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    August 22, 2003
  • The Fall Edition of Black Voices Quarterly is off the presses. Distribution began on Wednesday, August 20.
  • Former NC Central sprinter Jason Smoots has signed a three-year endorsement contract with Nike. Details were not disclosed but the contract is thought to include gear, travel and performance incentives. The Gasden, AL native was a six-time NCAA Division II national champion during his college career. He is expected to train with Norfolk State alum Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones, the world's top-ranked male and female sprinters, and their coach Dan Paff.
    August 9, 2003
  • Willie Richardson (Jackson State), Ben Stevenson (Tuskegee) and Marino Casem (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern) were enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame. Weekend activities began with a breakfast on Friday and concluded with a banquet on Saturday night in South Bend, IN.
    August 7, 2003
  • Albany State University Mourns Loss of Student-Athlete
  • Richard Cosby has resigned as athletic director at Alabama State to apparently return to Stillman College. Cosby's appointment as AD at Stillman was announced on July 31, however his resignation at Alabama State was not announced until a week later. This will mark Cosby's third stint at Stillman. He was athletic director 1973 to 1991 and again from July 2000 to January 2003.
  • Edward Waters College has named Bob Alan as its new athletic director. Alan was introduced at a news conference on August 6 as the successor to James Day who stepped down in May. Day came out of retirement to help revive the EWC football program after a 34-year hiatus and hired current coach Lamonte Massie. Alan takes over following a nationwide search as "the best choice to lead our athletic fund-raising efforts," according to EWC President Jimmy Jenkins.
    August 6, 2003
  • Southern University's Rickie Weeks and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms of a Major League contract. Details were not disclosed but sources estimate the deal should exceed $4 million. Weeks, the 2003 College Baseball Player of the Year, will report to Maryvale of the Arizona Rookie League on August 6.
    August 3, 2003
  • N.C. A&T's Elvin Bethea joins Marcus Allen, Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Hank Stram as 2003 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. An eight-time Pro Bowl selectee, Bethea played in 210 games during his career, spent entirely with the Houston Oilers from 1968-83. His 105-career sack total still ranks as an Oilers/Tennessee Titans best as does his single-season mark of 16 sacks recorded in 1973. His presenter was his former college coach Hornsby Howell.
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