Clark Atlanta fires coach, more on Black College HOF

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

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

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

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

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

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Black College Football HOF headed to Atlanta

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

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

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

All-time Black College football team

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

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Battle of the Bands, part two

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

Think I hit the jackpot big-time Thursday.

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

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

Here’s a sampling of what was said ….

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

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

“I have …

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Who has the best band among HBCU schools?

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

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

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

Who has the best HBCU band?

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

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

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FAMU wins again in Atlanta Football Classic

Florida A&M continued its dominance of Tennessee State in the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic on Saturday, rolling to a 31-12 victory before a crowd of nearly 52,000 at the Georgia Dome.

It was the eighth straight win in the series for the Rattlers (4-0), who were led by QB Curtis Pulley’s 315 passing yards and two second-half TD passes. Those passes helped FAMU pull away from the Tigers (1-3), who had a 12-10 halftime lead behind TD runs from Preston Brown and Calvin McNairl.

The game capped a long weekend of activities associated with the Classic, which appeared to have another large turnout despite heavy rain in a city already recovering from flooding earlier in the week. For the complete recap of the game, check out the game story by clicking here.

Also, check out photos from the game and from the Allstate HBCU Step Showdown.



Bowie State 31, Shaw 24 (2 OT)

Elizabeth City 29, St. Augustine’s 27

Johnson C. Smith 24, St. Paul’s 20

Lincoln, Pa. 10, …

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FAMU, Tennessee St. prepare for Dome showdown

It’s that time of year again for the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic at the Georgia Dome.

Florida A&M and Tennessee State square off Saturday at 3 p.m. in a contest which highlights a weekend of parades, step shows, tailgating and good ‘ol reminscing. The scene at the Dome tomorrow will likely rival that of an Atlanta Falcons home game.

So with thousands coming north from Florida and south from Tennessee to the ATL for the game, there’s one burning question that remains – is this the year Tennessee State finally breaks the drought?

I’m sure Big Blue fans hope that’s the case, but signs seem to be pointing in another direction. The Tigers roll south with a 1-2 record while the Rattlers head north at 3-0. The Rattlers also feature the nation’s top punt returner in LeRoy Vann, the subject of a recent feature in the AJC.

And oh yeah, the Rattlers have won the last seven games in the matchup. Well, maybe this might not be the year after all ….

So, what do you think? Will …

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Black College football news and notes

Tuskegee outlasted Clark Atlanta 31-21 Saturday in an SIAC matchup that featured big plays from both teams.

The Golden Tigers (3-1, 3-1 in SIAC) had a 70-yard pass and a 60-yard run among their four touchdowns while Clark Atlanta (3-1, 3-1) had scoring passes of 18 and 20 yards and a forced fumble that led to another touchdown in the loss. Both teams saw their starting QBs (Jeremy Williams of Tuskegee and Mark Wright of Clark Atlanta) leave the game with injuries, but both backups (Tuskegee’s Joshua Harris and Clark Atlanta’s T.J. Smith) were solid in reserve.

In the end, it was the 60-yard TD run from Tuskegee’s Tony Forney in the fourth quarter that helped the Golden Tigers win for the 13th time in the last 14 games of the series.

TSU falls to Southern, prepares for Atlanta Football Classic

Tennessee State lost a late fourth-quarter lead to Southern and fell 21-17 to the Jaguars in Baton Rouge.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 1-2 heading into Saturday’s Atlanta Football …

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Clark Atlanta making big noise in SIAC


They’ve got an unbeaten record and the reigning Division II national player of the week. The Clark Atlanta Panthers are making some noise in the SIAC this season, and they can make their loudest statement of the season Saturday when they face perennial conference power Tuskegee in Alabama.

The Panthers (3-0, 3-0 SIAC) opened the season with a 30-24 double overtime victory at Fort Valley and received a win by forfeit after Stillman was forced to cancel the home contest between the teams Sept. 5. Clark Atlanta blanked Lane 33-0 in its home opener last week behind a four-touchdown performance from QB Mark Wright, who was named national player of the week by the Heritage Sports Radio Network for the effort.

The Panthers face their toughest test of the season Saturday on the road against the Golden Tigers, who had won 17 straight SIAC games before a 23-16 loss to Miles Sept. 12. Tuskegee has dominated the series against Clark Atlanta, winning 12 of the last 13 (including a 42-20 …

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Black College football trends beginning to develop

Week three of the Black College football season is in the books and there are some interesting trends that are starting to develop.

It appears that South Carolina State and Florida A&M are the class of the MEAC. The Bulldogs followed their win over Grambling last week with a 24-3 thumping of Bethune-Cookman. The Rattlers improved to 2-0 with a 24-point win at Winston-Salem State.

In the SWAC, Grambling bounced back from its loss to S.C. State by defeating Northwestern State 38-17 while Alabama A&M, which won at Tennessee State in its opener, added another win by defeating Hampton 31-24

Albany State remained perfect in the SIAC with an easy victory over Stillman while Atlanta University Center schools Clark Atlanta and Morehouse recorded victories. In the CIAA, Shaw improved to 3-0 with an eight-point win over Concordia.

So, what are your thoughts following this weekend’s games? Let everyone know what you think.



Florida A&M 34, Winston-Salem State 10 

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North Carolina Central to join MEAC

Saying that the institution is ‘a perfect fit’ for the conference, MEAC officials announced Thursday that North Carolina Central University will become the conference’s 13th member in July 2010.

NCCU was an original member of the MEAC, which has been in existence since 1969, and remained in the fold for 10 years. From 1979-2007, NCCU competed in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) as a member of Division II.

“I an elated to have such an outstanding academic institution as North Carolina Central to return to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference,” MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said in a release on the conference’s website. “NCCU is a perfect fit for the MEAC.”

NCCU will join Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and Winston-Salem State in the MEAC next year. Thomas added that the confernece has a long-range plan of adding a …

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