Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Association

The purpose of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Alumni Association is to support Southwestern Athletic Conference events, promote the Conference's legacy of athletic excellence, and preserve its athletic heritage.

Former athletes, current and former head coaches, assistant coaches, athletic trainers and administrators, referees, employees of the conference office and all supporters of SWAC athletics are eligible for membership. More importantly, however, the SWAC Alumni Association is providing the opportunity for all of those who have participated to give back to the yhoung men and women now enrolled in SWAC universities. We do this by providing scholarships and making every effort to recognize achievements of past and present athletes, coaches and support personnel.

Alabama, basketball coach Avery Johnson mutually part ways after buyout agreement Avery Johnson exits Alabama after going 75-62 overall and 34-38 in the SEC during his four-year tenure as Crimson Tide basketball coach.

City park could be renamed after Jackson State icon Jaycee Park has sat off Baily Ave. and Erie St. for many years. No one really knows where the name came from. But now Stokes and many others in the area want it to be renamed after Coach W.C Gorden.

[10/31/18]   The SWAC Alumni Association will honor two former Southwestern Athletic Conference star athletes, two long-time baseball coaches, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and a former conference office employee during its annual Legends Roast and Awards Dinner Nov. 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Birmingham, Ala. Birmingham Iron executive Jay Roberson, a former member of the Birmingham City Council and quarterback at Alabama A&M, is the guest of honor.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by contacting Alvin Moore at 205-222-1044 or online at Pay Pal using SWAC Alumni Association. Proceeds go to the SWAC Alumni Degree Completion Scholarship Fund.
Former Jackson State running back and golf coach Eddie Payton, former Alabama State and NFL linebacker Eddie Robinson, former Alcorn State baseball coach Willie “Rat’’McGowan, and SWAC Public Relations Director and Compliance Officer Russell Stockard will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to SWAC’s tradition of excellence. Former Alabama A&M and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver John Stallworth will received the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments as an athlete, businessman and philanthropist.
Larry Watkins, Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics who coached the Hornets’ baseball team for 30 seasons, will receive the Charles “Chuck’’ Prophet Memorial Award. The award honors the memory of Chuck Prophet, the iconic Sports Information Director and Director of Athletics at Mississippi Valley State University. The award goes to an employee of a SWAC member institution who best exemplifies Prophet’s spirit, dedication and loyalty to his school and the conference.
Hotel accommodations are available at the DoubleTree for $109 per night by calling 205-933-9000 or 800-222-TREE. Ask for the SWAC Alumni Association2018 rate. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 9.
Association members are asked to sell a minimum of two tickets and one full page ad. Ad rates aree full page, $150; half page, $100; quarter page, $75; inside front cover, $350; back cover, $400. Camera ready ads should be e-mailed to Alvin Moore at [email protected] or mailed to him at P. O. Box 5815, Birmingham, AL 35207. The deadline for ads is Nov. 23, no exceptions. Checks should be made, payable to SWAC Alumni Association and mailed to him also. You can also make payments for ads and tickets with Pay PAL at SWAC Alumni Association.

Roscoe Nance
President, SWAC Alumni Association

Pictures from tonight’s SWAC Alumni Association’s Legends Banquet! Everyone had a wonderful time! Honored tonight were Emanuel Barnes and Mildrette Netter from Alcorn, Wilbert Ellis, Grambling State and posthumously Ben Jobe of Southern University.

Alcorn Mourns Passing of Football Legend Thierry A first round pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, Alcorn State University football legend John Thierry passed away from a heart attack over the weekend.

GSU’s Ellis to be honored by SWAC Alumni Association BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Former Grambling State University baseball coach Wilbert Ellis is among four who will be honored during its annual Legends Reception on Dec. 1 by the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Alumni Association at the Power Center in Houston, Texas.

SWAC Championship Tickets on Sale Tickets are on sale for the 2017 SWAC Championship football game as Alcorn State University will represent the SWAC East Division for the fourth consecutive year.

SWAC basketball tournaments will begin at campus sites, finish in Houston, next season The Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball tournaments will return to Houston in 2017.

Saluting conference legends, former Prairie View A&M University and U. S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach Barbara Jacket; Lifetime Achievement Award recipients -- Dr. James Frank, Lawrence Collins and Tony Wyllie.  And Mrs. Alyse Wells-Kilbert, recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Prophet Wagon Master Award, honored for a job well done as an unsung laborer!

Saluting conference legends, former Prairie View A&M University and U. S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach Barbara Jacket; Lifetime Achievement Award recipients -- Dr. James Frank, Lawrence Collins and Tony Wyllie. And Mrs. Alyse Wells-Kilbert, recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Prophet Wagon Master Award, honored for a job well done as an unsung laborer!

SWAC announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class SWAC announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

Death of Davey "The Whiz'' Whitney

January 8, 1930 - May 10, 2015
Biloxi, Mississippi | Age 85
Former Alcorn coach dies at 85

The Associated Press

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — Former Alcorn State basketball coach Davey Whitney has died. He was 85.

The school and the Southwestern Athletic Conference confirmed Whitney's death Sunday. No cause of death was given.

Whitney spent nearly three decades at Alcorn State over two stints from 1969 to 1989 and again from 1996 to 2003.

Whitney won 12 SWAC championships and led the Braves to a win over South Alabama in the first round of the 1980 NCAA Tournament, which was the first tournament win for a historically black university. Alcorn State also beat Mississippi State in the 1979 National Invitation Tournament.

Whitney was induced into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. Memorial celebrations will be held Saturday, May 16 at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport, Miss., at 6 p.m. and at Alcorn State Saturday, June 6.

Whitney is survived by his wife, Bernice; five children, Gail, Libby, Lisa, Doreen and Davey Jr. and four grandchildren, Ashantee, Aubrei, Corey and Duonne.

Roscoe Nance to be inducted in SWAC Hall of Fame By Robert Robinson

[11/01/14]   Founded Dec. 10, 1999

The 2014 SWAC Alumni Association Legends Reception is Dec. 5 in the Tiger Room of the Sterling Student Center on the Texas Southern campus from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Honorees are retired Alcorn State women’s basketball coach Shirley Walker, former Jackson State and NFL receiver Willie Richardson and late Prairie View A&M track and field and football coach Hoover Wright (posthumous), who will receiver the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Texas Southern University Head Athletic Trainer John “Doc’’ Harvey, who will receive the Charles “Chuck’’ Prophet Memorial Wagon Master Award.

There is no charge for the reception. We are not having a roast this year. But there will be souvenir program for the reception. Each member is asked to sell $600 in ads (the equivalent of four full page ads). Proceeds from ad sales will go to the Degree Completion Scholarship. The 2014-15 recepients are Jackson State baseball player Josue De Leon and Alabama State women’s track and field athlete Latrice Lee. Ad rates are full page, $125; half page, $75; quarter page, $50; inside front cover, $300; back cover, $300.

Camera ready ads should be e-mailed to Alvin Moore at [email protected] or mailed to Mr. Moore at 734 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Birmingham, AL 35214 no later than Nov. 22. Checks should be made, payable to SWAC Alumni Association and mailed to Alvin as well. .

Hotel accommodations are available at the Sheraton near the Galleria, 2400 West Loop South Houston, TX 7027-4204, for $139 a night. For reservations call 713-586-2444 or 800-325-3535 and ask for the SWAC Alumni Association rate. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 30. You should make your reservations ASAP because Alcorn alums are booking room rapidly in anticipation of the Braves being in the championship game and the hotel expects to be sold out.

I trust that we can depend on your full participation. We need everyone’s support to make this a successful event. Contact Roscoe Nance at 703-786-7190 or by e-mail at [email protected] if you have questions.

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By Roscoe Nance

ATLANTA – It wasn’t an offer that the sold out audience couldn’t refuse that moved it to give Marino “The Godfather’’ Casem a standing ovation Saturday night (March 1) during the fifth annual Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Loews Hotel.

Instead, it was the legendary Alcorn State coach’s contributions to black college football that prompted the audience, a veritable Who’s Who of the football world, to rise to its feet as one and salute Casem, one of seven legends who formed the Class of 2014.

“At the end of the day, we all understand what Marino Casem and the coaches in the SWAC, the MEAC, the SIAC and the CIAA was all about and what they did back in the day.,’’ said former Super Bowl champion quarterback Doug Williams, who co-founded the Black College Football Hall of Fame with James “Shack’’ Harris, the first black starting quarterback in the NFL. “When you get a standing ovation for the Godfather, what that tells you is that it was tough back then and they appreciate what they did.’’

The audience included Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and coach Mike Smith, Pro Football Hall of Famers Willie Lanier, Mel Blount, Larry Little and Claude Humphrey, who will be enshrined in August, NFL players Harry Douglas of the Falcons and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, of the Denver Broncos, wide receiver Ricardo Lockette of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, former NFL players Parnell Dickinson, Rick Upchurch and Billy “White Shoes’’ Johnson and Kenny Burrough and SMU coach June Jones.

Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver John Stallworth of Alabama A&M, defensive end Michael Strahan of Texas Southern, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall in August, six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Robert Brazile of Jackson State, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly of Morgan State, three-time Pro Bowl guard Doug Wilkerson of North Carolina Central and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Willie Totten of Mississippi Valley State join Casem in the 2014 Black College Football Hall of Fame Class.

NFL Network analysts Charles Davis and Steve Wyche were co-hosts of the ceremony, which featured them in sit-down interview sessions with each of the inductees. Each inductee’s school will receive a $3,000 scholarship grant.

“This is the greatest thing that can happen to me,’’ said Casem, 79, “I’m glad this happened to me while I’m still alive. It’s so great because it’s from my peers, the people you walked down the alley with last night.’’

Casm, who often refers to black college football as a religion and Saturday a day of holy obligation, coached at Alcorn State for 22 seasons. He led the Braves to seven SWAC championships and four Black College National Championships, and he compiled a 159-93-8 record during his 26-year career, which included stints at Alabama State and Southern.

At Alcorn, Casem produced a string of stellar defensive backs, who made indelible impressions in black college football and the NFL. They include Willie Alexander, Rich Sowells, Roynell Young, Ike Holt, Leslie Frazier and Milton Mack. Casem’s crowning moment came in 1984 when he coached Alcorn to a 9-0 regular season record and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, a first for an HBCU.

Alcorn’s 42-28 victory against Mississippi Valley State in 1984, which featured Totten throwing the ball to future NFL star Jerry Rice, in what was bill as The Game of The Century. Both teams were undefeated and the contest was play in front of a standing room only crowd of 65,000 at 62,512-seat Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., on a Sunday afternoon.

“We did so much with so little for so long,’’ Casem said in his interview with Davis, “that we thought we could do anything with nothing.’’

The 2014 Hall of Fame Class covered the spectrum of black college football. It ranged from Casem, a throwback to the glory days for HBCUs prior to integration, to Strahan, a current day icon who transcends football.

“This is an interesting class,’’ said Wyche, a Howard University alumnus. “We’re turning the page a little bit. There’s history there, a lot of it not so remote. ,Yu’re seeing a group of humble guys, some of them who transcended segregation. You have Strahan who came well after integration. He might have had some options. He could hav done some (other) things, yet he still went to Texas Southern. You still see the impact of black college football and the greatness it has provided not only for black colleges but for the NFL.’’

Strahan spoke to the audience via video tape from Los Angeles., where he co-host edan After Oscar Show from the Dolby Theater Monday on LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL.

“When I went to Texas Southern, I never imagined things would come full circle and I would be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame,’’ he said.

Strahan was a two-time SWAC Defensive Player of the Year at Texas Southern, where he had 41.5 career sacks. His school record 19 sacks his senior season helped make him the New York Giants’ second-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. Strahan spent his entire 15-year NFL career with the Giants and was the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, accepted on behalf of Kelly, who was unable to attend the ceremony. Wooten and Kelly were teammates on the Cleveland Browns in the 1960s. Wooten described Kelly, who replaced Jim Brown in the Browns’ backfield when Brown retired prematurely in 1965, as “the most humble superstar you’ll ever meet.’’

Stallworth was an All-SIAC pick at Alabama A&M in 1972 and ’73. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him on the fourth round of the 1974 NFL Draft, and he helped them win four Super Bowl titles. Stallworth spent his entire 14-year pro career with the Steelers, finishing with 537 receptions for 8,723 yards and 63 touchdowns. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He currently owns a share of the Steelers..

Wilkerson played 14 seasons wit the San Diego Chargers after the Houston Oilers picked him in the first round of the 1970 and traded him following rookie season. He was a three-time All-CIAA pick at North Carolina Central and a consensus All-American and the Pittsburgh Courier Lineman of the Year his senior season..

Totten was the man responsible for putting Mississippi Valley State’s vaunted Satellite Express Offense of the mid-1980s in orbit. Totten, a four-year starter who set more than 50 NCAA records, threw 58 touchdown passes in 1984.

Brazile was the prototype for today’s linebackers. He was a combination of size, speed and strength. NFL Scouts discovered Brazile when they attended Jackson State practices to scout Walter Payton. They turned their attention to Brazile after watching him repeatedly stop Payton in his tracks on running plays and cover wide receivers on pass plays.

The evening also included recognition of the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College All-American team. Southern University quarterback Dray Joseph was honored as the Offensive Player of the Year, South Carolina State linebacker Joe Thomas as the Defensive Player of the Year, Tennessee State coach Rod Reed Coach of the Year and Tennessee State as the National Champion. Blank received the inaugural Leadership Award.

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The founding members of the Association are James Brooks, former assistant football coach at Alcorn State, Marino H. Casem, former football coach and athletics director, Alcorn State, Theo Danzy, former assistant football coach at Alcorn State; W. C. Gorden, former head football coach at Jackson State; Lonza Hardy Jr., former Sports Information Director at Alcorn State, Southern University and former athletics director at Miss. Valley State University and Hampton University, former associate commissioner of SWAC, present athletics director of University of Arkansas Pine Bluff; Roscoe Nance, former sportswriter for the Clarion Ledger and columnist with USA Today; Charles "Chuck" Prophet, former athletics director and sports information director at Mississippi Valley State; and Dr. Walter Reed, former athletics director at Jackson State and Florida A&M.
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