Final Update: HailWildcats.com Fan bus to FIU game (Tailgate included)

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Gold and Silver HelmetsThis is the final update for the HailWildcats.com fan bus to the FIU game in Miami this upcoming Saturday, August 30th.

The Miami-Dade Alumni chapter has graciously agreed to host HailWildcats.com fan bus travelers at what they are calling “one of the largest tailgates south of the boarder.”  The low cost of $40 covers the cost of transportation to and from FIU stadium as well as a tailgate meal provided by the Miami-Dade Alumni chapter.

There are two pick-up locations for bus travelers.  The first pick-up will take place in the Home Depot parking lot on Lee Road in Orlando, Florida.  The bus will depart at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The address is 5351 Diplomat Circle, Orlando, FL 32810.

The second pick-up location is on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach between the Facilities building and the Band Hall.  The bus will depart from campus at 11:00 a.m.

Roughly 10 seats remain so act quickly.  $40 for transportation and lunch is the best deal going so be sure to contact Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 in the Daytona Area or Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302 in Orlando to secure your seat(s) before they are sold out.

We suggest you bring a light jacket, sweater or blanket for the bus.  Also, you are strongly encouraged to bring a foldable lawn chair for the tailgate.  Drinks and snacks are permitted on the bus so feel free to bring your own refreshments.

DSC_0365Itinerary: Saturday, August 30th

10:00 – Depart from the Lee Road Home Depot in Orlando.

11:00 – Depart from B-CU campus in Daytona Beach.

3:00  – Arrive at FIU Stadium and join the B-CU Tailgate hosted by the Miami-Dade Alumni Chapter (Meal included with the $40 transportation cost).

7:00 – Kickoff B-CU at FIU (FIU Stadium – Miami, FL).

After the Game – Stop for a light dinner en route back to Daytona and Orlando.

Payments may be made in person with cash only or online through PayPal.  Checks are NOT accepted.  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!

QB Quentin Williams looks for big year

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DAYTONA BEACH — When Quentin Williams arrived at Bethune-Cookman University in 2011, he was used to being the Big Man On Campus.He came in with flashy accolades as Florida’s Mr. Football. He was fresh off guiding Tampa Jefferson to a Class 3A state championship. He had gaudy numbers and high expectations that he would be the next B-CU star.But high school was over. He quickly found out that tucked between the streets bordering B-CU, avenues named after Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., was a patch of land known as the Land of Jenkins. This was where head coach Brian Jenkins laid down the law, and Williams’ first season was met with frustration.

Continue reading: http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81164293/

Wildcats Ranked No. 22 in The Sports Network Media Poll

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????????Two-time defending MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman will begin the season ranked 22nd in The Sports Network’s Top 25 FCS media poll.

The Wildcats were selected as preseason favorites to win the 2014 conference crown and will surely look to position themselves for another playoff run.

Eastern Washington garnered top honors in the poll and the most first-place votes with 82.  Second ranked North Dakota State, #3 Southeastern Louisiana and fourth ranked New Hampshire each received at least one first-place vote.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25
College Football Poll
Team (First-place votes) 2013 Record Points Previous Rank
1. Eastern Washington Eagles (82) 12-3 3589 3
2. North Dakota State Bison (62) 15-0 3540 1
3. Southeastern Louisiana Lions (2) 11-3 3300 6
4. New Hampshire Wildcats (1) 10-5 3090 5
5. Montana Grizzlies 10-3 2817 8
6. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 11-4 2634 10
7. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 12-3 2461 7
8. McNeese State Cowboys 10-3 2277 11
9. Northern Iowa Panthers 7-5 2197 NR
10. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-5 2154 13
11. Fordham Rams 12-2 2139 9
12. Villanova Wildcats 6-5 2072 NR
13. Towson Tigers 13-3 1999 2
14. Chattanooga Mocs 8-4 1647 23
15. Tennessee State Tigers 10-4 1448 17
16. Eastern Illinois Panthers 12-2 1375 4
17. Sam Houston State Bearkats 9-5 1345 14
18. Montana State Bobcats 7-5 1170 20
19. William & Mary Tribe 7-5 1151 NR
20. Richmond Spiders 6-6 963 NR
21. Furman Paladins 8-6 802 22
22. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 10-3 475 16
23. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 9-3 429 15
24. Youngstown State Penguins 8-4 405 18
25. Maine Black Bears 10-3 330 12
Others receiving votes: Southern Illinois 305, Liberty 223, South Carolina State 219, Delaware 213, Wofford 186, James Madison 180, Samford 142, Cal Poly 112, Southern Utah 100, Princeton 81, Charleston Southern 53, Harvard 43, Central Arkansas 36, Alcorn State 34, Lehigh 25, Gardner-Webb 22, Sacred Heart 14, Lafayette 13, Southern 12, North Carolina A&T 7, Northwestern State 6, Illinois State 6, Alabama State 6, Western Illinois 5, Missouri State 5, Penn 5, Sacramento State 4, Eastern Kentucky 2, Stony Brook 2, Prairie View A&M 2, San Diego 1, Indiana State 1, Duquesne 1. …

Bethune-Cookman Ranked 23rd in 1st Coaches Poll

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SONY DSCBethune-Cookman debuted at No. 23 in the first Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coaches poll which was released on Monday afternoon.  The Wildcats finished 10-3 and ranked 16th in the final FCS coaches poll in 2013.

Three time defending National Champions, North Dakota State, earned the top spot in the preseason poll.  Eastern Washington, Southeastern Louisiana, New Hampshire and Montana round out the Top 5.  Tennessee State (No. 17) joins B-CU as the only other HBCU program ranked in the Top 25.

The Wildcats kickoff the 2014 campaign on August 30th against in-state foe Florida International in Miami.

Preseason FCS Coaches Poll (August 4, 2014)

Team (First-Place Votes)     2013 Record      Points           2013 Final

1. North Dakota State (18)         15-0                  636                   1

2. Eastern Washington (6)          12-3                  615                   3

3. Southeastern Louisiana (1)     11-3                  542                   6

4. New Hampshire                     10-5                  510                   5

5. Montana                                10-3                  505                   8

6. Coastal Carolina                    12-3                  447                   7

7. Towson (1)                            13-3                  438                   2

8. Jacksonville State                 12-2                  425                   12

9. McNeese State                      10-3                  424                   9

10. South Dakota State             9-5                    332                   14

11. Eastern Illinois                     12-2                  314                   4

12. Fordham                             12-2                  305                   10

13. Villanova                             6-5                    287                   NR

14. Sam Houston State              9-5                    277                   13

15. Northern Iowa                      7-5                    263                   NR

16. Chattanooga                        8-4                    238                   25

17. Tennessee State                  10-4                  237                   17

18. Furman                                8-6                    188                   21

19. Montana State                     7-5                    170                   20

20. Maine                                  10-3                  169                   11

21. Youngstown State               8-4                    162                   19

22. William & Mary                     7-5                    159                   NR

23. Bethune-Cookman               10-3                  136                   16

24. Richmond                            6-6                    118                   NR

25. Northern Arizona                  9-3                    116                   15

Others receiving votes: Samford 95, Southern Illinois 59, Harvard 42, Charleston Southern 39, James Madison 30, Princeton 24, Southern Utah 20, Alcorn State 16, Liberty 16, Delaware 15, South Carolina State 15, Cal Poly 14, Missouri State 12, Sacred Heart 10, Wofford 8, Central Arkansas 7, Alabama State 6, Lehigh 6, Eastern Kentucky 4, Holy Cross 1, Illinois State 1, Jacksonville 1

 

Update: $40 ROUNDTRIP (w/ Tailgate Included) on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to FIU August 30th, 2014

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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 another successful season. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Miami, Florida on Saturday August 30th, 2014  to take on Florida International University, kickoff at 7:oo p.m.

The low rate of $70.00 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 Alumni 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 boarder.” . If you already have a game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from FIU 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 FIU 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:

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

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

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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B-CU predicted to finish atop the MEAC

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????????Norfolk, VA—The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) unofficially kicked off its 2014 football season at this past Friday’s Annual Press Luncheon. To the surprise of few, the league’s coaches and sports information directors predicted Bethune-Cookman would defend their crown and finish the season atop the league standings.

Under the guidance of fifth year head coach Brian Jenkins, the Wildcats have established themselves as a perennial MEAC power and FCS Top 25 program. BCU enters the season looking for its third consecutive MEAC crown and seventh (7th) MEAC title overall.

2013 Co-Champions, South Carolina State, were predicted to finish 2nd in the league. North Carolina A&T, Howard, and Delaware State round out the Top 5.

Four Bethune-Cookman student-athletes received First Team All-MEAC recognition, two more were named to the All-MEAC Second Team, and one Wildcat picked up Third Team honors. Howard quarterback Greg McGee was selected as Offensive Player of the Year while Norfolk State linebacker/defensive end Lynden Trail picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors.

BCU will kickoff the 2014 campaign in South Florida on August 30th against in-state foe Florida International. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

2014 Predicted Order of Finish

(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

School Points

1. Bethune-Cookman 487

2. South Carolina State 457

3. North Carolina A&T 338

4. Howard 309

5. Delaware State 229

6. Norfolk State 225

7. Hampton 200

8. North Carolina Central 187

9. Morgan State 148

** Florida A&M and Savannah State are not eligible for post season competition therefore is not listed on the above prediction order

2014 Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Greg McGhee, Howard Defensive Player of the Year: Lynden Trail, Norfolk State

Name School Hometown
QB Greg McGhee Howard Pittsburgh, Pa.
RB Tarik Cohen N.C. A&T Bunn, N.C.
RB Anthony Philyaw Howard Los Angeles, Ca.
WR Milton Williams III Delaware State Washington, D.C.
WR Desmond Lawrence N.C. A&T Durham, N.C.
TE Kris Drummond Savannah State Washington D.C.
C Andrew Edouard   Bethune-Cookman Philadelphia, Pa.
OL Domanic Wilson r-Sr. S.C. State Lake City, S.C.
OL Willie Robinson r-Sr. N.C A&T Clinton. Md.
OL Darren Pinnock Morgan State Miami, Fla
OL Devin Flowers r-Sr. S.C. State Charlotte, N.C.
OL Toree Boyd Howard Miami, Fla.
DEFENSE
Name School Hometown
DL LeBrandon Richardson   Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
DL Miles Grooms Hampton Richmond, Va
DL Alex Glover S.C. State Charlotte, N.C.
DL Andrew Carter S.C. State Hamlet, N.C.
LB Lynden Trail r-Sr. Norfolk State Miami, Fla.
LB D’Vonte Grant North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
LB Tavarus Dantzler   Bethune-Cookman Homestead, Fla.
DB Darrin Marrow r-Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
DB Cameron Alston r-Sr. Howard North Augusta, S.C.
DB Mike Jones N.C. Central Baltimore,Md.
DB Marquis Drayton   Bethune-Cookman Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
P Lawrence Forbes r-So. Morgan State Upper Marlboro, Md.
PK Anthony Prevost r-So. Hampton Chesterfield, Va.
RS Adrian Wilkins r-Jr. N.C. Central Forest City, N.C.

 

Second Team
OFFENSE
Name School Hometown
QB Quentin Williams r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
RB Lamont Brown III r-So. Morgan State Suffolk, Va.
RB Justin Taylor r- Jr. S.C. State Atlanta, Ga.
WR Joseph Cervalo r-Sr. Delaware State Venice
WR Thomas Martin r-So. Morgan State Naples, Fla.
TE* James Lynch r-Jr. Norfolk State Darby, Pa.
TE* Temarrick Hemingway r-Jr. S.C. State Loris, SC
C Ronald Canty r-Sr. N.C. A&T Chester, S.C.
OL John Smith r-Jr. Howard Atlanta. Ga.
OL Jerron Searles Delaware State Atlantic City, N.J.
OL Keonte Cash Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
OL Justin Myler r-Sr. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
OL Chris Pressley N.C. Central Upper Marlboro, Md.
DEFENSE
Name School Hometown
DL Rodney Gunter Delaware State Lake Hamilton, Fla.
DL Damon Gresham-Chisolm Howard Covington, GA
DL Ronnie Barrow   Bethune-Cookman
DL

DL

Demarco Bisbee

Javon Hargrave

r-Jr.

  • Morgan State

    S.C. State

    Lansing, Mich.

    Salisbury, NC

    LB Joshua Thorne Hampton Oxon Hill, Md.
    LB Cody Acker Morgan State Landover, Md.
    LB Marquis Smith Savannah State Prince Georges County, Md.
    DB Khambrel McGee Hampton Miami, Fla.
    DB Devonte Johnson Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
    DB Tony McRae N.C. A&T Laurinburg, N.C.
    DB* Patrick Aiken r-So. Florida A&M Pembroke Pines, Fla.
    DB* Keenan Lambert r-Sr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
    P Christian Faber-Kinney r-So. Hampton Williamsburg, Va.
    PK Chase Varnadore Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
    RS Tony McRae N.C. A&T Laurinburg, N.C.
    Third Team
    OFFENSE
    Name School Hometown
    QB Damien Fleming Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
    RB Jorrian Washington r-Sr. Hampton Los Angeles, Ca.
    RB Dae-Hon Cheung Delaware State Coatesville, Pa.
    WR DennisRowe r-Sr. S.C. State Columbia, S.C.
    WR Jhomo Gordon   Bethune-Cookman Palm Bay, Fla.
    TE

    TE*

    Nathan Scruggs

    Nate Ingram

    r-Jr.

    Graduate

    N.C. Central

    Howard

    Jacksonville, Fla.

    Sicklerville, N.J.

    C Erick Dickerson r-So. S.C. State Goose Creek, SC
    OL Mike Phillips Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
    OL Clevonne Davis N.C. Central Miramar, FL
    OL Afolabi Ayangbayi Savannah State Union, NJ
    OL Ryan Templeton Florida A&M Chicago, Ill
    DEFENSE
    Name School Hometown
    DL Michael Neal N.C. A&T Greensboro, N.C.
    DL Daniel Pinnix N.C. A&T High Point, N.C.
    DL Deon King Norfolk State Reston, Va
    DL George Riddick Norfolk State Suffolk, Va.
    LB Justin Hughes S.C. State Virginia Beach, Va.
    LB Marcell Coke Norfolk State Orlando, Fla.
    LB Justin Dixon Savannah State Duluth, Ga.
    DB Ronald Robinson Delaware State Jersey City, N.J.
    DB Julien David Howard Coral Springs, FL
    DB Ryan Smith r-So. N.C. Central Upper Marlboro, Md.
    DB

    DB

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    Greg Brown

    DeShaun Summers

    Domnic Frescura

    Savannah State

    Morgan State

    N.C. A&T

    Tucker, Ga.

    Hampton, ­Va.

    South Pasadena, CA

    PK Cody Jones N.C. A&T Gastonia, N.C.

     

    B-CU and City of Daytona Beach strike Municipal Stadium Deal

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    B-CU Home Stadium (Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium)

     

     

    After nearly four years of negotiations, Bethune-Cookman University and The City of Daytona Beach have reached a 20-year stadium leasing agreement that is being lauded and as “a strong business deal” by both university officials and city leaders.

    The 20-year contract requires Bethune-Cookman to pay $83,684 annually in year one ($60,000 annual base rent plus $23,684 in annual capital contribution fees) and would gradually climb to $128,894 in annual cost by the end of the lease cycle.

    In exchange, BCU will keep 80 percent of parking revenue, 25 percent of net concession revenue, 75 percent of net banner advertising revenue, 50 percent of net advertising revenue from a new Jumbotron scoreboard and 50 percent of stadium naming rights revenue. Any naming rights proposals will need City Commission approval.

    The City of Daytona Beach will be responsible for all cleaning and maintenance and will pay for new field lighting and a Jumbotron expected to be installed by the end of this year. The city and Bethune-Cookman will both seek grants to help cover costs for upgrades and repairs on the 26-year-old facility.

    The agreement, which extends through New Years Eve 2034, allows Bethune-Cookman to use the field for all of its home football games (including playoff games), three spring scrimmages, three preseason scrimmages, 12 preseason and in-season practices and up to six open-use dates for things such as youth camps.

     

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