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Tuskegee's Comegy receives three Coach of the Year Honors
Powell wins three more honors

January 3, 2001

Tuskegee, AL - Basketball will get the appropriate attention at Tuskegee University as the second semester opens, but football has not year moved to the back burner. Head football coach Rick Comegy and the Golden Tiger football team continue to receive honors for their perfect 12 - 0 season.

The Spirit Awards named Comegy Coach of the Year as did the Black College Sports Page and the Pigskin Club of Washington, DC, Inc.

In five seasons as head coach at Tuskegee University, Comegy has compiled a 43 - 15 record, 2 SIAC championships, and 2 Pioneer Bowl victories. He was named SIAC Coach of the Year in 1998, the first year he won the SIAC championship.

The Golden Tigers received 23 of 30 first place ballots in the Sheridan Black College Network Poll to be named National Black College Football Champions. Ballots are placed by selected college and university athletic officials and sports writers.

In addition to the Coach of the Year honors received by Comegy, the 100 % Wrong Club named linebacker Kelvin Powell Defensive Player of the Year in the SIAC, and the Washington, DC Pigskin Club named him Player of the Year in the SIAC, and the Macon County Booker T. Washington High School graduate is a finalist for the Paul “Tank” Younger Trophy to be presented at a special recognition program in Los Angeles, CA. The February 21 Awards Dinner and trophy presentation will be televised for national syndication and for broadcast on Black Entertainment Television.

Powell, along with Jeffrey Stanton and Bennitte Waddell, was also named to the Black College Sports Page 2000 “Baad” Team. Prior to the postseason Pioneer Bowl, the SIAC named Powell Defensive Player of the Year and Waddell was honored by the SIAC with the W. S. M. Banks Lineman of the Year Award.

Waddell and Ahmad Whitehead, an All-SIAC defensive lineman, have both been named to the East squad of the January 12 Cactus Bowl in Texas. The Cactus Bowl features players from NCAA Division II schools.

In addition to being named National Black College Football Champions based on balloting in the Sheridan Black Network Poll, the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers closed the season ranked in the top 10 in 8 national polls. Tuskegee University’s 533 victories make the Golden Tigers the nation’s winningest Historically Black College or University football team.

The Tuskegee Tigers are believed to be only the second Historically Black College or University to go 12 - 0 in a single season.

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