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Mitchell To Join Hall of Fame

Former Savannah State football standout Andrew Mitchell will be one of six new inductees into the Hilton Head Island High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held September 1 at halftime of the Seahawks’ game against Battery Creek.

Mitchell participated in football, basketball, track and baseball while at HHIHS. He was at North- South selection in football and the school’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1991.

Mitchell came up with a game-clinching interception to send the Seahawks to the 1991 state football championship. He played football at Savannah State and in the Arena Football

League for 12 years. Mitchell played at Savannah State from 1993-96. He led the Tigers in sacks as a junior and senior and was named to the all conference team after the 1995 season. After leaving SSU, he played professional football in the Arena League with the Portland Forest Dragons, Oklahoma Wranglers, Georgia Force, Witchita Stealth, Arizona Rattlers, Sanjose Sabra Cats, and Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. Currently, he is a professional athletic trainer.

Fairley Leaves SSU For California

Brandon Fairly, who spent the last year as Savannah State’s Assistant Athletics Director for academics

and student-athlete welfare has left the institution and recently joined the staff at California State University Northridge as a senior athletic academic advisor. Fairly will provide academic advisement for the men’s basketball and softball teams.

Fairly was at Bethune-Cookman from 2012-16 where he was an academic coordinator/tutor coordinator. Prior to that, he was the student-athlete services assistant at University of Alabama at Birmingham from August 2011 to September 2012.

Fairley also spent several years coaching at the middle and high school levels.

Fairley obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education with a minor in athletic coaching and recreation from Kentucky State University in May 2008.

McGriff Inducted Into Tift Co. Hall of Fame

Tift County had their Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on August 26 and among those honored was former Savannah State athlete and coach Wesley Mc- Griff.

Also honored was a coach, two teams and athletes representing track, baseball, football, tennis and basketball.

McGriff, who is currently the defensive coordinator for the Ole Miss football team, was a member of the 1983 state championship football team at Tift County High School where he excelled at defensive back, wide receiver and running back. He played one season at South Carolina State before transferring to Savannah State where he started at outside linebacker for three seasons and was named the conference’s 1989 Male Academic Athlete of the Year. He began his coaching career at SSU, from 1990-94. He worked his way up from graduate assistant to being a position coach to becoming defensive coordinator. He was the team’s interim head coach for three months in spring 1993. In addition, he was Savannah State’s head baseball coach from 1991- 95, winning two conference championships and being named conference Coach of the Year twice.

McGriff was named the AFCA’s Division II National Assistant of the Year while at Kentucky State. In addition to having coached at Savannah State. Ole Miss and Kentucky State, he has also had coaching stops at Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Baylor, Miami (Fla.), Vanderbilt, Auburn and the New Orleans Saints.

McGriff was not able to attend the Hall of Fame affair and Tracie Carter Turner, a former basketball player at Tift Co. and SSU, accepted the award on his behalf, along with Mc- Griff’s sister Teresa Corbin.

FAMU Beats Texas Southern 29-7

Ryan Stanley threw for 217 yards and accounted for two touchdowns to lead Florida A&M to a 29-7 season-opening win over Texas Southern in the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic. The Bragg Stadium crowd of 15,401 saw Stanley run for a nine-yard touchdown in the first quarter and throw for a 35-yard touchdown in the second quarter. FAMU led 20-0 at intermission and took a 29-0 advantage early in the third quarter. Texas Southern’s lone score came with 14:16 left in the game when Jay Christopher tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Darvin Kidsy. The Rattlers had 415 yards while TSU had 202.

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