HBCU Sports’ 30 most popular stories of 2018

The HBCU sports year that was 2018 was filled with all kinds of ebbs and flows.

Hampton University and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) parted ways on some very bitter terms.

The Grambling State men’s basketball team won its first conference basketball title in 30 years, but couldn’t participate in the SWAC basketball tournament.

North Carolina A&T head football coach Sam Washington, after an epic upset over East Carolina, had one simple request.

After announcing the football championship game would return to Birmingham, Ala., the SWAC made another pivot by allowing the team with the best record host the game on campus.

There was even the discussion of a bowl game that would feature a Division I HBCU against an Ivy League opponent.

Based on the data we’ve retrieved from analytic and social media reports from the past year, below are the 30 most-read stories from 2018.

30. Hampton calls out MEAC for issuing unreasonable demands in response to exiting conference

29. Grambling men capture first SWAC regular season basketball championship in 30 years

28. Tony Hughes fired as head football coach at Jackson State

27. John Hendrick states why he should remain Jackson State’s head football coach

26. Not even divine intervention could save FAMU coach Willie Simmons from Rattler Nation

25. These teams still have the best chance to make the Celebration Bowl

24. Tennessee State linebacker Christion Abercrombie reportedly breathing on his own

23. Ranking HBCU football coaching hires: Which new face in a new place has toughest job?

22. North Carolina A&T losing meant more than its winning streak ending

21. Champions will be crowned in the MEAC, SWAC. Here’s who will win

20. Pro Football Focus mock draft projects Brandon Parker, DeVante Kincade will be selected

19. SWAC relocates 2018 football championship game

18. UAPB’s Cedric Thomas on South Dakota State apology: ‘I don’t need no apology’

17. A look at HBCU apparel deals conference by conference

16. Grambling State unveils its new Adidas football uniforms

15. Ranking 2018 Division I HBCU toughest nonconference football schedules

14. Former Alabama State coach Brian Jenkins named receivers coach at Alabama A&M

13. S. Dakota State head coach apologizes after 90-6 win, but he shouldn’t have to

12. Alcorn State secures SWAC East title, will host SWAC Championship Game