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When an HBCU sports-related story makes its way to ESPN, it’s usually not a good thing. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach published an article on Thursday anticipatingthe future struggles of FCS HBCUs in getting big paydays via “Money Games.”
The article, titled “HBCU guarantee money could dry up,” quoted Savannah State coach Earnest Wilson as he talked about his team’s difficulty finding takers for their services.
“Iowa told me they couldn’t do it,” Wilson said. “Other programs told me they couldn’t.”
The article also talks about the pool of athletes available to HBCUs have been diluted by programs at other schools.
“Look at Louisiana,” Southern’s Aeneas Williams said. “Louisiana-Lafayette is a viable football program. Louisiana-Monroe and Tulane are viable programs. In the past, if a kid from Louisiana didn’t go to LSU, he might have gone to Southern or Grambling. The talent pool is still there, but now it’s dispersed more. It’s incumbent upon the HBCUs like Grambling and Southern to maximize what they do have. That’s going to be the key going forward.”
The article is definitely worth a look. We’ll have thoughts on it later.