Team Win WBA Title
Former Savannah State men’s basketball standout Javon Randolph recently helped his professional team win the World Basketball Association (WBA) league championship. Randolph, a member of the Buford Majic, scored 19 points to help his team defeat the Cartersville Warriors 119-104 on June 28. Randolph was named to the All WBA Second Team. Buford finished the season with a 9-1 record.
Former SSU Athletes Displaced By House Fire
Former Savannah State football players Dominique Clark, Rashard Jackson and Brandon Parker were victims of a house fire on August 4, 2009. Local fire units were called to the scene at East 50th Street and they quickly doused the fire. The trio are ok but Jackson said they are in need of furniture, bedroom supplies and kitchen supplies. Clark is a Atlanta native while Jackson is from Jacksonville, FL and Parker hails from Macon.
Lady Tigers to Host UGA
Savannah State released their 2009-10 women’s basketball schedule last week and the highlight of the 30-game schedule will be a December 30 home game against the Georgia Lady Bulldogs. SSU will have 17 home games and will play in two tournaments (Lady Osprey Holiday Classic in Jacksonville and the Beach Ball Classic Myrtle Beach, SC). SSU will tip off the season November 13 by hosting Edward Waters.
Hollinger Gets Pre Season Honor
Concensus Draft Services recently released their 2009 All- HBCU Football Team and Savannah State wide receiver Deleon Hollinger was listed as an honorable mention. Last season, the 5-11, 184 senior from Miami, Florida played in 10 games and led all SSU wide receivers in catches (45), yards (622) and touchdowns (4). He also led the team with a 62.2 receiving yards per game average. For his career, Hollinger has caught 85 passes for 1,131 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bell Named Howard Interim Athletics Director
The Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Howard University announced the resignation of Dwight Datcher as Athletics Director and the appointment of Joseph Bell as Interim Director of Athletics, effective Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Mr. Bell, in addition to having served as the head coach of the Howard swim team, also served as the head baseball and assistant football coach at Hampton University. Mr. Bell was director of Howard’s nationally recognized and federallyfunded Upward Bound Program. For many years, he has been a major contributor to an array of academic and student development initiatives. The University will conduct a national search for a permanent Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. A search advisory committee will be created and will include faculty, staff, student athletes, alumni and other key stakeholders. The University hopes to have a permanent Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in place by January 1, 2010.