Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Scuttlebutt about coaching hires is alive and well in black college football
Through a few well-placed INSIDERS, Iím hearing a lot about who the HBCU schools in the hunt for new head football coaches are smoking over. Iëm not at liberty to name names simply for the sake of those under consideration who are currently gainfully employed. Since I donít know whoís got permission to do what and because many of those named I count as friends, I will respect them by not venturing and jeopardizing their futures.í
One name that did draw some surprises from this scribe is Tyrone Willingham, the now retired former head coach at Notre Dame who reportedly is getting a look-see from Florida A&M University.. There have been continued rumblings that the first black head coach for the Fighting Irish was royally screwed by the school. Another familiar name from my projected recommendation of coaches that deserved to be heard and not just seen by the HBCU presidents and ADs is Henry Frazier, the former pilot for North Carolina Central, Prairie View and Bowie State. Although Iím not certain of his whereabouts, I understand he has been interviewed by at least one school (wouldnít surprise me if it was Prairie View). Keep reading the humble words of this scribe and Iíll keep you clued in on who is moving where when some things are confirmed to me.
One coach who wants in to the coaching selection process gave me an opportunity to peak at his resume. Thomas Balkcom currently lives in Athens, Georgia........
ìAs an experienced coaching change agent, utilizing a transformational leadership style,
I possess twenty years (20) of highly productive coaching experience, HBCU(SIAC, MEAC), D2, FCS and FBS experience, 12 years of coordinator experience (OC, DC, STC),12 years of collegiate coaching experience with 8 years as a coordinator, and 3 years of head football coach experience. One of thirty college coaches chosen to attend theprestigious 2013 NCAA and NFL Coaching Academy that develops future NCAA/NFL head football coaches. Completed 2 NFL Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowships. Routinely developed nationally ranked defensive and special teams units on the FCS and FBS collegiate football levels. I have extensive leadership and management experience in the administration of the technical and developmental elements of sports programs, as well as the implementation and fiscal control of the operating football budget as the Head Coach.
Balkcom can be reached at www.coachbalkcom.com
SIAC HOOPS: Looks like one time Fort Valley menís head pilot Michael Moore, now coaching at his alma mater Albany State is already making some noise in Ram land. The latest stats I have as of Saturday, December 6th have ASU in first place in the SIAC east with a record of 3-3. Two of those three wins have occurred at home. Right underneath ASU is Morehouse with a mark of 2-4 which includes a win at home vs. Fisk back in November. Tuskegee is leading in the SIAC west with a 3-2Ö.In the womenís ledger, the Breds of Kentucky State are first in the SIAC west at 3-1 overall..They are followed by Miles (1-1) and Stillman (0-2). The east leader is Claflin, rolling along at 5-0 with Benedict (4-0) right on their heels and Clark-AU (2-3).
XTRA POINTS: There are rumblings that longtime Albany State head football coach James ìIronî Mike White may be leaving the Rams. No confirmation but it is creating a huge buzz on this web siteís chat line( and probably every barber and beauty and happy hours bar in Dougherty County ) ÖÖ..40 years ago this year, Atlanta native Leonard ì8-ballî King, who was partly responsible for the success of the Birmingham Americans, the most successful team in the short-lived World Football League as its director of player personnel, started one of the first free agent pro football tryout camps in the United States. The Morris Brown graduate who also carries a legal degree as well, ran the camp until 1992 and to his credit, managed to get a lot of undrafted players and their talents before scouts from the NFL , CFL, USFL and Arena FootballÖ.i wonder how many other administrators at colleges the size of UAB want to dump their football programs because of expense but are too afraid to approach alums and students with the idea? Meanwhile, expect a lot of those UAB players to attempt transfers to Miles, Stillman, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Tuskegee and maybe even to the AU center schools to continue their careers..
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