Former Morris Brown grid star George Atkinson is one of six athletes to be inducted this year into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. This year's class also includes University of Georgia and pro star Herschel Walker, basketball great Norm Nixon and track sensation Gwen Torrence. The awards banquet and ceremony will be held next month at the JW Marriott in Atlanta.
January 23, 2000
Claflin women's basketball coach Nelson Brownlee picked up career victory #600 Saturday night. Brownlee is the winningest coach in black college women's basketball and now only the second NAIA women's basketball coach to win 600 games. He has been coaching at the Orangeburg, SC institution for 24 years.
Southern University has apparently settled on Youngstown State assistant AD Floyd Kerr as its next athletic director. Pending approval by the SU Board of Supervisors on February 18, Kerr beat out SU interim AD Brenda Edmond and Howard AD Hank Ford for the position. Here are the particulars from the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Alabama State President William Harris has confirmed that athletic director Curtis Williams has resigned effective at the end of January. Williams, who formerly served at AD at Albany State, Texas Southern and Elizabeth City State, had been involved in several administrative "issues" at the University. Last year a jury ordered him to pay $350,000 to a former basketball coach who claimed he was brought to Alabama State under fradulent circumstances. Another suit by a former football coach alleging owed salary is pending. Perhaps the most publicized flap took place last May when the ASU women's tennis team had to forfeit its appearance in the NCAA playoffs because Williams and other ASU officials were not aware that the SWAC champion received an automatic bid. Once the school found out, it was too late to gather the team and get them to the tournament on time.
January 14, 2000
L.C. Cole has left Tennessee State to become the head football coach at Alabama State. Cole and Florida A&M's Billy Joe were the two finalists for the job.
Fayetteville State University is expected to name Kenny Phillips as its next head football coach. Most recently, Phillips was a defensive line coach at N.C. State and lost his position with the firing of head coach Mike O'Cain. The 40-year-old graduate of East Carolina has also been an assistant at Ohio University, N.C. A&T and Catawba. This will be his first head coaching position.
January 12, 2000
Tuskegee University head basketball coach Ben Jobe picked up his 500 career victory as the Golden Tigers defeated Selma University, 87-80. Jobe, who is in his 4th season at Tuskegee, now has a 500-288 career record as head coach at seven different schools. Jobe's victory was bittersweet since the game began with a moment of silence for Bobby Phills, who played for Jobe when he coached at Southern University. A former resident of Tuskegee when his father taught at the school, Phills died earlier in the day in an automobile accident in Charlotte following practice with the NBA Hornets.
Clark Atlanta University has removed the interim tag from the title of head football coach Curtis Crockett. Crockett is now THE head football coach for the Panthers having taken over the program when Elmer Mixon resigned four games into the 1999 season.
Lane College has hired Eric Carter as head football coach. Carter comes to the Jackson, Tennessee school from Lincoln (MO) University where he was offensive coordinator. Carter succeeds Leonard Anderson who has been named assistant athletic director.
The Birmingham News has identified seven finalists who will be interviewed for the head football coaching position at Alabama State. The search committee met Wednesday, January 5 and narrowed the list of candidates. Topping the list are Florida A&M head coach Billy Joe, Tennessee State head coach L.C. Cole and Norfolk State head coach Mo Forte. Joining Joe, Cole and Forte are Bama State's interim coach Ben Harris, Alabama-Birmingham assistant and former Alabama A&M head coach George Pugh, Mississippi State assistant coach John Hendricks and Atlanta Falcons assistant James Daniels.
Elizabeth City State will apparently name Hampton University Assistant Coach John Wright as the next head coach of the Vikings. Wright had been at Hampton for eight years and was assistant head coach, special team coordinator and offensive line coach this past season. A graduate of Virginia Union, Wright has served as head football coach at Albany State, Kentucky State and Johnson C. Smith University. He has also served as an assistant at Virginia Union and Norfolk State.
Fayetteville State has apparently narrowed its search for a head football coach to five finalists. Among the final group are former Alcorn State head coach Cardell Jones, Virginia State assistant Arrington Jones and E.E. Smith High School head coach Milton Butts. FSU is expected to name a head coach by the end of next week.