The Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show

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Back by popular demand for another season is your Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show!

The “Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show” hosted by the Hailwildcats.com Arm Chair QB’s airs Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Joy 106.3 on your FM dial and online at http://www.joy1063fm.com! First show is Thursday August 29th, 2019!

The “Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show” is a live one and a half hour fan interactive , no holds-barred sports radio talk show with a large focus on Bethune Cookman Football Past and Present, upcoming BCU football matchups, news around the MEAC, local Volusia county High School football activities and keeping BCU fans updated with the latest information from the gridiron including recruiting. The Arm Chair QBs, engage and provide the latest information to keep you in the game. With over 50 years of combined coaching and football experience, the Arm Chair QB’s are the creators, radio hosts, and voices of the “Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show”and  maintain a solid and expert approach to each show. Got a question or want your opinion heard, join us for our Fans “TURN UP THE VOLUME” live call in segment from 9:05-9:30 by dialing (386) 463-CATS (2287)!

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Laguerre’s Ready To Lead DBs – Bethune-Cookman University Athletics

At the end of an early training camp practice, Bethune-Cookman Head Football Coach Terry Sims emphasized that he was looking for leadership and it didn’t necessary
— Read on bcuathletics.com/news/2019/8/21/football-laguerres-ready-to-lead-bcugridiron-dbs.aspx

BCU and JSU prepare for season opener in MEAC/SWAC Challenge

For the second consecutive year, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) season will kick off in Atlanta.  

All eyes will be on Georgia State Stadium on Sept. 1 as representatives from the Mid-Eastern Conference and the Southwestern Conference compete in the 15th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge.  

The MEAC has won nine of the 14 games played. Last year, Prairie View A&M defeated North Carolina Central to open the 2018 season.  

This season, an old rivalry is renewed as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats square off against the Jackson State Tigers. The schools will meet for the first time since 1989. The Tigers hold a 4-2 series lead.  

Bethune-Cookman is making its fourth appearance in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. This is Jackson State’s first appearance since 2008.  

Read on…

Top 5 Victories of Sims Era

To all of the ‘armchair quarterbacks’, ‘expert second-guessers’ and ‘guys who think they know more about football than those who actually get paid for it’; I have excellent news for you. Our busy season is upon us. By this time next week, we get to fuss, yell and rave over our first 2019 results and I cannot wait.

Before we look ahead at the season to come, let’s first look back at some of Bethune’s best moments under now fifth year head coach Terry Sims. Here are the Wildcats’ Top 5 Victories under Terry Sims as ranked by the staff at HailWildcats.com.

 

  1. Wildcats Weather Storm to Beat Southeastern Louisiana University on the Road (2017)

The Bethune-Cookman football team stepped into Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, Louisiana with their hearts filled pending the looming threat of Hurricane Irma bearing down on their loved ones back home in Florida. By night’s end, BCU weathered a different kind of storm overcoming 3 turnovers, a rash of penalties and a 4th quarter deficit to defeat Southland Conference foe Southeastern Louisiana 28-23.

The Wildcats racked up 482 yards of total offense in the contest including 354 yards passing from Larry Brihm. Despite the offensive explosion and the defense limiting SELA to under 300 yards of total offense, Sims men entered the 4th quarter trailing 16-14. Brihm connected with Jawill Davis for a 2 yard touchdown reception at the 11:00 mark and ran for a 1 yard touchdown with 4:34 left on the clock to push BCU ahead for good 28-26.

Defensive backs Trevor Merritt, Diquan Richardson and Elliott Miller all snagged interceptions in the contest with Miller’s coming via the one handed variety. The Wildcat defense sealed the contest by turning over SELA on downs with 1:27 left on the game clock.

It was a great win, against a quality opponent, under adverse circumstances.

 

  1. Oh Hail Mary…Oh Hail Yeah (2017)

The 2017 matchup against North Carolina Central was an ugly game for 59 minutes and 57 seconds. The game was sloppy, the score at halftime was 0-0 and our beloved Wildcats only amassed 178 yards of total offense while racking up 8 penalties for 100 yards. That’s bad…but like so many of the recent BCU vs NCCU contests, the final seconds were filled with drama. Central scored its first touchdown of the evening with 16 seconds remaining giving them what seemed to be a certain victory. However, on the game’s final play from scrimmage, quarterback Larry Brihm rolled to his left, fired up a 48 yard Hail Mary and had his prayer answered in the hands of Keavon Mitchell.

The Wildcats escaped another visit to Durham with a last second 13-10 dramatic win.

 

  1. FAMU’s Title Hope’s Crushed as BCU Secures 8th Straight Florida Classic Win (2018)

So here is the scene: the Mighty Rattlers from the Highest of Seven Hills entered the 2018 Florida Blue Florida Classic with a shot to earn a share of the MEAC crown and punch their first ever ticket to the Celebration Bowl. All that stood in between them and Atlanta was 11 yards of contested field, 52,142 screaming fans and a Bethune-Cookman team that had defeated them seven straight years.

This was a dream scenario for FAMU. This is why we love sports. These are the moments athletes dream about night after night, year after year, practice after practice. Unfortunately, for FAMU, some dreams do not come true and turn into the nightmares instead.

Trailing by 7 points, the FAMU offense drove to the BCU 11 yard line with 17 seconds remaining in the game. FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley was forced outside of the pocket by BCU’s Marcus Ford and tossed a pass into the flat. The Wildcat’s Tydarius Peters had a beat on the quarterback, stepped in front of Stanley’s pass and returned it 90 yards untouched to secure the Wildcat’s 8th straight victory in the contest.

All Florida Classic victories are special but this was a little more so considering the dramatic ending and all that was on the line.

 

  1. NCCU Blocked…Well First there was a Goal line Stand and then BLOCKED (2015)

Like the #5 game on this list, this was another contest impacted by a fast approaching hurricane. The threat of inclement weather forced the 2015 matchup against North Carolina Central to be moved up a few hours. The soggy conditions led to a sloppy first half with BCU carrying a 7-6 lead into intermission.

Thankfully both teams grew into the game and the second half came to life with a six touchdown explosion . NCCU scored the first 3 touchdowns of the 3rd quarter while BCU ended the contest with the final 3 touchdowns. Quentin Williams hooked up with Jawill Davis for two 29 yard touchdowns but it was Michael Jones’ 6 yard run that put the Cats ahead 28-26.

Central had one last opportunity to overcome Bethune’s rally and drove the ball as deep as the 1 yard line on their final drive. The Central ball carrier’s helmet crossed the goal line but the Wildcats kept the ball from breaking the plane. The Eagles lined up for a go-ahead field goal that was shorter than an extra point. Easy right! Game over…’Not so fast my friend’ as Lee Corso would say.

Elliot Miller came off the edge and BLOCKED Central’s 16 yard field goal try.

So to recap, we had a change in game time, a 19-point deficit overturned, a goal line stand and a blocked chip shot field goal for the win. I think that is enough to qualify this as a great win.

 

  1. Never as Good as the First Time (2015)

Terry Sims first win as a head coach came on the hallowed grounds of Eddie Robinson Memorial Stadium, included 1047 yards of combined offense, 109 total points and a 56-53 win over Grambling State University. We are not exactly sure how Coach Sims dreamed up his first win but we are pretty sure it wasn’t like this.

Quarterbacks Quentin Williams (244) and Larry Brihm (219) combined to pass for 463 yards and six touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jawill Davis finished the contest with 8 receptions for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Williams started the game under center but an ineffective start and a hot GSU offense forced Coach Sims into a quarterback change in attempts of sparking his team. Brihm entered in relief and did just that.

The Wildcats and Tigers entered halftime tied 14-14 but that is when the real fun began. The G-Men wrestled back the momentum in the contest and pushed their second half advantage to 39-28. The Tigers strong play in the third quarter forced Sims to boldly but correctly switch quarterbacks again and Williams re-entered the game and quickly led the Wildcats on an eight play scoring drive. Less than two minutes later, Williams engineered another scoring drive giving BCU its first second half lead 41-39.

Bethune and Grambling exchanged leads for the remainder of the contest and combined for 81 points after intermission. Fortunately, for the visitors from Daytona, time expired while BCU was still leading 56-53.

The win helped propel Sims to his best ever record (9-2) and his only share of the MEAC title.

Sims and his men will look to secure another early season win over a SWAC opponent when they face off against Jackson State next Sunday, September 1st at 3:00pm in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. The Wildcats are 2-0 in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge claiming a 38-28 win over Alabama State in 2012 and a 63-14 victory over Prairie View A&M in 2011.

As always, HailWildcats.com will be there to bring you the best fan perspective of the 2019 football season.

Former Bethune-Cookman head football coach Brian Jenkins arrested in Port Orange – Sports – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online – Daytona Beach, FL

Former Bethune-Cookman head football coach Brian Jenkins was arrested on Sunday on charges stemming from a domestic dispute, according to the Port Orange Police Department.Jenkins, 48, was the head coach at B-CU from 2010-2014 and is currently the running backs coach at North Carolina Central.He was booked on three separate charges, according to a police report, including tampering with a witness, battery and criminal mischief.The incident occurred Sunday afternoon in Port Orange. According to
— Read on www.news-journalonline.com/sports/20190730/former-bethune-cookman-head-football-coach-brian-jenkins-arrested-in-port-orange

Fallen Wildcat — Alfred Adams Dead at 23

Alfred Adams

The HailWildcats.com Family would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends, teammates and coaches of Bethune-Cookman University running back Alfred Adams.

Mr. Adams died of an apparent gunshot wound; however, Daytona Beach Police are still investigating the matter.

Adams was an All-MEAC Academic performer in the classroom and scored the Wildcats only touchdown in a 45-9 loss to Nebraska last October.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

Bryan Harvey, Asst. AD for Communications, resigns from BCU in pursuit of professional dream

Harvey Resigns in Pursuit of Professional Dream

Asst. AD for Communications resigns from BCU

 

DAYTONA BECH, Fla. – Lynn W. Thompson, Bethune-Cookman University Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, today announced the departure of long-term Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, Bryan Harvey from the BCU staff. Harvey, who will be leaving the Wildcats Athletics program effective February 28, 2019, is set to accept an opportunity to work in the world of professional soccer – his lifelong passion.

 

Harvey, who has served in this role since 2012, played a major role in the development of BCU’s highly respected multi-media and full service office of athletic communications. His vision and energy was a platform for the growth of new areas in the department such as the Office of New Media, athletic marketing and a strategic emphasis on both social media and a new website with content, attractive graphics and video archives easily reachable by fans and supporters.

 

“Bryan’s work has garnered him acclaim in the industry and his love of international sports like soccer has afforded him the opportunity of a lifetime and he is now poised to take advantage of one that many of us can only dream of”, said Lynn W. Thompson, VP for Intercollegiate Athletics. “He is a part of our family and will always be, no matter where he travels.”

 

“I will always have love for Bethune-Cookman University,” said Harvey. “I want to thank V.P. Thompson for always believing in me and allowing me to grow the staff and hire members that have always helped to grow the brand of the athletics department and university, alike. It has truly been a blessing to serve this university, but more importantly, someone like V.P. Thompson. Without his trust and leadership; the members of my staff – both now and in the past that helped build BCU to where the brand of Wildcats Athletics is today; and Wildcats supporters, coaches and student-athletes, none of this is possible. BCU is my family – and Daytona Beach will always be my home away from home.”

 

Bryan Harvey also used his voice on many of the university multimedia projects and served on the creative team for many of its award-winning projects produced by the highly-acclaimed CatEye Network.

 

Harvey has solid roots in Daytona Beach and the BCU community as he served three years as Director of Sports Information from 2005-08. He joined the staff at the University of Miami and worked in Coral Gables from 2008-2011, and returned back to BCU as the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications in September 2012.

 

During his two stints in Daytona Beach, Harvey has virtually done it all. He has been behind the scenes coordinating media relations for all of the 17 sports in the Wildcats Athletics program, and even in front of the camera and the microphone – whether on TV or radio calling the action on BCU games or coach’s shows. His talent allows him to do that and more.

 

While at Miami, he worked as an assistant communications director in the Department of Athletics with a variety of sports, including serving as the primary contact for the nationally-renowned Hurricanes baseball team under the direction of legendary head coach Jim Morris. He also served as the primary contact all four years for the nationally-ranked Hurricanes volleyball team and secondary contact for football and men’s basketball.

 

In 2009, while at Miami, Harvey was selected as the NCAA Division I East Region Sports Information Director of the Year for women’s volleyball.

 

At BCU, in addition to maintaining the day-to-day operations of the Office of Athletic Communications, Harvey also served as Licensing and Vending Coordinator for the Wildcats athletic department.

 

As a member of the senior management team in athletics, Harvey worked directly with the head coaches in a variety of roles ranging from scheduling to media relations and creative projects, and his input and creativity was invaluable to each program.

 

“Having a seasoned professional like Bryan Harvey working with our student-athletes and providing media training to them is so vital to them and us,” said BCU Head Football Coach Terry Sims. “His ability to coordinate schedules, conduct media sessions and to teach our student-athletes about their responsibilities to the media and general public will truly be missed. We wish him nothing but the best in his journey.”

 

A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, just before coming to BCU, Harvey spent three years as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. While at HU, he served as the primary contact for all women’s sports, as well as men’s tennis and coed sailing.

 

Bryan Harvey is a 2001 graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, earning a degree in English with a concentration in Media Communications. He worked four years as a student-assistant within the Office of Sports Information, contributing greatly with the creation and publication of the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) award-winning 2001 NCCU Football media guide.

 

Apart from Sports Information at NCCU, Harvey also worked with the campus radio station hosting a weekly radio call-in sports show Three Big Mouths on Sports. The sports show rave was an instant hit, and eventually was moved into a primetime spot with a separate telephone operator to handle incoming calls. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for all NCCU men’s and women’s home basketball games.

 

In other duties around the world of athletics, Harvey has enjoyed volunteering his time with sports teams on minor league circuits of professional football.  He served as the official statistician at all home games for the Daytona Thunder of the World Indoor Football League (WIFL) from 2006-08.  He served in the same capacity with the Norfolk Nighthawks of the Arena Football League 2 in the summer of 2002.

Bethune-Cookman and Miles College are top bands in final rankings of the year

https://theundefeated.com/features/bethune-cookman-and-miles-college-are-top-bands-in-final-rankings-of-the-year/

“Over the season, they were judged the best in all categories”

The last ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings of the season have Bethune-Cookman and Miles as the top two bands in the Division I and Division II rankings.

Congratulations to the bands and their schools for the hard work, dedication, precision and music that they’ve given us this season.

The final judging was done by all 10 judges, each of whom is a current or former band director with roots at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The previous judging this season was done by two panels, with five judges each, evaluating the Division I bands, from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and independents, and five for Division II, for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Read on:

https://theundefeated.com/features/bethune-cookman-and-miles-college-are-top-bands-in-final-rankings-of-the-year/.

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Jimmie Robinson Collects FCS All-America Honors

Photo Courtesy of BCU Athletics

Jimmie Robinson Collects FCS All-America Honors

Kick returner grabs FCS end-of-year honors

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman kick return specialist Jimmie Robinson was named to the STATS FCS All-America Team, announced Tuesday afternoon.

 Jimmie Robinson, a 5-8, 162-pound senior from Palm Coast, Florida, transferred into the BCU program from Mercer.

 The Palm Coast High alum was named as a STATS FCS Third-Team All-America performer as a kick returner.

 In November, Robinson – one of the most electrifying kick returners in the nation, was selected as a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) all-league second team member as a kick returner. Robinson currently sits tied for second in the country in kickoff return touchdowns (3), as well as third in kickoff return yards (730 / 33.2 ypr).

 He netted his first career 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown against North Carolina Central. Robinson went on to set a school record with 202 kickoff return yards and two touchdowns against Howard in the 35th Circle City Classic in Indianapolis. Additionally, Robinson led the MEAC during the regular season in all-purpose yards (126 y/g) and finished sixth in scoring (68 pts).

Story courtesy of BCU Athletics!