Hall of Fame coach W.C. Gorden passes at 90

The bastard that is the year 2020 has claimed another life, this time the legendary Jackson State coach W.C. Gorden. From swac.org: JACKSON, Miss.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference mourns the passing of legendary Jackson State football coach W.C. Gorden. Gorden was the most successful coach in the history of the school’s renowned football program. His tenure included a stunning 28-game winning streak during the late 1980s. Credited with making Jackson State’s football program a powerhouse in the SWAC during that era, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of…

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SWAC and Cricket Wireless announces extension of partnership

From the SWAC: BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference and Cricket Wireless have reached an agreement on a new three-year sponsorship that will extend through 2023. With this agreement Cricket Wireless will continue support of all SWAC championship events, community engagement initiatives, along with student scholarships. “We are very excited to continue what has been an extremely productive partnership between Cricket Wireless and the Southwestern Athletic Conference,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland. “This continued partnership will significantly enhance our championship events, community outreach efforts, while also serving as a foundation…

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SWAC and Academy Sports + Outdoors announce multi-year partnership

From the SWAC: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced a new multi-year sponsorship agreement with Academy Sports + Outdoors. The agreement between the SWAC and Academy Sports + Outdoors is centered around impactful community focused initiatives that will be highlighted by youth outreach and mentorship programs in local communities across the country. “Academy Sports + Outdoors has made a significant investment within our league and local communities with this partnership,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland. We’re extremely excited to welcome Academy Sports + Outdoors to our family…

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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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Florida A&M introduces Michael Johnson as Associate AD of Administration and Operations

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M University’s Director of Athletics, Kortne Gosha, announced the appointment of McNeese State University’s Associate AD for Operations & Facilities, Michael Johnson, as the new Associate AD for Administration and Operations of FAMU Athletics. “We are excited to welcome Michael Johnson to our administrative staff,” Gosha said. “As we implement our strategic plan and vision for Athletics, it was imperative that we identified a high-energy creative thinker and dynamic professional with a lense of experience as a former student-athlete, student-leader, and athletic…

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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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Southern wins Bayou Classic with 30-28 come-from-behind win

From swac.org: NEW ORLEANS, La.- The Southern Jaguars punched their ticket to the 2019 Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship Game with an impressive 30-28 comeback win over the Grambling State Tigers at the Bayou Classic.  Southern will now get set to face the Alcorn State Braves on Saturday, December 7 at 3 pm at Spinks-Casem Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with the winner qualifying for the 2019 Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.  About the SWACThe Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences…

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Southern U Men’s Basketball picked to finish in SWAC preseason poll

From Southern University athletics: BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Southern Men’s Basketball team was selected to finish sixth in the 2019-20 Southwestern Athletic Conference Basketball Preseason poll conducted by the conference office and voted on by the league’s Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors. The announcement was made Monday, October 21st. Coach Sean Woods and his staff hit the road hard recruiting in the offseason and bringing in new Jaguars to fit his system. “My staff did a great job overhauling our program. The young men we were blessed to bring in or…

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Alcorn State takes advantage of turnovers in 35-7 smoking of Alabama State

From bamastatesports : TvPhoto Gallery 1 | Photo Gallery 2 | Final Stats (.pdf) | Boxscore MONTGOMERY, Ala. | After a four-hour lightning delay, Alabama State committed a season-high five turnovers that Alcorn State was able to punch in for a pair of touchdowns en route to a 35-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) East Division victory Saturday night. The game was originally scheduled for 2 pm, however, storms moved through the central Alabama region pushing kick back to 6 pm in Montgomery. Alcorn State (4-2, 3-0 SWAC) scored on their first possession of the game following a…

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Mistakes costs Prairie View against Nicholls State

From pvpanthers.com : PRAIRIE VIEW – The upset-minded Prairie View A&M football team fell just shy in its mission to topple FCS No. 10 Nicholls State, coming up short in a 42-35 shootout Saturday evening in Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field Prairie View A&M (1-2) was done in by a big third quarter from the Colonels, who  took advantage of short fields and turnovers during a stretch where they scored 29 unanswered points. After the Colonels struck first with a 15-yard touchdown scamper from Dion Ray that capped a 10-play, 90-drive, the…

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