FAMU Board of Trustees tables ratification of men’s basketball coach Patrick Crarey’s contract

According to their meeting on Monday, the FAMU Board of Trustees opted to table the ratification of the contract of men’s basketball coach Patrick Crarey II until their retreat in August. “At this point, given where we are and the concerns we all have about the process and the need for additional information, I move that we table this discussion until further notice from the chair of the appropriate date, and that can be as soon as our upcoming August retreat or before,” FAMU trustee Kelvin Lawson said. Crarey was…

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Hakim McClellan out at Mississippi Valley State

According to the Mississippi Valley State athletic director Hakim McClellan is stepping down from his current role to become the Deputy Athletic Director at Jackson State, saying it “was time.” The move to JSU is a return to familiar grounds for McClellan, where he previously worked as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.  McClellan assumed the role of Athletic Director on June 6, 2022.  In his time as Athletic Director, the field at Rice-Tottem was replaced with FieldTurf and the venue also received a new Jumbotron. Additional upgrades included updates…

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New FAMU men’s basketball coach Patrick Crarey II incites stakeholders by dismissing nearly the entire team

It seems that another Florida A&M coaching hire is mired in controversy. After a 2023-24 season that saw the Rattler men’s basketball team stumble to a 6-23 overall record and just 4-14 in SWAC play, FAMU and then coach Robert McCullum decided a mutual parting of the ways was in the best interest of all concerned parties and so began the search for the next person to lead FAMU men’s hoops. Patrick Crarey II was announced as the program’s 15th basketball coach on April 17 in a move that was…

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A sit-down with Howard University bowler Aleyana DeBrest

Courtesy of Howard University Department of Athletics continues its senior spotlight series with rising sophomore advertising major Nala James interviewing recent grad and Philadelphia native Aleyana DeBrest from the women’s bowling team. Q: What inspired you to pursue bowling at a collegiate level?A: Originally, I had no plans of bowling at a collegiate level but after learning Howard had a bowling team during my freshman year, I took a chance and reached out to the captain to see if it was possible for me to join and the rest is history. Q: How did…

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Alabama A&M releases women’s soccer schedule

Courtesy of Alabama A&M Athletics  The Alabama A&M University head women’s soccer coach Prince Borde announced on Monday the 2024 schedule, which includes eight regular season games at home. “We are excited about the upcoming season,” Borde said. “We have a lot of new players, and they will fit in well with the mixture of veterans we have returning. Last year, we finished the season strong, and we hope to build off that this year. I am truly excited for this team and look forward to the upcoming season.” Of the eight home games, four are…

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Lane College names Harold Rayford as men’s basketball coach

Courtesy of Lane Athletics Lane College has named Harold Rayford head coach of the Dragons men’s basketball program. “Coach Rayford brings a wealth of knowledge on and off the court to our men’s basketball program,” said Derrick Burroughs, Director of Athletics. “His leadership and coaching experience, along with his relationships throughout all levels of the basketball community, will complement the new chapter of Lane men’s basketball.” Rayford is the founder of Tennessee Preparatory Academy located in Memphis, TN. Since 2015, he has helped over 260 student-athletes reach the collegiate level across…

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Albany State football makes waves with top-20 D-II transfer class

In his first season at Albany State, head coach Quinn Gray Sr. led the Golden Rams to a 6-5 overall record and an appearance in the SIAC Championship Game.  Gray, like every other college football coach in the country is scouring the nation to identity, recruit and sign the talent necessary to improve his program.  For the vast majority of college football’s time span, the way to do that was building through high school players. Transfer players factored into that recipe but having to sit a year before being eligible to…

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SWAC Announces Attendees for 2024 Football Media Day

Courtesy of the SWAC BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced the student-athletes set to participate in the league’s annual SWAC Football Media Day on Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 am CST at the Sheraton-Birmingham. All twelve SWAC head football coaches will also be in attendance to address media about the upcoming 2024 football season. A complete listing of the student-athletes slated to be in attendance is listed below. Alabama A&MDonovan Eaglin, Running BackEmari Pait, Defensive Back Alabama State Andrew Body, Quarterback  James Burgess, Defensive Back  Alcorn State Tavarious Griffin, Tight End Malachi Bailey,…

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Johnson C. Smith names Da’Nesha Miller women’s volleyball coach

Courtesy of Johnson C. Smith athletics After conducting a national search, Johnson C. Smith University Director of Athletics Dr. Denisha Hendricks has named Da’Nesha Miller the new women’s volleyball head coach.  Miller brings a wealth of experience, determination, and enthusiasm to the role, underpinned by a solid six-year background in coaching and a history of building athletes with character and skill. In her most recent position as an assistant coach at Fayetteville State University (FSU), Coach Miller played a pivotal role in the team’s daily operations. She was instrumental in recruiting,…

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Tennessee State unveils Hockey Sweaters

Tennessee State made waves throughout the HBCU sporting diaspora, and sports as a whole when it announced the fielding of the first hockey program at an HBCU, which is set to commence competition in 2024.  At the 67th Tennessee State University National Alumni Association (TSUNAA) Convention, coach Duante’ Abercrombie helped introduce the sweaters that the team will take to the ice this upcoming season.  All I can say is take my money now and I hope there is a black colorway. The initial run of Tennessee State hockey apparel is…

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