Exploring Durham

NCCU Eagles Soar
Mar. 16, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

Durham is a city that loves its sports, and that is especially evident with the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Eagles. Formerly a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletics program, NCCU now compete at the Division I level (Football Championship Subdivision) as members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with 14 men’s and women’s sports teams.

Famous athletics alumni includes legendary basketball practitioner, John B. McLendon, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, who was an Eagle head coach from 1940 to 1952; Boston Celtic great Sam Jones, a student-athlete under McLendon and a fellow Hall-of-Famer who became the first black player to be drafted in the first round after scoring a record 1,745 points during his stellar NCCU career; and internationally renowned artist, Ernie Barnes, best-known for his famous paintings seen on the 1970s sitcom "Good Times," who played football for NCCU prior to a professional career with the Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos.

Former track and field coach LeRoy Walker also brought recognition and international prominence to NCCU.  In addition to serving as chancellor of the university, Walker was president of the U.S. Olympic Committee during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. 

Insider Tip: The NCCU Ticket Office is on the lower level of W.G. Pearson Cafeteria on Lawson Street. Children under4 years old are admitted to football and basketball games for free.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.