Tuesday, September 27, 2022

MEAC Announces Weekly Football Honors, presented by Coca-Cola

NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 26, 2022 – North Carolina Central junior quarterback Davius Richard was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Football Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Coca-Cola, the conference announced today. South Carolina State linebacker BJ Davis was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Norfolk State's Jordin Lennon was named Rookie of the Week. North Carolina Central's Robert Mitchell was named Offensive Lineman of the Week and the Eagles' Adrian Olivo was named Specialist of the Week. Richard (QB, 6-3, 215, Jr., Belle Glade, Fla.) accounted for four of the Eagles' eight touchdowns in a win over Virginia University of Lynchburg, passing for three and rushing for one score as North Carolina Central posted its highest single-game point total since 2016. Richard was 12-for-17 through the air for 148 yards (12.3 per completion) while rushing six times for 41 yards (6.8 per carry). Davis (LB, 6-2, 190, r-Jr., Blair, S.C.) racked up a game- and career-high 17 tackles – including 12 solo stops – against North Carolina A&T State. He also broke up a pass against the Bulldogs' former MEAC rivals. Lennon (RB, 5-10, 211, Fr., Yorktown, Va.) carried the ball 10 times for 80 yards (8.0 per carry), both career highs, against Saint Francis. He also scored his first collegiate touchdown with a 26-yard run in the second quarter. Mitchell (OL, 6-4, 305, r-Sr., Millsboro, Del.) graded out at 97% against Virginia University of Lynchburg, anchoring an offensive line that allowed the Eagles to amass 465 yards of total offense (7.5 yards per play), 272 rushing yards and 59 points. In 52 offensive snaps, he recorded seven pancake blocks and did not give up a sack. Olivo (PK, 5-10, 185, Jr., Plant City, Fla.) connected on all eight of his extra-point attempts and made a 34-yard field goal in the Eagles' win over Virginia University of Lynchburg. For the season, Olivo is 2-for-2 on field goals and 23-for-24 on PATs. Other Top Performers Tyler Long (Norfolk State) had 12 tackles (six solo) and 1.5 sacks against Saint Francis. Max U'Ren (North Carolina Central) racked up seven tackles and forced a fumble against Virginia University of Lynchburg. Colby Warrior (North Carolina Central) had 2.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and an interception against Virginia University of Lynchburg. Dyson Roberts (South Carolina State) averaged 50.8 yards over four punts against North Carolina A&T State, including a game-long 58-yarder. About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 52nd year of intercollegiate competition with the 2022-23 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically Black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

MEAC Announces 2022 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, presented by GEICO

MEAC Announces 2022 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, presented by GEICO NORFOLK, Va., – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announces the 2022 Commissioner's All-Academic Team, presented by GEICO, 1,008 student-athletes from the conference's eight member institutions from this past school year who achieved academic success. The team honors student-athletes, including sophomores to seniors, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. "I want to congratulate the 1,008 student-athletes who have been named to be first Commissioner's All-Academic Team," MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills said. "To have over a thousand student-athletes among our eight member institutions maintaining a 3.0 GPA is as impressive and noteworthy as every athletic accomplishment, and I want to thank GEICO for partnering with the MEAC in recognizing this achievement." Listed below are the 2022 Commissioner's All-Academic honorees (by institution): SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY (90) Women (39): Anabel Aguilar Ramirez (TEN), Fabienne Balvers (SOC), Jada Banks (T&F), Rachida Berjane (TEN), Tajah Clark (SB), Ja'Nautica Cohen (SB), Chelsea Cole (VB), Kierra Cox (SOC), Domonique Edmundson (T&F), Miranda Gonzales (SB), Alaysia Grose (SOC), Chanice Harris (T&F), Jessica Haynes (SB), Jade Hendricks (SB), Semlali Hind (TEN), Ha'Teya Holloman (SOC), Makayla Jones (T&F), Makylah Jones (T&F), Maria Julia Loureiro (VB), Trinity Kelley (SOC), Juelle King (T&F), Trinity Klock (WBB), Deasia Lowther (SB), Tyra Luckett (VB), Brionna Mack (SOC), Luisa Marschhausen (SOC), Ikram Rassif (TEN), Jerdaisha Scott (T&F), Livia Silva (SOC), Daisha Simon (SB), Briauna Thompson (WBB), Eleisha Thompson (VB), Savannah Thompson (SOC), Tanryn Thorn (T&F), Gabrielle Wells (VB), Olivia White (SOC), Debrielle Williams (T&F), Karli Williams (SOC), Somer Wilson (WBB) Men (51): Antonio Anderson (FB), Donte Anthony (FB), Diego Araluz (TEN), Skander Ben Abdallah (TEN), Selim Ben Ali (TEN), Daniel Bowman (T&F), Dillon Bredesen (FB), Michael Brunson (FB), Rashamel Butler (MBB), Alexander Conyers (TEN), Dwayne Curnell (T&F), Cornelious Davis (FB), Jemal Davis (MBB), Decobie Durant (FB), Rashaan Edwards (MBB), Isaiah Felder (MBB), Zachary Felder (FB), Corey Fields (FB), Dallas Foard (FB), Ridge Ford (FB), Themus Fulks (MBB), Robert Gentile (FB), Patrick Godbolt (FB), Omer Gorgun (TEN), Sebastian Guitian (MBB), John Guthrie (FB), Kameron Hammond-Green (T&F), Valdmire Haynes (FB), Dallas James (MBB), Bryan Johnson (FB), Jared Kirksey (FB), Marquis Lynch (T&F), Miguel Mack (T&F), Hezekiah Massey (FB), Trushaun Moorer (MBB), LaBroen Morris (FB), Tyrece Nick (FB), Joshua Pringle (FB), Waddell Rembert-Jett (T&F), Floyd Rideau (MBB), Dyson Roberts (FB), Marcelo Rodriguez (TEN), Lenin Romero (FB), Tariq Simmons (MBB), John Sloan (FB), Aaron Smith (FB), Tyler Sumpter (FB), Nicholas Tasite (FB), Nathaniel Wilcox (FB), Ahmorae Wilmore (FB), Thai Wood (FB)

Monday, July 18, 2022

MEAC Set to Host Football Media Day, presented by Cricket

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MEAC Set to Host Football Media Day, presented by Cricket NORFOLK, Va., July 13, 2022 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host its annual Football Media Day, presented by Cricket, on Friday, July 29 at the Hilton The Main Norfolk (100 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 / 757-763-6200) in downtown Norfolk at 9 a.m. Head coaches and two student-athletes from the MEAC’s six football-playing institutions will be in attendance. There will be a live show, streamed live on ESPN+, hosted by Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker, that will begin at 11 a.m. In addition, each coach and student-athlete will be available for one-on-one interviews with media in attendance, beginning at 9 a.m. Media interested in covering this year’s Media Day can apply for applications by clicking here. The deadline to apply for credentials is 5 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Credential pick-up for media in attendance will begin at 8:30 a.m. Media attending in-person agree to adhere to the MEAC’s COVID-19 protocols, which at minimum will be in accordance with the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia and may be even more strict. This may include providing proof of vaccination, mask wearing and social distancing, regardless of vaccination status. The 2022 MEAC football season will kick off on Saturday, Aug. 27 in Atlanta, Ga., with the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff, which will see Howard square off against Alabama State. The game will kick off at 7 p.m., live on ESPN. Here are the student-athletes currently scheduled to be in attendance (subject to change): Delaware State: LB Kamari Jackson, WR Bizzet Woodley Howard: QB Quinton Williams, DL Darrian Brokenburr Morgan State: DB Bruce Mattox, OL Dexter Carr Norfolk State: LB Marquis Hall, OL Colby Byrd North Carolina Central: QB Davius Richard, DB Brandon Codrington South Carolina State: QB Corey Fields, DE Jeblonski Green

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

West Virginia assistant coach Erik Martin named SC State next men’s head basketball coach

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Erik Martin, one of the top assistant coaches in Division I basketball, has been selected to lead the South Carolina State University men's basketball program by Bulldogs Athletics Director Stacy L. Danley. "Coach Martin is -- without a doubt --a rising star in the men's basketball coaching world," Danley said. "He has an excellent pedigree after playing and working for Hall of Fame head coach Bob Huggins (at West Virginia University) and is well prepared to assume the position of head men's basketball coach for our program. "During the search process, Coach Martin exuded an infectious will to win and the ability to develop a culture where winning will be expected on and off the court," the athletic director said. "I'm confident that he will represent our university in exemplary fashion, and we are undoubtedly well-positioned for success moving forward as one of college basketball's elite programs under Martin's leadership. "I am absolutely thrilled for Erik to join Bulldog Athletics as we prepare to embark on the next chapter of our program," Danley said. Martin was named to The Athletic sports website's list of "25 College Basketball Assistants Ready to Lead Their Own Program" in 2020 and "30 Coaches to Watch" in 2018. Erik Martin "I'm so excited to be the next head coach at South Carolina State," Martin said. "It has always been my dream to lead a Division I program as well as guide young men on and off the court as they prepare to graduate and move on to the next phase of their lives. It's a great day to be a Bulldog." With over 20 years of coaching experience, Martin is in his 17th season as a Division I coach. He most recently served 16 seasons as an assistant coach under Huggins at West Virginia. As a Division I assistant, Martin has worked with numerous professional players, including five NBA players (All-American Kevin Jones, Joe Alexander, Devin Ebanks, Bill Walker, and Cartier Martin) as well as Derek Culver, Sagaba Konate, Devin Williams and John Flowers. While at West Virginia in 2007, the Mountaineers won the 2010 Big East Championship and have advanced to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2010 Final Four and five NCAA Sweet 16s. Martin has helped guide the Mountaineers to 326 victories. At West Virginia, Martin was responsible for post player development as well as assisting with game scouts, recruiting, along with scheduling, camps, fundraising and community appearances. During Martin's tenure in Morgantown, his impact has extended into the community: From 2007-19, he organized the United Way Clinic in Fairmont, W.Va., which paired WVU newcomers with youth from the Fairmont area. From 2016-18, he teamed with Nate Zinn and Donnie Tucker to host Mountaineer Days. This event linked the WVU men's basketball team with youth from Fairmont and Morgantown in a day of multiple activities that benefited the youth as well as the WVU men's basketball team. In 2021, he established a non-profit foundation, Helping Hand Charities WV, a mission of aiding children from single-parent homes as well as underprivileged youth. Coach Martin's community involvement is a direct reflection of his passion for working with youth and connecting them with the WVU community. Prior to West Virginia, Martin spent a year as an assistant at Kansas State with Huggins. Before that, he spent two years as an assistant coach at Cincinnati State and Technical College in Cincinnati for head coach Andre Tate from 2004-06. In 2005-06, he helped the Surge post a 26-9 overall record en route to winning the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region XII District 7 tournament titles. The program advanced to the NJCAA Division II championship where it lost to eventual national runner-up Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College to finish fifth nationally. Martin helped coach several outstanding players at Cincinnati State, including Cincinnati signee John Williamson, who was named a first team NJCAA All-American and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Martin jumped into the coaching ranks at Jacobs Center High in Cincinnati, where he served as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach from 2003-04. As a player, Martin signed with TCU out of high school and redshirted as a true freshman in 1989-90. He transferred to Santa Ana (California) Community College for one season before moving to Cincinnati the next two seasons. A standout power forward, Martin was a two-year letterman and one-year starter for Huggins at Cincinnati from 1991-93. Martin helped the Bearcats to a combined 56-10 overall record en route to Final Four and Elite Eight appearances and back-to-back Great Midwest Conference regular season and tournament championships from 1991-93. Playing with All-American Herb Jones and future NBA stars Corie Blount and Nick Van Exel, Martin helped Cincinnati to a 29-5 overall record and the 1992 NCAA Final Four. In his senior year, Martin guided Cincinnati to the NCAA Tournament where the fourth-ranked Bearcats lost in overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina in the East Regional finals. The team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, Martin led the Great Midwest Conference in field goal percentage and was named to the all-conference second team. He was a member of the league's All-Tournament squad after guiding Cincinnati to its second straight title. Martin continued his stellar performance in the NCAA Tournament, where he was named to the East Regional all-tournament team. Following his playing career at Cincinnati, Martin spent nine years playing professional basketball around the world, including a four-year stint with various franchises in the Continental Basketball Association and five years overseas. In addition to his professional experience, Martin has also spent time with the U.S. National team, helping the squad to a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. Martin also assisted USA in winning the gold medal at the 1997 Tournament of the Americas. Martin earned his associate of arts degree from Santa Ana Community College in 1990 and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati in 1993. A native of West Covina, California, Martin has three daughters, Amiyah, Eleyna and Erika. He married the former Anita Woodley in 2010. Both the men's and women's basketball candidate searches at SC State were assisted by CarrSports Executive Search and Consulting.

Eatman tabbed to lead SC State Women’s Basketball Program

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Veteran coach and recruiter Timothy Eatman has been named the new South Carolina State head women's basketball coach by Bulldogs Athletics Director Stacy L. Danley. "After an extensive, comprehensive, and efficient national search, during which we had the privilege of speaking with an impressive group of coaching candidates, it became clear to the search committee that Coach Eatman was exactly what we needed in the next leader of our women's basketball program," Danley said. "He has a distinguished pedigree, having spent the last seven years under Hall of Fame Coach C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers. "A proven recruiter, strong evaluator and an innovative teacher of the game, Coach Eatman has played an integral role in signing several top 10 national recruiting classes," Danley said. SC State introduced Eatman as the new Bulldogs head coach Tuesday at a news conference on campus. He thanked Danley and SC State President Alexander Conyers for the opportunity. "I am so humbled to take on this role at this institution," Eatman said. "I am honored to be returning to my roots at a HBCU. My father was a graduate from Stillman College. My mother graduated from Alabama State University, and I am a proud graduate of Talladega College where I began my coaching career. "I am thrilled to be joining the staff at South Carolina State University. I am excited to build on the past women's basketball success to create the future," he said. "As I take on this role I would encourage Bulldog nation to dream so big that you are afraid to say it out loud, because I am." During the 2018-19 season, Eatman stepped into the role of acting head coach for the final six games of the year, helping the Scarlet Knights to their highest ever Big 10 finish (third), as well as its first-ever Big 10 Tournament semifinal appearance. Under his guidance, Rutgers returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2019. In 2019-20, Eatman was promoted to the role of associate head coach, as Rutgers capped off their fifth 20-plus-win season during his tenure. Eatman has prior head coaching experience at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his alma mater, Talladega College. Prior to arriving "On The Banks" at Rutgers, he served as the recruiting coordinator at Rhode Island. He was reunited with Stringer at Rutgers, having served with the Hall of Fame coach during her final season at Iowa in 1994-95, putting together the nation's top ranked recruiting class. Over the course of his career, Eatman has played a major role in bringing in 11 top 30 recruiting classes. He was recognized by Lindy's Magazine as the nation's top recruiter while he was at Iowa in 1994. Additionally, six of his former players have gone on to play at the next level in the WNBA, and 13 have joined the coaching ranks. Following his collegiate playing days, Eatman began his coaching career as the head women's coach at Talladega College, instantly turning around his alma mater's program. After posting an 0-26 record prior to his appointment, the Tornadoes improved to a 20-9 ledger in 1989-90 under Eatman's guidance. Eatman made the move to the Division I level as an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 1990-92 and University of Houston from 1992-93. With the Cougars, he put together the No. 4 rated recruiting class in the country. Joining Stringer at Iowa for the 1994-95 campaign, Eatman helped construct the top-ranked recruiting class that featured the nation's top point guard, Nadine Domond, 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Tiffany Gooden, and 1998 Big Ten Player of the Year Tangela Smith. Eatman had two stints at Kansas, serving as an assistant from 1996-98 and again from 2002-04. He helped the Jayhawks win the Big 12 title in 1997 and reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1998. He was the position coach for Kodak All-American and first-round WNBA pick Tamecka Dixon during the 1996-97 season. In between his two turns as a member of the Jayhawks' staff, Eatman was at the helm of the Illinois-Chicago program. During his four seasons with the Flames, he brought in two top 20 recruiting classes and recorded the program's highest win total in seven seasons. Eatman's career continued at Louisville from 2004-07, where he helped the Cardinals reach three-straight NCAA Tournaments and was involved in the recruitment of eventual BIG EAST Player of the Year Angel McCoughtry. He also spent four seasons as the associate head coach at Arkansas from 2007-2011. While with the Razorbacks, Eatman was the team's defensive coordinator as they set the school record for fewest points allowed in an SEC contest -- 42 against Mississippi State. Making the move to the Northeast, Eatman spent one season at Boston College and was elevated to interim head coach for the end of the 2011-12 season. He then joined head coach Daynia La-Force's staff at Northeastern in 2013 and followed her when she took over the top position at Rhode Island in 2014. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., SC State will announce the new men's head basketball coach in a news conference on campus. Both the men's and women's basketball candidate searches at SC State were assisted by CarrSports Executive Search and Consulting.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

SC State Announces 2022 Bulldog Football Schedule

SC State Announces 2022 Bulldog Football Schedule ORANGEBURG, SC—The 2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl HBCU National Champion South Carolina State Bulldogs will play an 11-game schedule during the 2022 fall campaign, the university announced Wednesday (March, 23rd). Bulldog New & Renewal Season tickets will go sale Monday, March 28th at 9 a.m. Please stay tuned more information to come. The Bulldog slate includes six road games and five home contests at Oliver. C. Dawson/Willie Jeffries Field. Two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents are on the schedule, along with four non-conference contests, and five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchups. SC State will open the season on the road with four straight non-conference games, beginning in the sunshine state with AAC foe Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. at the "Bounce House", on Thursday Sept.1st, followed by a trip back against former league rival Bethune-Cookman on Sept.10th in Daytona, Fla. The Bulldogs will have a bye week on Sept 17th, before their next stop at North Carolina A&T State on Sept.24th inside Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, NC, then a return home to Palmetto State features a showdown with SEC opponent South Carolina on Oct. 1st in Columbia, SC at Williams Brice Stadium. Pough and the Bulldogs return home for their home-opener and three straight games in Oliver C. Dawson Stadium hosting the Rattlers of Florida A&M on Oct.8th, Virginia-Lynchburg on Oct. 15th (HOMECOMING 2022),before opening up Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play versus North Carolina Central on Oct. 22nd, in Orangeburg, SC. The back-to-back MEAC Champions & 2021 National Black Champions, hit the road once again for a journey to Baltimore, MD to take on Morgan State on Oct. 29th, before returning home to host Delaware State on Nov.5th. A trip to the nation's capital to take on Howard is set for Nov.12 in Washington, DC, before the regular season ends at home for a season-finale with Norfolk State on Nov. 19th. South Carolina State is coming off a historic season, capturing its first ever Cricket Celebration Bowl victory, 18th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship and fifth HBCU National Championship. Head coach Buddy Pough, the school All-Time Winningest Coach in School History is entering his 21st season with a 143-80 overall, 109-38 MEAC worksheet.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Bulldogs Remain Perfect In MEAC With Win Over Howard

ORANGEBURG, SC— Defense, came up big once again for the Bulldogs as South Carolina State survived a tough battle, 15-12, over the visiting Howard Bison Saturday (Nov. 6th) at Oliver. C. Dawson Stadium. Sophomore defensive end Patrick Godbolt had a career day with nine (9) tackles, two (2) sacks for 21-yards, 4 tackles for loss for 25-yards and one force fumble. Redshirt sophomore Jablonski Green added an extra lift on the defensive front with six (6) tackles for loss for 29-yards, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Freshman running back Kendrell Flowers led the ground attack with 23 carries for 58-yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Will Vereen finished with six (6) catches for 60-yards. The Bulldogs jumped out to an 12-3 lead off a 30-yard field goal by Gavyn Zimmerman at 6:37 mark in the second half. The Bison managed to get on the board with 0:12 seconds remaining in the half off a 2-yard pass from Hollingsworth to Antoine Murray to cut the lead 10-12. Zimmerman connected once again on a 31-yard field goal to push the lead to 15-10. A costly safety by the Bulldogs pulled Howard with a score, but it wasn't enough as South Carolina State held on to a 15-12 victory. SC State improves to 5-4 overall, 4-0 in the MEAC to remain in 1st of the league race, while Howard drops to 2-7 overall, 1-3 in the league. Next up South Carolina State host N.C. A&T State in a non-conference matchup Saturday, Nov. 13th at Oliver. C. Dawson Stadium/Willie Jeffries Field. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.