Athletics

HBCU Football Coming to the Bahamas

HBCU Football Coming to the Bahamas

This fall two historically Black colleges and universities will square off in an intercollegiate football game in the Bahamas. The game is being cosponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the HBCUX network.

Hiring of Black Football Coach Causes a Stir at the Univerity of Texas

Hiring of Black Football Coach Causes a Stir at the Univerity of Texas

When the University of Texas hired Charlie Strong as its first African American head football coach, the university’s major benefactor called the selection “a kick in the face.”

Florida State Won the Game, But Auburn Wins in the Classroom

Florida State Won the Game, But Auburn Wins in the Classroom

Florida State University won the national championship in college football. But the success on the field has not been matched in the classroom for Black football players. As a result, the university is beefing up academic support for student athletes.

HBCU Championship Football Game Cancelled After Quarterback Assaulted

HBCU Championship Football Game Cancelled After Quarterback Assaulted

The championship football game of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association between Winston-Salem State University and Virginia State University was cancelled after an incident at the pre-game luncheon.

New Mexico State University Honors Its President and an Early Black Football Star

New Mexico State University Honors Its President and an Early Black Football Star

Pervis Atkins’ number 27 football uniform was retired but was briefly “unretired” on Saturday so the university could present a uniform jersey to Garrey Carruthers, the 27th president of the university.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Decides Not to Revive Its Football Program

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Decides Not to Revive Its Football Program

The historically Black university last fielded an intercollegiate football program in 1979. Many alumni wanted to restore the program but a task force appointed by the university’s president Juliette B. Bell, found that the institution did not have “either the human or fiscal resources” to do so.

Arizona State University Honors Its First Black Football Player

Arizona State University Honors Its First Black Football Player

In 1937 Emerson Harvey was the first Black player at ASU. His presence on the football team at the university served to play a major role in the racial integration of college sports in the southwest.

Stanford and Claflin Universities Name African Americans to Athletics Director Posts

Stanford and Claflin Universities Name African Americans to Athletics Director Posts

Bernard Muir takes over the athletics program at Stanford and Jerome Fitch does the same at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Players From HBCUs Ignored in the NFL Draft

Players From HBCUs Ignored in the NFL Draft

In 1994 there were 17 players from HBCUs drafted by National Football League teams. This year there was one.

Historically Black Bethune-Cookman University Wins Golf Tournament With Team of White Women

Historically Black Bethune-Cookman University Wins Golf Tournament With Team of White Women

Bethune-Cookman has and enrollment that is 94.3 percent Black. But not one member of the university’s women’s golf team is an African American.

Winston-Salem State University to Eliminate Three Men's Sports Teams

Winston-Salem State University to Eliminate Three Men’s Sports Teams

The director of athletics stated that the cuts will enable the university’s remaining sports teams to be more competitive.

Football Coach at the University of Virginia Donates $50,000 to Financial Aid Program

Football Coach at the University of Virginia Donates $50,000 to Financial Aid Program

Head football coach Mike London makes a significant contribution to the AccessUVa financial aid program.

Historically Black University Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit With White Football Coach

Historically Black University Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit With White Football Coach

In agreeing to the settlement, the university denied any wrongdoing in the case.

Morgan State Legend Honored by the American Football Coaches Association

Morgan State Legend Honored by the American Football Coaches Association

Edward P. Hurt was head coach for football, basketball, and track and field. He also served as athletics director.

CIAA Commissioner Steps Down After 22 Years

CIAA Commissioner Steps Down After 22 Years

Leon Kerry has led the conference for the past 22 years and has brought in millions of dollars of revenues which have benefited member institutions.

Dispelling the Myth of the "Dumb Black Jock" in College Athletics

Dispelling the Myth of the “Dumb Black Jock” in College Athletics

It is likely that the financial aid provided by an athletic scholarship is a critical factor in enabling many black student athletes to stay in school.

Study Finds Duke Trails Its Conference Rivals in Hiring Black Coaches

Study Finds Duke Trails Its Conference Rivals in Hiring Black Coaches

Duke University has never had a black head coach in any sport.

Emory University Library Starts New Collection on African Americans in Sports

Emory University Library Starts New Collection on African Americans in Sports

The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta has established a new collection on African Americans in sports.

Two African-American Women Join the Predominantly Male Club of Athletics Directors at Division I Universities

Nationwide less than 10 percent of all athletic directors at the NCAA’s Division I colleges and universities are women. But recently two historically black universities named women to lead their athletics programs.