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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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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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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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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Former Bethune-Cookman Assistant Coach Chris Issac passes at age 61

via Bethune-Cookman Athletic Communications: DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman University Athletics has learned that former football assistant coach Chris Isaac, who also enjoyed unmatched success playing on every level of football, has passed away at the age of 61. Isaac coached at Bethune-Cookman from 1996-2002 and 2004-07, overseeing the wide receivers. He was a part of the Wildcats’ 2002 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship program that made its first FCS playoff appearance, and returned after a stint as Head Coach at Deltona High School.“Chris was a great, awesome individual who I…

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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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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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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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