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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Last Time FAMU Started A Season This Bad...

Florida A&M is, without a doubt, on of the most storied football programs in black college sports. It has 12 Black College Football National Championships, and is the only HBCU to win an NCAA Championshion (the 1978 D-1AA Championship.)

With all that storied history, FAMU is used to winning. However, Saturday's 27-7 loss to Tennessee State gave FAMU a record of 0-4 to start the season. It's been a long time since the Rattlers started off this bad. How long? Well here are a couple of clues.

The last time FAMU started 0-4.

The Cosby Show was in its first season.

Michael Jordan was a rookie

Michael Jackson and Carlton were doing commercials.

And Jesse Jackson was running for President.

If you guessed the year 1984, you guessed correctly. FAMU lost to Georgia Southern, Fort Valley State, Troy State and Tennessee State before finally beating Kentucky State 43-14. The Rattlers finished 3-7 that season.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Watch: Official Botches Jackson State/UAPB Coin Toss

Officiating is a tough gig. We get that. But some things, you just have to get right. In football, one of those is the cointoss. Sounds easy enough, but that wasn't the case Saturday when officials asked Jackson State's captains if it wanted "heads or tails." Just watch.

No words. Jackson State would win the game 33-30 in overtime.

Photo Gallery: A&T at Howard

Coming into Saturday's matchup against North Carolina A&T, we said Howard's chances of winning depended on stopping running back Tarik Cohen. Well, it turns out, we were wrong. Cohen didn't play Saturday, and A&T still romped to a 38-22 win in Washington DC on Saturday.

Freshman running back Marquell Cartwright rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns against the Bison. Quarterback Kwashaun Quick completed 14 of 23 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown.

Check out this photo gallery from Saturday's game.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

HBCU Football Scores: 9/27

A&T 38, Howard 23
Tuskegee 44, Lane 3
West Georgia 42, Clark 2
Alabama State 38, Texas Southern 3
Alcorn State 56, Southern 16
Winston-Salem State 35, Elizabeth City 7
Tennessee State 27, FAMU 7
Norfolk State 16, Morgan State 15
South Carolina State 17, Hampton 10

JSU's Proposed Domed Stadium Will Need Public Funding

Members of the Jackson State athletic community have talked about the possibility of building a domed stadium for years. That talk has turned into a report, and that report is now in. According to the Clarion-Ledger, the proposed 35,000 seat dome would cost anywhere from $250 to $280 and would need public funding.

And of course, it didn't take long for politics to come into play.

"Mississippi taxpayers should not be asked to subsidize college athletic venues," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement. Our limited budget for IHL should be focused on preparing students to graduate from our universities with the job skills needed for today's economy. Across the country, college athletics are supported through private donations, ticket revenue and sponsorships."

JSU already has the highest seating capacity in the SWAC, as Mississippi Veteran's Memorial Coliseium's 60,492 more than double's second place Southern's Mumford Stadium. JSU, however, is selling the domed stadium as more than just a football venue.

The study, done by national consulting firm B&D Venues, would have to host other events that included conference championship games, concerts, meetings, corporate events and banquets.
To reach the projected $400,000 operating deficit, B&D estimated the dome would have to generate a minimum of 63 ticketed events with a combined attendance of at least 343,000. The primary revenue stream would be JSU's annual $1.6 million lease payment.

We'll be keeping an eye on this ambitious project.

Friday, September 26, 2014

MEAC Preview: FAMU, Howard Face Uphill Battles Against TSU, A&T

FAMU will be Tennessee State's 2014 homecoming opponent. (Tallahasee.com photo)

FAMU at Tennessee State 

FAMU and TSU have a long history against each other dating back to the middle of the 20th century when both Jake Gaither's Rattlers and John Merritt's Tigers were perennial powers in the heyday of HBCU football. The rivalry continued to remain fierce through the decades before it became one-sided in TSU's favor in recent years.

However, this game has been the point of much discussion for a while now after Tennessee State refused to pay FAMU to bring its famed Marching 100 with it. Honestly, FAMU is going to need all the help it can get with TSU.

Prediction: TSU over FAMU

NC A&T at Howard 

After two road games and two classics, Howard will host its first true home game of the season as it takes on a surging North Carolina A&T squad.* A&T is coming off a 59-0 beatdown of D2 Chowan, and will be looking to continue its strong play against HU. Howard will be looking to recover from a heartbreaking 37-34 loss to rival Morgan State in New York last week at the Urban League Football Classic.

A&T will head up to the DMV tops in the conference in scoring offense (38 ppg) and defense (14 ppg) and withe the conference's top offensive player, running back Tarik Cohen (563 yards and 7 touchdowns in four games). Howard comes into the game ranked fifth against the run in the MEAC, but they'll need to do better if they want to stop A&T.

Follow HBCU Gameday on Twitter for updates from this game.

Prediction: Howard over A&T 

Other Games:

South Carolina State over Hampton
Bethune-Cookman over Florida Tech
Morgan State over Norfolk State
Delaware State over Savannah State

Grambling's Larry Donnell Torches Redskins For Three TDs In Giants Win

Grambling State alum Larry Donnell had a big night against the Washington Redskins on Thursday. 

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell was already among one of the NFL's most improved players heading into Thursday night's matchup against the Washington Redskins. His numbers (18 catches, 182 yards and a touchdown) were already career highs. But the former Grambling State star took advantage of the national stage and caught  not one, not two...but three touchdowns against the Redskins in the Giants 45-14 win.

Donnell's first TD catch.

TD catch no. 2

And no. 3

Not bad for an undrafted guy out of an HBCU.

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Steven J. Gaither is a multimedia journalist and founder of HBCU Gameday. Steven began covering HBCU Sports nearly a decade ago as a student at Winston-Salem State University. His work can also be found at The Shadow League, Diverse Issues In Higher Education and Slam Online.