Terry Sims the man for Bethune-Cookman

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TSimsDAYTONA BEACH — Bethune-Cookman University introduced Terry Sims as its new head football coach five years and one day after naming Brian Jenkins, whom Sims replaced, to the same position.

Sims served on Jenkins’ staff as assistant head coach, safeties coach and special teams coach for the past five seasons. Perhaps more importantly, Sims was regarded as the stabilizing agent in the BCU program over that same timeframe.

Director of Athletics Lynn Thompson stated “as we began our process of where do we go from here, we had to take stock in several things. We had to make sure we turned over every stone. We are not looking to become champions. We are champions.” (With that thought in mind,) “we saw best to stay in house. We looked to the rock of the program over the last four or five years, and it is my pleasure to introduce to you the new head football coach at Bethune-Cookman University, Mr. Terry Sims.”

“I’m bubbling right now” Sims stated. “It’s a great Christmas gift and I can’t wait to get going.”

The new head coach mentioned many aspects of the program would remain the same. “Coach Jenkins (and I) sat in that building with a bunch of men in 2010 and laid a plan, we worked the plan, and the plan has been successful. Why change?”

However, Sims did state, “I will be different from Coach Jenkins (in some aspects). I’m a people person so we will be different in that sense.” Sims also went on to state the offense would speed up and be more wide open under his reign.

One difference for sure between Sims and Jenkins will be the level of external expectations from Day One. Over the past five years, the Wildcats:

  • have become a perennial Top 25 FCS program,
  • have won at least a share of 4 MEAC titles, and
  • have made three FCS playoff appearances.

BCU fans expect Sims to win immediately and to build on the success of the past five seasons. Sims took his first major step in ensuring the Wildcats’ continue their winning ways by keeping the majority of the coaching staff intact. Sims confirmed Yogi Jones (defensive coordinator), Jim Pry (offensive coordinator), Terry Williams (defensive backs), Lawal McCray (assistant head coach and tight ends), Earl Lane (defensive line), John Powers (offensive line) DJ McCarthy (player personnel), and Carl Franks (running backs) will all return to the BCU sidelines next season.

Coach Sims is a native of Jesup, Georgia and is the 17th head coach in program history. He played collegiately for Knoxville College. Previous coaching stops include:

1994 Linebackers (Student Assistant), Knoxville
1995-96 Defensive Backs (Graduate Assistant), Louisville
1997-99 Running Backs/Recruiting Coord., Austin Peay
2000 Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coord., Texas Southern
2001-03 Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Backs, Texas Southern
2004 Defensive Backs/Special Teams, Prairie View A&M
2005-06 Cornerbacks, UL-Lafayette
2006-09 DBs/Special Teams/Recruiting Coord., Howard

 

Bethune-Cookman to name new head football coach on Monday

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Bethune-Cookman University is set to announce its next head football coach on Monday, December 22, 2014 in the Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center on the campus of B-CU. The press conference, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and will feature Bethune-Cookman Director of Athletics Lynn W. Thompson as he discusses future of Wildcats Football.

The university declined our requests to release an official lists of candidates; however, sources reveal Danny Barrett (UCF running backs coach), Autry Denson (Miami, OH running backs coach), and Terry Sims (current BCU assistant head coach) are among the candidates being considered to fill the position vacated by Brian Jenkins.

Jean Fanor signed by Green Bay Packers

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Mike Williams, Jean Fanor, and Ryan Lewis

The Green Bay Packers have signed S Jean Fanor to the practice squad. The transaction was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.

Fanor (Jeen Fuh-NOR) is a former Bethune-Cookman standout and was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as a non-drafted free agent.  He played for the Tampa Bay Storm for the 2013 and 2014 Arena Football League seasons. Fanor set a franchise record with 128.5 tackles in 18 games this past season. He will wear No. 20 for the Packers.

Brian Jenkins to accept head coaching position at ‘Bama State according to multiple reports

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After weeks of rumors, it appears Brian Jenkins has agreed to become the head football coach at Alabama State according to FootballScoop.com.

Jenkins compiled a 46-14 record as Bethune-Cookman’s head ball coach and his teams earned at least a share of the MEAC crown in four of his five seasons (2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014) on the job.  Other notable accomplishments for Jenkins include:

  • winning three MEAC Coach of the Year Awards (’10, ’12, ’13),
  • guiding BCU to three FCS Playoff appearances (’10, ’12, ’13),
  • leading the Wildcats to their first ever 10-0 start,
  • becoming the first Bethune head coach to defeat archrival FAMU in four consecutive seasons (’11-’14),
  • securing the program’s first two victories over an FBS squad (both against FIU), and
  • compiling an undefeated record against the SWAC of which Alabama State is a member.

Thank you Coach Jenkins for raising the profile of Bethune-Cookman football.

Godspeed!

Wildcats overcome FAMU in OT for historic 18-17 win

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Brad Gillens | Orlando, FL – Runningback Danny Dillard scored from one yard out and reserve quarterback Larry Brihm rushed for two point conversion to give the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats a dramatic 18-17 overtime win over in state rival Florida A&M in the 35th Florida Blue Florida Classic. The Wildcats, facing 4th and 12 from their 27 yard line, got a 26 yard completion from Brihm to receiver Jhomo Gordon to set up the one yard plunge by Dillard three plays later. Immediately afterward, the Wildcats brought their offense on the field to complete the successful two point try, something Jenkins said he was encouraged to do all week by his son.

“I heard a little birdie say go for two, Jenkins said. No, you’re not going to believe this but my son all week said go for two. If you have the chance dad, go for two. So when we made a touchdown I wanted to see a few things, we had the right formation and I gave the signal to the guys and we executed it. I just believe in my players.”

FAMU head coach Cory Fuller said he and his team just did the best they could.

“We worked on that play all week and we told them on the sideline. When you try to make this situation the best you can in four weeks, you see all the flaws of a football team; how undisciplined they are and you see the character of the team when the game was on the line. It’s obvious we’re not as fundamentally sound as we need to be, but our kids, for four weeks, they bought it, listened and gutted it out through a tough situation.”

The Wildcats improved to 9-3 (5-2 MEAC) with the win and captured a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title for the fourth time in five years. The only year the Cats have not at least won a share of the title under Brian Jenkins’ tenure was 2011, his second season.

The win also marked the first time in Florida Classic history that B-CU defeated FAMU four straight years. Their last loss to the Rattlers came in 2010, spoiling Jenkins’ inaugural season as he was poised to finish the regular season 11-0.

Leading the Wildcats offensively was junior quarterback Quentin Williams, who went 8-14 for 77 yards and an interception and Michael D. Jones, who rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Cats were paced by linebacker Ralph Williams, who tallied 11 total tackles (0.5 for loss); followed by Tavarus Dantzler with seven total tackles (0.5 for loss).

For the Rattlers (3-9, 3-5 MEAC), the loss gave them their third straight losing season in a row. Quarterback Damien Fleming led the FAMU offensive attack going 9-25-2 for 88 yards and a touchdown playing in his final game as a Rattler. Asked about how he felt about his performance knowing it was his last Florida Classic, Fleming was disappointed.

“It’s a tough loss, he said. It was like a boxing match, just going back and forth, back and forth, until the end. We were able to take the lead and then just let it slip. It’s a tough loss.”

Jenkins was extremely effusive in his praise of Fleming in his post game press conference.

“Fleming put this team on his back, Jenkins said. He’s represented Florida A&M, his family and himself very well over the years. He’ll go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks at FAMU. He had an upgrade on leadership in that program.”

The first half of the game was a defensive struggle as both teams’ offenses had tough times capitalizing on drives. The Wildcats drove the ball into the FAMU redzone twice in the first half, but each time came away with no points as they were stopped on downs on their first opportunity and Ben Noboa missed a 41 yard field goal with 0:36 remaining in the first half. At the end of the half, B-CU and FAMU had managed to again make Florida Classic history, as their 0-0 halftime score marked the first time in the game’s 35 year history that neither team managed to score.

In the second half, the offenses finally decided to join the game as Michael D. Jones capped an 11 play, 66 yard drive over 4:07 to give the Cats a 7-0 lead with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter. Florida A&M responded with a 60+ yard drive of their own, going 74 yards on 12 plays, capped by Florida Classic MVP Damien Fleming’s two yard run to even the game at 7-7 with 9:51 remaining the game.

The Wildcats special teams then made a key mistake late in the game that gave Florida A&M excellent field position. Following a Chase Varnadore punt, return specialist Frank Brown muffed the punt, which was recovered by the Rattlers at the Wildcat 11 yard line. Four plays later, Varnadore booted a 29 yard field goal to give the Rattlers their first lead of the game, 10-7 with 3:47 remaining in the game.

B-CU with their backs against the wall, responded with a 10 play, 50 yard drive that spanned 3:11, culminated by a 32 yard Haden Hoggarth field goal that tied the game at 10-10 with 0:39 remaining. The drive was highlighted by a crucial 4th down run by Brihm where he kept the ball on the read option and evaded several would be tacklers en route to a 23 yard gain to put the Cats in the redzone.

The Wildcats won the overtime period and elected to put their defense on the field first. On the Rattlers’ first possession of the period, Fleming found Kareem Smith down the right side for a 13 yard touchdown pass to give the Rattlers a 17-10 lead, much to the delight of the Rattler crowd on hand. The Wildcats then took possession and Brihm led the team for the game winning score.

The Wildcats will now turn their attention to tomorrow’s FCS Selection Show on ESPNU to find out whether they will receive an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs for the fourth time in five years. The selection show is set to air at 11AM EST.

Hampton shocks @BCUGridiron in 40-35 upset

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Freshman quarterback and Orlando Florida native Jerrell Antoine directed Hampton University to a 40-35 upset win over #18 Bethune-Cookman.

The Pirates entered the game with only 2 wins and averaged 20 points per game. By night’s end, HU secured their 3rd victory of the season and doubled their points per game average.

Antoine completed 21 of 34 passes for a career-high 249 yards and five touchdowns.

Antoine and his Pirates capitalized on an early BCU turnover to get on the board first. Quentin Williams was sacked on the game’s third snap and defensive lineman Robert Copeland scooped up the loose ball deep in Wildcat territory.

Antoine hit Gooding from 10 yards out to put Hampton up 7-0 just three plays later.

Bethune-Cookman gave the Pirates prime field position again later in the quarter on a botched punt and the Pirates cashed in thanks to a 29-yard field goal from 1st team All-MEAC place kicker Anthony Prevost to go up 10-0 at the 6:43 mark.

The Wildcats (8-3, 5-2 MEAC) got on the board for the first time with 5:46 left in the first quarter after a 54-yard touchdown run from Michael Jones to cut the lead to 10-7.

Hampton answered with a 10-play, 77-yard drive, taking a 16-7 lead with 1:41 left in the quarter after Antoine hit Gooding from 21 yards out. Anthony Jordan capped off a busy first quarter with a 51-yard touchdown run, cutting Hampton’s lead to 16-14 at the 1:13 mark.

The Pirates marched down the field, going 74 yards in eight plays, before Antoine hit redshirt sophomore wide receiver Twarn Mixson from 19 yards out to put Hampton up 23-14 with 8:34 left in the half.

Antoine threw another touchdown pass with 2:07 left in the half, hooking up with Riddick on an 18-yard score to give Hampton a 30-14 lead.

Bethune-Cookman scored with 18 seconds left in the half, cutting Hampton’s lead to 30-21 on a 2-yard run from Anthony.

Antoine connected with Riddick again from nine yards out with 5:29 left in the third quarter to push the Pirates ahead  37-21.  Anthony Jordan cut the lead to 37-28 with a 13-yard touchdown run at the 3:31 mark of the third quarter.

Prevost hit his second field goal of the night, a 30-yarder with 13:08 left in the contest, to give the Pirates a 40-28 lead.

A 4-yard run from Larry Brihm with 5:28 to go cut the lead to 40-35, and the Wildcats had the ball in the waning seconds, but time expired before Bethune-Cookman could take one last shot at the end zone.

The Wildcats surrendered seven sacks on the night.  The loss all but foiled any playoff hopes for BCU.

Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price on winning (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets

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Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price of Daytona Beach on winning the Hailwildcats.com BCU vs Norfolk State “Watch Party” Raffle for (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets. If you missed the past raffle, you have another opportunity this week, details below!  Congrats again Mrs. Emma Price!BCU HU

Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

paypal_buynow (1) Raffle Ticket $5.00

 


 

paypal_buynow(3) Raffle Tickets $10.00

 

JOIN US FOR FOOTBALL, FOOD, and FUN!

Buffalo Wild Wings
2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “LETS GO” WATCH PARTY Nov. 13th, 2014 @ 7p.m. (Buffalo Wild Wings Daytona Beach, Fl)

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CALLING ALL WILDCAT NATION!!!!!BCU HU

Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

paypal_buynow (1) Raffle Ticket $5.00

 


 

paypal_buynow(3) Raffle Tickets $10.00

 

JOIN US FOR FOOTBALL, FOOD, and FUN!

Buffalo Wild Wings
2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

BCU vs. Norfolk State Watch Parties in Daytona, Orlando, J-Ville, Miami

DSC_0119Hey Wildcat fans! Are you looking for a place to watch your Fighting Wildcats take on Norfolk State in tonight’s huge first place showdown?

If so, we got you covered!!!

Tonight’s critical MEAC matchup will be televised on ESPNU and streamed on the WatchESPN app at 7:30 P.M..

But why stay in when you can join dozens of BCU fans and supporters at Watch Parties across the state?

Alumni Chapters and Supporter Groups throughout Florida will gather at some of your favorite restaurants to cheer on our Fighting Wildcats as they seek to stay alive in their hunt for another MEAC crown. So put on your maroon and gold and come hang out with other Wildcat supporters at one of the Watch Parties mentioned below.

Good luck team and Let’s Go Wildcats!!!

IMG_9324Daytona Beach – (HailWildcats.com)

Buffalo Wild Wings
2479 W. International Speedway BLVD
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Meeting time – 7:00 PM

Orlando — (Orange County Alumni Chapter)

Oley’s Kitchen and Smokehouse
2700 S Rio Grande Ave
Orlando, FL 32805
Meeting time – 6:30 PM

Jacksonville – (Duval/Nassau Booster Club)

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
River City Marketplace
Jacksonville, FL
Meeting time – 7:00 PM

Miami- (Duke Live Party)

The Roc Garden Sports Bar and Lounge
1774 NW 183rd Street
Miami, FL
Meeting time – 7:00 PM

 

 

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