Jacksonville State, North Dakota State Set For Championship Showdown

NCAA FCS Championship GameBy David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

FRISCO, TX. — It is always a weird summary on the passage of time when you reach the end of the college football season. 

 

Wasn't it just a few weeks ago when we were sitting down to watch North Dakota State and Montana battle on that August afternoon in what was arguably the best television presentation ever of a Football Championship Subdivision game?

 

But now we have reached the eve of another NCAA Division I Football Championship contest, set for Saturday at noon Eastern Standard Time, as North Dakota State and Jacksonville State battle for the national title at Toyota Stadium.

 

With deference to to the late, great Allan Malamud of the Los Angles Herald-Examiner and Los Angeles Times, here are some random thoughts on the championship game.

 

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UNH Coaching Legend Bill Bowes Named To College Football Hall Of Fame

UNH Head Coach Bill BowesBy Doug Poole

Special to College Sports Journal

 

Editor's note: This story is courtesy of New Hampshire athletics (www.unhwildcats.com).

 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. – University of New Hampshire football coaching legend Bill Bowes was named to the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame on Friday. He is the first member of the UNH program selected for the Hall.

 

Bowes is one of 16 people (14 players, two coaches) who will be inducted at the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner held Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

 

Inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. This accomplishment will be forever immortalized at the College football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

 

The inductees were selected from the national ballot of 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 92 players and 27 coaches from the divisional ranks.

 

The College Football Hall of Fame truly represents the elite of the game. Of the 5.12 million individuals who have played college football since 1869, only 1,188 (977 players, 211 coaches) have been immortalized in the Hall.

 

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Writers Recognize North Carolina A&T As Unanimous HBCU Champion

NCAT Celebration Bowl ChampsBy Donal Ware

HBCU Columnist

College Sports Journal

 

ATLANTA, GA. — North Carolina A&T All-American running back Tarik Cohen sat at the podiumof the postgame press conference at the Georgia Dome after the Aggies 41-34 victory over Alcorn State in the first-ever Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.

 

During the first quarter, Cohen, who rushed for 295 yards and three touchdowns, left the game do to dehydration.  When asked about it by a reporter Cohen said, “All I had for breakfast was a half of a glass of orange juice. I wasn’t hungry for food. I was hungry for this national championship.”

 

The North Carolina A&T Aggies sit on top of the HBCU football world as the Aggies were voted 2015 BOXTOROW HBCU national champions in the final BOXTOROW Media Poll of 2015.

 

“It’s great to be national champions and I’m proud of our players, staff and administration” said A&T fifth-year head coach Rod Broadway.  “We’re glad to win it. We had a good team and the players got everything they deserved.”

 

N.C. A&T, the MEAC co-champions for the second-straight season, was a unanimous selection.

 

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MEAC-SWAC Celebration Bowl Shows Surprising Success In Its First Year

Coin Flip 2015 Celebration BowlBy Donal Ware

HBCU Columnist

College Sports Journal

 

Editor's note: This column is courtesy of boxtorow.com

 

ATLANTA, GA. — I was wrong.

 

When the first-ever Celebration Bowl was announced back in March and it was noted that the MEAC would have to give up its automatic berth to the FCS Playoffs, I was very much an opponent of the idea. 

 

As a former SID at a MEAC school in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, the playoffs are all I knew.

 

Now in all fairness, a lot of the details weren’t revealed until late. The announcement came later that the game would be televised on ABC. ESPN is good. ABC is great.

 

Major.

 

Then it was announced that each team would receive $1 million. (It is my understanding that the actual guarantee was $500,000 per school and a $250,000 ticket allotment).

 

Still major.

 

With each announcement like these I began to soften my stance. 

 

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North Carolina A&T Romps To HBCU National Crown In Coaches Poll

NCAT 2015 HBCU ChampsBy Donal Ware

HBCU Columnist

College Sports Journal

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — The year was 1999.

 

That was last time North Carolina A&T won a national championship.

 

Sixteen years later, they are national champions again.

 

The Aggies 41-34 victory over Alcorn State in the first-ever Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, solidified their place in history as the 2015 HBCU national champions in the final BOXTOROW Coaches

Poll of 2015.

 

“It’s great to be national champions and I’m proud of our players, staff and administration,” said A&T fifth-year head coach Rod Broadway. “We’re glad to win it. We had a good team and the players got everything they deserved.”

 

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