Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Tuskegee football broadcasts to be anchored by experienced Atlanta broadcast crew
ATLANTA- The Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) has hit the bulls eye in hiring the erudite broadcast twins Charles Ward and analyst Mark Lassiter to do six of Tuskegee University’s nine game grid schedule. The network has handed them the pick of the litter, so to speak, of the ‘Skgeee slate. The duo will do the play-by-play and analyzing for the Skegg-FAMU contest this weekend (9-17) in Mobile Alabama (this will be a real “mother for ya” since these two clubs haven’t met in the last twenty years. Tuskegee was bitten by the Rattlers 56-0). The team of Ward-Lassiter then cover ‘Skege-Lane on 9/24, Skegee-UNC Pembroke 10/1, ‘Skegee-Morehouse in Columbus Georgia 10/01, and ‘Skegee –Kentucky State on 10/22. You can hear the broadcasts over www.HSRN.com and Sirius.xm………..
XAVIER BROTHER RAPS:On Jul 20, 19 year old Xavier University sophomore Nicholas Reese faced a tough audience of much older ladies and gentlemen with a speech extolling the virtues of historically black colleges and universities. After finishing his four page address to members of the so-called “McDonald’s breakfast club” of southwest Atlanta, those in attendance were astounded. :” It was a PH.D thesis on race and education,” said retired dentist and history buff Lewin Manly. “ I am amazed with his development at such an early age. I don’t think I could have done what he did.” Among the several topics he addressed, one startled the Atlanta audience when Reese talked about some of the circumstances black students at predominately white colleges faced. One friend attending college at a New York institution which Reese was told is 80% white revealed what he called “unwarranted ignorant questioning and comments he received from fellow students”. ,He told Reese he was asked if he was from the “hood” , a farm or in school on an athletic scholarship. “When he mentioned that part of his scholarship was academic, they seemed in disbelief.” He said his friend at the PWI suggested that many of those stereotypical feelings about black students were encouraged by their “various encounters with the passionate Trump (as in Republican presidential contender Donald) supporters on campus”. Reese said his friends’ bluntness extended to attitudes not just from students but “academic mentors, tutors and fiscal officers.” There was more. “ He reports that the professors were not very helpful and cared little for the students’ performance. ”It’s very different from the overall accounts I get from those attending HBCUs,” Reese said.
Reese says he shrivels at those asserting that HBCUs have outlived their usefulness, especially when he says surveys show that the number of enrollees at the schools have increased sharply since 2005. “It’s appalling to me personally,” he said. “ These schools contribute to the education of future leaders in many African-American communities as well as overall here in the USA in a most major way. Yet these institutions face a variety of issues that contribute to their decline such as lessening federal support, lack of alumni financial support, and ridiculously scrutinizing evaluations on institutional accountability which oftentimes leads to loss of accreditation. That in turn leads to lack of interest from black students.” He also noted that many schools are forced to charge “lesser tuitions (which forces students) to seek higher financial aid than their counterparts at PWIs. That spells a recipe for financial disaster and exacerbates the struggle of HBCUs to remain open and competitive.”
This story appeared in last week’s Atlanta Voice. To read the entire report, click here
IN THE SIAC: Both Morehouse and CAU posted victories the weekend of September 10. The Panthers journeyed to Chicago as opponents of the Marauders of Central State of Ohio in the 19th Chicago football Classic. They won the contest 20-13. Before 34,003 at Soldier Field, the Panthers scored in the third period to break a 13-13 tie at halftime when junior Matthew Daniels finished off a five play, 47 yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run. Late in the fourth period, the Marauders threatened to score but had the drive ruined with an interception by CAU senior linebacker Jacob Mitchell. He returned the snatch 53 yards deep into CSU territory before time expired.
The loss dropped Coach Cedric Pearl’s elevens to 0-2. The win shoves the Cardinal and Black to 1-1 and with last week’s victory being a conference game, moves them into second place in the eastern division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) behind first place Morehouse. However temporary it might be, it’s believed the first time the two schools of the Atlanta University Center have posted 1-2 positions in the east since the SIAC went to a divisional bracket in 2010.
Morehouse is beaming some after winning their home opener against Kentucky State University, 14-3. Before a surprisingly small crowd of 4327, the ‘House jumped on the Thorobred’s defense , scoring first with only 2:53 expired in the first period on an 11-yard pass from senior QB Mongavious Johnson to senior wide receiver Lance McGuffie. Then, midway through the second period, Johnson uncorked a 67-yard bomb to McGuffie which extended the Tiger lead to 14.
Shut out by Morehouse in the first half, Kentucky State’s offense returned to the grass in the third and finally penetrated the score board with 11:55 remaining thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Bill Rose.
That would be the last score for either team, though the Thorobreds issued their share of threats as their offense improved almost 180 degrees in the second half. In fact, Kentucky State was able to penetrate into Morehouse territory five of their seven possessions in the half while Morehouse was successful getting across the 50 only one of their six possessions. “We did much better in the second half,” said KSU’s John Smith in his first season with the Thorobreds. “We didn’t move the ball offensively. Defense played a great game I thought. We made some big mistakes that gave them a couple of touchdowns but we grew as a defense.”
Morehouse head coach Richard Freeman, now in his tenth year at the helm, was also disappointed in the offensive performance of his Tigers in the second half. “ I have to commend our offensive line that opened some seams in the second half for us to sustain a running game. But we had a few turnovers that came and bit us. We left at least 14 points on the gridiron.”
ELSEWHERE IN THE CONFERENCE: Lane College head coach Derrick Burroughs promised a different kind of team in 2016 and so far, he’s keeping his promise.. The Dragons scored late in the fourth quarter to defeat visiting Fort Valley 10-7……
Miles College, fresh off their come- from- behind victory over Fort Valley 34-21 a fortnight ago , apparently lost the magic touch last weekend in their home opener. They were shut out by West Georgia 29-0. The Golden Bears were held to 140 yards of offense to 402 for West Georgia . The Bears also racked up 176 yards in penalties…..
Tuskegee is 2-0 after their 28-18 win over Albany State. 9500 were on hand for the 3rd Whitewater classic held in Phenix Alabama. The Rams overcame a 7-3 deficit at halftime to take the lead in the third period. It was short-lived, however, as Tuskegee scored twice in the third and once in the fourth to take a 28-18 lead……
South Carolina’s Limestone College held on to a 6 point lead to defeat Benedict 19-13 in Columbia, South Carolina. The Tigers scored in the 4th period to narrow the Limestone lead to 6. Earlier in the same period, Benedict had an opportunity to close the gap early but the drive was stopped by an interception.
XTRA POINTS: I’m in the midst of preparing a report on former Morris Brown athletic trainer Walter Smith who was first demoted, then dismissed by the athletic department of Georgia Tech after spending over 30 years with the so-called “Rambling Wrecks” as its head trainer for baseball. Smith, an Atlanta native, has spent well over half his life in the field and told INSIDE he feels his dismissal has some racial overtones. Watch for the exclusive details in a future edition of INSIDE…
A cheerleader from Savannah State University has posted on her website a charge that they had bottles thrown at them and racial slurs hurled their way during a September 3 football game with Georgia Southern University. Published reports said a Georgia Southern police report identified a college baseball pitcher, Evan Challenger was one of the bottle throwers. Once identified, the police report said Challenger was told to leave the stadium. A GSU spokerson said that the school’s athletic department was notified. The cheerleader said she and other members of the Savannah State pep squad were victimized.
SIAC GAMES THIS WEEK AND INSIDE PICKS
Benedict at Central State-Benedict by 2 in OT
Lane at Langston-Tulsa Oklahoma- Lane by 6
Virginia State @Kentucky State-KSU by 6
Elizabeth City vs. Morehouse-Rocky Mount North Carolina-Morehouse by 7
Florida A&M vs. Tuskegee-Mobile Alabama-Tuskegee by 7
CAU @ Fort Valley-CAU by 3
Albany State @ Southeastern-Southeastern by 7
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