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    May 28, 2000
  • LADY FALCONS WIN: St. Augustine's captured the women's national title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Raleigh, NC.
    The Lady Falcons used their strength in the sprints to top Abilene Christian for the trophy. St. Aug's Tanya Oxley won the 200m dash and 400m dash and ran legs in the victorious 4X100 relay and 4X400 relay to outdistance the LadyWildcats, 77-66. St. Aug also won the high jump and made up a 22 point deficit in four of the final five events of the day.
    Thanks to a strong finish with 37 points in the long jump and 4X400 relay, St. Aug finished second to Abilene Christian in the men's competition. ACC, who had been shut out in team scoring for the first two days, chalked up victories in six of ten running events and picked up 115 points in the final day to take the title. St. Aug finished with 71 points.
    May 27, 2000
  • DOUBLE ELIMINATION: After jumping out to a 5-0 lead, Bethune-Cookman gave up six runs to Evansville in the final two innings to lose their second game in the College World Series. The loss eliminated the Wildcats from the tournament.
    In Baton Rouge, Jackson State lost to New Orleans, 24-9, in a losers bracket game Saturday morning. The Tigers, who gave up a total of 33 runs in two games, were also eliminated from the tournament.
    May 26, 2000
  • CIAA Issues Commissioner's Report
  • SWAC Spring Meetings Conclude
  • TRACK HONORS: St. Augustine's College received several honors at the banquet preceeding the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Head coach George Williams was named the Division II male track coach of the year and four former St. Aug athletes were inducted into the Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame.
    Long jumper Cynthia Badgett, sprinter Kenny Brokenburr, hurdler Patricia Davis and sprinter Antonio Pettigrew were joined by Norfolk State sprinter Chandra Sturrup as inductees.
  • DOUBLE DEFEAT: Both Bethune-Cookman and Jackson State lost first round games in the College Baseball World Series. BCC dropped a 6-3 decision to Florida State while Jackson State was handed a 19-1 defeat by LSU.BCC will face Evansville, Saturday morning in Tallahassee while JSU will try to avoid elimination when they meet New Orleans, Saturday morning, in the losers bracket of the Baton Rouge regional.
    May 24, 2000
  • SWAC Football Coaches Say Continue Playing Alabama State
  • Jackson State's Sam Jefferson Tabbed SWAC SID of the Year Again
  • SMALL RESIGNS: After four years on the job, Fayetteville State Athletics Director Horace Small has announced his resignation, effective June 30. He will remain at the university as a full-time instructor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Small may best be remembered as the AD who fired basketball coach Rick Duckett and then after a massive display of public support for the coach, rehired him the following day. Duckett later took the head coaching job at Winston-Salem State where he won two consecutive CIAA championships.
    May 23, 2000
  • SWAC Completes Second Day of Spring Meetings
  • BASEBALL UPDATE: Bethune-Cookman will face Florida State in Tallahassee while Jackson State meets Louisiana State in Baton Rouge Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Division I College World Series.
    West Virginia State saw its bid for a NCAA Division II National Championship fall short last weekend. The Yellow Jackets lost to Slippery Rock, 10-6, last Thursday and were eliminated from the North Atlantic Regional when they dropped a 4-3 decision to Shippensburg.

    May 22, 2000
  • Athletics Directors Tackle a Variety of Issues at SWAC Spring Meetings
  • St. Augustine's Set to Host NCAA D2 Track Championships
  • TIGER GOLFERS ELIMINATED: Jackson State University's golf team was eliminated from the NCAA Division I Golf Championships over the weekend. The Tiger golfers finished last in the 54 hole Central Region with a three-day team total of 925 strokes. Texas won the regional competition and advanced to the finals. The Longhorns edged Kent State University, 847 to 849.
    Scoring for Jackson State (300-294-331=925)
    Milton Carswell,72-77-76=225; Simon Smart, 82-71-79=232; Jon Roddy,79-78-82=239; Chris Register, 72-73-79=224; Kevin Newell,77-73-77=227.
    May 18, 2000
  • DOWN ONE: The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats dropped a 9-1 decision to Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Softball Championships Regional competition in Los Angeles on Thursday. BCC, seeded fifth in the region, will face sixth seeded Canisus, Friday, and attempt to advance out of the loser's bracket. This is BCC's first-ever trip to the NCAA Softball Championships.
  • HOF INDUCTEE: St. Augustine's track coach and athletic director George Williams was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Williams was joined in the Class of 2000 by Duke basketball coach Mike Kryzyzewski and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.

  • FESTIVAL COACH: LeMoyne-Owen Head Basketball Coach Jerry Johnson has been named to the coaching staff for the USA Junior Nationals Championships Sports Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. The event will be held from July 10 - 16, 2000.

  • TIGERS TAGGED: Jackson State University has been placed on probation for five years and the men's cross country and track and field programs will be ineligible for post-season competition for two years for violations of NCAA legislation governing institutional control, financial aid, ethical conduct, playing and practice seasons, and eligibility during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 academic years.
    This marks the second time that the school has faced sanctions concerning its cross country and track & field programs. JSU appeared before the NCAA Infractions Committee in 1992 for similar violations.
    Full NCAA Release
    May 13, 2000
  • Jackson State Tigers To Participate in NCAA Golf Championship
  • NCAA Division I Tennis Championships - First Round
    Women
    Vanderbilt 5, Alcorn State 0 in Nashville, TN
    Florida 5, Bethune-Cookman 0 in Gainesville, FL
    Men
    LSU 4, Alcorn State 0 in Baton Rouge, LA
    Florida 4, Florida A&M 0 in Gainesville, FL
    May 12, 2000
  • N.C. A&T Names Curtis Hunter Head Basketball Coach
  • Bethune-Cookman defeats Texas Southern to advance in NCAA softball tournament
  • MOVIN' ON UP: The Board of Trustees at Alabama State University has approved a proposal to move the school to Division IA status in football. The proposal included plans to build a new multi-use stadium, a hotel and convention center and the National Black Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The total price tag would be over $100 million. When completed, ASU would become the only HBCU playing Division IA football.
  • COACHES INDICTED: Four former Norfolk State coaches have been indicted in connection with travel expense irregularities. Former head basketball coach Mel Coleman, assistant basketball coach Erik Rashad, track coach Steve Riddick and assistant track coach Simon Hodnet were charged with several counts of "forgery of documents submitted to the commonwealth for reimbursement'' from 1996 to 1998. The cases against the coaches stem from an internal NSU audit, which triggered a state police investigation.
    May 6, 2000
  • WNBA HOPEFULS: Four Black College products are listed on the preseason rosters of four WNBA teams. Howard University's Karen Wilkins, and Denique Graves are joined by Florida A&M's Shantell Jackson and West Virginia State's Tomeka Patterson.
    Wilkins, a 1991 grad, will tryout with the expansion Indiana Fever.
    Graves, who was the first and only HBCU player drafted into the league in 1997 is listed on the preseason roster of the Washington Mystics.
    Jackson will tryout for the Miami Sol while Patterson gets a preseason opportunity with the Seattle Storm.
    The WNBA preseason begins on May 13. The regular season tips off on May 29.
    May 4, 2000
  • COTTON BIDS ADIEU: After 17 seasons as Howard University's Head Wrestling Coach, Dr. Paul Cotton will step down effective May 31, 2000. Cotton has indicated that he wants to pursue external opportunities related to his terminal degree and to do research in nutritional sciences.
    Cotton leaves a team that returns 2000 NCAA Qualifer Epharim Walker. Athletic Director Hank Ford will be conducting the search for his replacement.
  • Livingstone's Charles McCullough Resigns as Men's Basketball Coach
    May 3, 2000
  • UGLINESS IN FLORIDA: The MEAC baseball championship ended a bit earlier than expected when a "bat-slinging, ball-throwing melee that involved nearly 80 players, game officials and spectators" ended the championship game with a disqualification of Florida A&M and a second consecutive championship for Bethune-Cookman.
    MEAC officials are gathering reports of the incident from both schools to determine their next move.
    The last three days are recapped in stories in the Tallahassee Democrat.
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