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
11. Ivy League coach thinks the conference should play HBCUs in a bowl game
10. Ten football coaches HBCUs should consider hiring this offseason and why
9. SWAC football championship game is officially a 4-team playoff
8. Why North Carolina A&T might be the best team in the FCS
7. Grambling State to host 2019, 2020 NAIA Football National Championship Game
6. Grambling football searching to replace Bacone College after school announces closure
5. N.C. A&T coach to team after win: ‘Tell them to bring me my money’ – (Video)
4. Alabama A&M officially announces apparel deal with Nike
3. MEAC and Hampton reach agreeable terms of separation
2. Division I HBCU revenue rankings: Here’s the complete list