September 20, 2007

Rattlers Keep It In-State

Just a little more than a month after Florida A&M cut the chord on Mike Gillespie, the Rattlers finally found their new man Thursday.

That man happens to be former Florida State player Eugene Harris, who will take over the program as its new head coach.

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October 12, 2006

Brown Back In The "Comfort Zone"

South Carolina State coach Jamal Brown, a former star center at the Orangeburg university, is one of three first-year coaches in the MEAC.

"It’s been a fast experience," said Brown, the youngest coach in the conference. "I went to school there, I was an assistant there, so I've been refamiliarizing myself with the environment. It’s always good to come home, to come back to the comfort zone."

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Hampton Comes Alive

First-year coach Kevin Nickelberry spoke like a visionary during a one-on-one interview on the future of Hampton basketball.

"I am excited to start a journey that I hope will end with me, the president and our fans walking out that front door, looking at USA Today and seeing us in the Top 25. That’s my goal," Nickelberry said. "I’m here to win championships."

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Let's Do Lunch

About 150 press members, conference administrators, school officials and alumni attended a two-hour press luncheon that was not without its highlights.

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Each place setting featured purple napkins with the itinerary for the lunch printed on one side.

  • Former NBA player Kenny Smith emceed the event. Said the Inside the NBA studio host in his introduction: "I look at the collection of college coaches before us, and I would say there is not a college conference anywhere that has the same knowledge and same character in the coaches that we have here."

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First State, First Place

A three-hour drive out of Charlotte late Tuesday night brought your humble narrator to Raleigh for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference media day and press luncheon at the RBC Center.

Delaware State, which returns four starters from a club that finished 16-2 in the MEAC (and 21-14 overall), received all 14 first-place votes in a poll of the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Chief among the returnees for the two-time defending regular-season champs is reigning MEAC Player of the Year, Jahsha Bluntt.

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