An effort has been launched to save Talledega Gymnastics and here is how you can help

This weekend, unfortunate news broke that Talladega College would have to discontinue its gymnastics program after just one season due to university financial health concerns. We were told by sources that the team received no prior notice, only finding out the day the decision was announced.  The Tornadoes’ gymnastics was not a mere can upon which to be beaten by every opponent they faced. Coached by first year coach Aja Sims-Fletcher, Talladega was competitive, recording a 6-13 record and even becoming the first HBCU to win an NCAA Team competition…

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SIAC Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Champ Jacoby Jones passes away at just 40

Courtesy of the SIAC Class of 2024 SIAC Hall of Fame inductee and former NFL receiver Jacoby Jones passed away in his sleep in his Houston home. He was 40. The day before his fortieth birthday on July 11, Jones joined the SIAC in Atlanta to celebrate his induction into the SIAC Hall of Fame. Jones was a pivotal part of the Lane College football team from 2003 to 2006, where he was named offensive player of the year, special teams player of the year and all-conference. Jones was selected by…

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Jacoby Jones, former Super Champ and Pro Bowl wideout deceased at 40

Courtesy of Kari Anderson, Yahoo Sports Former NFL wide receiver Jacoby Jones, a Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, died overnight on Saturday in his Houston-area home, according to multiple reports. Jones, who celebrated his birthday on July 11, had just turned 40. A cause of death is not immediately clear. Jones played in the NFL for nine season, spending his first five with the Houston Texans before signing with the Ravens in 2012. Jones had a standout season in his first in Baltimore, being named…

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Alex Sarr does work in NBA Summer League debut

Courtesy of Fan Sided The Washington Wizards had a stroke of good fortune in this year’s NBA draft. In an unusual turn, top prospect Alex Sarr maneuvered his way out of the number one pick, deciding against working out for the Atlanta Hawks. This allowed the Wizards to eagerly scoop him up with the second overall pick. The French center wasted no time demonstrating his prowess on the court during his Summer League debut. Sarr had a standout performance against the Hawks, impressing with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists,…

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Albany State hires Demetri Wilson as Coordinator of Football Operations

Courtesy of Albany State Athletics Albany State University is proud to announce the addition of Demetri Wilson to the Golden Rams staff as the Coordinator of Football Operations, a position made possible through the NCAA Division II Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Internship Grant.“We are excited to welcome Demetri Wilson as our new Coordinator of Football Operations,” said Dr. Kristene Kelly, Director of Athletics. “We are grateful to the NCAA for this opportunity, and we believe Demetri’s expertise and enthusiasm will be instrumental in enhancing our program.” Wilson brings a wealth…

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FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson to step down

Friday Florida A&M President Dr. Larry Robinson announced in a letter to FAMU Board of Trustees Chair Kristin Harper he will step down from his post.  On behalf of the Board, Chair Harper was very complimentary of Dr. Robinson, stating the following: “Florida A&M University has reached unprecedented heights as a Top 100 University and the No. 1 public HBCU for the fifth consecutive year. We have achieved remarkable gains and record-breaking years under President Robinson’s leadership. I am honored to have served with fellow trustees alongside our president. His…

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Chicago Bulls are in East Group C for 2024 NBA Cup

Courtesy of the Chicago Bulls The NBA has officially announced groups for the 2024 NBA Cup. The Bulls will compete in East Group C along with the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards. Teams were distributed amongst groups based on their 2023-24 regular season records.  Group play begins on Tuesday, November 12, continuing on Tuesdays and Fridays until December 3. The full NBA Cup schedule will be revealed on august 13, ahead of the full 2024-25 schedule release.  Bulls NBA Cup games are presented by motorola razr+.    How does the NBA Cup…

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Florida A&M is looking for the next voice of Bragg

title image via Florida A&M Athletic Department Courtesy of FAMU Athletics Florida A&M Athletics is holding open auditions to be the football public address announcer. Applicants will have the potential to serve as the PA announcer for football games at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The role includes: Top applicants may be selected for in-person auditions, including reading a sample game script over an in-venue PA system and meeting with Florida A&M Athletics staff members. Qualifications and responsibilities Additional detailsPA announcers are compensated based on the number of games they work and…

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Former Grambling basketballer secures spot on Pistons’ summer league team

Courtesy of Grambling State Athletics La. | Former Grambling State University men’s basketball player Jourdan Smith has earned a spot on the Detroit Pistons Summer League roster. Smith, who just wrapped up a stellar career with GSU, helped the Tigers claim back-to-back regular season championships and win the 2024 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) men’s basketball championship.  The New Orleans, La. native participated in the 3rdAnnual HBCU All-Star Game in April following a season in which he averaged 9.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Smith was dominant in the SWAC…

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Talladega College cuts gymnastics program after just one season

Despite a competitive and historic inaugural  season Talladega Xollege opted to pull the plug on its burgeoning gymnastics program.  The school cited financial constraints would not allow the resources necessary to support the program.  Talladega’s gymnastics team recorded a 6-13 record, however six of the team’s gymnasts –  including Alexa Chuy, Landyn Williams, Kiara Pearl Williams, Alexandra Maldonado, and Jamilia Duffus and Krystin  Johnson. qualified for the USAG Collegiate National Championship.  Kristyn Johnson, who was the first recruit in the program’s history, becoming the first gymnast from an Alabama HBCU to win…

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