Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Hiring signs out at five HBCUs
Any of you coaches out there looking for a spot(or looking for a better hustle than the one you got ?). Dust off your resumes (if you have to) , get a book of stamps or sit down before a good computer free of most viruses and snail mail or e-mail them to at least five schools who have indicated they’ve either booted their current coach or had same to retire (as in Norfolk State’s Pete Adrian).
According to this site and other sources and resources reaching ole INSIDE, two vacancies have popped up on my SIAC beat. James Woody is gone from Benedict after three seasons full time and a half season as interim. In an earlier column, we mentioned Lane’s interim head coach Malk Hoskins resigned (the school is also looking for an AD as well.
Although I’m not certain they are looking, Clark-AU’s Athletic director’s office is vacant. )
Reggie Barlow of Alabama State is gone after eight seasons. Adrian has decided to retire after 10 seasons as the Spartan pilot. Prairie View ‘s head coach Heishma Northern didn’t get his contract renewed (in other words, he was fired). He had been with the program four years. All the schools have issued the same tired line about the national search underway.
I am sure by now, the colleges have been overrun with resumes. I’ve done some thinking about possibilities myself. Here are my thoughts on possible replacements:
*Anthony Jones-former head coach at Alabama A&M, now at UAPB
*Henry Frazier- Where is he? Good question. He did build a winning program while at Prairie View, after several of us scribes thought him a big fool for going to a pitiful program (at the time) and leaving a promising program he assembled at Bowie State. His last watch was at North Carolina Central.
*Keith Higdon- He’s now at Tuskegee. The problem, as I mentioned in another column is wrestling him away from “Skegee…
*Natrone Means- The former NFL great is currently an assistant at Winston Salem…..
*Greg Thompson- former head coach and AD at Morris Brown and Stillman head coach who was booted after leaving the school a winning record and sending several players to the NFL. He’s presently living in his home town of Atlanta
*Ronnie Millen- former head coach at Atlanta’s Grady High School. Several athletes under the former Clark-AU player are tearing up the major college ranks, including University of Georgia senior cornerback Damian Swann
*Shepherd Skanes- the former head coach and Athletic Director at Concordia-Selma Alabama is now assistant coach at Morehouse College
*Lee Calland- a member of the first team of Atlanta Falcons from 1966, he has since worked as defensive coordinator at Fort Valley, assistant coach at Morris Brown and more recently was hired as assistant coach at Benedict before budget constraints blocked the hire.
NOW WITH THE SIAC: Home field advantage failed to hold same for the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University as they succumbed to visiting West Georgia 20-17 November 22 in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Ironically, Tuskegee’s first trip to the playoffs in school history last year ended up with the Golden Tigers losing a tough battle with the University of North Atlanta 30-27 on the road.
Tuskegee found themselves trailing 13-0 at halftime but came out the locker room in the third period and scored on a two yard run by Michael Thor, who scored again late in the fourth quarter to bring the Golden Tigers to within three points of the West Georgia lead.
Then, with 57 seconds to go, Tuskegee got their hands on the oval once at their own one yard line. But a stiff West Georgia defense didn’t permit the Tigers to advance any further than their own 36. On a 4th down and 18, quarterback Kevin Lacey was sacked for a loss of six yards, which effectively ended the contest.
Both Tuskegee quarterbacks Lacey and Senior man Justin Nared saw action with the latter the most productive, throwing for 111 yards . But collectively they were sacked five times. Tuskegee committed two turnovers in the game, one of them converted by West Georgia for a score. In the fourth period, a fumble by West Georgia allowed Tuskegee to score and pull to within three points of the Wolves lead.
West Georgia , winning their first ever Division II playoff game after four previous tries, journeys to Cleveland, Mississippi Saturday for a second round date with Delta State, a team they defeated during the regular season.
In the only other SIAC action last weekend, Stillman College fought to within three points of the Alabama State lead but lost to the Hornets 30-27 in the 91st Turkey Day classic in Montgomery.
FINAL SIAC STANDINGS
1-Albany State -7-3
1-Tuskegee-9-3 (SIAC champ)
6-Lane – 1-8
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