Norfolk State University has filled three of its vacant head coaching positions. Wil Jones, who formerly coached at the University of D.C. has been named men's basketball coach. Floyd Conley, who previously coached at Lake Taylor High School was named men's track coach and Hampton's Kenneth Giles was tabbed as interim men's cross country coach. NSU AD Orby Moss announced at a press conference introducing the new coaches that he hopes to have a women's volleyball coach hired by Friday. Link to Virginian Pilot Online's coverage of the press conference.
Former Jackson State golfer Tim O'Neal has earned his first paycheck on the Nike Tour. After a two-round total of five-under-par 139 earned him his first cut, scores of 74 and 75 in the final two rounds of the Nike Wichita Open reduced the size of his check to $518. This is the sixth Nike event of O'Neal's two-year pro career and his first time making the cut. He has entered all the Nike events on sponsor's exemptions and is likely to earn more exemptions as a result of his showing in Wichita.
Black College Sports Today, a half-hour program highlighting happenings on the black college sports scene, will return to Black Entertainment Television this fall. Produced by Street and Smith Productions out of Charlotte, NC, the program will air on Saturdays starting September 18th at 12:30pm (ET)
The four finalists for the head men's basketball coaching position at Norfolk State have been identified. University of DC head coach Wil Jones, Winston-Salem State's Rick Duckett, former UNC Greensboro coach Randy Peele and former Hampton head coach Zeke Avery have been identified by the Virginian Pilot as finalists for the job. Director of Athletics Orby Moss hopes to make a recommendation to NSU president Marie McDemmond this week.
The (Nashville) Tennessean is reporting that Teresa Phillips, who many considered to be a front runner to fill vacant athletics director position at Tennessee State, has removed her hame from consideration for the job. Phillips has served as TSU's interim athletic director since February 1 and has now notified school officials that she would prefer to return to coaching the women's basketball team full-time.
It appears that Prairie View A&M football coach Greg Johnson wasn't fired, just suspended, according to a statement released by the school. Larry Raab, PVAM's vice president of operations has indicated that Johnson was placed on administrative leave with pay last week after the university received an anonymous letter alleging irregularities in the football program. Assistant Athletic Director Clifton Gilliard has been appointed interim coach until the investigation is completed and Johnson's future status is determined.
Prairie View A&M University has apparently fired head football coach Greg Johnson and replaced him with Assistant Athletic Director Clifton Gilliard on an interim basis. No official word has been released from the university regarding why this action was taken so close to the start of the season, however Inside Black College Sports interviewed KCOP broadcaster Ralph Cooper about the story. If you have RealAudio, you can hear the interview on the IBCSports web site.
The SIAC has announced its Football Press Luncheon. This year's affair will be held Friday July 9 at 12 noon at the Marriott at Gwinett Place Hotel, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Georgia. For those driving, take the Pleasant Hill Road exit off I-85 north of Atlanta. The pre-season predicted order of finish along with the 1999 Pre-Season ALL-SIAC Football Team will be released. This event begins the swan song for Albany State's Hampton Smith who is retiring at the end of the 1999 season.
Morgan State University has hired assistant coach Gerard Garlic as its next women's basketball coach. Garlic has been an assistant at MSU for three seasons and replaces Darcel Estep who left to become head coach at St. John's