HBCU Marching Band Battle – Week 3

Discuss your favorites from week three in the comments, and help to pick the ‘baddest band in the land’ at the conclusion of the 2014 football season. To submit videos for consideration, email YouTube or Vimeo links at hbcudigest.com/contact

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Tuskegee Eminent Associates Pledge $2 Million to University

Members of the Tuskegee University Eminent Associates recently pledged $2 million to the university during its annual fall convocation. The pledge was initiated by a check presentation of $259,691, made by members of the Associates who have given $1,000 or more to the university.
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Tuskegee Issues Statement on Student Delegation in Liberia

Tuskegee University today issued a statement on a delegation of students stationed in Liberia in the midst of an Ebola virus outbreak.
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Tuskegee’s Jason Spears Named Among 50 Most Beautiful on Capitol Hill

Tuskegee University alumnus and legislative associate to iconic lawmaker Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Jason Spears was recently named by political blog The Hill as one of the most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.  From his profile:

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Miles Names Leon Douglas as Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Miles College today named Leon Douglas as the school’s new head men’s basketball coach.
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Leon Douglas Resigns as Tuskegee Men’s Basketball Coach

Months after taking the Tuskegee University men’s basketball team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament, head coach Leon Douglas resigned last week from the university.

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Brian Johnson Unanimous Choice as Tuskegee President

Tuskegee University today named Brian Johnson as the university’s seventh president. The Interim Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Provost vat Austin Peay State University was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees, and drew considerable praise for his fit and preparation for the presidency.

“The Board of Trustees’ presidential search team worked very hard over the past six months to find the seventh president of our university,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees retired Maj. Gen. Charles. E. Williams. “Dr. Brian Johnson is the perfect fit for these times and his selection was unanimous. We are pleased with his preparation to serve as our next president and he has our total support.”

An alumnus of Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Johnson will assume the presidency in June 15.

Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic Returning to Columbus

One of the nation’s oldest football rivalries will remain in its long-time host city this fall. The annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic will be played in AJ McClung Stadium for its 79th annual edition, keeping the signature SIAC football classic in its founding city at least through 2015.

While logistical negotiations continue for Columbus, Ga as the host city, organizers are optimistic about the community’s embrace of the game and its benefit to the participating colleges.

“There have been a lot of deliberations with city leaders, including the mayor, city manager, sports council and both institutions,” (Classic Committee chairman Howard) Willis said. “All have agreed that the game should remain in Columbus. … Beyond that, we are still in negotiations on specific details. What I can say is that all those elements and various leaders of those organizations have committed resources and their organizations to help us promote the game and build around the game.”

Time Runs Out for Tuskegee in NCAA Tournament

A magical NCAA men’s basketball tournament run for Tuskegee University ended today, as the Golden Tigers were defeated by top seeded Metro State 106-87 in the national quarterfinals in Evansville, IN.

The Tigers, who knocked off three of the tournament’s top seeded teams to advance to the Elite 8, finish the season with a 21-12 overall record and an SIAC conference title.

Tuskegee was never able to establish control against Metro State, which finished last season with an appearance and defeat in the Division II national title game. A 22-16 deficit soon turned into a 34-21 lead resulting from a series of fouls and three-pointers, a difference TU was never able to overcome.



WATCH – Tuskegee Carrying HBCU Pride on Road to Final Four

Tuskegee University will face top seeded Metro State in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament this afternoon, entering the game as one of the most underrated men’s basketball programs in college basketball this year.

The champions of the SIAC have defeated three tournament top five seeds on their way to Evansville, IN., and players say they will enter the game with a chip on their shoulders about the team’s seeding, and the perceived lack of respect HBCU programs receive in NCAA post-season rankings. From the Montgomery Advertiser:

“I know we’re going in as an underdog,” Tuskegee senior forward Richard Dixon said. “We still have a lot to prove to everybody. I don’t think anybody expected us to be in the Elite Eight. An HBCU school.”

For head coach Leon Douglas, championship aspirations were always tangible for his staff and players.

“Really, this has been a football school,” Douglas, 59, said recently. “Basically, everything is centered around football. When I went to Alabama, Alabama was all football. For the four years I was there, we were able to transform it into not only just football but make it football and basketball.

“I’m trying to do the same thing here at Tuskegee.”