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The Football Saga Continues...

First 50 Years...


Football became one of the fastest growing sports in Black colleges and produced some impressive players who are recorded among the all-time best of their eras. The Who's Who among pioneers included Tuskegee Institute's Ben Stevenson, a gridiron giant, Lincoln's Franz Byrd,  and a quad of linemen from Tennessee State led by Forrest Strange.
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National Champions...


In 1920, Black college football played its first national championship title game. Howard University Bisons (7-0-0) and the Talladega Tornadoes (5-0-1) tied for the honors. From 1924 -30, Tuskegee won or tied for 6 titles, followed by Wiley College with five. Morgan State, led by head coach Eddie Hurt ran off six championships from 1933-47. In the first 50-years, 19 different teams claimed the Black College National championship. See National Champions...


Dr. Harrison B. Wilson
 A Performer...A Visionary...A Leader
"I came to help resolve the problem that (Norfolk State) was facing with the threat of being merged with another school and losing its unique identity...but my whole idea was to create a top-flight university."
Dr. Harrison B. Wilson's legacy began as an honor graduate at Kentucky State University where he captained the football and basketball teams.
His first coaching job at Jackson State was the men's basketball team before he earned his doctorate from Indiana University. He was a winning football coach at Tennessee State before moving to Norfolk State where he served as the second president of Norfolk State University from 1975-1997 and led the school to academic and athletic supremacy in HBCU history. 

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This Month in Black College Sports History

Ocotber 3, 1887  Florida A&M founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students

October 23, 1877   (Jackson State University) Natchez Seminary founded by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York, and moved to the present site in Jackson, MS  in 1882, and renamed Jackson College

1928      Johnson C. Smith University organized its First Men’s Basketball Team

1886      Kentucky State University chartered in May 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons, only the second state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky and reopened on October 11, 1887

1867      Morehouse College founded as Augusta College in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia and relocated in Atlanta in 1879

1950      First All-Black District 29 organized by the NAIA in the first step towards breaking the color barrier in college basketball


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