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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview lifts lid on optimistic Triangle/East Fab Five

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

(Disclaimer: while I am not a full-time employee of N.C. Central University, I have been paid by the university to write feature stories for the athletics website — nccueaglepride.com — on a regular basis for the past year.) WASHINGTON DUKE INN/DURHAM Bill Dooley says this event is the biggest of its kind in the South. And there’s no reason to doubt the Ol’ Trench Fighter, the legendary former coach at UNC, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech on that one. Over 300 college football fans were on hand for a fancy lunch, a few jokes and plenty of information about the...

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Tar Heels beat NCCU in women's play 97-40

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Good evening, sports fans. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Krista GrossSince I'm working on a part-time contract basis for NCCU sports information, it would have been an obvious conflict of interest for me to cover the Eagles' women's basketball game at No. 8 UNC tonight. The Tar Heels won 97-40. UNC will be on the road for its next two, but I plan to be in Chapel Hill for the big game with N.C. State on Jan. 14. Thanks for reading!...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

N.C. Central football coach Mose Rison fired, replaced by assistant Darryl Bullock

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 4:48 PM

N.C. Central athleticsMose Rison earlier this seasonThis season's drama in local college football coaching circles has been focused on UNC's Butch Davis and his ability to keep the support of university administrators, trustees and boosters amid multiple scandals. But the first head coach to lose a job this year is N.C. Central's Mose Rison. Although a press release from the school employs the euphemistic term "replaced," the implication is clear: After two straight losing seasons and a 2-4 start to the current one, time has run out on Rison. Rison began his N.C. Central career in 2007 after starting as...

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

NCCU triumphs against rival N.C. A&T in jam-packed “Classic”

Posted By on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 10:43 PM

O'KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM The field rages with excitement as the fierce Aggie-Eagle rivalry meets for the 82nd time in gridiron history. N.C. Central longs for revenge after the teams' last meeting in October of last year where North Carolina A&T took the game 23-17. An overfilled and record-breaking stadium of over 15,173 fans creates an exciting stage for the two teams this thick and humid September night. courtesy NCCU AthleticsNCCU quarterback Michael JohnsonThe Eagles get revenge, improving to 2-2 with a 27-16 win. The Aggies kick off the game and Central trudges along down the field only to pick up 20...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

NCCU football practice is already in progress

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

College football practice has begun in the Triangle. N.C. Central held its first workout on Monday night in preparation for the Eagles’ season opener on Sept. 2 against visiting Johnson C. Smith. Eighty-eight players are in fall camp for the Eagles, who will be playing their final transition campaign before becoming eligible for MEAC and NCAA championships. Two-a-days in pads and helmets begin on Saturday for Mose Rison’s club, with the annual “Meet the Eagles” open scrimmage on Aug. 21....

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Davis remains coy on NCAA investigation, but coaches cut up at Pigskin Preview

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 7:35 PM

WASHINGTON DUKE INN/DURHAM Ruffin McNeill is heading into his first season as football coach at East Carolina. UNC coach Butch DavisAnd at his debut at the annual Pigskin Preview sponsored by the newly christened Bill Dooley Triangle/ East Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, McNeill said it’s been a “whirlwind” ever since he took the job. But at least for him, it has been a good whirlwind. “You think Ruffin would like to trade whirlwinds?” UNC coach Butch Davis quipped in front of the packed banquet hall, in which Duke coach David Cutcliffe, N.C. Central’s...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eagles' Laster gets preseason magazine honor

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 9:01 PM

N.C. Central’s senior linebacker Donald Laster has been named preseason FCS Independent defensive player of the year by Lindy’s Sports. Photo courtesy NCCU athleticsNCCU linebacker Donald LasterLaster (6-0, 238) was in on 63 tackles including 10 for losses, 5 ½ sacks, an interception, one forced fumble and one recovered as a starter last season. “He lays it on the line every single play,” NCCU coach Mose Rison said of Laster. “He has been a great student and a tremendous leader. The players look up to him. …I expect him to play lights out.” As a sophomore in 2008, Laster led...

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Defense shines in NCCU Maroon-Gray game; Old Dominion will be 11th opponent this fall

Posted By on Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 6:53 PM

File photo courtesy NCCU athleticsMose Rison liked the spring game as the Eagles get ready for his fourth season at the helm.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM Mose Rison put his N.C. Central football team on display for the public in its annual Maroon & Gray game, and the defense probably won. But the big news of the day was the addition of another game for this fall. The Eagles have added an 11th game — and a seventh home game — on Nov. 20 against Old Dominion, a team that is in its second season of football. NCCU, which has gone 4-7 each...

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N.C. Central hosts spring football clash today

Posted By on Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 2:15 AM

(File photo courtesy NCCU athletics)Defensive lineman Donald Laster is hoping for a big senior season for the Eagles.N.C. Central will finish its spring football practice today at 1 p.m. with its annual Maroon vs. Gray scrimmage at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The Eagles, who will play their last season this fall before being fully eligible for NCAA Division I championship competition, have finished 4-7 in each of their last two seasons under Mose Rison. NCCU lost only five key seniors off last season’s club, which won four of its last five games. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. inside “E-Town,” the promotional facility...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Tickets available as Duke opens NCAA women's play with Hampton; Tar Heels facing a tough battle on the road

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke begins its 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday afternoon, and Joanne P. McCallie's Blue Devils have one benefit they'll have for the first time since 2004. They're starting the tournament on their home floor. Duke (26-5), which is ranked No. 6 nationally, has the No. 2 seed in the Memphis Region and will take on No. 15 seed Hampton (20-11) in a 2:30 p.m. game at Cameron. It's the second game of a doubleheader, as No. 7 seed LSU (20-9) will face No. 10 seed Hartford (27-4) in the noon game,...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wolfpack gets an early challenge before bats explode in romp over NCCU

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM

DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM N.C. Central hosts yet another challenging baseball battle with an ACC foe, this time an N.C. State team that's looking for its first road win of the season. The Eagles are looking for their first win anywhere, and really haven't kept more than a couple of games competitive so far this season. Because the weather forecast isn't good, the game will have a 3 p.m. start - sort of - instead of the regularly scheduled 6 p.m. starting time. It's the first of their two scheduled meetings this season, as the Eagles will visit Doak Field at...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Wolfpack, Tar Heels make NCAA women's field; Duke a favorite at home

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 BACKYARD BISTRO/RALEIGH Kellie Harper couldn't remember exactly when she had been in such a situation before. Back when the N.C. State women's basketball coach was a point guard at Tennessee the Lady Vols - who won three NCAA titles during her career - were pretty much in the NCAA Tournament before the season started. Then during her five seasons as head coach at Western Carolina and three seasons as an assistant at Chattanooga before that, Southern Conference teams knew they had to win the conference tournament or they might earn...

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blue Devils know for sure; State, UNC hoping for NCAA women's bids

Posted By on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 11:01 PM

ACC champion Duke (27-5) is going to be one of the 64 teams on the board when the NCAA Women's Tournament field is announced tonight at 7 on ESPN. N.C. State (20-13) and UNC (19-11) think they're in, but won't be sure until they see their names on the board tonight. The Wolfpack and Tar Heels are two of about eight ACC teams who will be waiting with baited breath, first to make sure they're in the field and then to see where they're headed. Duke and Florida State (26-5) are both hosting first- and second-round games, so it's a...

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UNC holds off pesky NCCU with big second half, awaits selection committee

Posted By on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It's that unique final regular-season game that UNC is playing after the ACC Women's Tournament for the second straight season. Today the Tar Heels  take on local rival N.C. Central, which like the South Dakota team UNC played in this situation last year is transitioning from Division II and not yet eligible for post-season play. Last season, the Coyotes put a huge scare into the Tar Heels at the Smith Center before falling 75-69. This is of course the season finale for the Eagles, who have won 11 of their last 19 games after an 0-9 start....

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Heavily favored Tar Heels face a must-win game today against NCCU

Posted By on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Eleven ACC women's basketball teams played their final game before the post-season tournaments at some point during the ACC Tournament last week. Duke has, of course, clinched an NCAA bid as the conference's regular-season champion and three other teams - Florida State, Virginia and Georgia Tech - seem to be resting easy about their spot on the board when the NCAA Tournament bracket comes out tomorrow night. Nearly half a dozen more may or may not be on a "bubble." Only one has something left to add to the argument. That's UNC, which for the second straight year will play...

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eagles' Wilkerson is All-Independent

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 12:04 PM

N.C. Central junior C.J. Wilkerson has been named first-team Division I All-Independent and also the independents' newcomer of the year. The team was selected in a vote of sports information directors and head coaches. Wilkerson averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists for the Eagles this season. Seattle forward Charles Garcia was selected as player of the year and Seattle's Cameron Dollar is coach of the year. Longwood's Dana Smith and Antwan Carter and SIU-Edwardsville's Mark Yelovich are on the first team with Wilkerson and Garcia....

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Miller leads NCCU to 11th victory

Posted By on Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Give the Eagles that bronze medal. N.C. Central finished third in the Longwood women's basketball tournament, taking out Seattle 62-58 behind 24 points from Joanna Miller (pictured). Latoya Bennett added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Joli Robinson's Eagles (11-17), who have their best record during their three seasons on the five-year transition track from NCAA Division II to Division I. Danielle DeBerry added 10 points for NCCU. Ashley Brown led Seattle (6-24) with 21 points, followed by Tatiana Heck with 16 and Elle Kerfoot 12. The Eagles end their season on March 14 at UNC....

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Eagles fall at Longwood, head to consolation game against Seattle

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

N.C. Central didn't play well as it tried to sweep its two-game season series with Longwood. At least there's a consolation game. Chelsea Coward's 19 points and 11 rebounds led three players in double figures as the host Lancers claimed a 67-43 victory at Willett Hall, advancing to the title game of their own tournament on Sunday at 4:30. Shanise Blanks (pictured) paced NCCU (10-17) with 12 points, followed by Latoya Bennett with 11 points and Joanna Miller with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Longwood (9-19) got 17 points from Krystal Garrison and 13 from Crystal Smith. The Lancers, who...

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Eagles visit Longwood tourney today

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 2:01 AM

Independent college basketball teams obviously don't play in conference tournaments, and many of them aren't eligible for NCAA post-season play. So Longwood (8-19) has put together an end-of-season mirror event on its home court, and N.C. Central is part of it. The Eagles (10-16), who beat the Lancers 74-66 Feb. 26 in Durham, will take them on again today at about 4:30 p.m. at Willett Hall. That follows a 2 p.m. contest between easy tournament favorite Florida Gulf Coast (22-6) and Seattle (6-22), both of whom like NCCU are still on the reclassification track from NCAA Division II to Division...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kizer, Terps knock Tar Heels out of tourney; selection drama next

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Anyone who bought book tickets to the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament a few months ago could not have predicted she or he would be watching this. It's the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game on Thursday afternoon and two of the three recent powers, UNC and Maryland, are playing for a chance to play top-seeded Duke in the same 3 p.m. time slot on Friday. UNC was favored to win the regular-season championship back before we learned star forward Jessica Breland was going to miss the season battling Hodgkin's disease. And while the Terps were rebuilding, most figured...

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Women's roundup: NCCU wins on Senior Night, Tar Heels fall

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:42 PM

N.C. Central has hit the double-digit win mark for the second straight women's basketball season. Joanna Miller (pictured) poured in 27 points, leading three Eagles in double figures in a 74-66 win over Longwood at McDougald-McLendon Gym. The news wasn't so good for reeling UNC, as the Tar Heels fell 64-57 to No. 22 Georgia Tech on the road and lost any chance for a bye in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Blaire Houston added 18 points for NCCU (10-16), while Latoya Bennett chipped in 16 in her final home game as an Eagle. Brittani Billups led Longwood...

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Women's roundup: Important games for Duke, UNC, NCCU tonight

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 2:11 AM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC hasn't had a women's basketball season typical of its recent tradition. But Tar Heel coach Sylvia Hatchell (pictured) said there's no reason the redemption can't start tonight. Tonight at 6:30, the Tar Heels will be on the road looking to complete a season sweep of a Georgia Tech team ranked No. 22 in the country. It's the opener of a TV doubleheader on Fox Sports South, which will conclude with No. 6 Duke hosting No. 21 Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:30. The Duke game is one of two women's contests in Durham tonight, as...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

NCCU ends season with road loss

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:46 PM

N.C. Central finished its men's basketball season without a win on the road. Vincent Davis (pictured) had 25 points and C.J. Wilkerson 22, but the Eagles fell 83-69 at Longwood. NCCU finished 7-21, including an 0-17 record on the road. The Lancers avenged an 81-78 loss to NCCU 12 days earlier. Dana Smith led independent Longwood (11-18) with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Antwan Carter added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lancers, while Kevin Swecker finished with 13 points....

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Eagles end season at Longwood

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central becomes the first Triangle Division I college basketball team to finish its season tonight, when LeVelle Moton's men's squad visits independent Longwood in the back end of a home-and home set. The Eagles have won two straight in the series, prevailing 81-78 at McDougald-McLendon Gym 12 days ago. With seven wins, Moton (pictured) has led his alma mater to its best season since 2006-07 in his first season as head coach. NCCU has played an independent schedule this season. Next season the Eagles are set to play a MEAC regular-season slate, although they are will not be eligible...

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Miller, Eagles can't quite climb out of a deep hole in loss at Wake Forest

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 9:55 PM

JOEL COLISEUM/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. Central plays its fourth of five women's basketball games against ACC competition this season tonight, and as always in this situation the Eagles are road underdogs. Fortunately for the Eagles they're used to the arena, as they played here many times when Winston-Salem State was a rival in the CIAA and played Wake Forest here last season. The Deacons (15-11) are looking to bounce back and get ready for the final "weekend" of ACC play, followed by the conference tournament and some certain post-season action to follow. NCCU (9-15) will have to wait until the year after...

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