your heart, and start answering with your brain. I didn’t go to either one of the universities, but all of us black people know that the Bayou Classic is the biggest black college rivery of the year.

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Erin

November 1st, 2009
9:19 am

Sorry, it’s “SKEGEE TIME”! Fastly approaching our fourth SIAC Championship!

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tony

November 2nd, 2009
10:26 am

Magic City Classic, we showed why again this weekend…tailgating….crowds…celebrites and a great game…A&M 21-7

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Marcus

November 3rd, 2009
12:32 pm

SC State is in the poll as well, moving up from the late teens in pre-season up to No. 10 for the last couple of weeks. Also, FAMU reached No. 22 (I think) in both of the FCS polls (Coaches poll and The Sports Networks poll) in early October before losses to Miami (FL) and SC State.

PV is doing it up. it would be nice if by some quirk they could make the playoffs, but as well as they are doing, the SCG would be 1st choice.

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RattlerMan

November 3rd, 2009
1:00 pm

Man, PVA&M has come a LOOOOOONG way!! I can remember when their program may have been the worst in HBCU football…now, they are nationally ranked!

Leo, do you think my Rattlers can get an at-large bid (if we run the table) to the playoffs this year, especially given the relative weakness of the traditionally strong Southern Conference?

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Leo Willingham

November 3rd, 2009
1:23 pm

Great question RattlerMan. I was actually going to throw that question out for discussion later, but now is as good a time as any.

I think this is the year that the MEAC receives an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs – and that at-large bid should go to FAMU.

For the sake of the discussion, let’s say that South Carolina State and FAMU run the table. The Bulldogs would earn the automatic bid as conference champ while the Rattlers – with their only losses coming against S.C. State and the University of Miami – would be extremely hard to turn down.

And as you mentioned, the Southern Conference isn’t as strong as normal. Elon and App State should be locks for the field while Georgia Southern, Chattanooga and Furman will have to scramble to get there.

This should be the year that the MEAC receives an at-large berth.

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Al Beeski

November 3rd, 2009
2:46 pm

Sup Leo,
Also, the D-II regional rankings are out and Albany St. is currently #3 in South Region, with Morehouse and Benedict ranked seventh & eighth, respectively. So, basically, ASU is guaranteed a playoff spot regardless of this weekend’s outcomes, while Morehouse & Benedict need some help on Saturday. Also, Fayetteville St. is ranked tenth in the East regional. And if I’m not mistaken they will earned the “earned access bid” for the CIAA.

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Leo Willingham

November 3rd, 2009
3:30 pm

As usual Al you are correct. Albany State’s a lock and the others need some help.

While you’re here, give me a quick recap of the ASU-Tuskegee game. Appears to have been a hard-fought game, but I assuming the outcome was a bit painful for Ram fans.

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RattlerMan

November 3rd, 2009
4:08 pm

Thanks, Leo!! From your fingers to the committee’s ears, minds, thoughts, etc.!!

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Al Beeski

November 3rd, 2009
4:40 pm

No problem Leo,

First, being as totally unbiased as I can (ASU c/o 95), it was a great back & forth game in terms of momentum.
Both run defenses completely dominated the line of scrimmage in a hard hitting affair. ASU took a quick 7-0 lead behind scrambling & passing of A.J. McKenna as Skegee completely shut down the Rams rushing game & Demetrice Johnson. However, Tuskegee tied it at 7 heading into halftime by exploiting the Rams’ somewhat pedestrian pass defense with both their qbs (Joshua Harris & Jeremy Williams) being effective in the passing game. After halftime (and of course both bandz rocked the joint, it’s HBCU football what else is new), ASU moved the ball downfield via the air and McKenna & WR Ronnie Childs providing the most damage, but had to settle for two consecutive field goals after reaching the red zone twice and take a 13-7 lead.
But in the 4th quarter, Tuskegee marched down the field and after a crucial facemask penalty on the Rams on a 4th down in their territory, the Tigers punched it in on a quick slant pass from Harris to Antoine Mitchell to take a 14-13 lead in the final stanza.
However, ASU drove right back down the field behind McKenna and Johnson and took the lead 19-14, but missed the crucial two point conversion with ~ 5 mins remaining. After stopping the Tigers on 4th down with about 3 mins remaining, the Rams made two crucial mistakes on their drive by running out of bounds on the 1st & 3rd down plays, and having to punt the ball to Tuskegee with less than two minutes remaining.
After that, Tuskegee exploited the Rams pass defense and drove a whopping 85 yards against the #1 Defense in the country and made it look easy as the Tigers RB Forney ran in a 4 yd touchdown with 25 seconds left to win an outstanding game 21-19.
As a Ram Rooter, it was VERY painful, as we simply did a terrible job of clock management and our secondary was somewhat exposed in their coverage abilities. However, I am confident CMW and his staff will rectify those problems heading into the playoffs. Congrats to Tuskegee on another conference title and as we’ve debated before on this site, I wish they would move the date of their Turkey Day Classic so they can participate in the D-II playoffs & make the money from their game with ASU.
Finally,I didn’t know you needed a recap or I would have already sent it in. And holla at me if you need a recap of the FCC this weekend in Columbus.

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JSU Tiger

November 3rd, 2009
4:56 pm

What would it take to get a Prairie View vs SC State game after PV wins SWAC Championship game and SC State makes a run in the FCS playoffs?

Remember the old Heritage Bowl idea… SWAC Champ vs MEAC Champ??

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flamin raymond

November 3rd, 2009
5:39 pm

Has anyone taken noticed of the Shaw University football team this season. Even though they gave away 2 games they were really an undebeated team, ( undebeated, no one beat them) they shot themselves in the foot and balls :-) . At Bowie; missed FG’s (3) during regulation. Inerrant snap over the punters head for safety plus gave FSU (broncos) numerous early Christmas presents. A baptist school with a christian mission, “It’s better to give than to receive”

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Doug

November 4th, 2009
9:28 am

Thanks Leo and Al Beeski for pulling that scab off of that sore again. Excellent recap though. When the players and coaches in Albany read this article, it should remind the players that they have a chance to make history in the DII playoffs reminiscent of the 2004 DII dance. Once again, Only after Albany gets the win over Ft. Valley this weekend. GO RAMS!!! oh GO Stillman!

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Go Rams

November 4th, 2009
10:43 am

ESPN should televise the ASU vs FVSU game. This is the rivalry of all rivalries!!! Its the type of atmosphere most people crave in HBCU football. I just wish the HBCUs would receive the same treatment as other entities. However I’m very grateful that AJC is including the HBCUs in your reporting.

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MHC Tiger!

November 4th, 2009
3:07 pm

What help does Morehouse need to get in the playoffs? This would be a first if memory serves me right!

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Leo Willingham

November 4th, 2009
3:44 pm

First and foremost, Morehouse needs to beat Miles. Second, teams currently ranked ahead of the Maroon Tigers in the D-II Regional rankings would have to lose. Two teams ranked immediately ahead of Morehouse — Mars Hill and Arkansas Tech — play tough opponents Saturday, so it’s possible.

But you’ve gotta win first and then watch the scoreboard ….

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Al Beeski

November 4th, 2009
5:00 pm

GOOD LUCK MHC TIGER,

Hopefully, the SIAC can get two teams in this year & I’m pretty sure that would be a first as well. Mars Hill plays Wingate & Ark Tech goes to Harding, as Leo said to tough opponents. After watching the game here in Albany Saturday, The ‘House has some nice skill players, but don’t underestimate Miles, because they are a decent team as well. And Billy Joe always has plenty of tricks up his sleeves and they even beat Tuskegee this year. so good luck

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FCS Playoffs

November 4th, 2009
5:47 pm

Leo,

Could you explain the FCS playoff selection process and is the field being expanded past 16 teams this year?

Thanks

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SCSU '75

November 4th, 2009
6:52 pm

Wow! Go SC State Bulldogs. Sorry folks, give me a moment. Just in case Marcus did not know who we are. His reference to SCG (to me implied a school in Columbia) who are Spurrier’s Gamecocks.

Anyway I would be utterly shocked if two teams went to FCS playoffs from the same HBCU conference. It is just not happening.

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Leo Willingham

November 5th, 2009
8:06 am

In a nutshell, here’s the breakdown of the FCS playoffs:

It’s a 16-team field consisting of eight conference champions and eight at-large bids. Eight conference champs are Big Sky, Colonial, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland. The defending champ, Richmond, is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Non-conference champions with at least seven wins are eligible for an at-large bids. Next year, the field will be expanded to 20 teams.

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Stiffback

November 5th, 2009
11:41 am

Let’s hope them Rattler can win out and get an at-large bid. NCA&T, Hampton, and rival BCU won’t just give these games away. FAMU must continue to play hard and the defense must improve. Stopping the running game has been a thorn in the side for FAMU. But we manage to get the W’s.

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Christopher Levy

November 5th, 2009
3:20 pm

A TRUE RIVALRY/Classic!!!

THE BAYOU CLASSIC is the Biggest, Most anticipated, Most distinguishable “SPORTING EVENT” in all of Black America.

The BC economic impact is 200 million!
http://www.gram.edu/economic_impact/?p=48

*Since 1991 the BC has been televised on network television! ~BC watch parties across the nation lol~
*An estimated 200,000 alumni, students, and fans flood the Big Easy for a Weekend full of School pride and tradition…

For your enjoyment:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_1_59/ai_110361368/

“Unquestionably the most colorful manifestation in the annals of Black College Football

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VicKi

November 6th, 2009
2:30 am

FFAAAAMMMMMMUUUUU!!!! F-F-F-F AMU!! HANDS DOWN!

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RIZ

November 6th, 2009
2:55 pm

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HAS THE BEST BLACK FOOTBALL PROGRAM OF ALL TIME
DEACON JONES
ROBERT PORCHER
ORLANDO BROWN
BARNEY BUSKEY
CHARTRIC DARBY
DONNIE SHELL
CHARLIE “GET DOWN” BROWN
HARRY CARSON
OUR HALL OF FAMERS AND FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS ETC, ETC, ETC, ….. AND NOW PRESENTLY RANKED FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS THE NO.1 HBCU FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE COUNTRY HANDS DOWN AND RANKED NO.10 IN THE COUNTRY PRESENTLY. THERE IS NO CONTENDER TO THE SCSU BULLDOGS –AND OUR BAND THE MARCHING 101 IS ALSO THE BEST BY FAR……..

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Marcus

November 6th, 2009
3:55 pm

Also, to add to Leos comment from Nov. 3rd (1:23 pm), regarding the SoCon’s off-year, the CAA may not get the 5 teams in like they hae the last 2 years. They currently have 4 teams in the top 10, w/ Delaware being in the top 25. They have a lot of tough games against each other and Delaware still has to play an FBS game (Navy). Might see some movement if they beat each other up and this is probaby the best season in recent times to angle for a MEAC at-large bid.

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Kaye

November 9th, 2009
6:52 pm

Okay everybody….The best in the land is:
FAMU vs BCC (I know they are BCU…but they will always be BCC to me) The game brings good vendors, tailgating and althought the fans both want their teams to win they even get along.
Strike rattlers strike

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Principal

November 10th, 2009
4:33 pm

TUSKEGEE vs. Alabama State University. Next time ASU wants to steal a game from TU…ask us for the MONEY!

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rave1914

November 11th, 2009
8:44 pm

damu loses to hampton saturday

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Jerrell

November 16th, 2009
12:53 pm

Now we all know who is the best black college football team is an that SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY MEAC CHAMPS 2008, AND 2009. We have won 18 consecutive hbcu games, currently ranked #9 in D1-AA polls and looking to become the Division 1-AA CHAMPIONS this 2009 season.

Go Bulldogs!!!!

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trueform

November 16th, 2009
9:56 pm

I hear ya brothers and sisters! take a look at this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8GuH9oDHrU

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A level escorts London

November 18th, 2009
7:11 am

It is extremely interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

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E!

November 20th, 2009
2:13 pm

Hey, Leo, thanks for posting this info. I had been hearing some rumblings about it for a while now and this just confirms it. I have also been hearing that Pete Richardson (down at Southern University), would be the next coach @ TSU. I am not sure how true it is, but that’s the word that I have heard. Time will tell.

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BILLY-skegee51

November 21st, 2009
2:47 pm

COACH BARLOW at ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY,has stated he would take a demotion to assistance to learn from a more experienced Coach..WTH??? Locals want him to be fired after Turkey Day Classic. But the question is will this help?? NO. they were suppose to build a stadium on campus,nothing yet!! And they have no Coach in mind. They sound like Alabama- pre-Saban hiring.Plus you have former players coaching at D-1 schools that will not return….NO MONEY AS IT IS IN BCS SCHOOLS.

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BlackCowboy

November 21st, 2009
4:27 pm

Are HBCU cheerleaders hot babes?

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TSU Tiger for life

November 27th, 2009
10:29 am

TSU vs FAMU and TSU vs Jackson State University

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Harlem Rennaisance

November 28th, 2009
6:14 pm

With all due respect to the following classics: Bayou, Florida, Circle City, Magic City, and several others, let us never forget that the oldest, according actual records, is the Livingstone (NC) vs. Biddle (now known as J.C. Smith) rivalry this battle goes back to the late 1880s/early 1890s. Having said that, another venerable rivalry is the Howard vs. Morgan rivalry. It’s akin to Duke vs. UNC in basketball. The two institutions are only 30 to 40 miles apart and have been butting heads since 1899. It’s also a mythical class battle: white collar DC vs. blue collar Baltimore; “pretentious” Howard vs. “unpretentious” Morgan. Look it up.

OmegaBear ‘84

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RONC

November 29th, 2009
11:38 pm

THOSE WHOSE ANSWER WAS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE BAYOU CLASSIC, HAS NEVER BEEN TO ONE.

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Tre' Young

November 30th, 2009
3:22 pm

Now that the season is over and the SCSU bulldogs have beat Grambling, Hampton, Del St, FAMU, and whoever else yall talkied about in HBCU football. The bulldogs will take the crown hands down. So all yall haters try again next year!

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tyger

December 2nd, 2009
7:48 pm

No firing at Howard yet?

What are they waiting for?

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dkbrwr

December 5th, 2009
1:39 pm

I graduated from su & march in the band I live up in dc area. I when to hu & nsu football game last year 2008 at hu & nsu will have no problem blowing out every band in the swac completely out. the sound & there feild show are out of this world. trust me if you are from the south donot sleep on nsu it they play any swac or southern meac time please ck them out

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Charles Edwards

December 6th, 2009
5:04 am

CONGRATULATIONS to the Tuskegee Golden Tigers on another great football season. They finished the season with a record of 10-2.

They won the SIAC championship and are the 2009 Pioneer Bowl Champions.

The Golden Tigers played at the Edward Jones Dome (RAMS) in St. Louis and The Lucas Oil Dome (Colts)in Indianapolis.

They also avenged last year controversial loss to Alabama State 21-0 at Crampton Bowl in Montgomery.

The Tuskegee Golden Tigers have won 36 of their last 39 games. They had a 26 game winning streak last year.

They are the winningest team in the history of HBCU Football.

The Tuskegee University Golden Tigers are the 2009 Black College
National Football Champions (in my opinion).

THANKS !!!

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Roy Lee Baker

December 8th, 2009
2:16 pm

Albany State needs a new Head Coach and a new offensive coordinator. They both suck!! Its shameful how disgusting ASU looked on ESPN. The alumni of ASU deserve so much better. I just wish more sports writers would call a spade a spade in this situation.

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Roy Lee Baker

December 8th, 2009
2:17 pm

Albany State needs a new Head Coach and a new offensive coordinator. They both suck!! Its shameful how disgusting ASU looked on ESPN. The alumni of ASU deserve so much better. I just wish more sports writers would call a spade a spade in this situation.

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GaSnake

December 10th, 2009
4:27 pm

That’s a Who’s Who’s of Black College Football. I was fortunate to see some of the Rattlers and Jake Gaither’s Blood, Sweat, and Tears squads. IMOP, those guys are legends. Congrats to them all.

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Todd - Dacula

December 10th, 2009
6:57 pm

John Stallworth, Alfred Jenkins?

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Dennis

December 11th, 2009
12:33 pm

Can you publish the list of all 260 players, thanks.

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Leo Willingham

December 11th, 2009
2:53 pm

Dennis,

Unfortunately I don’t have the complete list, but I’m sure you could probably get it from one of the members of the selection committee. You can probably contact someone by finding them on the Black College HOF website (link listed above in the body of the blog).

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bojangle_SCSU

December 12th, 2009
5:13 pm

All – love the school spirit and competitiveness shown here. What really catches my attention is the number of amazing players that have come from HBCU’s. Just OUTSTANDING!

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Marc

December 13th, 2009
12:25 am

What an amazing list of athletes!!! Look at these guys versus the role models that the black community has today!

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DJ FIRE

December 14th, 2009
4:34 pm

Looks like the Best HBCU Team is in the SWAC “Prairie View A&M University” Panthers……

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Drew

December 14th, 2009
7:18 pm

FAMU vs BCU If the Wildcats get back on the Prowl

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jack lester

December 15th, 2009
3:41 pm

How can Rayfield Wright not be on this list from Fort Valley State University? He is a NFL Hall of Famer.

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Bison Man

December 17th, 2009
10:49 am

Sadly, George Howard,the LB from Morgan State, is the closest that my alma mater Howard University will get to having its name on this list.

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GaSnake

December 18th, 2009
10:35 am

If the first team QB and running backs are better that Curtis Pulley, FAMU, and Chase Reynolds, I need to see them play.

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BKRedeem

December 18th, 2009
11:10 am

As a current player in the SWAC, it pains me to watch college football playoffs, knowing the talent on our teams is just as comparable as any team in the country position-by-position. Sure, our teams might not have a great track record competing well in playoffs, but that’s the name of the game. ALERT: MONEY IS NOT THE NAME OF THE GAME. You play to win it all. A conference championship, especially for prospective NFL players, is not “it all”; it just shows our ability to compete against each other. What will that prospect do against another FCS school on a big stage? Guess we’ll never know… we need to let the past go and compete. We’ll never know what happens if we don’t try, and can’t keep using past results to predict our future. Stop making it about the school and make it about the actual team reppin the school. We lost to PVAM, but I’d even like to watch them and see what they’d do. It’s a new day

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BKRedeem

December 18th, 2009
11:17 am

And what better way to get recruiting than to make the playoffs every year?! If you’re not that good, get better!!! That’s the nature of any program in any conference on any level; you don’t get national exposure or great revenue if you don’t win. Look at Northeastern, look at Hofstra; predominately white, predominately gone. People, especially of the older generations, understand that your “tradition” means nothing to players that come from outside the SWAC; we want to win. And to get duped to coming to a school without knowing that the best chance to win isn’t available sucks. Who wants to go to a school that isn’t good AND has no chance to escape its conference? Change the schedules so all the classics and conference championships can get in BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS START like any other NORMAL RIVALRY GAME on any other level, get whatever money you need to get, and give our teams a chance to go further, even if its just one every year. This doesn’t make any sense to me.

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jricks

December 18th, 2009
5:53 pm

YALL HAVE LOST YALL MINDS FAMU IS GREAT I CANT FRONT BUT SOUTHERN,GRAMBLING THERE LEGENDS IN THE GAME AS WELLL BUT AS FAR AS YOUNG GROWING TALENT AND BAND BATTLES IVE SEEN ‘YOO YALL GOTA BE HIGH IF U DONT THINK THAT NORFOLK STATE UNIV. AINT RIPPIN PEOPLE TO SHREDS….DID U SEE WHAT THEY DID TO COOKMANN and awww mannn what about south carolina i went to that battle south carolina left pissed off cuzz they knew they had been DESTROYED and we not even gonna get on VIrginia state and NC a&T THAT WASNT EVEN WORTH TALKING ABOUT if im ever in the south illl be sure to check out NORFOLK state university anytime Im not sure there mascot butt they ARE “THE THRUTH” IM TELLING YOU

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Terrance

December 20th, 2009
8:43 pm

This is a tough one. But here’s my list.

1. FAMU- Is the standard of excellence for bands black or white

2. BCU- Gets better every year and is on FAMU’s tail

3.NSU- One of the cleanest bands out there today

4.JSU- cranks and combines a little muscianship.

5.SU- will crank on any hbcu, but muscianship is more than volume

6.ASU- definitely cranks but once again music is more than cranking.

7.SCSU- always good but sometimes boring

8.NCAT- have fallen off a little but is still a fun band to watch

9.VSU- A great small band that is given bands twice their size a run for their money

10.MSU- majorly underated, is a pretty good band. Oh yeah they can use some work but are improving each year.

Honorable Mention

HIU- a decent band but the others are better
HU- good band but are hard to hear on the field
SU(Shaw)-Nice band but fell off big time since 06
NCCU- good sound but boring
BSU-honestly,subpar for a college band but they work with what they have.

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OLDSCHOOL

December 20th, 2009
10:34 pm

I have read all the comments and can conclude that this arguement about who has the best band could go on and on!!!! I am a member of the honorary fraternity of KAPPA KAPPA PSI inc and I have attended the Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, Ga. since they started hosting it. I can say I know a thing or two about what I am talking about when it comes to Black College and Universities Marching Bands. My first real experience in viewing real show-manship, percision marching, sound, and total entertainment in the stands, was in 1983 at FAMU’s Homecoming. Famu was playing Alcorn State University and I am sorry to say, ALCORN STATE was the band I was most impressed with!!!! Of course, Famu had the size and the numbers, but Alcorn was giving them the busy all day long. It was embarrasing because it was Fam’s homecoming, but it is what it is!!!! That was then and this is now. If I may weigh in with my comments–I would say that bands should be ranked in different catagories. Best show band–best marching style—best in entertaining—best sound (not just loud)—best stand presence—and best in perparing to win the fifth quarter!!!!! The best show band goes to FAMU, BCU, SU in that order. The best marching style goes to JSU, TEXAS SO. AND BCU. These bands really know how to make a field entrance and have great styles that are unlike any other. Best in entertaining goes to SU, ASU & GSU. These bands seem to always bring a little something extra to woo the crowd!!! Best sound has to go to NSU, SU, AND FAMU. These bands bring it with their arraignments day in and day out. Best in stands would have to go to ASU, SU AND JSU. This could go either way, but they are the top three. (Honorable mention: Morris Brown). The best in perparing for the fifth quarter–SU, FAMU, & JSU! They have endless tunes to throw at you. They have been known to battle to the point where they are asked to leave by stadium officials trying to clean up after the game. I know you have youe opinions so feel free to share yours. There is no real winner just a lot of bands that are the best in what they do!!!!
To keep it real and try to crown a true winner===”What band seems to be in every catagory?” When you answer that–you will know who has the best band overall!!!

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BCU

December 21st, 2009
11:50 am

First of all the sorry marching 100 from FAMU are horrible and just have an unbalndced sound. everyone who has graduated from there and has become a band director march for numbers and sound exactly like FAM. the Bethune Cookman Marching Wildcats on the otherhand STOMP THOSE RATTLERS. Just watch the 2009 florida classic halftime show!

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tyger

December 25th, 2009
8:11 pm

Bison Man we are on hard times!

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Newest ASU QB Mom

December 28th, 2009
3:55 pm

Kudos to the ASU Mountaineers in a season well done…2009 SOCON Champs! Good job and best of luck to Armanti on his next level of football, he’s a humble and nice young man with great talent.

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25thdynasty 850 representer.

December 28th, 2009
4:03 pm

I agree where is Curtis Pulley.

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Rattler 4 Life

December 28th, 2009
6:08 pm

FAMU beat BCU 42 – 6

The 59,418 fans that showed up at the Florida Citrus Bowl Saturday for the 30th anniversary Florida Classic clash between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman came hoping to see 60 minutes of football that lived up to the milestone moment.

Only one side wound up having much to cheer about, though.

Riding the play of freshman quarterback and first-time starter Martin Ukpai, the Rattlers didn’t miss a beat playing without injured starter Curtis Pulley as they plowed over the Wildcats 42-6.

The win was the Rattlers’ second straight blowout Classic win, following a 58-35 victory last season.

It also kept alive FAMU’s hopes of getting an at-large bid to the Division I-AA tournament. Those aspirations had taken big hit after a 25-0 loss to struggling Hampton last week.

But whether the Rattlers’ get a postseason invite or not, the season will go down as a successful one for second-yard coach Joe Taylor, who is now 17-6 since taking over the program in 2008.

Meanwhile, the loss handed Bethune-Cookman veteran coach Alvin Wyatt his first losing season since 2007, when the Wildcats finished 5-6. It’s just the third losing season of his 13-year tenure in Daytona.

Ukpai did damage from both the air and ground. He finished the day completing 8-of-11 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. He also added an 11-yard touchdown run. Ukpai got help from junior running back Phillip Sylvester, who carried 19 times for 121 yards and two scores.

Bethune-Cookman never really got much offensive traction Saturday and was done in by many of the same turnover and penalty mistakes that plagued it during and 0-4 start to 2009.

FAMU’s defense held Bethune under 30 yards rushing through three quarters and intercepted Wildcat quarterbacks Mathew Johnson and Maurice Francois three times.

After dominating the first half, FAMU continued to push the Wildcats around at the start of the third quarter.

The Rattlers needed just two plays on its first passion of the period, going up 35-0 via a 42-yard touchdown scamper by Phillip Sylvester with 12:03 that quickly stifled any hopes of a Bethune comeback.

Bethune did finally get on the scoreboard with 6:57 left in the game via a 1-yard touchdown run by Androse Bell, but it was way too late.

FAMU led 28-0 at halftime and pretty much had its way in the opening 30 minutes…

Both teams started the game by trading punts, but the FAMU got things going on its second drive of the afternoon.

Starting on the B-CU 43-yardline, the Rattlers used a 20-yard pass from Ukpai to Jarvis Funderburk and a 15-yard run by Ukpai to set a 1st-and-goal on the Wildcats’ 5. Sylvester scored on the next play to make it 7-0 with 6:53 left in the first quarter.

Bethune went three-and-out on the next series, which became a first half theme. FAMU took over and pounded out an eight-play, 69-yard drive capped by a 2-yard Mykel Benson touchdown plunge to make it 14-0.

FAMU grew that lead to three scores following the Wildcats’ fourth straight three-and-out series of the half. This time Ukpai made the drive with his feet, escaping for a 10-yard run early in the drive and then dancing through the middle of the Wildcats defense for an 11-yard score with 5:49 left in the second quarter.

Bethune’s made its first real progress of the game on the ensuing drive. The Wildcats picked up their first two first downs of the afternoon and were successful on a 4th-and-19 inside the FAMU 35-yardline with under a minute to play.

But misfortune quickly returned. Wildcats’ quarterback Matthew Johnson was intercepted on the next play by cornerback Curtis Holcomb on the 2-yardline.Holcomb returned it 74 yards and set up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ukpai to Kevin Elliott with 24 seconds left. .

AAMU beat ASU 27 – 7
The 68th annual Magic City Classic was hardly a classic at all.

It was a clinic.

Alabama A&M scored in the first 18 seconds and spent the next 59:42 alternately chewing up yardage on offense and pinning down Alabama State University for a 21-7 win at Legion Field on Saturday before an announced crowd of 55,322.

“We just came out and played the way we can and our offense clicked as well,” said A&M junior linebacker Afu Okosun, named the game’s defensive MVP after leading a Bulldogs’ defense that held the SWAC’s second-best team in total offense to a season-low 180 yards.

“We were big on shutting down the run and that starts with the defensive line. We just came in and did what we do all year and that’s make plays up front.”

The win was A&M’s fifth straight over ASU and bumped the Bulldogs to a 35-30-3 advantage in the Classic. More importantly, it put A&M (5-3 overall) in a first-place tie in the SWAC’s East Division with Jackson State at 2-2. ASU dropped to 1-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference East division and 4-4 overall.

“I thought we could be in first place alone after today,” said A&M coach Anthony Jones. “We didn’t play as we could have, but in all, it was a complete win.”

The complete plan for the complete win started with mixing things up on both sides of the ball. Freshman quarterback Deaunte Mason was named the starter 12 days ago by Jones, but whether he would start vs. the Bulldogs’ arch-rival was kept a secret until a few hours before the game.

And on the first play from scrimmage, Mason and wide receiver Thomas Harris bloodied the nose of ASU’s defense with a 57-yard touchdown pass that caught the Hornets back on their heels.

“It was a special play put in for this game,” said Harris, who finished with seven catches for 157 yards. “They came in with a Cover 2 scheme and I ran a post-corner route. The safety had to make a decision where to cover and when he did, I was open.”

That was only part of Jones’ plan.

“We knew we could only get away with it once,” said Jones. “We came at them with a new quarterback in a new set and that was a lot.”

But the change on offense was only half the equation. The defense also changed its look on the line and kept ASU off-balance.

“They did some different things and changed the look up front and we just struggled to run,” said ASU quarterback Anthony Speight, who accounted for 139 of ASU’s 180 total offense — 40 rushing on 14 carries and 99 passing, completing 10-of-24 with an interception. “It made it difficult to be as balanced as we wanted.”

A&M didn’t find balance either, but it didn’t matter as Mason, the game’s offensive MVP, was 21-of-32 for 273 yards and two touchdowns — the second a 22-yarder thrown off his back foot to Harris running parallel to the goal line at the 3, then breaking three tackles to score. The Bulldogs got their other TD in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Ulysses Banks.

ASU’s only score was a 22-yard Speight to Nicholas Andrews TD in the second quarter that tied the score at 7-7.

“We just never got into any sort of a groove,” said ASU coach Reggie Barlow. “We didn’t run the ball well, didn’t protect the quarterback well … we never got into a groove.”

Much of that came from A&M’s decision to change things up and keep the Hornets off balance.

“We put a speed package in on offense and ran a hurry-up offense so they couldn’t figure out what our sets were,” said Harris. “We just wanted to come out hard and keep the momentum going. That first touchdown woke us up and we just kept with the momentum.”

The 68th annual Magic City Classic was hardly a classic at all.

It was a clinic.

Alabama A&M scored in the first 18 seconds and spent the next 59:42 alternately chewing up yardage on offense and pinning down Alabama State University for a 21-7 win at Legion Field on Saturday before an announced crowd of 55,322.

“We just came out and played the way we can and our offense clicked as well,” said A&M junior linebacker Afu Okosun, named the game’s defensive MVP after leading a Bulldogs’ defense that held the SWAC’s second-best team in total offense to a season-low 180 yards.

“We were big on shutting down the run and that starts with the defensive line. We just came in and did what we do all year and that’s make plays up front.”

The win was A&M’s fifth straight over ASU and bumped the Bulldogs to a 35-30-3 advantage in the Classic. More importantly, it put A&M (5-3 overall) in a first-place tie in the SWAC’s East Division with Jackson State at 2-2. ASU dropped to 1-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference East division and 4-4 overall.

“I thought we could be in first place alone after today,” said A&M coach Anthony Jones. “We didn’t play as we could have, but in all, it was a complete win.”

The complete plan for the complete win started with mixing things up on both sides of the ball. Freshman quarterback Deaunte Mason was named the starter 12 days ago by Jones, but whether he would start vs. the Bulldogs’ arch-rival was kept a secret until a few hours before the game.

And on the first play from scrimmage, Mason and wide receiver Thomas Harris bloodied the nose of ASU’s defense with a 57-yard touchdown pass that caught the Hornets back on their heels.

“It was a special play put in for this game,” said Harris, who finished with seven catches for 157 yards. “They came in with a Cover 2 scheme and I ran a post-corner route. The safety had to make a decision where to cover and when he did, I was open.”

That was only part of Jones’ plan.

“We knew we could only get away with it once,” said Jones. “We came at them with a new quarterback in a new set and that was a lot.”

But the change on offense was only half the equation. The defense also changed its look on the line and kept ASU off-balance.

“They did some different things and changed the look up front and we just struggled to run,” said ASU quarterback Anthony Speight, who accounted for 139 of ASU’s 180 total offense — 40 rushing on 14 carries and 99 passing, completing 10-of-24 with an interception. “It made it difficult to be as balanced as we wanted.”

A&M didn’t find balance either, but it didn’t matter as Mason, the game’s offensive MVP, was 21-of-32 for 273 yards and two touchdowns — the second a 22-yarder thrown off his back foot to Harris running parallel to the goal line at the 3, then breaking three tackles to score. The Bulldogs got their other TD in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Ulysses Banks.

ASU’s only score was a 22-yard Speight to Nicholas Andrews TD in the second quarter that tied the score at 7-7.

“We just never got into any sort of a groove,” said ASU coach Reggie Barlow. “We didn’t run the ball well, didn’t protect the quarterback well … we never got into a groove.”

Much of that came from A&M’s decision to change things up and keep the Hornets off balance.

“We put a speed package in on offense and ran a hurry-up offense so they couldn’t figure out what our sets were,” said Harrisout hard and keep the momentum going. That first touchdown woke us up and we just kept with the momentum.”

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PantherGirl

December 29th, 2009
2:57 am

PVAMU marching storm is def the best!!!!

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MJA

January 1st, 2010
10:01 pm

I know I’m late on the talk, but my choice is the FAMU/TSU Atl Classic. Even though for last few years it’s been one sided with FAMU winning, but the games have usually been good. Can’t beat the capital cities of TN and FL playing in capital city of GA!

For in state FVSU/ASU Fountain city classic…usually this game has always determined the SIAC champ

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chris

January 3rd, 2010
7:05 am

southern is the best better than famu. famu is just big but su is more powerful and better than them

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SummerKeiona

January 5th, 2010
8:33 pm

They got it all messed up… WHO U ROOOTIN FOR PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVUUUUUUUU

thats Prairie VIew A&M University for u lames who suck at life

we the truth…

im outro :)

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Dwaine

January 13th, 2010
11:28 am

Devin

January 14th, 2010
12:32 pm

prairie view has da best band n da land we betta than gsu famu n jsu every year at da cotton bowl pvu put a beating on gsu at da state fair classic pvamu has da best band n da swac n da whole college.

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tyger

January 20th, 2010
2:22 pm

Excellent choices for the 1st Class.

Question: How many HBCU players are NFL Hall of Famers?

Stumped as to why the Black College HOF is virtual? Can’t we generate enough funds to lease a building or build one? Not a good look.

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JB

January 20th, 2010
2:26 pm

SAY IT LOUD………….

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Ok

January 20th, 2010
3:21 pm

I think coach robinson head coach, jerry rice, walter payton should be there. But there are other players I believe should be placed in front of the rest of the guys. You have people like Greg Lloyd in there to. Please look into the CIAA and SIAC a little more please.

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Still Standing

January 20th, 2010
4:39 pm

I think this is great HBCU alumni. Being an HBCU alum and former athlete myself, this hall of fame was long over due.

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SWAC Guy

January 20th, 2010
5:15 pm

Tyger: There are 23 former HBCU players in the HOF.

HBCU ALUMNI IN
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Lem Barney, CB, Jackson State
Elvin Bethea, DE, North Carolina A&T
Mel Blount, CB, Southern
Roosevelt Brown, OT, Morgan State
Willie Brown, Grambling State
Buck Buchanan, DT, Grambling State
Harry Carson, South Carolina State
Willie Davis, DE, Grambling State
Len Ford, DE, Morgan State (1)
Bob Hayes, WR, Florida A&M
Ken Houston, SS, Prairie View A&M
Charlie Joiner, WR, Grambling State
Deacon Jones, DE, S. C. State State/Miss. Valley State
Leroy Kelly, RB, Morgan State
Willie Lanier, LB, Morgan State
Larry Little, OG, Bethune-Cookman
Marion Motley, FB, South Carolina State (2)
Walter Payton, RB, Jackson State
Art Shell, OT, Maryland-Eastern Shore
Jackie Slater, OT, Jackson State
John Stallworth, WR, Alabama A&M
Emmitt Thomas, CB, Bishop College
Rayfield Wright, OT, Fort Valley State

(1) Ford transferred to the University of Michigan after one year.
(2) Motley transferred to the University of Nevada-Reno after one year.

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nash

January 20th, 2010
5:31 pm

Great there are so many great player out there that continue to be over looked for their great play and accomplishments and now i am glad to say that i know no longer with the great player that do spesial things have a place to take their children and say this is what i did and I was honored for that and the world will remember me for this

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Tombstone7

January 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

Wayne Reese–TSU

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AW

January 23rd, 2010
2:33 pm

I think it is great for these athletes to get the recognition that they deserve. I think it’s great that the best Black College players and coaches have a place to call their own. And thank you Leo for doing such a great job with this blog.

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[...] But even if Bethune-Cookman did manage to pull the upset over FAMU, it would be kind of a let down for a black college football nation rooting for the Rattlers to win out and possibly secure an at-large berth in the FCS Playoffs. [...]

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[...] a while now, but it’s good to see that the debate is fresh on the minds of mainstream media. Leo Willingham of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution weighed in on the discussion on his HBCU Football…, in a fence-riding kind of way. But his ultimate perspective is one I share. First of all, I’ve [...]

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Honeybee

January 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

Bethune Cookman is and has always been the best in the country!!!!!!!!! We have lead the way for all of the HBCU’s

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albany state

January 30th, 2010
12:28 pm

THE TIME IS ONE HOUR AWAY FROM CHECK-OUT. THE BANDS ARE STARTING TO ENTER THE ZONE OF PLAYING. HERE IS THE TIME TO SAY ASU-RAMS ARE PUTTING ON A SHOW WITH SEVEN OTHER BANDS. THAT IS THE RAMS SHOW BAND.

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FAMU'S FINEST

January 31st, 2010
11:09 am

Just ask Bill Clinton & Barak Obama… FAMU is Americas band!!! Any body eles get Presidential Honors??? We the BEST, welcome to th HIGHEST of 7 Hills and the 8 Wonders of the WORLD

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Warren Joseph

February 1st, 2010
12:17 am

Southern University’s Human jukebox and those fabulous Dancing Dolls (and I do mean dolls),
are second to none. I have seen just about every HBCU band and dance group and thereisn’t any comparison. It must be very difficult for a band to take the field after Southern has finished it’s halftime show. Several years ago my family and I went to a game at FAMU. Southern’s band arrived a few minutes late. We were sitting in FAMU’s student section. They started yelling ‘look at that high school band’ . The jukebox had a classy halftime show as usual. Then came that big orange and green band that could not fit on the field, about 20% of them were not in uniform and the sound was horrible. Do I need to continue? Sorry FAMU but bigger isn’t always better.

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