Akkbar Named To MEAC All- Time Indoor Track Team
Former Savannah State track & field runner Abbas Akkbar has been named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All- Time Indoor Track & Field Team
Akkbar was one of 45 individuals and five relay teams, including six national champions and two MEAC Hall of Famers, to be recognized.
The Clarkston, Georgia native ran track at SSU for three years and finished his eligibility at North Carolina A&T.
During the 2019- 20 indoor season, he ran in six meets and his best time in the 800m came at the Tyson Invitational where he won with a time of 1:48.91. He won the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championship in the 800m as well as a part of the Aggies Distant Medley Relay. He qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800m before the meet was cancelled because of the coronavirus setback.
Akkbar’s best time indoor in the 800m as a freshmen at Savannah State came at the Buccaneer Invitational where he won with a run of 1:52.90 while as a sophomore in 2017 it occurred at the Dunamis Super Meet with a time of 1:54.79. During the 2018 indoor season, he posted a time of 1:50.88 at the Carolina Challenge to finish third. That same season, Akkbar finished second at the MEAC Indoor Championships.
Nearly 300 total votes were cast, with fans, media representatives, institution sports information contacts and others taking part.
To be considered on the ballot, student-athletes must have either posted one of the MEAC’s top three times in an event, been named an All-American, MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Outstanding Performer or a MEAC Hall of Fame inductee.
Morehouse Names Interim Basketball Coach
The Morehouse College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced that Douglas Whittler,who has served as the associate head coach with the basketball program since 2015, will serve as interim head basketball coach for the 2021-22 season following the untimely passing of head coach Grady Brewer in late May.
“It is an honor to receive the opportunity to be the leader of the Morehouse Basketball program,” said Whittler. “Although the circumstances under which I am given this opportunity are not the way that I would have wanted, it will definitely be heavy on my heart. With the passing of Coach Brewer, Morehouse has lost a legend and a great man and I’ve lost my mentor. Coach taught me so much about the game and the business of it over the last 12 years. He was like a father to me and will truly be missed. My mission is to uphold his legacy by producing a team that will compete for 40 minutes or more if needed, promoting good values, integrity and accountability while graduating our student-athletes. Coach Brewer was a big NCAA tournament guy. Our goal is to compete for a National Championship!”
Whittler played at Howard Community College in Big Spring, Texas for two years after graduating high school. He then transferred and played one semester at Fairleigh Dinkinson in New Jersey before coming to Morehouse for the 2004-05 season. His play for the Maroon Tigers earned him First Team All-SIAC honors after averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-10 Whittler graduated from Morehouse in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.
Morehouse will do a national search at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
Turner Earns Preseason Honor
The University of Hawai’i placed three members on the Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team, which was announced on the second day of the league’s Media Days at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.
Among those honored was Savannah native Calvin Turner.
A all-purpose star, Turner was selected as a punt returner.
Last season, Turner had 12 kickoff returns for 324 yards and one touchdown.