For the Week of June 3 - 9, 2013

Spring Sports Round-Up
J.C. Smith's Williams, St. Aug's Jones named top female and male track athletes NEW ORLEANS – Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith and
Jermaine Jones of Saint Augustine's were named national athletes of the year award winners for the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season as chosen by the nation’s coaches in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Williams, a junior from St. Andrew, Jamaica, turned in a pair of alltime performances in winning both the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, in addition to a runner-up showing in the 100 hurdles. She blazed to the win at 200 meters in an all-time Division II record 22.62 after having run a 22.63 during the prelims. Her win at 100 meters came in 11.24, giving her the win by more than a quarter of a second and the No. 4 wind-legal mark in division history. Her runner-up performance in the 100 hurdles in 12.89 makes her the third-fastest performer in DII history. She did not lose a final at either 100 or 200 meters throughout the duration of the outdoor season, including CIAA titles at 100 and 200 meters and the 4×100 relay to go along with a second-place 100 hurdles finish. The award capped an amazing few days for Jones, a Wilmington, N.C., native. Jones ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 relay team which set the DII record twice at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Pueblo, Colo. The Falcons ran 39.01 during preliminaries and followed up with a time of 38.91 in the finals. The 4x100 team, which includes Taffawee Johnson, Ramaan Ansley and Burkheart Ellis, Jr., are the only relay squad in DII history to run under 39 seconds. Jones also won the 200 dash and finished third in the 100 dash on last Saturday in career-best times of 20.57 and 10.34, respectively. His running helped lead the Falcons to the NCAA DII men’s outdoor crown over the weekend. Last Wednesday, Jones received his award for winning Atlantic Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year. "We are proud of him," said George Williams, the legendary St. Aug track & field head coach and athletic director who has led the Falcons to 33 NCAA DII men's and women's titles combined. The CIAA Championships in April 2013 served as a prelude to the DII Championships for Jones, who was named CIAA Most Valuable Men's Track Performer after claiming both the 100 and 200 titles and running on the winning 4x100 relay team. "The key this year was working harder," Jones said. "Listening to the coaches more and taking it more seriously. I thank God, my parents, the coaches and my whole team, both women and men. My teammates supported me a lot because there was a time when I didn’t want to finish workouts but they got me through it." Jones is the third person from St. Aug chosen national USTFCCCA outdoor athlete of the year since the award's inception in 2006. Joe Kindred was named men’s top field athlete in 2008 and 2009 and Kwonya Ferguson won the women’s field athlete award in 2007. A two-sport standout, Jones excelled in football the past three years as a wide receiver for the Falcons. He has 10 career touchdown receptions, mainly on deep passes. "We are glad football let us have him the past two years," Williams said. "It is great to have him."

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VOWELS: Former SWAC and SIAC Commissioner takes over as director of athletics at NCAA Div. I Detroit Mercy.



David 'Deacon' jones succumbs:

David "Deacon" Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end whom some consider the greatest defensive player in NFL history and credited with coining the football team 'sack,' died Monday at the age of 74. He died of natural causes in his Anaheim Hills, Calif., home, the Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper cited his stepson. Deacon Jones Jones' NFL career started in 1961, when he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 14th round (186th overall) out of Mississippi Vocational (now known as Mississippi Valley State). Jones spent his first 11 seasons in Los Angeles, where he teamed with Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy to form "The Fearsome Foursome" -- one of the most famous defensive lines in NFL history. Jones was selected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls with the Rams from 1964 to 1970 and made eight overall. Few would disagree with former Rams coach, the late George Allen, who labeled Jones as the "greatest defensive end of modern football." Jones, also a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was nicknamed "Secretary of Defense" by Rams fans. Jones later was named "defensive end of the Century" by Sports Illustrated in 1999. Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. DETROIT, Michigan – Former SWAC and SIAC Commissioner Robert C. Vowels was named last week as the new Director of Athletics at University of Detroit Mercy. Vowels will oversee the 19 men's and women's athletic teams in the University's Division I intercollegiate athletic program. Vowels most recent position was NCAA Vice President of Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs where he led a department of 26 NCAA staff members and oversaw a budget of $17 million. While at the SWAC, Vowels, a graduate of the N. C. Central School of Law, revised the conference's strategic plan and negotiated a multi-year media agreement with ESPN/ESPNU. During his time at SIAC, Vowels oversaw the expansion of the conference to 11 institutions and negotiated the first multi-year TV deal.

a sweep of both the NCAA Div. II indoor and outdoor championships. With a winning score of 105 points in the outdoor competition, Williams’ Falcons posted the highest winning total since Abilene Christian’s 108½ in 2009. His student-athletes claimed two individual titles and two relay titles, including an all-time DII record 38.91 in the 4×100; two more student-athletes finished runners-up and four others finished third in their events. Chapman The title is the first for Saint Augustine's since 2010. Saint Augustine's entered the championships with a nation-best 23 entries into the meet, including 16 in the sprints and hurdles. The Falcons also claimed the CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships by a wide margin, scoring 213 points to Virginia State's 123 behind nine event titles. Graham, in his sixth season with the Johnson C. Smith program, led his team to its highest outdoor national finish in program history in a narrow runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with 54 team points between just eight entries. His Golden Bulls made a marked improvement in National Championships performance from a season ago, when they finished in a tie for 13th with just 16 points. The Golden Bulls won four events — three individual events and the DII-record-setting 4×100 relay at 44.05 — and finished second and third, respectively, in two others. Danielle Williams set an all-time DII record at 200 meters in 22.64 and the No. 4 time in DII history at 100 meters in 11.24, while Samantha Elliot ran the second-fastest 400 hurdles race in DII history at 56.38. Graham also guided the Lady Golden Bulls to a CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships title behind six event titles. Chapman, in his 10th year with Saint Augustine's, helped coach the Falcons to one of the more dominant championships performances in recent Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships history. Entering the meet with a nation-best 23 event entries into the championships, including 16 entries in the sprints and hurdles, his Falcons scored 105 points and won four event titles and set an all-time DII record in the 4×100 relay at 38.91.

Jackson State, Savannah State fall in NCAA Div. I baseball playoffs SWAC champion Jackson State (34-22) opened its NCAA Baseball


JCSU's Graham, St. Aug's Williams and Chapman win national track coaches awards NEW ORLEANS – Black college coaches won three of the four U.S.

Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national coach of the year awards as chosen in a vote by the nation's coaches. George Williams of Saint Augustine's and Lennox Graham of Johnson C. Smith were named National Coaches of the Year, while Saint Augustine's Sandy Chapman was named a National Assistant Coaches of the Year. Williams, in his 38th season at Saint Augustine's, led the Falcons to

Tournament run in the Baton Rouge Regional with an 11-7 loss to host, and No.1 seeded, LSU on Friday afternoon and was eliminated in a 15-1 loss to UL-Lafayette Saturday at Alex Box Stadium. Designated hitter Aneko Knowles had four hits in five at bats, one run and one RBI vs. LSU. Right fielder Fred Hampton had three hits with two runs and two RBI. Charles Tillery had two hits and two RBI. Second baseman Stephen Curtis had two hits and scored the only run vs. ULL. Third baseman Gary Thomas had two hits and drove in the only run. Florida State scored ten runs in the first three innings en route to a 10-0 shutout of MEAC champion Savannah State Friday in the first round of the Tallahassee Regional. The Tigers (33-23) were eliminated in a 3-2 loss to Alabama on Saturday. Right fielder Mendez Elder had two hits in the loss to Florida. Shortstop Todd Hagen and second baseman Darien Campbell and right fielder David Richards each had two hits vs. Alabama.

BCSP Notes
Morehouse men, Albany State women top SIAC All-Sports The men of Morehouse College and women of Albany State University have captured the SIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Awards for the 2012-2013 athletics season. It is the fifth award for the Maroon Tigers in the past six years and ninth women's title in the past decade for Lady Golden Rams. Morehouse scored a total of 41 points to claim this year's Commissioner's Cup, winning conference titles in cross country and track, along with its runner-up finishes in basketball, tennis, and golf. With a solid performance during the spring season, Stillman College finished in second place. The Tigers men's programs were led by its baseball team winning their sixth SIAC Championship in seven years and its men's tennis team, which won its first title in school history. Stillman also received a boost from its track team, which finished third overall at the SIAC Track and Field Championships. Tuskegee University finished in third place in the men's standings. The Golden Tigers football team won the 2012 SIAC Championship. Its baseball team earned a second place finish, while the tennis program finished in third-place. In a close finish. Albany State's women scored 34 points, which was three points more than runner-up Benedict, and six greater than third-place Clark Atlanta. ASU picked up conference titles in cross country and softball. They also received points from runner-up finishes in volleyball and track & field. Benedict won the programs first track and field championship in the spring, while earning runner-up finishes in cross country, basketball, and tennis. The SIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Trophy is presented to the athletic department within the conference that has excelled in both men's and women's sports. A scoring system of 10 points for conference titles, 7 points for runner-


NEW ORLEANS – The Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to relocate the 2013 Toyota SWAC Football Championship and 2014 Basketball Tournament to Houston, Texas for the next three seasons. The football championship game will be held at Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans from 2013 through 2015. The basketball tournament will be housed at the Toyota Center, the home of the NBA Houston Rockets from 2014 through 2016. The 2013 Football Championship is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, while the basketball tournament is slated for March 11-15, 2014.

up finishes in championships, and 4 points for third place is used to determine the All-Sports standings. Points for football are based on the results of the championship game. Men's & women's basketball, a single-elimination tournament, does not offer a consolation game, so no points are awarded for third place in those sports.


Sadie Magee / Barbara Jacket Award 1 - Alabama State - 91.0 2 - Prairie View A&M - 89.0 3 - Jackson State - 77.0 4 - Miss. Valley State - 72.0 5 - Texas Southern - 68.5 6 - Southern - 57.0 7 - Alabama A&M - 52.5 8 - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 42.5 9 - Alcorn State - 40.5 10 - Grambling State - 40.0 C.D. Henry Award - Men 1 - Prairie View A&M - 72.0 2 - Jackson State - 66.5 3 - Alabama State - 62.5 4 - Texas Southern - 57.0 5 - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 50.5 6 - Mississippi Valley State - 44.5 7 - Alcorn State - 42.5 8 - Alabama A&M - 38.0 9 - Southern - 37.0 10 - Grambling State - 36.5

James Frank Commissioner's Cup 1 - Prairie View A&M - 161.0 2 - Alabama State - 153.5 3 - Jackson State - 143.5 4 - Texas Southern - 125.5 5 - Miss. Valley State - 116.5 6 - Southern - 94.0 7 - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 93.0 8 - Alabama A&M - 90.5 9 - Alcorn State - 42.5 10 - Grambling State - 36.5

as one of the SWAC's best programs after winning the James Frank SWAC Commissioner's Cup Award for overall program success for the second straight year. The Panthers also won the C.D. Henry Award for the top men's team in the league while finishing second to Alabama State by a mere two points in the race for the women's Sadie Magee/Barbara Jacket Award. Prairie View A&M totaled 161.0 points to claim the Frank Award. The Panthers won two first place titles in men's competition as they won championships in tennis and indoor track & field. They also recorded three second place finishes (baseball, cross county, outdoor track & field) and two others in the top five. In the women's competitions, Prairie View A&M had six top five finishes, including the school's second consecutive bowling championship and two second-place finishes in outdoor and indoor track & field. The Panthers outdistanced Jackson State in the race for the Henry Award 72-66.5, while Alabama State was third in the men's standings with 62.5 points. A mere two points was all that separated PV from sweeping all three awards for the second straight year as Alabama State won the Magee/Jacket Award by a margin of 91-89.

Praire View A&M wins SWAC All-Sports Award Prairie View A&M has solidified its claim

Women's National Invitation Tournament. The official tournament bracket with first-round opponents, game dates and times will be announced next month. It is A&T's second appearance in the Preseason WNIT, after posting a 1-2 record in the 2009 Preseason WNIT. A&T is also the third HBCU and second MEAC team to have participated twice in the Preseason WNIT, joining Grambling State and Hampton. The WNIT invites 16 teams every year to its preseason tournament. There are over 300 D1 programs in the country. "North Carolina A&T State University receiving an invite lets us know that there is an established standard of excellence in women's basketball here," said A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson.

Super Bowl champion GM to speak at Tuskegee

NC A&T women to play in 2013 Preseason WNIT

GREENSBORO, NC – The North Carolina A&T women's basketball team is one of 16 teams selected to compete in the 2013 Preseason

The Tuskegee University National Athletics Association (TUNAA) will sponsor a fundraising gala, "An Evening with Ozzie Newsome," at 7 p.m. on June 21 at the Kellogg Conference Center on the Tuskegee University Campus. Proceeds from the Black Tie affair go to the Iolantha E. Spencer Memorial Newsome Athletic Scholarship Fund. Newsome, an alumnus of the University of Alabama, is general manager of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and a member of the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame. He is a native of Leighton, Ala. Tickets are $125 per person, with $90 being tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased by cash, check, money order or credit card. For rooms, contact the Kellogg Center at 334727-3000 or 800-949-6161. Mention TUNAA Gala to get the rate. For additional information, please contact James Arrington, TUNAA Executive Director, at 334-724-4711/334-552-1157.

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