2020 Souther Heritage Classic Canceled

Though sports are slowly beginning to resume, albeit with no fans in attendance, when college football reconvenes, the Southern Heritage Classic will not be amongst the games played. On Wednesday, the management of the game announced the cancellation of the annual event. The Southern Heritage Classic evolved out of alternating home-and-home matchups between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. The first game was played in 1990 at the Liberty Town In Memphis, TN and it has resided there ever since. Tennessee State has a 17-12 record in the SHC,…

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FAMU legend and NFL great Ken Riley passes at 72

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The football world and the Florida A&M University family lost a legend. Ken Riley, former FAMU football standout, former head coach and athletics director, passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 72. “FAMU Athletics and the entire Rattler Nation is deeply saddened of the passing of former FAMU football player, Head Coach, Athletics Director and NFL great Ken Riley,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Kortne Gosha said. “We wish his family our deepest condolences.” “I woke up this morning with a heavy…

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Florida A&M heading to SWAC

This was initially reported by HBCUGameday but the MEAC will suffer another major loss. The conference is losing North Carolina A&T to the Big South and now FAMU is moving to the SWAC. From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees (BOT) has approved the University’s move to join the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The move was approved by SWAC member schools 10-0 Thursday afternoon.  “While we have had a long-standing relationship competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference,…

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Anthony Levine Keeping Tennessee State’s NFL Tradition Alive

From tsutigers : Playing in the National Football League is a dream for most collegiate players. Every year over 50,000 athletes suit up for their respective universities through all levels, hoping for a chance to play at the highest level – a feat only 26,000 former collegians have accomplished over the span of 54 years. Former Tennessee State players Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) and Anthony Levine Sr. have earned the right to play in the NFL. The former TSU teammates have also defied the average career expectancy of an NFL player.…

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Tavaris Jackson killed in auto accident

Former NFL quarterback back Tavaris Jackson died as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile crash last weekend near his Pike Road, Alabama home. The former Alabama State product began his collegiate football career at the University of Arkansas before transferring to Alabama State in 2003. As a Hornet, Jackson helped lead them to the Eastern Division crown and an appearance in the SWAC title game in 2004 and was named a team captain and all-conference performer in 2005, his senior season. In his time at ASU Jackson threw…

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NSU’s Ricky Thomas Jr. named to National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society

From Matt Michalec, Asst. AD/Communications, via nsuspartans.com NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State University graduate student football player Ricky Thomas Jr. was selected this week to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. To be selected, players must maintain a 3.2 GPA throughout their collegiate career, be a significant contributor on the field and must have used their final year of eligibility in the 2019 season. Thomas was one of 1,454 players from 366 schools nationwide to be recognized. Thomas played in 10 games as a redshirt senior this past fall, his second season…

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FAMU’s Elijah Richardson named to 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

From Florida A&M Sports Information: IRVING, Texas | Florida A&M University senior linebacker Elijah Richardson was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) 2020 Hampshire Honor Society on Wednesday. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An impressive 1,432 players from 364 schools qualified for membership in the Society’s 14th year. Richardson, a 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Award Semifinalist, missed three games due to…

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Grambling signs 25 on National Signing Day

From Grambling Media Relations: GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State Tigers football team solidified its recruiting class for national signing day with a total of 25 student-athletes. 18 of those athletes signed on Wednesday which is the official date of NSD 2020. Future Tigers athletes can be found below: 7 Mid-Year Signees That Enrolled in January DL Zion Cage: Navarro CC Transfer/ 6’7, 260lbs DL Jalon Sheffield: South Alabama Transfer from Tallahassee FL/ 6’2, 255lbs SAF Lawrence Asiedu: Fort Scott CC Transfer from Austin TX/ All-KJCCC Honorable Mention Defensive Back/ 5’11, 195lbs SAF Hurshie Williams:…

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Tennessee State announces National Signing Day class

From tsutigers.com: NASHVILLE – Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed announced the signing of players to join the Tigers for the 2020 fall season. The Big Blue signed 16 players during the second signing period to go along with the seven inked in December. The Tigers annual Signing Day Celebration introducing all signees, as well as transfers, will take place this evening, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Indoor Practice Facility. By The Numbers:Offense: 11Defense: 12 Quarterbacks: 2Linemen: 6Running Backs: 1Wide Receivers: 2 Defensive Ends: 4Linebackers: 3Cornerbacks: 2Safeties: 3…

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Albany State announces latest signees

From Albany State Athletics: Story Links ALBANY, GA — The Albany State University Department of Athletics under the helm of head football coach Gabe Giardina has announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to the binding National Letter of Intent. “We’re excited with this young group of talent joining the Golden Rams football program,” said Giardina. “Recruiting season is a fun time to bring potential students on campus, introduce them to the athletic program and team. With the program losing some key players the group that we are bringing in will help set the…

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