FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 24 - 30, 2012

Slim pickings in NFL Draft
By LUT WILLIAMS There are no prospects from the black college ranks expected to be taken early as the 2012 NFL Draft gets underway this week. In fact, its hard to say who is the most coveted black college talent headed into Thursday's first round of selections that will begin at 8 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Rounds two and three are set for Friday, April 27th starting at 7 p.m. Selections in the fourth thru seventh rounds begin Saturday at noon. It will likely be Saturday before a black college player goes off the boards. Unlike a year ago when Hampton defensive tackle Kendrick Ellis (a third round selection of the New York Jets) was the clear No. 1 black college prospect and a sure fire early pick, no 2012 black college player has been consistently rated head-and-shoulders above the rest. Rather, a group of about four or five has been given similar ratings and is projected, at best, as late round selections. A larger group fits into the 'sleeper' category meaning the players have talent that could intrigue a team enough to take a chance on them in the draft. The latter was the scenario that landed S. C. State offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath, Alabama A&M defensive tackle Frank Kearse and Florida A&M cornerback Curtis Holcolmb at the back end (7th round) of last year's draft. The top rated players this year are Prairie
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FLURRY OF ACTIVITY

ON THE MOVE: BethuneCookman sack specialist Ryan Davis has quickly moved up the NFL Draft board and could be a surprise selection in this week's draft.

NEW HOOPS COACHES AT GRAMBLING, NC A&T, NC CENTRAL AND TEXAS SOUTHERN

UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS

TIM O'NEAL GETS ANOTHER WIN:

EL JADIDA, MOROCCO – American golfer Tim O’Neal, the former Jackson State standout from Savannah, Ga., is making headway playing overseas. O'Neal, one of four eGolf Tour members serving as ambassadors to the country of Morocco, collected his third Atlas Pro Tour win in the last two months with rounds of 71-72-69—212 (4-under) to win the Open Madaef in mid-April EPD Tour Photo by one shot over Finland’s Janne O'NEAL Martikainen. The win and two top ten finishes since then have put him in second on the European Development Tour (EPD), one of four official Satellite European Tours, and has him ready to consider a full season on the EPD and a drive for a top five finish and promotion to the Challenge Tour, the second tier men's professional golf tour in Europe. Germany's Martin Kaymer, who last year reached No. 1 in the world, is the EPD's most celebrated graduate. O'Neal trailed Martikainen by four shots headed into the final round and was down by eight shots with 16 holes left after the Finnish golfer got off to a hot birdie-eagle start. Martikainen's torrid start gave way to bogeys at Nos. 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9 and a front-nine 38, which paired with an even-par 36 from O’Neal on the opening nine to reduce the Finland native's lead to two shots with just nine holes to play. O'Neal birdied the par-4 15th to pull even and a timely birdie on the par-5 18th gave him a one-stroke lead. When Martikainen could only manage a par on the 18th, the former JSU Tiger had his third win across the water. "It was a great week for me, but certainly not an easy one," said O’Neal For O’Neal, the win at El Jadida was worth €5,000 (the equivalent of $6,550), and kept him at No. 1 on the Atlas Tour's winter series money list, while moving him up to No. 2 on the EPD Tour money list. The win was the third in two months for O'Neal, who claimed the Palmeraie Open title on the Atlas Pro Tour/Alps Tour on February 11th and the Mogador Open title on the Atlas Pro Tour/EPD Tour on February 23rd. He followed his latest win with a tie for ninth at the Oen Dar Es Salaam and a tie for sixth place at the Open Lixus. Those results have kept him in second place in the 2011 EPD Order of Merit. Grambling State head football coach Doug Williams has filed suit against the school claiming that the school reneged on contract promises and is not trying to force him to sign a reduced deal. The suit, filed in state court, says Williams agreed in February 2011 to a contract including a guaranteed salary and performance bonuses following GSU Sports Photo negotiations with Grambling PresiWILLIAMS dent Frank Pogue. But according to the suit, Pogue later told Williams that the contract could not be approved. Pogue suggested renegotiation which Williams rejected, the suit says. The suit alleges that by the time Pogue tried to renegotiate the contract, Williams had "quit his previous job, sold his home, moved his family to Louisiana and was actively working as the Grambling head football coach." The suit also alleges Williams and his staff were not paid promised bonuses for winning the 2011 SWAC championship and that Williams has been told the money will be paid if he signs a reduced contract. The suit also says Williams has been presented a series of reduced contracts with a 'take it or leave it' option. The suit names Grambling, the University of Louisiana system and Pogue as defendants and asks for damages equal to what Williams would have made under his unapproved contract plus punitive damages. In a statement, UL System President Randy Moffett said the university and the system have been negotiating with Williams in good faith for almost a year. "We have offered him one of the highest salary and incentive compensation packages in Grambling's conference," Moffett said. "We believe that we did everything possible to come to a mutually beneficial arrangement without comprising the University's academic core." This is Williams's second stint as head coach at his alma mater. He replace legendary coach Eddie Robinson from 1998 to 2003 winning three straight SWAC titles.
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View A&M defensive end Adrian Hamilton, Hampton defensive back Micah Pellerin, and South Carolina State safeties Christian Thompson and Donovan Richard. Of the four, Thompson, a transfer from Auburn, at 6-0, 211 with legitimate 4.5 (40) speed, has been rated among the top ten free safeties in the draft and could well be the first to go off the boards. He ran the fastest 40 time among safeties at the Combine. Richard, who was clocked at sub 4.5 in the 40 at his Pro Day at S. C. State, has a solid top 20 rating as a strong safety. At 6-1, 220, he played a linebacker position for the Bulldogs and led the team with 119 tackles. That position translates to strong safety at the next level. Hamilton, an Oklahoma State signee and Texas Tech transfer, registered 22 sacks to break NFL sack specialist Robert Mathis of Alabama A&M's SWAC record. While Hamilton does not appear to have the explosive burst that Mathis has, scouts like his combination of speed and upperbody strength. Pellerin is thought to have good speed and instincts and is a good-sized cornerback (6-0. 194) in a pool thought to be short on size. Bethune-Cookman standout pass-rusher Ryan Davis is perhaps at the head of a long list of players that possess the kind of talent and athletic ability that could intrigue an NFL team. Davis has been invited recently to private workouts for four or five teams. The same for Grambling playmaking

THOMPSON TOP PROSPECTS

HAMILTON

Adrian Hamilton, OLB, Prairie View A&M - 6-3, 255 - 4.75 Christian Thompson, S, SC State - 6-0, 211 - 4.5 Micah Pellerin, DB, Hampton - 6-0, 194 - 4.68 Donovan Richard, S, SC State - 6-1, 220 - 4.49 Ryan Davis, DE, Bethune-Cookman - 6-3, 261 - 4.84 Mario Louis, WR, Grambling - 6-0, 195 - 4.6 Ian Davidson, DT, Hampton - 6-3, 315 - 5.15 Dominique Ellis, FS, 5-10, 195 - 4.55 Brandon Harvey, ILB, Delaware State - 5-10, 238 - 4.83 Reggie Sandilands, ILB, Bethune-Cookman, 6-0, 225 - 4.79 David LeGree, QB, Hampton - 6-4, 249 - 4.98 Casey Therriault, QB, Jackson State - 6-3, 205 - 4.80 Delano Johnson, OLB, Bowie State - 6-5, 266 - 4.92 Antonio Dennard, CB, Langston - 5-11, 184 - 4.55 Charles Deas, DT, Shaw - 6-4, 306 - 5.55 LaQuenton Evans, WR, Southern - 6-2, 190 - 4.44 Lanny Kelly, CB, Howard - 5-11, 190 - 4.59

OTHERS

wideout Mario Louis who Grambling head coach Doug Williams has compared to a young Terrell Owens. There are enough intriguing prospects in this year's draft to prevent tying the all-time low of two players that went off the boards in 2010 and 2004. But just how many will be drafted and how many will go the free agent route is anyone's guess.

DOUG WILLIAMS SUING GRAMBLING:

GREENSBORO, NC - Cy Alexander has been hired as the new North Carolina A&T men’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Earl Hilton announced last week. A&T will announce Alexander as its new coach at a news conference to be schedule in the near future. Alexander brings with him a wealth of experience in constructing a championship program within the MEAC. Alexander led S.C. State to seven MEAC tournament title games, winning five of those contests over a 16-year span. Before Alexander arrived in OrAlexander angeburg, the Bulldogs had captured only one MEAC regular-season title, and they reached just one MEAC tournament final. In addition, the school was coming off of its ninth straight losing season. When Alexander left S.C. State in 2003, he had won nearly 60 percent of his games and more than 70 percent of his conference games. Alexander will be asked to restore the Aggies tradition of winning MEAC titles. The Aggies own a league-leading 15 MEAC tournament titles, but have not been crowned champions since 1995. Alexander’s time in the MEAC began in 1976. He spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Howard under A.B. Williamson. In 1987, he was named the head coach at S.C. State. He was able to compile a 277-202 record overall and a 191-79 record in the MEAC. In year one at S.C. State, he was 16-13. By year two, the Bulldogs finished 25-8, broke the school record for wins and advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning the school's first MEAC tournament title. Alexander was now on his way to piecing together what became one of the most successful coaching runs in MEAC history. Alexander's efforts helped him win three MEAC Coach of the Year honors while at S.C. State, including the 2003 honor for leading the Bulldogs to their fifth MEAC crown. His S.C. State teams received the prestigious American Sports Wire Black College National Championship three times (1996, ‘98, ‘00). In 1996, he was named American Sports Wire National Coach of the Year. He is also a member of the S.C. State Hall of Fame. After the ’03 season, Alexander became the head men’s basketball coach at Tennessee State University. Alexander spent six seasons with the Tigers. Alexander is a Winston-Salem, N.C., native, who has a 344-308 career record over 22 seasons. He will be the ninth Aggie men’s basketball coach of the modern era.

Cy Alexander back in the MEAC, named new NC A&T men's head coach

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DURHAM, N.C. - With a reputation of winning and 18 years of head coaching experience, Johnson C. Smith head coach Vanessa Taylor was announced as the eighth head women's basketball coach at North Carolina Central University last week during a press conference in the Emma Marable Conference Room of the William Jones Building on the NCCU campus. Taylor leaves JCSU after 11 seasons and seven seasons as head coach at Elizabeth City State University. During that time, her teams posted 13 consecutive winning seasons, including six campaigns with 20-plus victories. She was selected as the Central IntercolleTaylor giate Athletic Association Coach of the Year on three occasions (1998, 2000, 2011). She guided JCSU to its first CIAA tournament title in 2009, while finishing as conference tournament runners-up on five occasions (2003, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012). Under Taylor’s leadership, the Golden Bulls made five NCAA tournament appearances (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012) and garnered top 25 national rankings in four seasons (2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12). Taylor is the all-time winningest women's basketball coach at JCSU with a school record of 215-112 and career record of 298-207. Prior to joining the JCSU program, Taylor spent seven seasons as the head coach at Elizabeth City State (1994-2001) and two seasons as an assistant coach at Hampton University (1992-94). Under her direction at ECSU, the Lady Vikings won the regular-season Eastern Division championship in 2000 and 2001. She was selected as the 1997 and 1998 CIAA Coach of the Year with the Lady Vikings. Her NCCU appointment is a five-year term beginning July 1, with an annual salary of $120,00

JCSU's Taylor taking over at NC Central

HOUSTON- Legendary former WNBA star Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was formally introduced as the new women's basketball head coach at Texas Southern University last week. Cooper-Dyke is the 13th coach in the program's history. TSU marks her third head coaching position at the NCAA Division I level. Cooper-Dyke comes to Texas Southern from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington where she led the Seahawks to back-to-back postseason appearances in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and was named 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year. In two seasons at UNCW, Cooper-Dyke compiled a 44-22 overall record with a 28-13 mark in Cooper-Dyke conference play. Cooper-Dyke began her collegiate coaching career at Prairie View A&M where her teams captured three straight conference titles, two SWAC Tournament titles, two NCAA tournament appearances and two WNIT postseason appearances. Cooper-Dyke was named SWAC Coach of the Year twice. Her teams dominated SWAC regular season play compiling an impressive 64-26 record over a five-year period. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. She is also a USA Olympic Gold Medal winner. Cooper-Dyke captured four championship titles while playing with the Houston Comets and was named WNBA Finals MVP a total of four times. She played her college ball at the University of Southern California where she helped lead the team to back-to-back national titles. "I'm extremely excited to take over as head coach of the Texas Southern women's basketball program," said Cooper-Dyke. "There’s a lot of talent within the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the program here at Texas Southern has limitless potential. We plan to recruit the best student-athletes in Houston, the state of Texas and across the country. Texas Southern can be one of the premier women's basketball programs in the nation and we will work diligently to make that a reality." Texas Southern finished a combined 11-49 the past two seasons including a 5-31 record in conference play. Cooper-Dyke will look to finalize her coaching staff during the upcoming week.

Cooper-Dyke leaves UNC-Wilmington; Returns to the SWAC at Texas Southern

GREENSBORO, April 20, 2012 -- Patricia Cage-Bibbs has resigned as the head women's basketball coach at North Carolina A&T. Bibbs, a graduate of Grambling State, was announced as the school's next head women's basketball coach last week. The legendary coach spent the last seven seasons at A&T, where she compiled a 130-88 record. Bibbs' .596 winning percentage is the best in school history, and her win total is second all-time behind Tim Abney. She recently became the first women's basketball coach in history to win 500 career games exclusively at a Cage-Bibbs Division I historically black college or university. "The wonderful and kindhearted people at North Carolina A&T will always be a part of my extended family," said Bibbs, who has a career record of 501-294. "There are not enough words to express my gratitude for all Aggie Nation has meant to me and my family. At this time in my life however, I want to be closer to my immediate family," the Louisiana native continued. "I'm looking forward to the fortunate opportunity I have to coach at my alma mater again. I will miss the A&T fans and my players so, so much, but I will cherish all the outstanding memories we shared." A&T fans have a lot to cherish. The A&T women won just 37 games in the six seasons prior to Bibbs' arrival in April of 2005. By season three, Bibbs turned the Aggies into the MEAC's premiere team. The 2007-08 season started a string of three consecutive MEAC regular-season championships. A&T compiled a dominant record of 44-4 in conference play during that span. The team solidified its place in history by winning the 2009 MEAC Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed. At the time, it was the highest seed ever earned by a Division I HBCU. The 2008-09 team also won a school-record 26 games. The following season, the Aggies made even more history under Bibbs. They won their first two games of the 2010 postseason WNIT, and became the first Division I HBCU to win two consecutive games in a NCAA-sponsored postseason tournament. Bibbs boasts wins over Wake Forest, Charlotte (twice) and Clemson during her time at A&T. Five of North Carolina A&T's 12 1,000-point career scorers are Bibbs signees. She won MEAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and '09. Bibbs' 27 seasons of collegiate coaching include a 13-year stay at Grambling State and a seven-year stint at Hampton University. She has made nine postseason appearances, won 12 regular-season titles and 10 conference tournament titles. Her teams have won 20 or more games 13 times, have finished in first or second place 19 times and she has won conference coach of the year on 10 separate occasions. Two of Bibbs' most recent milestones came as A&T defeated UNC Asheville 88-62 on Nov. 23, 2007 for her 400th career win and on Feb. 27, 2012 when she secured win No. 500 in an 88-74 win over Savannah State.

Cage-Bibbs resigns at NC A&T to return to SWAC and Grambling

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