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FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 19 - 25, 2012

BCSP Notes
The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, at its monthly meeting Monday in Baton Rouge, approved the three-year contract for Grambling State University (GSU) Head Football Coach, Doug Williams. "The University is delighted that Coach Williams successfully led the Tiger Football team to an astounding 2011 football season that culminated in winning the 2011 SWAC Championship. Having received all appropriate signatures and board approval on the contract, the university will continue to move forward in preparation for another victorious season this fall," stated GSU President, Frank Pogue. "On behalf of the Grambling State University family, we express our appreciation to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors for their support." Williams sued the school back in April claiming that it had reneged on contract promises. The suit stated that Williams agreed to a contract in February 2011 that included guaranteed salary and performance bonuses, but the UL System Board never voted on the contract as required by law. The main point of contention was that Williams and his staff were not paid bonuses promised for winning the 2011 SWAC championship. "After talking with Dr. Pogue and all other interested parties, we were able to come together on common ground. We all want what's best for Grambling State University and to ensure that the university continues to move in a positive direction," said Williams.

Grambling State, Doug Williams settle contract dispute

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FIGHTING HAWKS: MarylandEastern Shore only HBCU women's program in Capital One Cup standings and only HBCU with track and eld rst team all-American.

MVSU, JACKSON STATE SETTLE ON HOOPS COACHES; GRAMBLING, DOUG WILLIAMS REACH AGREEMENT

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS

Elvis Robinson to lead Miss. Valley State women's hoops

Potts, who was also an assistant at Delta State from 2006-08, will have the interim tag removed from his name after signing a multi-year deal with MVSU. He will be the ninth head men's basketball coach in school history. "He presented himself well during the interview process," said MVSU interim director of athletics Donald Sims. "He also has a plan for our men's basketball program for them to excel academically and athletically, which is very important." Potts, an Indianola native who played at LSU and Delta State, was the primary assistant coach on last year's squad that racked up a SWAC regular season and tournament title along with an NCAA Tournament appearance -- the fth in school history. The Delta Devils also once held the nation's second-longest win streak (17 games) during the 2011-12 season. Potts got his start as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Delta State, in 2001 before he made stops at Greenville-Weston (2002-03) and Tupelo High School (2003-06). He was an assistant coach under Jason Conner from 2006-08 at DSU before joining Woods at MVSU in 2008. Potts earned his associates of science degree from Lon Morris College in 1997 before getting a bachelor's degree in physical education from DSU in 2000. He nished his master's program in physical education from DSU in 2002.

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TRIPLE JUMPER: Prairie View A&M sophomore Preston Woodard was named a second team All-American after his ninth-place nish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced those that earned USTFCCCA All-America distinctions for the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Honors are awarded for performances at the nal site of the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships occurring the last weekend in Des Moines, UMES Sports Photo Iowa. The top eight nishers GUION-FIRMIN receive rst-team designation, 9-thru-16 nishers earn the second team. Six athletes from HBCUs made the rst or second team list led by Maryland-Eastern Shore standout Lenora Guion-Firmin. Guion-Firmin posted a 52.65-second time in the 400-meter dash nals and was the only HBCU performer to make the nals in an event. Sprinting from lane one, Guion-Firmin nished eighth in the nal event. Prairie View A&M sophomore Preston Woodard nished ninth nationally in the triple jump to become the top HBCU male performer. The Sweeny, Texas standout advanced to the nals with a jump of 52-2. He had four additional attempts to move up in the standings but came up just short as his second-best jump registered 52-1 3/4. He nished ninth overall and earned second team honors Savannah State sprinter Amara Jones earned second team honors based on her performance in the 400 meter dash. Her best time was 52.7 seconds, just 1/10th of a second behind GuionFirmin and 11th overall. Men's second team honors also went to Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot putter Terron Armstead, Morgan State's discus thrower Emmanuel Stewart and UMES's SSU Sports Photo Andre Walsh in the 400 meter JONES hurdles.

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ITTA BENA Mississippi Valley State announced Monday that Elvis Robinson will take over the women's basketball program as head coach. It will mark the rst head coach position for the former Alcorn State and Jackson State assistant. Robinson, a 2004 graduate of MVSU, takes over for Nate Kilbert, who recently left for the same position at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. "We did a thorough search and Robinson presented himself as a top candidate," said MVSU interim director of athletics Donald Sims. "We have faith that he will keep the program going in the right direction." Robinson, who was most recently an assistant at JSU, played for the Delta Devils from 2000-04 and was a member of the 2003-04 regular season SWAC championship squad. He went on to become a graduate assistant for the Alcorn State women's basketball team from 2004-06. The Lady Braves won the 2004-05 SWAC championship. He then served as an assistant coach at Alcorn from 200608 before heading to Jackson State in 2006. At JSU, served in multiple capacities including assistant coach, assistant head coach and interim head coach. Robinson, a 1999 graduate of Callaway High School, earned his master's of secondary education from Alcorn State in 2007.

Potts to replace Woods in men's basketball at Mississippi Valley State

ITTA BENA -- Mississippi Valley State University has lled its head men's basketball coaching vacancy. The university announced Monday that interim head coach Chico Potts, who had served a four-year stint as an assistant under previous head coach Sean Woods, has been named head coach. Woods left for Morehead State last month.

(JACKSON, Miss.) Jackson State named Surina R. Dixon Friday as the Lady Tigers new head women's basketball coach. Dixon, a Mississippi native, comes to Jackson State from Southwind High School in Memphis where she compiled a 67-20 overall record over three seasons as head basketball coach. She brings over 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels. She is familiar with the SWAC having served as head coach at Texas Southern in 2008 where she was red before ever coaching a game. Last August, she was awarded $730,000 by a jury after ling a federal lawsuit in which she claimed her ring was retaliation for complaining about gender discrimination regarding her contract. From 2005 to 2007, Dixon was the head coach for Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. During her tenure, the Lady Dragons posted one of the highest grade point averages and most wins in over a decade. Prior to Lane College, Dixon spent four seasons as the head coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). While at UMES, she recorded three straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament rst round wins, and her Lady Hawks teams graduated at a 99 percent rate. Before UMES, Dixon served as the head assistant coach at Arkansas State University, where she helped lead the Lady Indians to their best start in school history and their rst top 25 national ranking. Dixon also worked as the assistant coach at Texas Southern, where she helped guide the Lady Tigers to their best nish in over a decade. Before joining the collegiate ranks, Dixon was a successful coach in the Memphis school district. At Germantown Middle School, she won eight district and six county championships and a run of ve undefeated seasons. While at Germantown, she posted a 165-29 overall record.

Surina Dixon named new head women's basketball coach at Jackson State

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UMES 32nd IN CAPITAL ONE CUP:

With 20 points, the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore tied with three other schools Georgetown, Minnesota and Texas Christian for 32nd in the nal women's standings for the Capital One Cup given to the best women's Div. I athletic program in the country. Stanford won the cup with 152.5 points, UCLA was second with 110. UMES nished in the top 10 percent of all women's programs. UMES is the only HBCU to record points in the nal standings. The points can be attributed to the success of the UMES women's bowling team, who not only won backto-back national championships, but nished rst in the nal National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll. The UMES volleyball team won the MEAC title.
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PRINCESS ANNE, MD - Three female track stars that helped propel the Maryland-Eastern Shore Lady Hawks women's team to a secondplace nish in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships are now earning honors on their native French national team. MEAC outdoor champions Cynthia Anais and standouts Lenora Guion Firmin and Emelie Ducados competed in that country's national championships recently to represent their country at this summer's Olympics. Guion-Firmin will represent UMES and France in the 2012 Olympic Games in London after nishing third in the 400-meter dash to qualify for a spot on the team with her time of 53.10 seconds. With her third place nish, Guion-Firmin earned a spot in the 400-meter relay pool of runners. If she runs an acceptable "A" standard time she could also run in the 400-meter dash event. "This is such a privilege for her [Guion-Firmin] to represent her country," said UMES head coach Ernest Barrett. "It's every track studentathletes dream to run in the Olympic Games." At the collegiate level, Guion-Firmin recently competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She punched her ticket to the nals with a 52.23 time in the 400-meter dash preliminary round in Jacksonville, Florida. In the nals she posted a 52.65 time, good for eighth place. That was enough to receive NCAA First-Team All-American honors. Guion-Firmin is the rst female in UMES history to receive All-American honors in both indoor and outdoor track. In the MEAC Outdoor championships, she nished second in the 400 meters with a time of 52.82 and second in the 200 meters with a time of 23.54. She also helped the Lady Hawks to a fth place nish in the 4x100 meter relay and a third-place nish in the 4x400 relay. She had a hand in scoring 26 points for the Lady Hawks. In her rst year competing for the Hawks, Guion-Firmin set two UMES records. She ran a 23.49-second time in the 200-meter dash and a 52.20-second time in the 400-meter dash. In addition to her second-place nishes in the MEAC Championships, she also nished either rst or second in eight other events in the 2012 season. She had four rst-place nishes,

UMES, MEAC female track stars take talents home to native France

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two in the 400-meter dash, and one in the 100 and 200-meter dash events. She marked a 52.92 at George Mason in the 400 and a faster 52.74 at Morgan State. Her 23.49 sprint in the 200 meters at Morgan State was school-record setting, and her 12.07 nish in the 100 meters at Navy was the only time she ran in the event this season. "Her points alone helped elevate UMES into the top 60 track and eld programs in the country," said Barrett. Guion-Firmin also ran in the 200 meters at George Mason, nishing second with a 23.51 time. At Towson she nished second in the same event with a 23.78. She has been a consistent Peninsula Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week, and received area news coverage earlier in the outdoor track and eld season. "Lenora is a young and talented student-athlete, and if she keeps the re burning and stays focused she will have an even brighter future ahead of her," Barrett stated. The city of Princess Anne, Maryland recognized Guion-Firmin in May with a proclamation for receiving All-American status as an indoor track and eld athlete. Anais placed second in the 800-meter run of the France Championships of Elite Athletics. Anais ran a time of 2:06.55 to advance to the 800-meter run nals. UMES teammate Emilie Ducados nished seventh in the event with her time of 2:10.69. Anais also recently competed in

the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Round prior to her national competition. Anais set a UMES record in the 800-meter run earlier in the season. She ran a 2:04.26 in the IC4A/Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference competition in Princeton, New Jersey. Her time is currently the eighth best in the country. In the 1,500-meter run, Anais ran a 4:28.83, which is her personal best time in the event as a Hawk. In May, Anais won the MEAC 800 meters at the Outdoor Championships with a time of 2:05.97. Ducados was fth in 2:11.37. Anais also took top honors in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:36.39. UMES scored 106 points and nished second to MEAC champion Hampton (136). Anais and Ducados also competed in the 400-meter dash in the outdoor season. In the Towson Invitational (March 31), the pair nished rst and second, respectively. Anais ran 56.24, while Ducados posted a time of 56.63. Ducados ran a 56.34 this season in the 400meters in the Wake Forest Open. She also ran a faster time in the 800-meter run during the MidEastern Athletic Conference Championships. Her time then was a 2:08.51. The Hawks nished its 2012 Outdoor Track and Field season with three NCAAAll- Americans and a Honorable Mention to the men's 400-meter relay team.