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Big Fun In Baltimore: Impressions from the CIAA debut in Charm City

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Big Fun In Baltimore: Impressions from the CIAA debut in Charm City

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New NC Central AD focused on fundraising, facilities and academics
NC Central has brought on of its own to take over its athletics program. Dr. Louis "Skip" Perkins talks to Steven J. Gaither about his time as a student at NCCU, his stint in television and his plan to move NCCU's athletics program forward.
June 30, 2022
HBCU Gameday Two Minute Drill: 6/28/2021
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June 30, 2022
Two Minute Drill: Diddy drops dollars at JSU and Howard plus more
Jacobi Simmons gives you the latest from around the HBCU world. Read more at
June 28, 2022
Two Minute Drill: Howard stays, FAMU 100 goes and Globetrotters pick up GSU hooper
Our Jacobi Simmons gives you a quick run-down on some of the top stories of the week on
June 24, 2022
Howard University women ready to make more history at NCAA Championships
Howard University track and field head coach David Oliver joins us to talk about the growth of the program under his leadership as his student-athletes prepare to compete at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. 
June 08, 2022
Notre Dame to face HBCU, Savannah State drags its tail in coaching search
Notre Dame will play its first non-FBS opponent — and it’s an HBCU. Savannah State football finally makes a hire but did it move too slow? More on Notre Dame: More on Savannah State:
April 05, 2022
Should HBCUs Embrace The First Four?
Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil joins Steven J. Gaither to talk about why some insiders embrace the First Four and why we should keep a close eye on the re-writing of the NCAA constitution.
March 15, 2022
HBCU March Madness: MEAC, SWAC Tourneys down to the wire
Conference tournament season has hit the D1 HBCU world. Lut Williams and SJG get you up to speed.
March 10, 2022
Dr. Raja M. Rahim: Uncovering HBCU Basketball’s Past
Appalachian State assistant professor and two time alumna of NC Central Dr. Raja M. Rahim talks about her research on the history of basketball at black colleges. Follow her on Twitter: @rajamalikahr
March 09, 2022
Big Fun In Baltimore: Impressions from the CIAA debut in Charm City
Audio from a Twitter space including presidents, chancellors, fans and more.
March 01, 2022
CIAA Cheer Preview: The Mind Behind Fayetteville State's Cheer Phi Smoov
Dr. Lawanda Miller, head coach of the Fayetteville State Broncos "Cheer Phi Smoov" cheerleading squad sits down with Renee Foster ahead of the 2022 CIAA Tournament. 
February 23, 2022
Save The Narrative: CIAA in Baltimore Will Be A Vibe
Many people aren’t giving the CIAA in Baltimore a chance. This CIAA alumna says they will be missing out.
February 18, 2022
UAPB's Dawn Thornton talks policing black women's attire in coaching, balancing love and sports and SWAC basketball race
Arkansas-Pine Bluff women's basketball coach Dawn Thornton stands tall and stands out. She spoke with SJG about policing of black women's attire and bodies within the coaching profession. She also talked about how she and her husband make love and coaching work and the SWAC women's basketball race as it enters the stretch run. 
February 13, 2022
Welcome To Baltimore: Reeta The NFL Chick Talks CIAA In Her City
The CIAA Tournament is coming to Baltimore so we tapped in with one of Baltimore’s greatest ambassadors, Reeta The NFL Chick. The co-host of Gridiron Gals addresses the stigma around the event moving to Charm City as well as what Baltimore has to offer and a whole lot more.
February 10, 2022
I'm Not Gonna Be There: Southern Heritage Classic beef, Hampton and HBCU Combine with Khari Thompson
One week after announcing a three-year classic run in Birmingham, Jackson State is pulling out of the Southern Heritage Classic three years early. Steven J. Gaither talks with Khari Thompson of the Clarion-Ledger about the move as well as the new Birmingham Classic, the HBCU Combine and his alma mater, Hampton University.
February 03, 2022
SWAC Commissioner explains controversial decision to move key rivalry SWAC game off-campus
Tolly Carr talks with Dr. Charles McClelland about the conference's role in bringing three games to Birmingham, AL exclusively on HBCU Gameday. 
January 27, 2022
MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills on putting together a new team, where the MEAC stands in the NCAA and conference re-alignment
Sonja Stills is only a month into her tenure as MEAC commissioner, but she's already re-shaping the conference. Fresh off the recent NCAA convention she gives her insight on where the conference and HBCUs sit at the national table as well as how the MEAC is approaching membership moving forward into 2022. 
January 25, 2022
D2 HBCU Basketball Gets Real
SJG and Lut try to read the tea leafs and see if it’s too early to figure out pretenders and contenders in the CIAA and SIAC.
January 21, 2022
Crunk Ain’t Dead: A Boomer And A Millennial on HBCU Basketball In 2022
Steven J. Gaither and Lut Williams discuss the D1 HBCU basketball landscape, including the state of game atmosphere.
January 20, 2022
Broadcasting legend Charlie Neal on the past, present and future of HBCU sports media
It is impossible to have a conversation about television coverage and HBCU sports without mentioning the name Charlie Neal. We spoke with the legendary journalist and broadcaster about how he started covering sports, the genesis of working at BET, his partner Sam Jones and the future of HBCUs and broadcasting. 
January 19, 2022
HBCU Basketball: Doing The Best We Can With What We Got
Like the entire world, HBCU basketball programs are trying to work around the pandemic. Lut Williams and SJG try to make sense of it all.
January 08, 2022
WyKevin Bazemore on 252 hoops, WSSU legacy, CIAA atmospheres and building a winner at Shaw
Wykevin Bazemore left his mark on CIAA basketball for four seasons at Winston-Salem State. Now the Bertie County product is back in the league coaching at Shaw. He shares memories from his time at WSSU, the best atmospheres in the CIAA during his playing days and moving Shaw basketball forward. 
January 05, 2022
Celebration Bowl, The Future of HBCUs and the Year of Prime
The game is over. The confetti has been cleaned up. Trophies have been handed out. South Carolina State shocked the world and at least stole a piece of the HBCU national title. But Deion Sanders and Jackson State have left their mark on the college football world in a short time.
December 20, 2021
Life After The MEAC: Hampton and NC A&T Part II
The second part of a lengthy discussion with Tariq of the HU Pirateship Podcast, Blue Death Valley founder Semaj Marsh and A&T alumnus and historian Tyler Ball. 
October 22, 2021
Life After The MEAC: Hampton, A&T and the Big South Move (P1)
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY and North Carolina A&T battled each other for years in the CIAA and eventually the MEAC. Now the two HBCUs are in the Big South Conference. We talked with the founders of Blue Death Valley and HU Pirate Ship about their school's departure from the MEAC, the rocky reception from other HBCU alumni and why the moves were made. 
October 20, 2021
Presidential Suite: Elizabeth City State Chancellor Dr. Karrie G. Dixon
After being on life support not too long ago, Elizabeth City State has boosted its enrollment thanks to NC Promise tuition and the leadership of Dr. Karrie G. Dixon, its chancellor since 2018. We talked about how athletics factors in to the decade-high growth of enrollment numbers it is currently experiencing, as well as how competitive the CIAA chancellors and presidents are when it comes to athletics. 
October 14, 2021
State of CIAA Football - Midseason Assessment with Kris Ferguson
HBCU Gameday CIAA guru Kris Ferguson joins Steven J. Gaither to talk about the state of the CIAA as football its at its midway point. Read more of his work at
October 07, 2021
State of The CIAA: Coaching Job Security
Steven J. Gaither and Kris Ferguson look at the coaching situation for all 12 CIAA football programs as of midseason 2021. 
October 06, 2021
Robert Colon on playing overseas, WSSU legacy and more
Robert Colon is the seventh-leading scorer in Winston-Salem State University history. For reference, the top five were all drafted into the NBA. After leading WSSU to the 2020 CIAA Championship as a senior he's now starting his pro basketball career in Bolivia. Our Symone Stanley talked to him about the process of becoming a pro as well as his time at WSSU. 
July 28, 2021
James Houston IV opens up on why he left Florida and came to Jackson State
Symone Stanley goes one-on-one with James Houston IV, who started his career in the SEC but is headed for The SWAC. 
July 16, 2021
How One HBCU Used The Pandemic To Re-Start Football And Increase Enrollment
Bluefield State hasn't had football since the early 1980s. Out of all the times to re-start the program it picked the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school's president reveals why and what plans the college has to make it a success.
July 07, 2021
Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander on A&T joining
North Carolina A&T officially became a member of the Big South on July 1, 2021. Hear from the commissioner on what A&T's addition means and what the future holds for The Big South. More info available here:
July 01, 2021
Len Elmore talks Knight Commission findings, Maryland Legacy and playing HBCU legends
Len Elmore was one of the first black basketball stars in the ACC when he played at Maryland in the 1970s. After a long pro career he went into law while continuing to be involved in collegiate athletics. Now, as co-chair of the Knight Commission, he's making sure the NCAA does right by student-athletes as well as HBCUs. He talked with Steven J. Gaither about the Commission's recent findings as well as his time at Maryland and playing against HBCU legends. 
June 17, 2021
Willie Simmons on FAMU recruiting with new facilities and new uni combos
After a year of not being able to host prospects on campus, Florida A&M football was able to welcome the Class of 2022 and beyond to Tallahassee. And it had a new look on multiple levels. Here what recruits thought here:
June 12, 2021
The Comeback Kid: Alabama State QB Ryan Nettles
Ryan Nettles led his high school team to a state title as a junior, and was looking forward to a big senior season. But after tearing his ACL and meniscus in the first game of his senior season, he thought he might not play again. Three years later, the redshirt freshman quarterback has Alabama State in position to win the SWAC East heading into the Magic City Classic. 
April 14, 2021
2021 HBCU Combine/NFL Draft Preview With Jordan Reid
We chat with former North Carolina Central quarterback Jordan Reid about the upcoming HBCU Combine. Jordan is a scout covering small school (FCS/D2) prospects for The Draft Network.
April 09, 2021
SWAC Commissioner Apologizes For Band Decision -- Sorta
Dr. Charles McClelland, SWAC Commissioner, responds to pushback for the decision to keep marching bands for traveling this spring football season. This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 09, 2021
Jackson State and Deion Sanders Underdogs to Grambling
Deion Sanders and Jackson State are up against a Grambling program that has dominated them this century. Find out what to watch for and who to bet on. This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 05, 2021
Down With The King: Lebron James to outfit HBCU
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Florida A&M University is the first college to be outfitted by Lebron James This episode is also available as a blog post:
March 04, 2021