NCCU, after winning 22 games last season, begins basketball practice Monday looking for more success.
CHAPEL HILL — After 100 minutes of field hockey Friday evening at Francis E. Henry Stadium, the ACC battle between No. 13 Duke and No. 1 North Carolina was finally decided by a shootout, with the Blue Devils earning the victory, 3-2.
N.C. Central may be in for a fight after the school’s chancellor rejected the appeal of fired football coach Henry Frazier III, New York-based attorney Linda Kenney Baden said Wednesday.
NCCU has been passing the ball well enough, but its running game has not been reliable. The Eagles rushed for a mere two yards in a 35-17 loss to Towson on Saturday. A week prior to that in a 40-13 win over Charlotte, the Eagles ran for 207 yards.
NCCU's Doug Wilkerson among finalists for 2014 Black College Football Hall of Fame class.
N.C. Central likely would have had more to say about the outcome of Saturday’s 35-17 loss to No. 4 Towson if the Eagles could have figured out a way to run the football. The two rushing yards NCCU netted typically aren’t a winning recipe, especially against a team such as Towson with its sixth-ranked Football Championship Subdivision defense.
Terrance West rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Towson's 35-17 win over N.C. Central on Saturday.
N.C. Central football players didn’t get over-the-top speeches during practice this week to remind them that one of the best teams in the Football Championship Subdivision is head to O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium today (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com). No. 4 Towson (3-0) has a running back in Terrance West who scored five touchdowns against Delaware State a week ago, and NCCU’s offense will have to deal with a Tigers defense that is No. 1 in the nation at getting stops in the red zone.
Towson will be the highest-ranked Football Championship Subdivision team ever to line up on NCCU’s home field and has shown what it can do by knocking off Division I-A Connecticut in Week 1.
N.C. Central played the first half of Saturday’s game against Charlotte without Tazmon Foster, the team’s leading tackler. The inside linebacker from Henderson had to finish serving his punishment for a hit toward the head in the Eagles’ double-overtime win against St. Augustine’s. NCCU was in control against Charlotte when Foster entered the game in the third quarter, but he finished with nine tackles to tie for second among the Eagles in their 40-13 win.
Upon further review, David Cutcliffe prefers a different word to describe his feelings about Duke’s lopsided loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday. "I used the word that I was frustrated after the ballgame,” Cutcliffe said Tuesday. “That’s not accurate. I think more appropriately, and it’s bothered me since I said it, is that I was disappointed. I think frustration sounds like you may be sidetracked or detoured. I really have never been frustrated here."
Only on a football field could four N.C. Central defenders get away with the sort of thievery that they committed in broad daylight at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Saturday. The Eagles’ defensive backs ran for 103 yards on five interception returns, and Tony Williams returned one 48 yards for a touchdown. Michael Jones stole two passes from Charlotte quarterback Matt Johnson, while Hakiem Swann swiped another.
Idreis Augustus averaged five yards per carry, leading NCCU’s ground game with 80 yards and two touchdowns.
“Clicking is absolutely the word that we’re using in terms of staying on task, being consistent and finishing,” NCCU interim coach Dwayne Foster said after Saturday's 40-13 win. “That’s been our theme. It has to be our theme. The previous two games, we didn’t have that.”