Florida A&M announces 2021 Football schedule

From Florida A&M Sports Information: The Florida A&M University (FAMU) 2021 football schedule features four home games, seven games in Florida, including three being played at NFL or bowl stadiums.   “We are extremely pleased and excited about the Fall 2021 football schedule,” FAMU VP/Director of Athletics Kortne Gosha said. “The schedule is packed with traditional matchups and great bands.”  Florida A&M, which was scheduled to play in its final Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) slate last fall, revealed the inaugural Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schedule on New Year’s Eve.  “This schedule…

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SWAC Football Media Days set for January 13 and 14

from the Southwestern Athletic Conference: BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- For the first time in history, the Southwestern Athletic Conference will conduct its annual preseason football media event using a virtual format on Wednesday, January 13and Thursday, January 14. Event coverage will kick-off on the SWAC Digital Network at 10:00 am CST on both days. The Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Media Days will be headlined by all ten league head coaches along with one student-athlete from each program. The two-day event which is slated to be broadcast on the SWAC Digital Network (SDN), will…

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Memorial plans for Jack “Cy” McClairen

Courtesy of Bethune-Cookman Athletic Communications DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The family of Jack “Cy” McClairen has announced memorial plans for the Bethune-Cookman University athletic legend, including an opportunity for well-wishers to pay tribute to the former Wildcat star athlete, coach and athletic director who passed away last week at the age of 89. In honor of the many friends, colleagues and former student-athletes who were touched by Coach McClairen during this great career, and to offer the community an opportunity to show the support for the man who lived and worked here…

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Albany State postpones start of Winter/Spring sports until March 2021

From Albany State University: In consideration of the health and safety of its student-athletes and staff, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has announced delaying the remainder of winter and spring sports until March 1, 2021. Impacted sports include men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, track and field, baseball, and softball. Albany State University (ASU) agrees with and will follow this decision. ASU’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our campus community, alumni, and supporters. For more information, please see the official SIAC release.

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SIAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: James Hawkins of Albany State University

from the SIAC: The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, will feature James Hawkins of Albany State University. He is a senior majoring in Mathematics/Pre-Engineering from Fayetteville, GA. He maintains a 2.8 as a football student-athlete. Athletic Accomplishments: 2019 Fountain City Classic MVP Something unique most people wouldn’t know about you:“I love math.” Goals/Plans after finishing school:“I plan to go to graduate school to become a mechanical engineer.” Your Favorite Quote:“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” What is the most valuable lesson…

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Bethune-Cookman and MEAC Legend “Cy” McClarien transitions at 89

Courtesy of Bethune-Cookman Athletic Communications DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jack Forsyth “Cy” McClairen, the living embodiment of all things Bethune-Cookman University Athletics, whose contribution to his beloved alma mater included seven decades as a playing, coaching and senior administrative living legend as well as a father figure, passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. He was 89.  “The world has lost a Hall of Famer, ” Lynn W. Thompson, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, said. “I am merely one of the thousands of people whose lives have been significantly impacted directly by…

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MEAC updates spring 2021 football schedule

From the MId-Eastern Athletic Cinference: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released its spring 2021 football schedule on Monday, a slate of games which reflect unique divisional scheduling due to some members opting out of playing in the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The conference’s spring football regular season will kick off on Feb. 20, 2021 and will conclude on April 3. An inaugural championship game will take place on April 17, the winner advancing to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs a week later. With Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M both meeting…

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Willard Bailey, former Virginia Union football coach named to Black College Hall of Fame

Courtesy of Virginia Union Sports Information: Former Virginia Union University football coach Willard Bailey has been selected for induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced on Thursday, November 19. Bailey became an assistant football coach in 1964 under the legendary Thomas “Tricky Tom” Harris.  In 1971 Bailey took over as head coach of the Panthers and would collect a school-record 151 coaching wins between 1971-83 and 1995-2003. Bailey never had a losing season between 1971 and 1983 while Virginia Union had a streak of 21 straight winning…

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NC Central’s Bryan Mills accepts invitation to Senior Bowl

Courtesy of North Carolina Central Athletic Communications: When North Carolina Central senior cornerback Bryan Mills accepted an invitation to participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Wednesday, he became just the third NCCU Eagle in school history to earn an invitation to the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game. Mills, a native of Palmdale, Calif., joins former NFL Pro Bowl selections Doug Wilkerson (1970) and Robert Massey (1989) as the only NCCU representatives invited to play in the Senior Bowl. The Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2021,…

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FAMU opts of out spring Football, Volleyball and Indoor Track & Field

from Florida A&M Sports Information: Florida A&M University (FAMU) athletics announced late Wednesday afternoon its decision to opt out of the 2021 spring football season, along with volleyball and indoor track & field.   “The University supports the decision made by our athletics department as this is to protect our student-athletes, Rattler fans and supporters during this unprecedented time,” President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., said. “When these programs return to competition our coaches and staff will have the teams ready to continue our tradition of excellence. Meanwhile, l encourage our student-athletes to continue…

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