CHANGING FACES IN BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL

CHANGING FACES IN BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Coaches collage

FROM LEGENDS TO NEW AGE COACHES

(Above, left to right: Tyrone Wheatley, Rudy Hubbard, Joe Taylor, Deion Sanders, Eddie George, Willie Jeffries)

Forty-two years ago, Willie Jeffries made headlines when he became the first African American to “cross over” the color line as the head football coach at Wichita State University, a white institution. He later coached several HBCUs to national prominence.
It was forty-three years ago when Joe Taylor, a graduate of Western Illinois University helped lead Eastern Illinois University to the 1978 NCAA Division II National Football. He later reaped Hall of Fame honors as he went on to build championships at three HBCUs. 
That same year, Rudy Hubbard, a graduate of Ohio State University, led the Florida A&M Rattlers to the 1978 Inaugural NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship. This odyssey is one example of how African American coaches have been instrumental in the success of collegiate sports.

Recently, there was a loud drumroll when Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders’ (Florida State) was appointed head football coach at Jackson State.
That was followed by Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George (Ohio State) taking the reins at Tennessee State.
NCAA and NFL standout Tyrone Wheatley (Michigan) was named head coach at Morgan State, another storied HBCU football icon. This has also fueled a resurgence of highly rated high school recruits and transfers into the HBCU football programs, which is slowly emerging into the national spotlight.
The future is bright for HBCU sports. Stay tuned.
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A CELEBRATION of BLACK COLLEGE HISTORY in SPORTS

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

DANNY GOODWIN
September 2, 1953-
St. Louis, MO
Southern University & A&M College
2-time First round ML draft pick, 1971, ‘74
First HBCU player inducted into National College Baseball Hall of Fame
JULIUS KEYE
Sept. 5, 1946- Sept. 13, 1984
Toccoa, GA
SC State/Alcorn State University
6'10" forward/center Played in ABA
LEM BARNEY
Sept. 8, 1945-
Jackson State
All-SWAC & NFL All-Pro Defensive Back
JSU, SWAC, Pro Football Hall of Fame
L.C. GREENWOOD
Sept. 8, 1946- Sept. 29, 2013
University of Ark- Pine Bluff
4-time Super Bowl champion
6-time Pro Bowl
2-time First Team All-Pro NFL 1970s All-Decade Team Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
L.T. SMITH
Sept. 10, 1918 -
Jackson, MS
Jackson State College
(1938)
Tougaloo College
SWAC football & basketball official for 30 years
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
WILLIAM “Dick” PRICE
Sept. 10, 1933- Feb. 23, 2009
Norfolk, VA
Hampton Institute
Norfolk State's winningest football & Track coach 3X CIAA Champions NSU, CIAA Hall of Fame VA State Hall of Fame
JUNIOUS "Buck" BUCHANAN
Sept. 10, 1940- July 16, 1992
Gainesville, AL Grambling State University
NAIA All-American Super Bowl IV & 2-time AFL champion AFL All-Time Team Pro Football, College Football Hall of Fame
TALVIN SKINNER
Sept. 10, 1952- Berlin, MD
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Led UMES to the 1972-73 NAIA Championship: First HBC University in NIT tournament NBA Seattle
Supersonics, 1974
CHANDRA STIRRUP
Sept. 12, 1971 –
Nassau, The Bahamas Norfolk State University Outstanding Olympian Gold medalist Representing the Bahamas
CHARLES "Charlie Red" HARDNETT
Sept. 13, 1938-
Atlanta, GA
Grambling State University
1962 All-American NAIA All-American NAIA Tournament MVP Former NBA player
CHARLES “Helicopter” HENTZ
Sept. 13, 1947-
Arkansas AM&N College
ABA basketball star
WILLIAM “Bill” DUSENBERRY
Sept. 15, 1948- Washington, D.C. Johnson C. Smith University
NFL/AFL running back
LLOYD JOHNSON
Sept. 19, 1934-
Delray Beach, FL Bethune-Cookman College
Established the Florida (Football) Classic Assistant football coach Athletic Director
BCC Hall of Fame
RICK MAHORN
Sept. 21, 1958 –
Hartford, CT
Hampton University NBA champion (1989) NBA All-Defensive Second Team
2× WNBA champion (Assist. Coach)
VINCE COLEMAN
Sept. 22, 1961- Jacksonville, ‎FL‎
Florida A&M University Record-setting Major League Baseball Base stealer
BOB LEDBETTER
Sept. 24, 1934- October 8, 1983
Tupelo, MS
Mississippi Industrial College
Former SWAC great back
NFL assistant coach
WILLIAM “Bill” NUNN
Sept. 30, 1924 – May 6, 2014
Homewood, PA Sportswriter, Editor, Pittsburgh Courier NFL Football Scout, Pittsburgh Steelers 6-time Super Bowl winner (as scout) Black College Football Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame
CHARLES D. HENRY
Sept. 25, 1923- Dec. 14, 1982
Conway, AR
Philander Smith College/Iowa Grambling College
Former pioneer in early Midwestern & SWAC sports
First African-American Assist. Commissioner, Big 10, 1974
WALTER REED
Sept. 30, 1933 - Meridian, MS
Jackson State University
Four-yr. Letterman in track
Tiger football fullback Athletic Director, Florida A&M (1988-1994)
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1871

ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY, the oldest public historically black institution in the United States (originally founded by Presbyterians in 1828.) It was the  the first black land grant college in the country. In 1974, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College was renamed Alcorn State University
Notable Alumni:
   Steve McNair            Fred McNair           Leslie Frazier           Medgar Evers                 Larry Smith