Five people who need to be voted into the CIAA Hall Of Fame today

The CIAA is the oldest conference comprised of HBCUs, so it goes without saying that it has plenty of history. Each year the conference allows for alumni, fans and supporters to nominate student-athletes, coaches, teams and administrators to its Hall of Fame. Here are five of the student-athletes and teams we think should be in the Hall ASAP. Check our list and be sure to nominate a few of them as the deadline is June 30.

1989 North Carolina Central basketball

This team is an example of just how good CIAA basketball used to be back in the day. NCCU won the Southern Division title, but couldn’t even make the CIAA Title Game as it was one of three schools in the conference to make the D2 playoffs. But it got hot when it needed too, winning 13 of its final 14 games, including a 65-60 win over CIAA Champ Virginia Union in the playoffs. NCCU beat Southeast Missouri State 73-46 in the Championship Game to cap its 28-4 season.

Sandra Ann Arrington Rich, Howard

HBCUs often get a bad rap for not being progressive as other schools, but putting a woman on a men’s diving team was pretty progressive by 1960s standards. Arrington helped Howard win its fifth and sixth-straight CIAA swim titles in 1966 and 67, becoming the first woman to participate on a men’s team in the school’s history and possibly in the conference’s history. She was even profiled by Ebony Magazine. 

“Even now, I often get an uneasy feeling being on the team,” Arrington said. “But I don’t mind competing with the boys. Sometimes I’m afraid that they might get an inferiority complex.”

Jamie Waller, Virginia Union 

Though his career was largely overshadowed by teammate Charles Oakley, Waller was a star in his own right. He made All-CIAA three times during a period when the conference was flush with basketball talent. Nearly 30 years after leaving Virginia Union, he’s still the program’s second-leading scorer with 2,568 points. He was selected by the Nets in the third round of the 1987 Draft and played in nine games before heading to the CBA, where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1988.

Alfred “Jazz” Byrd, Lincoln

Perhaps the best player in black college football during the 1920s. No brainer. For more, read here. 

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