Benedict College and South Carolina State University have agreed to disagree resulting in the cancellation of their September 2 football matchup. Benedict wanted the game moved from Orangeburg, SC in support of the NAACP economic sanctions against the state for flying the confederate flag. S.C. State preferred to keep the game in Orangeburg. Benedict has been an active supporter of the boycott having led the move of its conference (EIAC) basketball tournament from Orangeburg to Jacksonville, FL last March. The Tigers have even moved their homecoming game against Elizabeth City State to Charlotte, NC and they are discussing moving more home football games across state lines.
June 21, 2000
The Alcorn State Lady Braves basketball team is one of four squads invited to participate in the first Maui Invitational women's basketball tournament. ASU will join six-time national champion Tennessee, Clemson and Illinois in the tournament scheduled for November 24-25 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii.
Grambling State University has been selected as one of 16 teams to compete in the 2000 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament November 10-20. The Lady Tigers will travel to New Orleans to face Tulane in a first round game on Nov. 10. The winner will face the victor of the Witchita State vs. Texas matchup. Semifinals are scheduled for November 19 with the championship the following day.
June 6, 2000
Shaw University has named Joel Hopkins as its new men's basketball coach. Hopkins comes to the Raleigh institution from Mount Zion Academy in Durham where he spent the past eight years building the school into a national high school power. He has a 200-39 record before leaving the Academy in March. Hopkins replaces Keith Walker who was fired at the end of the season.