Mourns The Passing Of “Cy” McClairen – Bethune-Cookman University Athletics

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jack Forsyth “Cy” McClairen, the living embodiment of all things Bethune-Cookman University Athletics, whose contribution to his beloved alma mater included seven decades as a playing, coaching and senior administrative living legend as well as a father figure, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020. He was 89.

 “The world has lost a Hall of Famer, ” said Lynn W. Thompson, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “I am merely one of the thousands of people whose lives have been significantly impacted directly by this man as a coach, father figure, leader and friend. The Wildcat Nation and beyond pauses in prayer to simply say ‘Thank You God for Jack ‘Cy’ McClairen’.”
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MEAC Announces Plan for Spring 2021 Competitions for Fall Sports

NORFOLK, Va., August 19, 2020 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has unveiled a scheduling model for how fall sports could be played in the spring 2021 semester, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the NCAA scheduling guidelines for fall championships being played in the spring. Each individual institution can opt out of competing in the spring based on local and state COVID-19 conditions.

This action follows the conference’s announcement in July that the fall season would be suspended.

“Although it’s still too early to tell if the coronavirus conditions will improve fast enough to allow us to reconvene spring sports, we want to be prepared with a plan of action,” Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President of Howard University and chair of the MEAC presidents and chancellors, said.

Next spring, football teams will play a slate of six regional conference games, with teams split into divisions. The season would span from February 27 through April 24, with a championship game set for May 1. Volleyball season in the spring semester will potentially span from the first weekend of January through February, with the MEAC Volleyball Championship being held the weekend of March 13-14 in Norfolk, Va. The volleyball championship game will be played on Sunday, March 14. These dates are tentative and subject to change. Teams’ schedules will be available at a later date.

A regional schedule will be implemented for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball. In addition to keeping the mental and physical health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff at the forefront, this scheduling model will also minimize the amount of time student-athletes spend out of class, eliminate air travel and reduce travel expenses.

The divisional breakdown will be as follows: Northern Division: Coppin State, Delaware State, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State. Southern Division: Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central, South Carolina State.

“As has been the case since this pandemic started in March, the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, university staff and fans are paramount,” MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas said. “I want to thank both the Forecasting Committee and the Health and Medical Advisory Group for their tireless efforts in formulating this plan.”

The MEAC Forecasting Committee, comprised of several of the conference’s Directors of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs), has been working since April – meeting twice a week to formulate a variety of plans for intercollegiate competition in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Forecasting Committee has consulted with the MEAC Health and Medical Advisory Group, which is made up of the league’s team physicians and head athletics trainers.

All options were considered, from a normal fall schedule to a modified fall schedule and moving the fall sports to the spring.

MEAC Suspends Fall Sports

NORFOLK, Va., July 16, 2020 – The Council of Presidents and Chancellors of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announces that the league will suspend all sports competition, championship and non-championship segments, for the 2020 fall season, as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. A decision is yet to be made on whether fall sports schedules will be moved to the 2021 spring semester.

The conference currently plans to proceed with winter sports competitions as scheduled, unless health and medical professionals advise otherwise. We will apprise the public on further decisions.

Read on: https://meacsports.com/news/2020/7/16/general-meac-suspends-fall-sports-season-due-to-covid-19.aspx

BCU Football’s Robinson, Merritt Accept Invites to SPIRAL Tropical Bowl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — 1st Team All-MEAC performer Jimmie Robinson and 3rd Team All-MEAC defensive back Trevor Merritt have both accepted an invitation to compete in the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl, which will be held Jan. 12, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida in front of scouts from teams across the NFL and Canadian Football League.
The SPIRAL Tropical Bowl is a premier FBS Division I level College Football All Star Game played in Daytona Beach, Fla., annually in mid January. The SPIRAL Tropical Bowl showcases the top college football seniors to NFL scouts and GM’s who travel from around the country to the event. The weekend is focused on scouting, teaching, and football. The Inaugural 2016 game was held at FIU/FIU North Stadium and the 2017 SPIRAL Tropical Bowl in cooperation with the City of Daytona Beach moved to Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla., and has since returned .The SPIRAL Tropical Bowl has partnered with the Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center as the main Host Hotel for the “Tropical Bowl Weekend.” The organizing company East Preps LLC. is responsible for several high end college football all star games at FIU since 2013 and the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl has featured 70+ NFL Scouts and 26+ NFL Teams. Over 110 SPIRAL Tropical Bowl alumni have gone on to the NFL since it’s inception in 2016. https://www.tropicalbowl.com/home
Robinson, a senior from Flagler Palm Coast, wraps up a stellar career that saw him earn All-American status as a kick returner and all conference honors as a wide receiver. The speedster led the conference in both kick return average (28.1 yds) and all purpose yards (123.6 per game) in 2019. Robinson was named 2019 Stats FCS All-American, 2019 MEAC First Team All Conference Return Specialist, 2019 MEAC Second Team All Conference Wide Receiver, he was also awarded American Team Offensive MVP in the 2019 6th Annual FCS Bowl.

Credits: Orlando Sentinel

Merritt, who hails from Rockledge, FL, registered 31 tackles and 3 interceptions his senior year. The ballhawking defensive back didn’t just pick off passes; he returned 2 of his 3 picks for touchdowns this season and 2 of his 4 picks for touchdowns in his junior campaign.

The annual all-star game for seniors from Football Bowl Subdivision programs will kick off at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday in DeLand, Fla. The game will be played at Spec Martin Stadium, home of Stetson University and can be viewed online at FloFootball.com. The Tropical Bowl website estimates, through its parent organization (East Prep LLC), that upwards to 40% of players that participate and actually pursue a Pro career are placed and many players play from the NFL to Europe!

Best of luck to Jimmie and Trevor! Hail Wildcats!

 

 

 

 

All Hail the Bethune-Cookman All-Decade Team. The Best Wildcats of the 2010s.

Quick question; who was the winningest Division 1 HBCU program from 2010-2019? Here’s a hint, it rhymes with Cuthune-Bookman. If you guess BCU, congratulations you are correct.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats wrapped up the decade with the highest winning percentage (.693) amongst FCS black college programs. The Wildcats also claimed three (3) black college national championships (2010, 2012, 2013), 5 MEAC titles (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), 2 FBS wins and 9 straight Florida Classic wins during the 2010s. It’s been a great decade of Wildcat football to say the least.

Before we close out the decade, let’s first recognize the best of the best. Narrowing this list was an extremely difficult task and we congratulate all of the athletes that contributed to the Wildcats success. With that in mind, here are our selections for the Bethune-Cookman All-Decade Team (2010-2019).

Quentin Williams leads FCS in Passing Efficiency in 2015

Offense
QB – Quentin Williams
RB – Isidore Jackson
RB – Anthony Jordan
OL – Terrance Hackney
OL – Natiel Curry
OL – Anthony Eduardo
OL – Dariusz Bladek
OL – Trevin Huff
WR – Eddie Poole
WR – Frank Brown
WR – Jawill Davis
Wildcat – Matt Johnson

Ryan Davis 2011 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year

Defense
DL – Ryan Davis
DL – Harold Love
DL – Erik Williams
DL – LeBrandon Richardson
LB – Reggie Sandilands
LB – Ryan Lewis
LB – Jarkevis Fields
CB – Dion Hanks
CB – Tim Burke
S – Nick Addison
S – Diquan Richardson

Special Teams
RS – Jimmie Robinson
K – Uriel Hernandez

Credits BCU Athletics

 

Two Wildcats scheduled to participate in this Sunday’s FCS Bowl

Credits: BCU Athletics

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Two members of the Bethune-Cookman football team have been selected to participate in the FCS Bowl by Spiral on Sunday afternoon.

 

1st Team All-MEAC performer Jimmie Robinson and 3rd Team All-MEAC defensive back Trevor Merritt will participate in the game in front of scouts from teams across the NFL and Canadian Football League.

 

The annual all-star game for seniors from Football Championship Subdivision programs will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in DeLand, Fla. The game will be played at Spec Martin Stadium, home of Stetson University and can be viewed online at FloFootball.com.

 

Robinson, a senior from Flagler Palm Coast, wraps up a stellar career that saw him earn All-American status as a kick returner and all conference honors as a wide receiver. The speedster led the conference in both kick return average (28.1 yds) and all purpose yards (123.6 per game) in 2019. 

 

Merritt, who hails from Rockledge, FL, registered 31 tackles and 3 interceptions his senior year. The ballhawking defensive back didn’t just pick off passes; he returned 2 of his 3 picks for touchdowns this season and 2 of his 4 picks for touchdowns in his junior campaign.

Robinson and Merritt are slated to play on opposing teams at this Sunday’s matchup and may find themselves in direct competition to impress the reported 30 plus scouts game organizers state will be in attendance.

The FBS Bowl website estimates, through its parent organization (East Prep LLC), that upwards to 40% of players that participate and actually pursue a Pro career are placed and many players play from the NFL to Europe!

Best of luck to Jimmie and Trevor!