$75.00 roundtrip on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to South Carolina State Nov. 26th, 2016

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING WILDCAT NATION!   HWFB

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Lets Go Wildcats’ Fan Bus  as we  GIVE OUR LOVE and  SUPPORT to our BCU Football team. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, SC on Saturday November 26th, 2016 to take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs, kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

The low rate of $75.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game and a game ticket, if you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from South Carolina State for just $65.00.

The bus will pick up in three locations, Orlando 4:00 am, Daytona 5:00 am and Jacksonville 6:30 am, and will make a stop for lunch before arriving at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium around 12:00 pm. We will depart for Florida approximately 1 hour after the game and 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. Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis!

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.

15 seats remaining and they are filling up quickly,  so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FLHome Depot – 4:00 AM 5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

 DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -5:00 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Motel 6- 6:30 AM  812 Dunn Ave, Jax, FL 32218

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302  or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 .

 

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Hail Wildcats!
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*CURRENT BCU STUDENTS (ID Verified) 1-Bus Seat and Game Ticket to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016 – Orangeburg, SC

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1Bus Seat to BCU vs SCSU  at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016Orangeburg, SC (Transportation Option only)

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$65.00
 

2-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016– Orangeburg, SC

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2-Bus Seats to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016Orangeburg, SC (Transportation Only Option)
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3-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016– Orangeburg, SC
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4-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016– Orangeburg, SC
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4-Bus Seats to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016 – Orangeburg, SC (Transportation Only Option)
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Florida Classic Memorable Moments

IMG_7841The 2016 edition of the Florida Blue Florida Classic  kickoff in a few short hours. By night’s end, players from both schools will look to add their names to the lore of their respective schools by having a “Classic Moment.”

Before the next hero arises, let’s take a look back at some of the more memorable moments in Florida Classic history

Memorable Florida Classic Moments

1978 – Florida A&M trailed BCU 17-0 at halftime in the first ever Florida Classic played in Tampa Stadium. The Rattlers scored 27 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 27-17 victory. Rudy Hubbard’s squad went on to win the first 1-AA (now FCS) National Championship later that season. A year later (1979) BCU won their first Florida Classic 25-20.

1994 – BCU QB Tony Kerrin connected with Morris Nobles on a 2 yard TD reception in the corner of the endzone to give the Wildcats a 27-24 lead with :47 remaining in the contest. BCU went on to win by the same margin and Coach Cy McClairen earned his first victory over the Rattlers as a head coach.

2003 – Daytona Beach native and current Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Eric Weems, scored 3 touchdowns and helped the Wildcats rally from a 28-10 halftime deficit. The final touchdown was set up by a fake punt attempt on 4th and 17 with less than 2:00 remaining in the contest. A FAMU player was flagged for pass interference on the fake punt and BCU was awarded an automatic first down.

Later in the drive quarterback Allen Suber avoided a sack, rolled to his right, and hit Weems who beat triple coverage just beyond the pylon with 9 seconds remaining to give BCU a 39-35 in front of the largest crowd (73,358) in Florida Classic history.

2004 – Florida Classic fans were treated to the first overtime in the history of the series. The Wildcats eventually prevailed 58-52.

FAMU’s Ben Dougherty (QB) and Roosevelt Kiser (WR) had career days in that contest. Midway through the third quarter, Dougherty connected with Kiser on a 66 yard TD reception and extended FAMU’s lead to 45-24.

Head coach Alvin Wyatt then made the decision to move eventual three-time All-Pro defensive back Nick Collins from safety to cornerback with the assignment of blanketing Kiser. The move proved to be very effective for the maroon and gold. The FAMU passing game was severely limited as a result of the coaching decision and the Wildcats outscored FAMU 34-7 from that point forward. Rodney Johnson’s 15 yard touchdown run in overtime sealed the victory for BCU.

Coach Wyatt, who was overcome with emotion after the win, fainted and had to be carted off the field by medical personnel. Wyatt was eventually treated for dehydration but was no worse for the wear.

Not only was the 2004 victory the first overtime game in Florida Classic history, it was also the first time BCU won three consecutive victories over the FAMU.

2005 – Like the year prior, this game was also decided in overtime; only this time FAMU would emerge as the victor. The Rattlers entered the contest as underdogs and quickly fell behind to the Wildcats 17-0. But A&M slowly climbed back into the contest and forced the game into overtime on the strength of a Wesley Taylor 43-yard field goal with less than 3 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. Taylor’s 26-yarder in overtime vaulted the Rattlers to a 26-23 win.

2010 – BCU entered the 2010 FC (Brian Jenkins’ first year) with an unblemished 10-0 record. However, a 3rdquarter injury to eventual MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Matt Johnson, derailed BCU’s high-octane “Speedway Offense.” FAMU capitalized on the opportunity and secured a 38-27 win in one of the biggest upsets in FC history. Phillip Sylvester scored 3 times for the Rattlers and rushed for 146 yards on 26 carries in the process.

$75.00 roundtrip on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to South Carolina State Nov. 26th, 2016

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Greetings WILDCAT NATION!   HWFB

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration Bowl’ Fan Bus  as we continue to GIVE OUR LOVE and  SUPPORT to our BCU Football team.  Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, SC on Saturday November 26th, 2016 to take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs, kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

The low rate of $75.00 will guarantee you transportation to and from the game and a game ticket, if you already have your game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from South Carolina State for just $65.00.

The bus will pick up in three locations, Orlando 4:00 am, Daytona 5:00 am and Jacksonville 6:30 am, and will make a stop for lunch before arriving at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium around 12:00 pm. We will depart for Florida approximately 1 hour after the game and 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. Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis!

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.

20 seats remaining and they are filling up quickly,  so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FLHome Depot – 4:00 AM 5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

 DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -5:00 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Motel 6- 6:30 AM  812 Dunn Ave, Jax, FL 32218

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302  or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 .

 

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Hail Wildcats!
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*CURRENT BCU STUDENTS (ID Verified) 1-Bus Seat and Game Ticket to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016 – Orangeburg, SC

paypal_buynow  $45.00


or
 
1Bus Seat to BCU vs SCSU  at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016Orangeburg, SC (Transportation Option only)

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$65.00
 

2-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016– Orangeburg, SC

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$150.00
 
or
 
2-Bus Seats to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016Orangeburg, SC (Transportation Only Option)
paypal_buynow $130.00

 
3-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016– Orangeburg, SC
paypal_buynow $225.00
or
 

4-Bus Seats & Game Tickets to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016– Orangeburg, SC
paypal_buynow $300.00
or
 
4-Bus Seats to BCU vs SCSU at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Nov. 26, 2016 – Orangeburg, SC (Transportation Only Option)
paypal_buynow $260.00

Florida Classic Camping World Stadium ‘Clear Bag’ policy

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B-CU supporters and Wildcat fans!

It’s Florida Classic week!! We strongly urge you to adhere to the fairly NEW Camping World Stadium ‘Clear Bag’ policy. According to Camping World Stadium officials, “Florida Citrus Sports has implemented an NFL-style ‘Clear Bag’ policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the Camping World Stadium.” This policy is put in place to provide a safe environment and advance fan entry.

Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

See Clear Bag Policy below:

Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

•  Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”
•  One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Due to this new policy, please arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than your normal arrival time.

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Hailwildcats.com 2k16 Homecoming Tailgate Party Zone Spot 13 @ Municipal Stadium 1p.m.

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Attention Wildcat Nation!

Please join us for food, fun, and football at our Hailwildcats.com 2k16 Homecoming Tailgate Party Zone Spot 13 (Homeside) at Municipal Stadium on Saturday October 29th, 2016 starting at 1 pm.

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HailWildcats.com is a network of passionate alumni, students, and friends of the Great Bethune-Cookman University. It is also a huge gathering place for the BCU faithful and is intended to provide Wildcat supporters with a vein through which we can fellowship, network, keep informed, and stay involved. We are glad that you visited. We encourage you to come by our Tailgate zone and meet the staff and cheer on your Cats.

For A DONATION of $7.00, (click on the link below to donate) you can dine on the wonderful items listed below.

Menu includes: Fish, Barbeque Chicken, numerous sides, and desserts!

and be entered into our Hail Wildcats~ Bethune-Cookman Football Fan Forum…Florida Classic Ticket Giveaway. Thats right, Hailwildcats.com will be raffling off 1 ticket ($52.00 value) to the 2016 Florida Classic on Saturday November 19th.

Winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on October 30th, 2016

We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming!

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HAILWILDCATS.COM “PREY TOGETHER” BCU vs MORGAN STATE FAN TRIP November 5th, 2016

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Hello Wildcat Nation

We would like to cordially invite you to travel with HailWildcats.com as we “Prey Together”  as we continue to GIVE OUR LOVE and  SUPPORT to Coach Sims and our BCU Football team. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday November 5th, 2016 to take on the Morgan State Bears Football team, kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. EST

As a bonus to our Wildcat family, Hailwildcats.com is offering the discounted 2+2+1 rate of $475.00 which guarantees  you 2 Round trip Airline Fares (*Baggage Fees are separate), 2 Game Tickets, Transportation while in Maryland and a hotel room Friday and Saturday nights. So grab another Wildcat Fan, and travel with us. If you are traveling by yourself, for the low 1+1+1* share rate of $250.00, you will be guaranteed a Round trip Airline Fare (*Baggage Fees are separate), 1 Game ticket, transportation while in Maryland and a Hotel room share* on  Friday and Saturday night in a Baltimore, Maryland hotel.  If you have a Game ticket, you can secure your Round trip Airline Fare (*Baggage Fees are separate) transportation while in Maryland, and a Friday and Saturday night hotel room share* (1+1*) for $230.00, and for 2 persons, (2+1) $445.00 which will guarantee you 2 Round trip Airline Fares (*Baggage Fees are separate), transportation while in Maryland and a Friday and Saturday night King/Double Bed hotel room.

We will depart Daytona Beach at 10:00 a.m. for a 11:15 am arrival at Orlando International Airport on Friday November 4th (if you would like you may meet us at the airport), the flight will depart Orlando (OIA, MCO) at 1:34 pm and arrive in Baltimore, Maryland at 3:24 pm. Upon arrival in Baltimore we will proceed to the hotel to check-in. We will depart for Hughes Stadium at 11:00 am on Saturday November 5th. At the conclusion of the game we will travel back to the hotel. The outbound flight back into Orlando will depart Baltimore Sunday November 6th at 8:03 am and arrive in Orlando at 2:45 pm. 

Hotel Rating: 4*

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

A $120.00 per person deposit is due immediately to secure Airline rates/arrangements

We encourage the use of PayPal for a fast, safe, and convenient method of securing your arrangements. 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 Darold Williams at the number below. Checks will NOT be accepted. When completing the information in Paypal, please include Names, Date of Birth, and Gender of all persons traveling. 

This trip and arrangements are time sensitive so please book today!

 If you have any questions, please call or text Darold Williams at 904-351-8381.

Other Planned Hailwildcats.com Fan Trips:

Sat, Nov 05  Morgan State * Baltimore, Md.
Sat, Nov 19  Florida A&M * Orlando, Fla.

 

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1+1+1*- 1 Roundtrip Airline Ticket w/ Transportation, 1 Game Ticket, and Double Bed Hotel Room Share* BCU Wildcats vs Morgan State Bears November 5th, 2016 Baltimore, MD

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 2+2+1- 2 Roundtrip Airline Tickets w/ Transportation, 2 Game Tickets, and 1 King size or Double Bed Room  BCU Wildcats vs Morgan State Bears November 5th, 2016 Baltimore, MD

DEPOSIT                              FULL PAYMENT
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1+1*-1 Roundtrip Airline Ticket w/ Transportation and Double Bed Hotel Room Share* BCU Wildcats vs Morgan State Bears November 5th, 2016 Baltimore, MD

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 2+1-  2 Roundtrip Airline Tickets w/ Transportation and a King/Double Bed Hotel Room BCU Wildcats vs Morgan State Bears November 5th, 2016 Baltimore, MD

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Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER” GAME WATCH PARTY Oct. 22nd, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m. (Daytona Ale House)

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CALLING ALL WILDCAT NATION!!!!

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Hailwildcats.com invites you to our WILDCATS “PREY TOGETHER”  Game Watch Party on October 22nd, 2016 starting at 1:30 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Spartans of Norfolk State University on ESPN3. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREENS” of Daytona Ale House at 2610 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?”

Just as in the past, the bar will have drink specials and food for Wildcat Alumni and fans. The Ale House has secured the patio area for us all but don’t be late as seating is first come first serve. Kick off is at 2 pm…be there early as Saturday  is a very popular at Ale House.

If you’re not AT the game, we want to see you at the Daytona Ale House on 10/22. Please share this event in all of your circles.

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($102.00 value) to the 2016 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 @ 2 pm 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 October  29th, 2016. You may pre-purchase raffle tickets below:

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(3) Raffle Tickets $10.00

 

JOIN US FOR FOOD, FUN, and FOOTBALL!

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2610 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! The Party starts at 1:30 P.M.

 

$150.00 roundtrip on HAILWILDCATS.COM FAN BUS to Norfolk State Oct. 22nd, 2016

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Greetings WILDCAT NATION!   HWFB

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Celebration Bowl’ Fan Bus  as we continue to GIVE OUR LOVE and  SUPPORT to our BCU Football team.  Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to William “Dick” Price Stadium in Norfolk, VA on Saturday October 22nd, 2016 to take on the Norfolk State Spartans, kickoff is at 2:00 p.m.

As a bonus to our Wildcat fans, Hailwildcats is offering the discounted 2+2+1 rate of $260.00 which guarantees  you 2 bus seats, 2 game tickets, and a hotel room Saturday night after the game.  So grab another Wildcat Fan, and get on the bus with us. If you are traveling by yourself, for the low 1+1+1* share rate of $150.00, you will be guaranteed,  transportation to and from the game, a game ticket, and a Hotel room share* on Saturday night after the game.  If you already have a game ticket, you can secure your transportation to and from Norfolk State and Saturday night hotel room share* (1+1*) for $130, for 2 persons, $220.00 will guarantee you 2 bus seats and a hotel room.

The bus will pick up in three locations, Orlando 12:00 am, Daytona 1:00 am and Jacksonville 2:30 am, on Saturday October 22nd and will make a stop for lunch before arriving at William “Dick” Price Stadium around 12:30 pm. Following the game, we will rest overnight in Norfolk at our chosen hotel (Breakfast is included). We plan to depart  at 9 am on Sunday the 23rd heading to Daytona Beach and will stop for lunch, ETA: Daytona Beach 10 pm.

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. No seats are guaranteed until final payment has been received. Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis!

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.

25 seats remaining and they are filling up quickly,  so be sure to lock yours in today.

PICKUP LOCATION:

ORLANDO, FLHome Depot – 12:00 AM 5351 Diplomat Cir, Orlando, FL 32810

 DAYTONA BEACH, FL –Bethune-Cookman University -1:00 AM   Between the Facilities building and the Band Hall

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Motel 6- 2:30 AM  812 Dunn Ave, Jax, FL 32218

If you have any questions, please call or text Jerry Bell at 407-494-5302  or Darold Williams at 904-351-8381 .

Other Planned Hailwildcats.com Fan Trips:

Sat, Nov 05  Morgan State * Baltimore, Md.
Sat, Nov 19  Florida A&M * Orlando, Fla.

 

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1+1+1* 1 Bus Seat, 1 Game Ticket, and Double Bed Hotel Room Share* BCU Wildcats vs Norfolk State Spartans  October 22nd, 2016 Norfolk, VA
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2+2+1- 2 Bus Seats, 2 Game Tickets, and 1 King size or Double Bed Room  BCU Wildcats vs Norfolk State Spartans  October 22nd, 2016 Norfolk, VA

paypal_buynow $260.00
 

 

Already have your Game Ticket? 

 

1+1*-1 Bus Seat and Double Bed Hotel Room Share* BCU Wildcats vs Norfolk State Spartans  October 22nd, 2016 Norfolk, VA

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2+1  2 Bus Seats and a King/Double Bed Hotel Room BCU Wildcats vs Norfolk State Spartans  October 22nd, 2016 Norfolk, VA

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What’s going on with BCU

BCU vs South Carolina 2015 (500)So this interesting thing happened this past Sunday.  A fellow Wildcat sent a group text message saying he had this crazy dream Bethune-Cookman lost to Savannah State 16-10 in overtime Saturday night. I mustered up a laugh after reading the message and quickly replied I had the same wild dream. But no matter how hard we tried to deny the obvious, there it was staring right back at us. Our beloved Wildcats had fallen to the Tigers and were 0-3.

Shocking! Shameful! What type of sorcery was this? Who saw this coming? I didn’t.

I guess that’s why the friendly texts meant so much Sunday morning. It was the best way us diehards could cope in our time of crisis. I am happy to say we all stayed  far away from bridges and sharp objects for the requisite 48 hours.Everyone is accounted for so I suppose we’re now  ready to talk about it.

Let’s start by saying congratulations to Savannah State for earning the victory and breaking the 16 year drought against the Wildcats. As much as I hated seeing my team lose, that small part of me that’s a pure sportsman at heart says kudos to the winning team.  I mean how can you not be a little happy for a team whose last win over the opponent came 2 months before Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas was nominated as the 42nd President of the United States of America. That’s crazy son! Craazzyyy!!!

It begs the question though: ‘what in the world is going on in Daytona?’ The Wildcat fan base has gotten use to winning and they aren’t handling the loss to SSU very well. I mean, Florida doesn’t lose to  Kentucky; FSU doesn’t lose to Wake Forest and Bethune-Cookman doesn’t lose to Savannah State……well I suppose we do now but you get the point. What does all of this mean?

2016 was not supposed to be a rebuilding year. We were supposed to be contenders this year. Could this mean we are witnessing Bethune’s recent dynasty come to an end? Is there enough talent on this team to turn things around? What about the coaching staff? Are they resting on yesteryear’s laurels? Do they have the capability to scheme up, coach up, and correct the issues that have this team stumbling to a lackluster start?

No, I am not jumping ship but I am mad. I am worried. I am concerned. We praise our team when they play well and we speak the truth when they under-perform. We do this not because we’re fickle fans but because we want to see the young men who strap it up for the maroon and gold preserve the legacy!

Okay, okay let me calm down! It’s going to be alright. Let’s take this slow shall we.

The first obvious observation is that it is far too early in this cycle to declare Bethune’s recent dynasty has come to an end. No Division 1 HBCU program has had more wins since the beginning of this decade. Dynasties are indicative of year to year success so let’s just press pause on this one.

Bill Parcells once famously said “you are what your record says you are.”  The Greek translation of that statement is this is not a good football team right now. Sure we’re only three games into the season but the problems that have Terry Sims and his team gawking at 0-3 will not magically disappear on there own. There are major concerns with this team right now specifically on the offensive side of the ball.

The offensive play calling and scheme is unimaginative. The offensive line play has been somewhere between shaky to bad. The wide receivers have had far too many drops and quarterback play has been underwhelming. That’s not negativity. It’s the truth. Any coach who says otherwise is cheating his players.

BCU is dead last in the conference in passing offense averaging just 97passing yards per game. Comparatively, they are averaging 95 yards per game in penalties. When the difference between your total passing yards and penalty yards is a net 2 yards, you’re going to have a hard time winning football games. Yes I said a net of 2 yards.  That simply is not good enough.

To be fair, the only experienced quarterback Bethune have on its roster is Larry Brihm and he got injured halfway through Game 2 against Tennessee State. Additional, All-MEAC Preseason 1st team selectee Michael Jones has been out all year with an injury.  Perhaps the return of Brihm and/or Jones will provide the offense with a much needed jolt.

The defense has been good enough. The defensive line is growing week in and week out and secondary play has been pretty good as well. Diquan Richardson has been a maniac at safety flying all around the field making plays.

There is still time to recover from the slow start and this squad is talented enough to do so. But the improvement must happen immediately as the Cats enter the toughest stretch of their schedule with matchups against North Carolina Central, South Carolina State and North Carolina A&T in the next three weeks. Win all three and you are still on course to reach the goal of playing in the Celebration Bowl; lose 2 or more of the next three and…….well there is always next season. Let’s hope for the former.