Southwestern Athletic Conference releases spring 2021 football schedule

from the Southwestern Athletic Conference: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced today the schedules for all 10 SWAC schools for the upcoming 2021 spring football season. The schedule includes one non-conference open date for each team and conference contests scheduled each week beginning in Week One. Additionally, the league has designated a bye week for each team during the week of March 13 to ensure that fans and supporters have the opportunity to attend the Cricket Wireless Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments (March 9-13). Each SWAC team will…

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Constance Orr named FAMU softball coach

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M University’s VP/Director of Athletics, Kortne Gosha, announced on Friday the promotion of Constance Orr as the new Head Softball Coach.  “We are excited about the continuity Coach Orr will bring to our team,” Gosha said. “It was clear that the foundation of our softball program was solid and very important that we developed a long term plan. Coach Orr is the right fit and right philosophy to take our program to the next level.”  Orr takes over for legendary head coach…

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SWAC Commissioner meeting with member Presidents on fate of fall sports

Though the MEAC, CIAA, and the SIAC have all announced their plans to cancel fall sports, the fate of SWAC sports has yet to be decided. The commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference is meeting with the presidents of the member schools discuss whether the sports seasons will go forth as planned. From Grambling State University:  SWAC Council of Presidents to Meet With Commissioner Monday, July 20 Grambling State University has not released any decisions concerning our Fall 2020 sports schedule. The SWAC Council of Presidents have a scheduled meeting with our SWAC…

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Southern and Grambling added to future LSU schedules

Courtesy LSU Athletics: BATON ROUGE – LSU has added Southern and Grambling State to its future football schedule marking the first time the Tigers will face the two historic in-state opponents, athletic director Scott Woodward officially announced. LSU will host Southern on Sept. 10, 2022 in Tiger Stadium, while the Tigers will face Grambling on Sept. 9, 2023 in Tiger Stadium.  “This is an incredible opportunity to join our fan bases of these historic Louisiana institutions and championship programs,” Woodward said. “These dates will be days to celebrate not only…

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MEAC’s Statement on Bethune Cookman’s departure

From meacsports.com : NORFOLK, Va., June 25, 2020—The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) acknowledges that Bethune-Cookman University has decided to leave the conference after June 30, 2021 but is also determined to continue its mission of being a viable NCAA Division I conference. With eight remaining full members, including six institutions that sponsor football championship subdivision (FCS)-level football, the MEAC will retain its NCAA automatic qualification (AQ) in nine sponsored sports. Bethune-Cookman will be leaving after 40 years in the MEAC; however, institutions make decisions based upon what they consider is in their best…

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Bethune-Cookman headed to the SWAC

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is in serious trouble. The conference has lost lost Savannah State and Hampton in 2018; North Carolina A&T announced their exit to join the Big South Conference in 2021 and Florida A&M will be departing to join the SWAC beginning in the 2021-22 season. The latest school to put the MEAC in their rear view mirror is Bethune-Cookman University, who , after being in the conference for 40 years, will follow in-state rival Florida A&M to the Southwestern Athletic Conference ( SWAC). the below is from…

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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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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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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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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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