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Grambling Faces NCAA Penalties

Grambling State’s athletic program has been put on probation by the NCAA and it will forfeit one of its football championships. GSU discovered multiple NCAA violations, including using ineligible players between 2010 and 2015.

They self-reported so the NCAA looked into it. As a result, the university has to vacate some of its football wins, including the 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship.

Violations include: failing to properly certify 45 student-athletes in 11 sports, yielding 45 infractions in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, softball, women’s soccer, football, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s bowling; having to vacate the 2011 SWAC championship because ineligible football players competed in regular season SWAC and/ or non-conference football games during the fall 2011 season and ineligible football players competed in the 2011 SWAC championship game; permitting 24 athletes in six sports to practice, compete and receive expenses without meeting amateurism certification requirements; and having 21 athletes in eight sports improperly certified in meeting progress toward degree requirements.

The school worked with the NCAA to come up with a reasonable set of actions and penalties which include: a two-year probation, from July 28, 2017 through July 27, 2019; a financial penalty of $5,000; a scholarship reduction in women’s track and field by one equivalency in 2017-18 and 2018-19; restrictions on our women’s track and field program, including reducing the number of recruiting days during the 2017-2018 academic year; public reprimand and censure by the NCAA; and vacating a number of events and games in which ineligible athletes participated, and those same events and games must be vacated for the individual ineligible student-athletes, though the individual eligible student-athlete finishes and awards will be retained. w

Davis Joins SSU Coaching Staff

Glenn Davis has been hired as an assistant coach on the Savannah State football staff. Davis, who will coach the Tigers cornerbacks, comes to SSU from Northern Michigan where he spent the 2016 season as the Wildcats secondary coach. Davis worked at IMG Academy as a running back coach in 2015 and coach from 2012-14, he served as the corner backs coach at Youngstown State. Other coaching stops include University of South Florida where he was a defensive quality control

assistant from 2010-11, defensive coordinator at Christian Prep Academy in Ohio in 2009, the defensive coordinator at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla. from 2007-08 and the defensive coordinator of the Birmingham Steeldogs of the arenafootball2 league in 2006. The St. Petersburg, Florida native was a member of the inaugural South Florida football team where he hauled in the program’s first interception against Kentucky Wesleyan Sept. 6, 1997.

After graduation, Davis signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets in 2001. He went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2002) and in the Arena Football League with the Orlando Predators (2003), Carolina Cobras (2004) and Wikes- Barre Pioneers (2005).

Albany State Reports Possible NCAA Violations

Albany State University has conducted concurrent internal and external reviews of the athletics program and has reported possible violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) legislation to the NCAA.

ASU President Art Dunning tasked all new institutional leaders to formally assess all functions of their units. Sherie C. Gordon, director of athletics, conducted an NCAA review, which revealed possible violations. The university subsequently retained Buckner Sports Law Firm, a sports and education law firm, as outside legal counsel to assist with a comprehensive investigation into the possible violations. The NCAA enforcement staff has agreed to conduct a collaborative investigation with ASU’s outside counsel.

Dunning and the athletics leadership team recognize the importance of ensuring a culture of compliance. In concert with the NCAA investigation, ASU is working diligently to implement recommendations from the NCAA review to ensure the university builds a model and compliant Division II program.

MEAC Announces 2017 Football TV Schedule

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced its

entire television package for the 2017 season which features eight regular season match-ups on ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN3. The nationally televised games are a part of the MEAC’s on-going partnership with ESPN.

The 13th annual MEAC/ SWAC Football Challenge kicks off the 2017 season featuring South Carolina State at Southern University of the SWAC live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. South Carolina State will play in the classic for the fourth time and looks to remain unbeaten (3- 0) as they’ll face Southern for the first time since the 1997 Heritage Bowl. Southern University is the only SWAC school to claim have claimed wins (2) in MEAC/ SWAC Challenge history. This year’s weeknight ledger features a pair of Thursday night games and one Friday night contest live on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 p.m. The defending MEAC Champion North Carolina Central University Eagles will host the first Thursday night contest of the season as they’ll welcome South Carolina State University to Durham, N.C. on Sept. 21. Florida A&M returns to the Thursday night lineup for the first time since 2015 as they’ll host North Carolina Central in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sept. 28. MEAC football will be featured under the Friday night lights for the first time since 2015 as Morgan State heads to Orangeburg, S.C. to square off against the South Carolina State Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Saturday slate begins in mid-October with the annual Battle of the Bay featuring Hampton University at Norfolk State on Oct. 14. On Oct. 21, Bethune-Cookman travels to Greensboro, N.C. to visit North Carolina A&T State. Both games will air live on ESPN3 and broadcast that evening on ESPNU.

The weekend of Nov. 18 will feature a pair of contests beginning with the annual Florida Classic featuring Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M live on ESPN Classic and ESPN3 from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The MEAC’s second annual wildcard game will also take place on Nov. 18 featuring two teams in contention for the MEAC Championship. The third annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl wraps up the season as the MEAC Champion will square off against the SWAC Champion on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Atlanta, G. inside the brand-new Mercedes Benz Stadium. The contest will air live on ABC at noon.

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