Showing posts with label SWAC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SWAC. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2024


The Allen Media Group (AMG) free-streaming digital platform HBCU GO – the leading media provider for the nation’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – has announced the 2024 football season schedule. A total of 26 football matchups (see schedule below) highlight the 2024 season including 8 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), 9 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and 14 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) match-ups including the Southern Heritage Classic, 6 homecoming games, and the CIAA Football Championship.

"As we enter HBCU GO’s third football season, we are proud to showcase the very best HBCU match-ups,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of HBCU GO parent company, Allen Media Group. “Now is the time for HBCUs, and HBCU GO is the true destination for coverage of Black college sports and culture.”

“HBCU GO is poised to deliver the most comprehensive HBCU football game coverage ever to our audience,” said Curtis Symonds, President of HBCU GO. “We have 26 exciting match-ups on our slate this season, including the Southern Heritage Classic, six homecoming games, and the CIAA Football Championship.”

This year, viewers can watch HBCU GO games in a variety of ways – broadcast syndication in major television markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Memphis, Detroit, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa, and Pittsburgh – and nationally on theGrio Television Network. Select games will also air across various digital platforms, including the HBCU GO mobile app and FAST channel that is available on AMG’s free-streaming platforms theGrio Gold and Local Now.


Saturday August 31 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Virginia Union vs. Kentucky State @ Frankfort, KY

Saturday September 7 - Game Time (EST) 7:00 pm
Tuskegee vs. Grambling State @ Grambling, LA

Saturday September 14 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Southern Heritage Classic
Tennessee State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Memphis, TN

Saturday September 28 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Alabama State vs. Bethune-Cookman @ Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday October 5 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Homecoming Game Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Alcorn State @ Lorman, MS

Saturday October 12 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Homecoming Game Bethune-Cookman vs Alabama A&M @ Huntsville, AL

Saturday October 19 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Homecoming Game
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State @ Grambling, LA

Saturday October 26 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Homecoming Game
Jackson State vs. Bethune-Cookman @ Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday November 2 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Southern vs. Alabama A&M @ Huntsville, AL

Saturday November 9 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Mississippi Valley State vs. Jackson State @ Jackson, MS

Saturday November 16 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
CIAA Championship Game @ Salem, VA

Saturday November 23 - Game Time (EST) 3:00 pm
Texas Southern vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Pine Bluff, AR


Saturday August 31 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Clark Atlanta vs.Fort Valley State @ Fort Valley, GA

Saturday September 7 - Game Time (EST) 7:00 pm
Savannah State vs. Southern @ Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday September 14 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Kentucky State vs. Fort Valley State @ Fort Valley, GA

Saturday September 21 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Winston-Salem vs. Virginia State @ Petersburg, VA

Saturday September 28 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Miles College vs. Allen University @ Columbia, SC

Saturday October 5 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Bowie State vs. Fayetteville State @ Fayetteville, NC

Saturday October 12 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Homecoming Game
Clark Atlanta vs. Central State @ Wilberforce, OH

Saturday October 19 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Homecoming Game
Bluefield State vs. Bowie State @ Bowie, MD

Saturday October 26 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Johnson C. Smith vs. Winston-Salem State @ Winston-Salem, NC

Saturday November 2 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Benedict vs. Fort Valley @ Fort Valley, GA

Saturday November 9 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Virginia Union vs. Virginia State @ Petersburg, VA

Saturday November 16 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Mississippi Valley State vs. Florida A&M @ Tallahassee, FL

Saturday November 23 - Game Time (EST) 1:00 pm
Alabama A&M vs. Mississippi Valley State @ Itta Bena, MS

For more information about HBCU GO, visit or follow the streaming network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Find out where to watch and download the FREE app at: How to Watch | HBCU GO

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

NFL star Ed Reed to be next head football coach at Bethune Cookman University

Former University of Miami & NFL star Ed Reed will be next head football coach at Bethune-Cookman University.

The university athletics department made the announcement via Twitter.

Reed was a two-time All-American at Miami, helping the Hurricanes win the National Championship in 2001. He was selected in the first round of the 2002 draft by the Ravens, spending 11 seasons with the team and winning the 2013 Super Bowl. He split the final year of his playing career with the Houston Texans and New York Jets.

In 2016, Reed worked as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. In 2020, he was hired by the University of Miami, his alma mater, to serve as their football team's chief of staff, an advisory role to head coach Manny Diaz.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

South Carolina State Wins Celebration Bowl To Become HBCU National Champion

Deion Sanders and his Jackson State Tigers were favored to win the Celebration Bowl. Unfortunately for JSU South Carolina State Coach Oliver "Buddy" Fields and his Bulldogs had other ideas.

South Carolina State QB, Cory Fields Jr. threw for four touchdowns, three to Shaquan Davis, and South Carolina State stunned Jackson State 31-10 on Saturday in a game for the national championship of historically Black colleges and universities.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Deion Sanders named SWAC Coach of the Year

In just his second year as a head coach Deion Sanders was named the South Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on Monday.

Sanders led the Jackson State University Tigers to a 10-1 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in SWAC regular season play. Under Sanders' leadership the Tigers are currently ranked in the top 15 of the FCS Coaches Poll and are also ranked in the top 25 of the Stats FCS Poll. The Tigers claimed the SWAC East Division title for the first time since the 2013 season. For his efforts Sanders has been named a finalist for the Stats Perform FCS Eddie Robinson award.

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced the postponement of Fall sports

The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced the postponement of all scheduled fall contests along with SWAC championships due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The fall sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The conference has started the process of formalizing plans to conduct a competitive schedule for the fall sports during the 2021 spring semester.

Specifically, in the sport of football the plan includes a seven-game conference schedule beginning with an eight-week training period in January 2021. Each member institution will play a total of six conference games (four divisional/two non-divisional) with the option to play one non-conference game. 

Additional details regarding scheduling for women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country along with the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship game will be released at a later date.

Fall sports teams and student-athletes will have the opportunity to attend classes and practices in preparation for a spring 2021 competitive schedule upon return to campus. Student-athletes will have the ability to participate in conditioning, strength training and practices in all sports provided all required local, state, and federal health and safety guidelines are met. There have been no final decisions made regarding competitive schedules for the league’s winter sports at this time.     

The SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors felt this action was necessary out of growing concern for the health, safety and well-being both mentally and physically of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, team staff, campus faculty, fans and supporters.

The continued increase of COVID-19 cases across many portions of the league’s geographic footprint and Southern regions of the country played a significant role in the council’s decision, along with data that suggests African-American communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The SWAC shares in the disappointment that will undoubtedly be felt by student-athletes, fans, and supporters impacted by the postponement of fall sports competition. The league will continue to review appropriate measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, administrators and the local community which continues to be the primary responsibility of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and its member institutions.
About the SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.
Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis.
Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

North Carolina A&T wins third straight HBCU national championship

The MEAC (Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference) champion North Carolina A&T put up fantastic offensive numbers against the SWAC (South Western Athletic Conference) champion Alcorn State and won the HBCU National Championship at the 2019 Celebration Bowl.

The 64-44 victory gives the Aggies their third straight HBCU national title and their fourth overall.

North Carolina QB Kylil Carter completed 18 of thirty passes for 364 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also rushed for 96 yards. Junior Korey Banks had 122 receiving yards and two touchdowns while running back Jah-Maine Martin rushed for 110 rushing yards and 2 Touchdowns.

“I just give all the praise to my guys, offensive linemen and my receivers,” Carter said. “Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible. I give them all the praise.”

The game featured 1,034 combined yards, 108 points and 45 first downs.

The Aggies are now 3-0 against Alcorn State in the Celebration bowl

The Aggies finished the season with a 9-3 record. They joined Winston-Salem State (2011-2013) as the latest teams to win three consecutive HBCU National Championships.

“I’m very proud of my football team,” NC A&T coach Sam Washington said. “I thought they played with a lot of courage, effort, and want to. They came out very confident. They started fast and finished strong. I am very proud of that.”

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Inaugural HBCU Baseball World Series: Southern University vs. North Carolina A&T

In its inaugural year, the Historically Black College and University World Series is a matchup featuring Southern University and North Carolina A&T University, as they meet on the baseball diamond in an interconference matchup that will crown a HBCU baseball champion. The HBCU World Series will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019. The game allows both the Jaguars and Aggies to write the first chapter in a legendary match up between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the HBCU baseball showdown between the interconference foes.

This event is organized by BCSG 360, which is a global advocate of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) experience and supported by the Chicago public and private communities. Technical assistance in the development of the tournament has been provided by Black College Nines, which is an organization that supports the legacy of black college baseball.

This one game winner-take-all is for more than bragging rights. It is special to the HBCU community, the student-athletes, coaches and the thousands of fans expected in attendance. This game will crown a much needed national champion of black college baseball while showcasing its participation in the NCAA Division I, the official governing body of both MEAC and SWAC conferences.

The significance of the HBCU World Series between Southern and North Carolina A&T is its relationship to Black College Nines (BCN), a nationally recognized website of current and historical HBCU baseball news which tries to preserve the legacy of historically black college and university baseball. The participants in this year’s world series are those two top ranked teams it the BCN “large school” poll. The poll’s voting committee is made up of an informed and impartial group of individuals who follow college baseball on all levels, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) baseball. Included in the group are college athletic administrators and educators, college baseball writers and other sports journalists and broadcasters, former HBCU and other college ballplayers and above all else… college baseball enthusiasts who have an interest in promoting HBCU baseball.

Black College Nines’ HBCU Baseball Top 10 Polls include one for the “large school” division composed of 19 HBCU schools representing NCAA Division I and one for the “small school” division made up of the 30 HBCU schools with NCAA Division II, NAIA and independent status.

In the latest May 7, 2019, Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Top 10 Poll in the large school division, Southern sits as the No. 1 ranked team followed by North Carolina A&T at No. 2. The crowning of Black College Nines National Champions will be announced on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 on the Black College Nines’ website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Last season, Southern University baseball was a train wreck in the SWAC conference. In head coach Kerrick Jackson’s first year, before the start of the 2019 season, a majority of collegiate baseball publishers declared the Jaguars would finish last in the SWAC Western division.

Nearly a year later, the Jaguars got a resume building win defeating the nation’s No. 8th ranked LSU Tigers this past April 9th by the score of 7-2. Southern then captured the program’s first SWAC Western Division title since 2012 and will enter the 2019 SWAC Baseball Tournament as the #1 seed in New Orleans adding to an extraordinary turnaround from a 9-33 team from a year ago. And they sit atop Black College Nines Top 10 Poll looking for the program’s first HBCU Baseball national title.

North Carolina A&T is looking towards winning their second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division title and earning the No. 1 seed out of the Southern Division at the MEAC Baseball Tournament. The No. 1 seed out of the south will receive a bye at the 2019 MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament, May 15-18, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Aggies (26-21 overall and 14-7 in the MEAC) are ranked No. 2 in the latest BCN Top 10 Poll.

Both head coaches agree on the importance of the baseball championship event which will be played at the home of the Chicago White Sox.

NC A&T head coach Ben Hall said, “we’re just honored to have been chosen, love the concept and where we are going with the opportunity to play in the game. When you look across the country and in the SWAC and MEAC, in our division level and even at the Division II level, the programs in HBCU baseball continue to work and push to get themselves to the top. It kind of gives you an exciting opportunity to test yourself against a nearer school or an nearer program whose on the up and up. So I’m just excited about the trip, excited for the opportunity to play Southern and take our team up there and compete with coach Kerrick and his guys.”

Kerrick Jackson Southern head coach on playing the Aggies in Chicago said, “we’re excited about the opportunity of the event to move forward and have a chance to do really, really good. Obviously, it would hold a little more weight if NC A&T wins their tournament, we win our tournament and you are able to truly crown a true HBCU World Series champion. But I think with this being the first year of the tournament, I think its an excellent opportunity to kind of get us out there and build on it for the future.”

BCSG 360 Exective Director Erwin Prentiss Hill worked with Black College Nines in getting the information together and working with both the NCAA and NAIA, who in our opinion were very helpful in providing the regulations, the bylaws and answers needed allowing this and future events for HBCU baseball to host a much needed national baseball championship for HBCU baseball programs. It is an opportunity to play for something more meaningful outside of just competing for a conference championship. We heard the cry of many head coaches over the last ten years. Thanks to Prentiss Hill for all of his dedication and to Black College Nines.

Who: North Carolina A&T University Baseball Team, Greensboro, NC,

Southern University Baseball Team, Baton Rouge, LA

What: Inaugural HBCU World Series – NCAA College Baseball Event

When: May 24, 2019

1:00 p.m. (start time subject to change)

Where: Guaranteed Rate Field

333 W. 35th Street

Chicago, IL 60616

Tickets can be purchased at 360 HWS Game Ticket 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Prairie View A&M wins SWAC tournament headed to NCAA Tournament

The Prairie View A&M Panthers (22-12) defeated the Texas Southern University Tigers (21-13) 92-86 to win the SWAC (South Western Athletic Conference) and a spot in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

The Panthers were led by guards Gary Blackston and guard Dennis Jones, both of whom scored 17 points. Forward Devonte Patterson led the team in rebounding with six boards and chipped in offensively with 10 points.

Head coach Byron Smith has led his team to the NCAA Tournament in his second full season as head men's basketball coach at Prairie View A&M University. This is only the second trip for the Panthers to the big dance after getting there once before in 1998.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The North Carolina A&T Aggies are the 2017 HBCU Football Champs!

The North Carolina A&T Aggies (12-0) are once again HBCU football champions after defeating the Grambling University Tigers (11-2) by a score of 21-14 at the third annual Celebration Bowl.

The Aggies were lead by QB Lamar Raynard, who completed 23 of 43 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown and had 17 yards on eight carries.

"It's a great feeling to make history," the junior quarterback said.

Running back Marquell Cartwright aided the team's effort by rushing for 110 yards on 20 carries.

Franklin McCain III made the defensive play of the day for the Aggies. The freshman cornerback ended a Grambling drive following the second-half kickoff with an interception at the goal line.

"It's awesome," said McCain. "Not many programs can say that they went 12-0 and won a national championship. It's unbelievable."

"It's an awesome feeling to be 12-0 right now," N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway said. "I'm just extremely proud of our players, and I'm happy for our school."

The Celebration Bowl has the winner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) face the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC ) champion to decide who is the best in HBCU football.

This is North Carolina A&T's fourth championship. They also won pre-Celebration Bowl championships in 1990 and 1999 before winning the inaugural Celebration Bowl in 2015.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Grambling wins SWAC championship, headed to the Air Force Celebration Bowl

The Grambling State Tigers (10-1) are the SWAC champions once again. After being down 17-0 at halftime the Tigers stormed back behind running back, Martez Carter and Quarterback Devante Kincade to beat Alcorn State Braves 27-20.

Carter rushed for 135 yards on 15 carries, had 66 receiving yards, and 142 return yards while Kincade passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

The game was a rematch of the 2015 SWAC title game, which Alcorn State won 49-21. This marks the seventh championship game win for the Tigers, and the first for GSU coach Broderick Fobbs.

The SWAC champions will now head to the Air Force Celebration Bowl to play the champions of the MEAC conference and the winners of last years Celebration Bowl, the North Carolina A&T Aggies for the black college championship.

That game will be played on December 17, 2016 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bayou Classic 2016: Grambling beats Southern 52-30

Grambling left no room for doubt about who was the best team on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome turf for Saturday's 43rd Bayou Classic.

Grambling gashed Southern and its previously stingy defense for 571 yards. It forced a pair of critical early turnovers against a Jaguars unit that had taken great care of the ball all season and kept an explosive Southern offense largely at bay.

Most importantly, Grambling snapped Southern’s eight-game winning streak and extended its own to nine, punching its ticket to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game and ending Southern’s season with a 52-30 win.

Read more: Grambling surges past Southern in the second half to win Bayou Classic 52-30

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Speaking of football rivalries, don't forget Grambling vs Southern (Bayou Classic)

Sure, Michigan vs Ohio State is a great rivalry right up there with Alabama vs Auburn , and Army vs Navy, but let's not forget about today's matchup of Grambling University (8-1) vs Southern University(8-2) in the Bayou Classic.

The two HBCU teams head into the 43rd edition of the Bayou Classic with a lot on the line. Both teams are undefeated in the Western Division so the winner of the game will head to the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) championship game to face Eastern Division champ, Alcorn State. The winner of that game heads to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl to play MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Champion North Carolina Central see who is the best HBCU football team in the country.

How to watch, stream and listen:

TV: 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Radio: Grambling State | Southern

Online streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Southern wins SWAC championship: Advances to NCAA Tournament

The Southern Jaguars defeated the Jackson State Tigers 54-53 in a thrilling finish to win the SWAC championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The coach's son, Trelun Banks, scored a game-high 19 points for the Jaguars.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

HBCU football teams to make history in inaugural Celebration Bowl

Two HBCU football teams will make history in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl which will pit the SWAC champion, Alcorn State (9-3) against the MEAC champion, North Carolina A&T Aggies (9-2). The winner will be the ultimate HBCU champion! The game will be played at the Georgia Dome on December 19th and will air on ABC at noon Eastern Time.

December 19th marks the ultimate face-off in HBCU HISTORY! Get your tix for the Air Force Reserve #CelebrationBowl today...

Posted by Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Texas Southern Tigers are going to the NCAA Tournament!

The Texas Southern Tigers had locked up the SWAC Tournament title and are headed to the NCAA Tournament. Although they won the championship game over Southern University 62-58 they were already champions once they made the championship game, since Southern was ineligible for the NCAA's for academic reasons.

Texas Southern was led by Malcolm Riley who scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds. Madarious Gibbs added 12 points.

This makes back to back NCAA tournaments for the Tigers. Congratulations to TSU and good lick in the NCAA Tournament.