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Prairie View A&M unveils new stadium and complex

Press Release:

Prairie View A&M University’s Blackshear Stadium was in rough shape for as long as Roy Perry can remember. The wooden benches he sat on as an engineering student in 1978 to watch Panthers football games had not changed much from when the team was in its heyday and won five black college titles between 1953-1964.

Perry graduated in 1978 dreaming improvements would someday be made, but after an historic 80-game losing streak from 1989-1998, they never came. Even when the Panthers program broke the skid of losing seasons in 2007, won a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 2009 and made sweeping building improvements campus wide, some fans had to watch games played on a field in disrepair from behind a perimeter fence because the 6,000-seat stadium was at capacity.

Perry said Blackshear’s appearance never meshed well with the overall beauty of the campus. “It wasn’t much of anything,” Perry said. “Kids played in better stadiums at their high schools.” Perry, who now serves as chairman of the Prairie View A&M Foundation, said he watched with joy on Jan. 23 as the tiny stadium was demolished with a few swings of an excavator arm. With Blackshear gone, the university will finally get what Perry felt the school deserved more than 30 years ago in a $60 million, 15,000-seat football stadium and sports complex, which will open for its first game in September 2016.

The movement to build a new stadium gained momentum in 2009 after Perry and other alumni helped raise $30 million to start the Prairie View A&M Foundation. Shortly after, Prairie View A&M President George Wright said, Perry started beating the drum to raise funds for a new stadium, and the Texas A&M System Board of regents responded.

Wright said the school worked closely with System Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Phillip Ray and System Chancellor John Sharp to work out the funding nuances and make it a reality. At a November meeting, regents approved the school’s plan to build the complex, which will include an artificial field, a 55,000-square-foot athletic field house, suites that already have a waiting list, sky boxes, press boxes and room for a 15,000-seat expansion. “I am so happy that our system staff, led by Phillip Ray, found a way to do this for Prairie View,” Sharp said in a statement. “Prairie View A&M University is the most beautiful university in the state, and now they will have a stadium to match it.”

The sounds of snapping wood from the Blackshear demolition did not make nearly as much noise as Kyle Field’s west side when it collapsed to begin the second phase of its own $485 million renovation one month earlier.

Although the Kyle Field project is eight times more expensive than Prairie View’s project, Perry took it as a vote of confidence from system officials in his alma mater. “It was reaffirmation that the system believed in Prairie View and they were willing to invest in Prairie View,” Perry said. When Wright first became president of Prairie View in 2003, he said the football team’s record and its facilities were how people knew the school.

The Panthers were five years away from the 80-game losing skid, but still had not put together a winning season. “Because of the losing streak, people would say, ‘Why do you want to be president there? They are a loser,” Wright said. “They’re talking about a game that’s played on Saturdays, but you couldn’t shake them.”

The PVAMU Foundation is halfway to a $10 million fundraising goal for the stadium project, but Wright said the new stadium will mean much more to the school than a nice place to play football and entertain more fans. Wright said plenty of people pass by the campus driving down U.S. 290 to and from Houston, but the new stadium will give them reason to stop and take a look around. He hopes it will be a draw to campus the same way people stop to take pictures in front of Kyle Field on Texas A&M’s campus.

Wright said the new stadium will offer a much better first impression of the school. The Panthers will play the 2015 season at the Waller school district stadium not far from the Prairie View A&M campus. The new complex will be called “Panther Stadium” unless a donor seeks the naming rights. Wright and Perry are already looking forward to the first game in the new stadium and how the project will change the perception of the university.

Wright envisions stepping off a plane at the Houston airport and seeing a Prairie View A&M shirt on the same shelf as University of Texas or Texas A&M shirts. “I don’t think we’ve cracked into that area yet, but I want folks to be able to identify it the same way,” Wright said. Ten years down the road, Perry expects the student, alumni and neighborhood fan bases to turn out for every game the same way they did for homecoming games at Blackshear. When the stadium needs to expand to 30,000 seats, Perry’s dream will be fully realized. “The stadium is more than just football,” Perry said. “The stadium provides a beacon.”

 

 

The Bayou Classic Is Leaving NBC For a New Station.

 

 

 

The Bayou Classic is moving. The game between the Southern Jaguars and the Grambling Tigers will not be aired on NBC this year and instead will be taking it’s talents to NBCSports. While many might see this as good news for some reason, truth be told many of the students and alumni may not be able to watch the game because they will need cable to do so.

 

 

Jaguar Fans We are EXCITED to be MOVING @BayouClassic74 to @NBCSportsNet & a NEW KICKOFF TIME 4pm

— Roman Banks (@CoachBanks_SU) August 3, 2015

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The game will also have a new start time which is 4 pm est.

 

So, How do you feel about this move?

 

 

 

 

HBU Football’s Christian Guzman Earns Preseason All-Southland Honors

HBU Football’s Christian Guzman Earns Preseason All-Southland Honors

Huskies punter named to second team.

HOUSTON – HBU sophomore punter Christian Guzman has been named to the Preseason All-Southland Conference second team, the league office announced Wednesday.

A Brookshire, Texas, native, Guzman was an All-Southland Conference second-team selection last season. He was also named Freshman All-America by tonisoftli.com and was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the top freshman in the FCS. He punted 67 times for an average of 44.1 yards, landing 14 inside the 20 and 23 punts of 50 yards or more, including a season-long of 68 yards.

Guzman is also a standout on the track, finishing 36th in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA West Preliminary Round and setting the school record at 14.19 at the last chance meet in Greensboro, N.C. At the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, he finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles and at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, he finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8.21.

Southland Conference Football Media Day will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and coverage can be seen on ESPN3.

The Huskies begin fall workouts on Monday, Aug. 10, then open the 2015 season at home against Bethany College on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Husky Stadium

Texas Southern Basketball Set To Take Their Talents To Beijing, China

After having a great season and making the NCAA tournament. The Texas Southern Tigers basketball team will be taking their talents to Beijing, China to play some exhibition games.

HOUSTON- The Texas Southern Tigers basketball team will travel to Beijing, China from June 19th to June
30th to participate in a series of exhibition games set to be played abroad against Chinese basketball organizations.

“This is a great opportunity for our basketball team,” said TSU head coach Mike Davis. “It will be without a doubt a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of our student-athletes and we’re happy to be able to participate and showcase our brand of basketball on a global stage.”

The Tigers scheduled trip marks yet another impressive milestone for the team this season as TSU won the conference tournament and earned an NCAA berth to conclude the 2014-15 campaign.

It marked the second time in TSU history that the team won back-to-back tournament titles, as Texas Southern won titles in 1994 and 1995.

“Anytime you get the chance to expose student-athletes to new cultures and ways of life it’s a good thing,” said Davis. “We had a very hardworking group of young men on our team last year and they deserve to be able to make a trip of this magnitude and represent our university internationally.”

Check out the TSUBALL.COM for more info on the Tigers sports.

(Source- www.tsuball.com )

Houston Baptist Huskies To Host Football Camps

The Houston Baptist Huskies are set to host two football camps. The Camps will be held in Dallas and Houston Texas on June 18th and 19th. The camps are for high school students.  More info on the camps can be found below.

http://www.huskyfbcamps.com/skills-camp.cfm

Houston Cougars Football Partners with Feed the Children

Press Release-

 

Houston Football Partners with Feed the Children

PMembers of the UH program distribute food and hygiene products at Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center.

 

HOUSTON – Student-athletes from the Houston Football program spent the middle of their day Tuesday at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center in Houston’s eastside, partnering with Feed the Children, an organization that exists to end childhood hunger.

 

The student-athletes joined forces with Houston-based Target Hunger and Colcord Hotels to package, distribute and load food, bottled water and hygiene products. Working with Feed the Children, volunteers prepared and delivered more than 100,000 meals to 1,200 families in need in a single day.

“It felt good to give back to our community. It may have been a little hot, but you definitely feel better helping others out,” said senior safety Adrian McDonald. “Being able to help out the less fortunate, loading their cars up with much-needed food, it’s a good feeling to give back. Coming to school here isn’t just about football; you have to give back to your community too, and our team knows that.”

Organized by McDonald and senior running back Kenneth Farrow, two groups of Houston Football student-athletes each spent an hour distributing meals at the event. Members of group one included Farrow, Donald Gage, Ryan Jackson, Zach Johnson, Mac Long, Corey Manges and Javin Webb, while members of group two included Tyus Bowser, Lee Hightower, D’Juan Hines, Melvin Holland, William Jackson, McDonald, Steven Taylor and Brandon Wilson.

Tuesday’s event was Houston Football’s second in the past few weeks as members of the program assisted those affected by the Houston Memorial Day floods.

University Of South Alabama 2015 Football Schedule

Saturday
Sep. 5
Gardner-Webb Bulldogs
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
TBA
Saturday
Sep. 12
at Nebraska Cornhuskers
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
7:00 p.m. CT
BTN/BTN2Go
Saturday
Sep. 19
at San Diego State Aztecs
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
TBA
Saturday
Sep. 26
NC State Wolfpack
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
TBA
Saturday
Oct. 3
at Troy Trojans
Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
TBA
Saturday
Oct. 10
Open Date
Tuesday
Oct. 13
Arkansas State Red Wolves
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
8:00 p.m. CT
ESPN2
Saturday
Oct. 24
at Texas State Bobcats
Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX
TBA
Saturday
Oct. 31
Open Date
Saturday
Nov. 7
Idaho Vandals
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
TBA
Thursday
Nov. 12
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Time TBA
ESPNU
Saturday
Nov. 21
at Georgia State Panthers
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
TBA
Saturday
Nov. 28
at Georgia Southern Eagles
Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA
TBA
Saturday
Dec. 5
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
TBA

NC State Goes All Black With New Uniforms ( #PackinBlack )

Here at YesIBall we love uniforms. So, whenever a team announces that they have some new ones, we get extra excited and call them the best ever. Well, today the new best ever unis come from NC State. The Wolfpack released a video of their new all black football uniforms and in our (my) eyes these things are awesome.

Check out the video below.

Youngstown State Punt Blocked By A Butt

Youngstown State had one of the most “what the hell” moments in football this past week. As they went to punt, the ball was blocked by the butt of one of the lineman.

This is kind of funny.

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