Albany State’s Grover Stewart tabbed as NFLPA Black College Football Pro POTY

Courtesy of the NFLPA: Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Grover Stewart has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Black College Football Pro Player of the Year presented by the NFL Players Association. Stewart is the sixth winner of the prestigious award, which is presented annually to a top professional football player who attended a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The 2017 fourth-round pick from Albany State has emerged as one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles while serving as a key contributor for the Colts’ defensive unit. After…

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Grambling football kicks off on ESPN+

Courtesy of Grambling State Athletic Communications: The Grambling State University football team will open the 2022 season with a televised game on ESPN+ at Arkansas State.  The Tigers and Red Wolves will kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 3 from Centennial Bank Stadium and will be streamed line on ESPN+. The game will also mark the debut of Grambling State head coach Hue Jackson, who became the 14th head coach in program history.  Grambling State follows the season-opening road game against Arkansas State with a matchup against Northwestern State at the…

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Albany State hires Jeremy Atwell as Defensive Coordinator and Backers Coach

Courtesy of Albany State Athletics Jeremy Atwell enters year one at ASU and will serve as Defensive Coordinator and coach the linebackers. Prior to arriving in Albany, Atwell spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator at New Mexico Highlands University. In the 2021 season Atwell directed a unit that was 4thnationally in interceptions by and 14thnationally in turnovers gained. Before joining the staff at New Mexico Highlands, he spent 6 seasons in the high school ranks. In his second stint with the program, Atwell spent three seasons as…

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Golden Rams add Charlie Skalaski IV to coaching staff

From Albany State Athletics Charlie Skalaski (Skuh-LA-Skee) IV enters his first season at Albany State after being hired to serve as the Passing Game Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Skalaski joins the Golden Rams with fourteen seasons of coaching experience, including four at the high school level, and ten years at the college level. In those seasons, Skalaski has been a part of one State Championship, five conference championships, two trips to the Division I FCS playoffs and one NCFA National Championship. Prior to Albany, Skalaski spent the 2021…

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Tennessee State Football to take on Notre Dame in 2023

From Tennessee State University Athletics The Tennessee State University football program will visit the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 2, 2023 at Notre Dame Stadium and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC, it was announced today. A formal press conference will be held on Wednesday, April 6 in South Bend. “TSU and Notre Dame are two iconic programs that have helped shape today’s college athletics landscape,” said Dr. Mikki Allen, TSU Director of Athletics. “We are setting the foundation for long-term success under Coach George’s leadership. The goal…

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Savannah State hires Aaron Kelton as new head football coach

from Savannah State Athletics: Savannah State Athletics has hired Aaron Kelton as the 27th head football coach, Director of Athletics Opio Mashariki announced Tuesday morning. Kelton arrived on campus this morning to meet with the team and administration. Kelton and Mr. Mashariki will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “We are very excited to welcome Aaron Kelton to Savannah State, “Mashariki said. “Following our national search, we had a very tough choice to make. We feel confident Aaron Kelton is the right leader for our football program as we continue to create a winning culture. “We would like to thank Russell DeMasi for…

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Grambling wraps up Spring Practice with Black and Gold Game

From Grambling State Athletic Communications For those scoring it, the Black team edged the Gold Team 7-6 at Grambling State University’s first spring football game under the auspices of new head coach Hue Jackson.  Everyone was a winner in this one — the football team that showed much spirit and energy, the crowd that looked bigger than some of GSU’s home games last season, and Jackson himself.  “That was our 15th practice,” Jackson said. “It was called a spring game, but it was a practice. There were a lot of…

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For HBCUs, the time is now

February 19, 2022 was truly a monumental day for HBCU sports. Cleveland, which is in the midst of hosting NBA All-Star weekend also was the setting for the inaugural HBCU Classic, which featured a matchup between MEAC schools Howard and Morgan State aired on NBA TV. It was tightly contested affiar that Howard pulled out 68-66. Later that afternoon the NFL Network broadcasted the first-ever HBCU Legacy Bowl, which ”is a postseason all-star game showcasing the best NFL draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Team Gaither, named…

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Tennessee State unveils 2022 Football Schedule

From Tennessee State University Athletics Tennessee State University football second-year head coach Eddie George has officially released the 2022 football schedule as his Tigers will play five home games, the first under George’s leadership. TSU will return to Hale Stadium for the first Fall game since the 2020 season as they will host Lane College in the annual John Merritt Classic on Oct. 1.  Tennessee State’s schedule will feature three teams that were ranked in last season’s final FCS Coaches Poll and two that qualified for the FCS Playoffs. The Tigers will…

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South Carolina State releases 2022 Football Schedule

From South Carolina State Athletics The 2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl HBCU National Champion South Carolina State Bulldogs will play an 11-game schedule during the 2022 fall campaign, the university announced Wednesday (March, 23rd).  Bulldog New & Renewal Season tickets will go sale Monday, March 28th at 9 a.m. Please stay tuned more information to come.  The Bulldog slate includes six road games and five home contests at Oliver. C. Dawson/Willie Jeffries Field. Two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents are on the schedule, along with four non-conference contests, and five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference…

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