There just are too many if-this-happens scenarios that have to break exactly right in order for N.C. Central to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and go to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman marched into the office of N.C. Central coach LeVelle Moton before last season and in no uncertain terms said the Eagles would beat N.C. State. Never mind that NCCU had never beaten a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Whether North Carolina coach Roy Williams is tearing into a referee, or having a more cerebral moment, he’s always going to be sharply dressed. Williams has that same scouting report on N.C. Central coach LeVelle Moton. Those two will exchange nods before their teams tip off their seasons in the Dean E. Smith Center on Friday (8 p.m., ESPNU). And before the ball gets tossed up, Williams said he’d be sizing up more than Moton’s players.
NCCU basketball coach LeVelle Moton said he’s not just trying to grab the money and run. No, NCCU is going into the Dean E. Smith Center to take the money and win, he said.
Eagles running back Andre Clarke knows exactly where the end zone is.
NCCU basketball champs liked MEAC title and put a ring on it.
NCCU and Norfolk State both are 4-2 in the MEAC.
Malcolm Bell accounted for three touchdowns and the N.C. Central defense stymied Hampton for a 47-13 victory on Saturday.
The Eagles need to make sure they don’t fall Saturday, Nov. 8, when homecoming guest Hampton shows up to crash the party (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
About the only thing Allonte Tuppins can do for the Eagles is root hard from his seat at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium this weekend. “It’s their time to shine now,” Tuppins said.
Bethune-Cookman beat N.C. Central on Saturday. That roughed up the road to the MEAC championship for the Eagles.
Anthony Jordan rushed for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, helping Bethune-Cookman surge late past N.C. Central 34-20 on Saturday. The Wildcats (7-2, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) reeled off 21 unanswered points in the final quarter.
Bethune-Cookman (6-2, 3-1 MEAC) hosts N.C. Central (4-4, 3-1 MEAC) at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida, Saturday, Nov. 1 (4 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Bethune-Cookman's quarterbacks have fallen 34 times to opposing pass rushers this season and that could be key when the Eagles of N.C. Central visit Daytona, Fla., on Saturday for a big MEAC showdown.
Graduation Success Rate (GSR) results released Tuesday by the NCAA indicated that 97 percent of freshmen student-athletes receiving scholarship aid or recruited individuals participating in programs that do not offer athletic aid graduated from Duke within six years. ... UNC Chapel Hill came in at 86 percent, N.C. Central 66 percent.