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I pan SPORTS/The Charlotte Post Thursday, May 15, 1997 For the Week of May 6 through May 12, 1997 THANKS, BUT NO THANKS Jackson State Sports Photo ONEAL: Tops all college golfers in scoring average. ▼ JACKSON STATE GOLFER DECLINES NCAA INVITATION AFTER TEAM SNUBBED UNDER THE BANNER WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS PAID OUT: Alabama State product, Eddie Robinson, now a linebacker with the Jacksonville Jaguars is the highest paid black college player in the National Football League's (NFL) American Football Confer ence (AFC) according to a listing of salaries in last Wednesday's (May 7) USA Today. Robinson's take to tals $2,351,900, just above Pitts burgh all-pro linebacker Greg Lloyd's $2,325,000. Lloyd played at Fort Valley State. The two are the only black college AFC players whose salaries exceed the $2 million mark. Ten players make over $1 million. Next week we'll give a list of black college player's salaries in the National Football Conference. Here is the list ranked according to salary: W-S State Sports Photo THIGPEN: Former W-S state star makes just over $1 million. BASE TOTAL PLAYER, COLLEGE, TEAM SALARY BONUS SALARY Eddie Robinson, Alab. St.-Jacksonvl 1,500,000 851,900 2,351,900 Greg Lloyd, Ft. Valley St-Pittsburgh 1,400,000 925.000 2,325,000 Steve McNair, Alcorn State-Houston 1,228,800 760,900 1,989,700 Orlando Brown, S. C. State-Baltimore 1,100,000 462,500 1,562,500 Ben Coates, Livingstone-New Engl. 1,300,000 206,000 1,506,000 Shannon Sharpe, Sav. State-Denver 1,350,000 110,400 1,450,400 Howard Ballard, Alabama A&M*Seattle 355,000 1,058,000 1,413,000 Dwayne Harper, S. C. State-San Diego 950,000 496,000 1,446,000 Ashlely Ambrose, Miss. Valley-Cinn 700,000 500,400 1,200,400 Yancey Thigpen, W-S State-Pittsburgh 775,000 273,300 1,048,000 Eddie Anderson, Ft. Valley St.-Oakland 553,800 400,500 954,300 Hugh Douglas. Central State-NY Jets 512,500 425,000 937,500 Albert Lewis, Grambling-Oakland 196,000 740,500 936,500 Jimmy Smith, Jackson St.-Jacksonvl 540,900 367,200 908,100 Jamain Stephens, N. C. A&T-Pittsburgh 1 458,000 245,000 703,000 Wally Williams, Florida A&M-Baltimore 372,000 283,300 685,300 James Brown, Virginia St.-Miami 600,000 53,100 653,100 Robert Massey, NC Central-Jacksonvl 480,000 21,400 501,400 Anthony Cook, S. C. State-Houston 327,500 173,800 501,300 Herman Arvie, Grambling-Baltimore 196,000 290,600 486,600 Bryant Mix, Alcorn State-Houston 260,500 210,000 470,500 Roger Jones, Tenn. State-Cincinnati 350.000 67,100 417,100 Dan Land, Albany State-Oakland 275,000 50,000 325,000 Mario Perry, Jackson State-Buffalo 229,500 88,900 318,400 Richard Dent, Tenn. State-Indianapolis 275,000 25,000 300,000 Jaime Brown, Florida A&M-Denver 164,000 62,500 226,500 Everett Mclver, Ellz. Clty-Miami 200,000 22,500 222,500 Reggie Barlow, Alab. State-Jacksonvl 131,000 72,000 203,000 Earl Holmes, Floria A&M-Pittsburgh 136,000 65,000 201,000 Randy Fuller, Tenn. St.-Pittsburgh 196,000 1,700 197,700 Rupert Grant, Howard-New England 164,000 3,600 167,600 Marcus Hinton, Alcorn St.-Oakland 164,000 2,200 166,200 Emanuel Martin, Alabama St.-Buffalo 164,000 900 164,900 Jose White, Howard-Jacksonville 164,000 0 164,000 Devin Wyman, Ky. State-New England 143,000 8,200 151,200 James Roe, Norfolk State-Baltimore 131,000 15,500 146,500 Clarence Benford, Albany St. -Seattle 131,000 5,000 136,000 Jerry Wilson, Southem-Miami 131,000 0 131,000 Kendall Shello, Southern-indlanapolis 131,000 0 131,000 SPRING FINISH I The Mid Eastern Athletic Conference will hold its annual Spring Meeting May 28-30 (Wednesday - Friday) in St. Petersburg Beach, Floridaat the TradeWinds Resort. MEAC Commissioner Charles S. Harris will welcome the governing body including the Council of Chief Executive Officers (Presidents and Chan cellors, the Faculty Representatives, the Directors of Athlet- icsand the Senior Women Administrators). The MEAC All- Sports Awards winners will be announced and honored during the meetings. OAZEEZ Communiciitions. Inc. VOL. III. NO. 38 BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PLAY-INS Atmlctic Conference THE STAT CORNER WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS MORE BLACK COLLEGE NFL ROOKIE FREE AGENT SIGNINIGS OAKLAND RAIDERS Chris Thompson, LB, Bowie State ST. LOUIS RAMS Billy Jenkins, DB , Howard BALTIMORE RAVENS Tony Lanier, WR, Virginia State at Cleveland, OH Fri., May 9 GAME ONE Florida A&M 4. Cleveland State 2 GAME TWO Cleveland State 8 Florida A&M 0 Sat., May 10 GAME THREE Cleveland State 12 Florida A&M 0 (Cleveland State wins best 2 of 3) Athletic Conference Southern University will play at West Coast Conference champion Santa Clara in the NCAA Baseball Play-in game Best 2 of 3 Friday, May 16 - one game Saturday, May 17 - doubleheader Jackson State golf team denied NCAA bid, again LUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor It's deja vu all over again for the Jackson State men's gol f team and head coach Eddie Payton. Despite posting an excel lent 298.21 stroke average, win ning their ninth consecutive Southwestern Athletic Con ference (SWAC) title and three other tournaments along the way, and posting rather deci sive wins over two teams that received bids, the Tigers were snubbed by the three-member NCAA selection committee for entry to the 21 -team field for the Central Regional Champion ship. The committee selects the top eight in the district for entry to the Regional. The top ten teams in regional play advance to the national championship. "That’s the way it goes," said Payton, resigned to the fact that there is no appeals process available. He said he has turned his focus to the National Minor ity Golf Championship sched uled for next week in Cleve land. "1 thought we played well enough to get in. We played a strong schedule and we played pretty well. We soundly beat two teams that got in (South western Louisiana and Rice) in head-to-head competition. I think we should have gotten in." But he doesn’t blame the selection committee. He blames the process. Top JSU golfer says no to NCAA Jackson State senior golfer, Tim O'Neal, ranked as the nation's number one golfer by Golfstat Inc., is choosing not to play for the NCAA indi vidual champion-ship because his team didn't receive an invi tation to the NCAA Central Regional beginning this week. Instead, he will join his team in the National Minority Golf Championship, May 19-21 in Cleveland. O'Neal, who leads the na tion with a 71.83 stroke aver age is the frontrunner for the Golfstat Cup awarded each year to the men's collegiate golfer with the lowest scoring average adjusted for condi tions. Last year's winner was Tiger Woods, then of Stanford whose average was 70.61. Golfstat is the company hired by the NCAA to admin- isterthe NCAA Collegiate Golf Rating system, which is used by the NCAA for selections for their Championship. "Tim is a strong team player with real strong convictions," said Jackson State golf coach Eddie Payton who spoke with BCSP Monday while his team practiced for the Minority Championship. "To put the team's goals ahead of individual goals in this day and age is rare." O'Neal said in interviews published last week that the se lection process that left his team out is political. "I think the (selection) com mittee feels it they send me, it will shut up the coach," said O'Neal in a story published in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "It hurt me whien I found out we didn't make it because the two teams ahead of us (Rice and Southwetern Louisiana), we beat them like a drum. It’s all politics, I guess." Payton would not discuss when O'Neal would turn pro saying his star and the team is only concentrating on the tour nament coming up in Cleve land. Jackson State has won the titlesixtimesin the ten years the tournament has been played. Jackson State Sports Photo O'NEAL: Jackson State star says if team doesnl go he won't eiher. MEN’S GOLFSTAT CUP Rankings Tim O'Neal Sr., Jackson State 71.83 -0.43 Alberto Ochoa So.. TCU 71.81 -0.36 Chris Hanell Sr,, Arizona State 71.61 -0.29 Chris Wollmann Sr,, Ohio State 71.13 -0.28 John Rollins Sr., Va. Comm. 71.62 -0.15 Joel Kribel Jr., Stanford 71.81 -0.10 Brad Elder So., Texas 72.19 -0.07 Richard Couglin Sr., Clemson 72.54 -0.02 Michael Connell Jr., Miss. State 7-1.70 0.08 Robert Russell Sr., Mo. KC 72.21 0.16 The low scoring average is figured on scoring average versus par, adjusted for conditions. The Golfstat cup will be awarded after the NCAA Championship. "The process itself is un fair," he said. "These teams get in more on reputation than per formance. Because of their con ference affiliations and friend ships they've established over the years, it's hard for them to vote my team in when I'm not up there." Payton served three years on the selection committee and watched them bypass his squad two years ago despite another sterling season. Last year, JSU became the first black college ever to receive a bid to the tour nament. His team finished 16th in the Central Regional. "We are judged differently because we are a historically black college," said Payton. "It's like we're not supposed to be playingon that level so we don't get in." The best system said Payton would be to give automatic berths to conference champions as is done in NCAA basketball, baseball and tennis with addi tional at-large berths. Another method could be to split the districts in half for playoffs and take the top four teams from each section. Currently, selec tions are supposed to be based on head-to-head competition, overall winning percentage in the District and stroke differen tial. JSU beat Rice twice by a combined three strokes and beat SW Louisiana twice by 13 strokes. The selection commit tee includes SW Louisiana coach Bob Bass, Southwest TexasStatecoach Jim Bob Jack- son and David Foster, coach at North Texas State. Go figure. llth Minority Golf championship tees off Sixteen black college golf teams will descend on the Highland Park Golf Course just outside Cleve land through the weekend for the llth Annual Minority Golf Championships staged amid a flurry of acti vites over the four-day event. The 36-hole golf course lo cated in Highland Hills, Ohio, is the staging ground for four days of golf for black college teams, high schoolers and celebrities with a mixture of corporate schmoozing and job recruitment. The par-71 Red Course covering 6,090 yards and the par-71 Blue Course which is 6,562 yards are the city-run public courses frequented often by blacks in the Cleveland area, said Brown. Begun by local physician, the late Dr. Herschel Cochran as a United Negro College Fund fundraiser, the event has grown into a major fundraiser for the black college golf programs. "We give between $3-4,000 each year directly to the black college programs that participate," said Marga ret Brown, the local tournament direc tor. "We don't charge the teams to particpate. We take care of meals, all the greens fees for practice rounds and tour nament fees and we give each of them grab bags." All the teams have to do is get to the tournament. The colleges will play a six- man 54 hole tournament (27 holes each day) while the high schoolers play a 36- hole format May 19-20. Seventy-five (75) high schoolers are entered this year. Black college golfers not on teams are allowed to compete for the individual champtionships. The total field this year is 196. Celebrities, led by actor Clifton Davis, play a Scramble May 19 on an other course. Celebs pay $1,000 for four-man teams. Individual players pay $250. The celebrity field is full at 193, Brown said. Other activities include a Job Fair where 10-12 major golf companies will be recruiting young golfers for vari ous non-teaching pro positions in the golfing industry. Brown said this year Softspike, a shoe company will be re placing all the teams metal spikes with the new soft spikes which are slowly becoming the footwear of choice for many golf courses. A United State Golf Associa tion (USGA) professionial will conduct a Rules Seminar for the players to ac quaint them with all the new rules and rule changes in golf. A banquet, spon sored by Pizza Hut, begins the activities on Saturday. On Sunday, Golf World/ Golf Digest will sponsor a barbecue. "With the high schoolers here, it gives the college coaches a chance to replace some of the talent they may be losing to graduation and perhaps offer some of the young people scholarships to their programs," said Brown. "It also gives these young people a chance to understand the golf business." Teams scheduled to play this year include: Clark Atlanta, Bethune- Cookman^ Alabama State, Florida A&M, Kentucl^ State, SouthCarolina State, Hampton, Texas Southern, Southern, Jackson State, Fayetteville State, St. Augustines, Virginia Union, Talladega and Tennessee State. The colleges compete in Div. I and Div. II formats. Fayetteville.State is the reigning Div. II champion. Hampton defeated Florida A&M on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win last year's Div. I title. For more information on the tournament, contact the Highland Park Golf Course at 216-3489-7273. BCSP Notes ▼ "Rape of a Spelman Coed" is the cover story of a Special Report in the May 1997 issue of Emerge magazine on rape. The story, written by Lori Robinson, examines the alleged rape of a female student of Spelman College by four members of the Morehouse College baskeball team on the Morehouse campus last Fall and the subsequent division that the incident has caused on the neighboring Atlanta Uni versity Complex campuses. The four stu dent/athletes were suspended initially for one year but were reinstated for the Spring semester. The story explores attitudes towards rape and has a sexual violence attitude survey. A related story from rape counselors is included. T Speculation about the fate of the football program at Central State (Ohio) continues to abound. Word is that the school has cancelled a date with Vii^inia Union in the 1997 football season. The Wilberforce, Ohio school An alleged rape by four Morehouse basketball players is the Cover story of the May issue of Emerge Magazine. has been experiencing severe financial diffi culties that may jeopardize their fielding a team this year. Officials could not be reached for comment. ▼ While on the subject of football an intrigu ing matchup has been scheduled in the open ing weeksof the 1997football season. Howard University, the defending Mid Eastern Ath letic Conference (MEAC) champ, is sched uled to play Southwestern Athletic Confer ence (SWAC) champ Jackson State in Jack- son on Sept. 6 at 7 pm. The game not only pits the two black college Div. I-AA conference champs but brings together the top two signal cal lers perhaps i n al 1 of I-AA footbal 1. Howard's Ted White led the Bison to the Heritage Bowl championship last year while being tabbed as the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year. Jackson State's Grailyn Pratt won the same award in the SWAC while leading the Tigers to a I-AA playoff appearance. Early estimates are that the matchup could fill up Jackson Memorial Stadium's 60,000 seats.