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$40 ROUNDTRIP 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 and a game ticket. If you already have a game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from SunLife Stadium for just only $40.00.

We will depart Daytona Beach at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and arrive at SunLife 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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Bama State’s Brian Jenkins accused of bullying, mistreating players and rules violations while at BCU

SONY DSCBrian Jenkins has a new job, but he will likely have to answer questions about possible rules violations at his old one.

Former players at Jenkins previous coaching job, Bethune-Cookman, have accused him of everything from leaving them homeless and toying with their scholarships to threatening them with steak knives, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. The Advertiser reports that Jenkins was being investigated at BCU prior to accepting the Alabama State job in December.

According to the report, former players have accused Jenkins of:

•Providing improper benefits provided to players;
•Providing improper housing arrangements;
Continued and extensive violations of the NCAA weekly practice time limits;
Failure to pay three assistant coaches that resulted in a federal lawsuit;
And, bullying of staff and players with retaliation against those who spoke up.

BCU began an investigation on Jenkins after he reportedly threatened two players, linebacker Rahdeese Alcutt and defensive end Brandin Hudson- with a steak knife.

According to a letter Alcutt provided at the request of Bethune-Cookman officials as part of the investigation, a teammate accidentally spilled a drink and Alcutt began laughing. Because Jenkins doesn’t allow talking at the pre-game meals, the commotion irked the head coach, Alcutt said.

“At this time, Brian Jenkins walked over to me and picked up a knife and pointed it at me and (Hudson) saying, ‘Do I have to cut your (expletive) throats to get you to be quiet?” Alcutt wrote in the letter. Jenkins then stared at the two players for several seconds, he said.

Ex-players have also accused Jenkins of forcing them practice more than the 20 hour per week maximum set out by the NCAA.

Former tight end Justin Henderson said that despite being on scholarship and getting Pell Grant money, he wound up with no place to live after transferring from Memphis to BCU. When he decided to transfer, Jenkins never signed his release form. He ended up coming back to BCU after he was told he couldn’t apply as an early applicant for the NFL Draft, but had to do so without a scholarship. That meant he had to go back to sleeping in his own truck, despite starting for Jenkins.

“Of course the coaches knew this,” Henderson said. “They could see my truck in the parking lot with everything I owned in it. They called it ‘living off the land.’ When you didn’t have a place to live, you were ‘living off the land out there,’ they said.”

Jenkins has not responded to the Advertiser’s attempts to reach him. Jenkins went 46-13 in his five seasons at BCU.

Wildcats Sign 22 Student-Athletes on National Signing Day

2015 BETHUNE-COOKMAN WILDCATS FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS
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Charles “CJ” Allen

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6-4

310

Melbourne, Fla.

8:27 a.m. 

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Jamario Benson

ATH

6-0

183

Crystal Springs, MIss.

12:23 p.m. 

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Willie Brannon

OL

6-4

285

Chiefland, Fla.

1:01 p.m. 

Bio

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Anfernee Burks

DL

6-2

326

Newnan, Ga.

12:07 p.m. 

Bio

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Javaunie Francis

K

6-3

218

Miami, Fla.

10:15 a.m. 

Bio

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Kenny Gant

RB

5-11

190

Warner Robins, Ga.

9:34 a.m. 

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Jurell Green

RB

5-8

202

Oviedo, Fla.

10:40 a.m. 

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Uriel Hernandez

K

5-7

190

Homestead, Fla.

12:29 p.m. 

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Christian Hughley

OL

6-4

330

Griffin, Ga.

11:42 a.m. 

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Tupac Isme

CB

5-11

179

Naples, Fla.

1:21 p.m. 

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Dominic Jackson

DL

6-2

275

Port St. Lucie, Fla.

11:12 a.m. 

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Donald Johnson IV

DB

6-2

180

Jacksonville, Fla.

11:58 a.m. 

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Alex Jones

DL

6-4

265

Ocala, Fla.

9:11 a.m. 

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Elliot Miller

CB

5-11

174

Miami, Fla.

11:03 a.m. 

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Keavon Mitchell

WR

5-11

175

Hollywood, Fla.

9:40 a.m. 

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Nick Roos

OL

6-5

265

Daytona Beach, Fla.

9:56 a.m. 

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Jamal Thomas

DT

6-3

285

Sharpsburg, Ga.

11:22 a.m. 

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Jarrett Tingler

OL

6-5

295

Harrisburg, Pa.

1:18 p.m. 

Bio

Video

Jordan Washington

DL

6-3

265

Suwanee, Ga.

11:50 a.m. 

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Jamarius Way

WR

6-4

195

Belle Glade, Fla.

10:12 a.m. 

Bio

Video

Akevious Williams

QB

6-2

187

Madison, Fla.

12:38 p.m. 

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Tony Williams

DL

6-2

237

Jackson, Miss.

2:02 p.m. 

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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.

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