SEATS GOING FAST! $40 ROUNDTRIP (w/ Tailgate Party Included) on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to UM September 5th, 2015

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Greetings BCU Fans!

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration’ Fan Bus as we support our guys in their quest to have a successful season under   the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Saturday September 5th, 2015  to take on the University of Miami Hurricanes, kickoff is at 6:oo p.m.

The low rate of $65.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game, a game ticket, and lunch, a tailgate meal provided by the Miami-Dade Alumni chapter, the Miami-Dade chapter has graciously agreed to host the Hailwildcats.com fan bus travelers at what they are calling “one of the largest tailgates south of the border.” If you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from Sun Life Stadium and the “Tailgate Meal” for just $40.00.

We will depart Daytona Beach at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and arrive at Sun Life Stadium around 3:30 pm to participate in the Wildcat Tailgate Festivities.  We will stop for dinner on the return trip.

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. All sales are final!

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.

Seats are filling up quickly, ONLY 8 SEATS LEFT, so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FLHome Depot Lee Rd. – 10:00 AM  5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune Cookman University -11:00 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in the Orlando Area or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area.Iphon5S214 224Iphon5S214 218

Hail Wildcats!
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Erik Williams added to Detroit Lions preseason roster

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The Detroit Lions filled a couple vacant roster spots earlier today after the release of safety Taylor Mays and receiver Jared Haggins on Saturday.

Former Bethune-Cookman Defensive end Erik Williams and linebacker Justin Cherocci (Central Michigan) have been added to the roster.

Williams recorded 33 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks for Bethune-Cookman last season.

The 6-3, 270-pound Williams, who spent time with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason, is the son of Lee Williams, an 11-year NFL veteran who played for the San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers.

Williams will wear number 67 while Cherocci will wear 51.

http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Lions-activate-Jones-and-Waddle-off-PUP-sign-two-others/d56eadf4-36f1-4670-b374-0686eb81d2aa

5 Questions from Fall Camp

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IMG_9324The Bethune-Cookman football program has spent most of the last five seasons nationally ranked and atop the MEAC standings. In that same timeframe, the Wildcats have posted more victories than any other conference school and advanced to the postseason on four occasions. Yet despite its recent run of success, the buzz surrounding the program has been relatively quiet heading into the 2015 campaign. Questions abound as to rather BCU’s window of success is closing or if the Cats are poised to continue their reign as one of the premier programs in the HBCU and FCS ranks.

Here are 5 mysteries that must be solved if Bethune-Cookman is to remain consistent in its winning ways.

The Man following the Man

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1st year head coach Terry Sims

First year head coach Terry Sims inherits a roster full on talent but lacking in experience. Sims won’t be afforded a honeymoon period to acquaint himself or his young squad to the high expectations in Daytona Beach. Wildcat fans fully expect Sims to continue and build upon the success of former head coach Brian Jenkins.

Sims is well respected within the BCU athletic department. He is ultracompetitive, detailed-oriented, and perhaps better credentialed than was Jenkins when he first took over the reins in 2010. But there are some aspects of the head coaching position for which only the crucible of experience can prepare you. The manner in which Sims responds to tense, split-second and sometimes unpredictable moments on and off the field will go a long way in determining the success of this year’s squad.

Fantastic Four or Fantastic No-more???

Yogi Jones is arguably the best defensive coordinator in the MEAC. He will need to rely on all of his experience and know-how to ready a defense that features nine new starters including an all new front four.

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Not only will the defensive line feature four new starters but the four new starters were not even enrolled at Bethune-Cookman this time last year. Thankfully, they all have some post-high school playing experience under their belts and they all possess great athleticism and potential. Getting this group of new faces to actualize their talents and replace the production void left by the likes of Erik Williams, LeBrandon Richardson and Rony Barrow will be quite a task even for Yogi Jones.

Inexperience at Linebacker

Donald Smith returns as the lone starter at linebacker. We expect Robert Way, our preseason pick for breakout player of the year, and Deland high school product Trenton Bridges to join Smith as the starting linebackers. All three guys will lay a good thump on you. We just want them to get in the habit of getting ball carriers on the ground and racking up tackles. We’ll worry about highlight reel hits down the road.

OC or Oh-No?

While Yogi Jones has proven his mettle as a great defensive coordinator, the jury is still out on 4th year offensive coordinator Jim Pry. BCU has never averaged more than 30 points per game or more than 400 yards of total offense under Pry’s guidance. In fact, Pry’s units rarely racked up huge numbers in his previously stints as offensive coordinator at Dartmouth, Akron and Duke. Granted, you can’t measure success by statistics alone and the offensive talent he had at his disposal while serving as OC at the aforementioned schools generally were not as good as the competition he faced. But coaching is a bottom line business. Pry will need to have the BCU offense prepared to carry more of the weight this season to give the new faces on defense time to jell and gain experience.

Step it up QB

????????In 2010, BCU entered Fall Camp unsure who would emerge as the primary signal caller. Senior Matt Johnson stepped up, made the job his own, and proceeded to have one of the best seasons any Wildcat quarterback has ever experienced. We’re hoping redshirt senior Quentin Williams can find some of that same magic in his final year.

Williams has not been bad as a starter but he has struggled with consistency at times. Q needs to step up his production this season. Whether he does or doesn’t isn’t an issue of talent but one of confidence.

Larry Brihm will challenge Williams for snaps all season and the thought of both quarterbacks taking meaningful snaps is not out of the question.

The Terry Sims era of Bethune-Cookman football begins on Saturday, September 5th when the Wildcats travel to South Florida to take on FBS powerhouse University of Miami. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 pm. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

$220 (1+1+1*) ROUNDTRIP on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to GRAMBLING ST. September 12th, 2015

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g3Greetings BCU Fans!

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com “Road to the Celebration Bowl” Fan Bus as we support our team in their quest to have a successful season under the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana on Saturday September 12th, 2015  to take on the Grambling State Tigers, kickoff is set for 5:oo p.m.

The low 1+1+1* share rate of $220.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game, a game ticket, and a Hotel room share* on Saturday night after the game. If you don’t want to take the trip by yourself and want someone to travel with you, we are offering the discounted 2+2+1 rate of $380.00 which will guarantee you 2 bus seats, 2 game tickets, and a hotel room Saturday night after the game.  If you already have a game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from Grambling and Saturday night hotel room share* for $200.00 or $340.00 will guarantee you 2 bus seats and a Double Bed hotel room.

We will depart Daytona Beach at 11:00 p.m. on Friday night the 11th and arrive at Eddie Robinson Stadium around 3:00 pm on Saturday the 12th. We will make stops along the way for breakfast and lunch. Following the game, we will travel to Jackson, Mississippi to rest overnight. We plan to depart Jackson at 8 am on Sunday the 13th heading to Daytona Beach and will stop for lunch, ETA: Daytona Beach 8 pm

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis and are filling fast. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. All sales are final!

*Hotel Room Share-  Share/paired in a double bed room with a fellow Wildcat in a 4 star hotel.

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.

Seats are filling up quickly, so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FLHome Depot Lee Rd. – September 11th 10:00 PM  5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune Cookman University – September 11th 11:00 PM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Cracker Barrel – September 12th 1:00 AM 502 Chaffee Point Rd Jacksonville, FL 32221

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in the Orlando Area or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area

Hail Wildcats!
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Updated: $40 ROUNDTRIP (w/ Tailgate Party Included) on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to UM September 5th, 2015

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Greetings BCU Fans!

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Championship’ Fan Bus as we support our guys in their quest to have a successful season under   the direction of Head Coach Terry Sims. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Saturday September 5th, 2015  to take on the University of Miami Hurricanes, kickoff is at 6:oo p.m.

The low rate of $65.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game, a game ticket, and lunch, a tailgate meal provided by the Miami-Dade Alumni chapter, the Miami-Dade chapter has graciously agreed to host the Hailwildcats.com fan bus travelers at what they are calling “one of the largest tailgates south of the border.” If you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from Sun Life Stadium and the “Tailgate Meal” for just $40.00.

We will depart Daytona Beach at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and arrive at Sun Life Stadium around 3:30 pm to participate in the Wildcat Tailgate Festivities.  We will stop for dinner on the return trip.

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. All sales are final!

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your seat. We have attached the PayPal links/options below for your convenience. You do NOT need a PayPal account to complete your transaction. If you prefer to pay with cash or with Credit/Debit card in person or over the phone, please coordinate with Jerry Bell or Darold Williams at the numbers below. Checks will NOT be accepted.

Seats are filling up quickly, so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FLHome Depot Lee Rd. – 10:00 AM  5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune Cookman University -11:00 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in the Orlando Area or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area

Hail Wildcats!
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Undrafted Tavarus Daztler ready to earn roster spot in Green Bay

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Tavarus Daztler

Green Bay — Soon after signing with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent, Tavarus Dantzler received a phone call from another Bethune-Cookman graduate: Nick Collins.

The former Packers safety had hyped up Dantzler’s team before a game last season, but the two weren’t necessarily close.

Collins got Dantzler’s phone number from a friend in Green Bay and surprised the linebacker.

His message was straightforward.

“It’s a job now,” Dantzler recalled Collins’ telling him. “There’s no class. So just get in the playbook, learn, come here, and come with an attitude of wanting to learn. Ask questions.”

The expectations for this Bethune-Cookman star won’t be set nearly as high as that 2005 second-round pick who’d go on to star in Super Bowl XLV, but the Packers will throw Dantzler into the mix at inside linebacker. This 6-foot-2, 240 pounder promises to bring an angry, determined playing style.

“Linebacker is a physical position,” Dantzler said. “Either you have it or you don’t. I like to play with that anger, that chip on my shoulder. I just pride myself on things like that.”

Green Bay bypassed all inside linebackers through the first three rounds of the draft, taking Michigan’s Jake Ryan 129th overall. A three-year starter, Dantzler finished with 176 tackles (19 for loss) and six forced fumbles. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) is a tad different than the Big Ten, though Dantzler’s workout numbers certainly got Green Bay’s attention.

Dantzler ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, posted a 35½-inch vertical leap and has 34½-inch arms.

By comparison, Clay Matthews ran a 4.67 with a 35½-inch vertical out of USC and has 32¼-inch arms.

For Dantzler, the key was a newfound focus midway through college. Defensive coordinator Charles “Yogi” Jones remembers an 18-year-old kid who could care less about his classwork.

He had the talent. He was a “happy-go-lucky guy,” Jones said.

Heading into his third year, Dantzler had a daughter and Jones saw a metamorphosis.

“He’s determined to be in position to provide for his daughter,” Jones said. “This is what he wants to do to make a living. He’s not going to be denied. He wants it. This is a kid that’s hungry….It changed his life. It changed his perspective on his education, on his day-to-day work ethic, it changed everything.

Continue reading:  http://m.jsonline.com/sports/packers/undrafted-tavarus-dantzler-ready-to-earn-job-at-linebacker-b99504880z1-304664871.html .

MEAC Champion to forego FCS playoffs in favor of Celebration Bowl

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New look helmetsAfter a 16 year hiatus, the latest rendition of a postseason bowl game to determine a black college football national champion is now official. The champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference will meet in a postseason bowl game on December 19th at the Georgia Dome in the inaugural Celebration Bowl.

A press release stated, “the Celebration Bowl is committed to providing the champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and their alumni, fans and sponsors a first-class bowl experience while continuing to celebrate the legacy, values and traditions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

“As part of the conference’s continued efforts in branding and increasing its exposure on a national platform, I am elated that champions from the MEAC and the SWAC will compete in a bowl game, during the most exciting time of the year for collegiate football,” MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas said in a statement. “Our continued partnership with ESPN will give our coaches, student-athletes and fans an opportunity to participate in an exciting bowl game, on a national stage, which will showcase their institutions and talented football programs. Adding a national television opportunity for our champion, during this time of year, only furthers our branding and marketability.”

The Celebration Bowl is the most recent incarnation of the now dormant Heritage Bowl and defunct Pelican Bowl. One major and controversial distinction between the Celebration Bowl and its predecessors is the MEAC champion will relinquish its automatic qualifier (AQ) slot into the FCS Playoffs in order to participate in the game. (The FCS Playoffs did not exist when the Pelican Bowl was operational (1972, 74-75) and the MEAC champion sometimes declined the automatic Heritage Bowl (1991-99) bid in favor of participating in the FCS (then I-AA) playoffs.

The financial payouts, length of the contract, and other pertinent details of the agreement have not yet been divulged. What we do know is the game is the property of ESPN Events and will be broadcasted on the ESPN family of Networks. It will be the second ESPN-created MEAC-SWAC game. (The MEAC/SWAC Challenge has been played for the past 10 seasons on Labor Day Weekend.) We also know there remains a chance that a MEAC team can participate in the FCS playoffs if it receives an at-large invitation. Bethune-Cookman is believed to have been the first at-large team omitted in 2014 and South Carolina State received an at-large invite in 2013.

Bethune-Cookman Issues Statement on Internal Investigation into Football Program

hailwildcat logoDaytona Beach, FL – Bethune-Cookman University issued a statement regarding its internal investigation into the football program on Monday evening.

Although not specifically stated in the release, the internal investigation is thought to center on alleged misconduct by former head football coach Brian Jenkins.  The Montgomery Advertiser reported several former players including linebacker Rahdeese Alcutt, tight-end Justin Henderson, and offensive lineman Blake Pritchard alleged Jenkins violated NCAA rules by providing improper benefits to players, failing to make proper housing arrangements, and violating weekly practice time limits.

According to the Official Statement, BCU athletic department officials state they became aware of allegations of possible rules violations during the 2014 fall semester and immediately notified the NCAA and MEAC upon receipt of this information.  Bryan Harvey, BCU’s Assistant Director of Athletics, also stated the school has launched an internal investigation; however, the school was not currently being investigated by the NCAA.

Jenkins is now the head coach at Alabama State.  He enjoyed a highly successful run at BCU in which he won or shared four MEAC titles and earned three FCS playoff berths in five seasons at the Daytona Beach university.

See BCU’s official statement below.

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Bethune-Cookman Issues Statement on Internal Investigation into Football Program

 

“During the fall semester of 2014, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) received information about allegations of possible violations of NCAA rules regarding our football program. We immediately notified the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of this matter.

“B-CU has also launched an internal investigation which is ongoing in an effort to ensure and maintain compliance.

“The University will have no further comment until the investigation has been completed.”

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