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2020.05.16 15:32 Gillerpie I just successfully defended my PhD in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, AMA!

Not sure if this will be of any interest to people, but my research has been done at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and I've focused on improving the biomaterials we use for bioprinting applications. I'm so glad to finally be finished! I'm happy to talk about anything related (or unrelated) to longevity, but I've also included more details about my specific work below.

Here's a link the the recording (warning: very long, very boring):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPLKjKmLT3c

Title: The Underlying Mechanisms Governing Bioink Printability for Extrusion-based Bioprinting and Application to the Regeneration of Bone and Tooth Tissues
Date: May 11th at 11 AM EST
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Committee:
Sang Jin Lee, PhD (Chair & Advisor)
Graca Almeida-Porada, MD, PhD
Aaron Goldstein, PhD
Aleksander Skardal, PhD
Christopher J. Tuohy, MD

Abstract:
Bioprinting, an advantageous regenerative medicine manufacturing technique, is limited primarily by the dearth bioinks suitable for use. There is a need for bioink development and improvements to the bioink development process. This process is difficult due to the quantity of both bioactivity and printability parameters researchers must consider. Additionally, there is a poor understanding of how these parameters, especially rheology, influence final printing outcomes. The study of these parameters is further limited due to insufficient analysis methods. Throughout this work, several novel printing outcome assessments have been developed, culminating in a comprehensive, bioink-specific artifact. First, the effect of tan(δ) on a gelatin-alginate bioink was established, with higher values leading to higher filament uniformity and lower values leading to higher shape fidelity, but these results showed a lack of applicability to other bioinks. Next, speed ratio was shown to have a dominating effect on printing outcomes relative to feedrate and flowrate using a GelMA-Gellan Gum bioink and cell concentration was shown to have no effect up to 40 x 106 cells/mL. Using a wide range of bioinks and rheological measures, the effect of rheology on printing outcomes was investigated, with G’, tan(δ), yield stress, shear thinning, and recovery behaviors each shown to play a role. Lastly, tissue-specific bioactivity was improved upon by conjugating a synthetic BMP-peptide to a GelMA-based bioink, demonstrating improved DPSC osteogenic differentiation in both growth and osteogenic media. In totality, this work has made significant contributions in bioink development, specifically regarding printability assessment techniques, the underlying mechanisms impacting printability, and the bioactivity of tissue-specific bioinks.
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2020.04.01 18:08 hackzubbard 2021 Spring Recruiting Update: Defense

DL - 0
Current DLs: 12 (Ideal is 9+)
Potential Departures: 1-2
2021 Needs: 2-3

Overview: Defensive Line is not a huge need in 2021 but it's a position you always want to add to and there are some pretty good ones with Alabama interest in 2021

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Damon Payne 5* (#27, #3 DT (Alabama, Ohio State, LSU) Kentucky, Michigan Payne is a midwestern defensive lineman with the potential to create havok at the defensive end position. Long, minimal bad weight, good idea of how to use his hands, good pass rush repetoir, really nice potential addition to the D-line room. As a mid-west guy, Ohio State will factore heavy into this recruitment but Alabama holds the perceived lead, with LSU also a factor. Visits will be key here but Alabama has a good hold on this 5* 70% Alabama, 25% LSU, 5% Ohio State
2. Tim Keenan 4* (#243, #18 DT) (Alabama, UGA) Auburn, Clemson, LSU, South Carolina Keenan is an Alabama boy and a true nose guard: short, squat bulldog type, who just keeps moving no matter what. Keenan has interest from multiple SEC schools with Alabama and UGA forming the top 2. Keenan has been to Alabama a ridiculous numbers of times, both as a guest of other recruits and of his own merit, so the familiarity is definitely there if Alabama wants him on their commitment list. 65% Alabama, 30% UGA, 5% Auburn
3. Shambre Jackson 4* (#217, #15 SDE) (Alabama) Oklahoma, USC Another long lean defensive lineman, this Florida player loves the Alabama culture and the development they can offer at the college level. Oklahoma and USC are the other schools involved but Alabama has the buzz here 70% Alabama, 20% Oklahoma, 10% USC
4. Tunmise Adeleye 4* (#43, #3 SDE) (Ohio State, Florida, Alabama) Oklahoma, TAMU Tunmise, originally from Texas and now at IMG in Florida, is daggum baller on the defensive line. Big time speed, aggression, pass rush moves, he's got the whole package. Alabama and Ohio State were co-leaders over the summer but a move to Florida put the Gators over Alabama in the top 2. Ohio State is the likely leader but Alabama is still in the hunt and can regain some momentum once visits resume. 50% Ohio State, 35% Florida, 15% Alabama
5. Maason Smith 5* (#24, #2 DT) (LSU, UGA, Alabama) TAMU, Florida Maason is one of the greatest defensive linemen within the 2021 class, combining speed, power, and quickness all in one package. As a Louisiana native, LSU is the natural leader with UGA and Alabama going back and forth for the runner-up spot. Regardless of their positioning, I think LSU has a strong lead here, as national title team recruing a hometown hero. 70% LSU, 15% Alabama, 15% UGA
6. Monkell Goodwine 4* (#114, #9 SDE) (Alabama, LSU, Maryland) TAMU, Penn State Monkell is another lean, quick-twitch defensive end Alabama would like to add to their D-Line corps. Goodwine's pretty wide open in terms of his interest in schools, with Maryland, Alabama, and LSU occupying the top 3 in any order, depending on the day. 33% Maryland, 33% Alabama, 33% LSU
7. Anquin Barnes 3* (#586, #33 DT) (Auburn, Alabama) UGA, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska A more recent addition to the board, Barnes is another in-state lineman. Barnes uses his size to remove offensive linemen from the play and is effective playing inside or out, albeit within a 4-man front. Barnes favors the in-state schools as his prospective destination, and while Alabama does have legit interest, I'll favor Auburn here just because they've been recruiting him longer. 50% Auburn, 50% Alabama
8. Darryl Peterson 3* (#399, #27 SDE) Wisconsin, Alabama, WVU An underrated linemen out of a smaller Ohio school, Peterson has some of the best speed I've seen on film from a lineman this cycle. Strength and the jump in talent at the college level would be his biggest hurdle but this kid is an animal in pursuit, high praise for a d-lineman. Peterson is already down to a top 3, with Wisconsin in a slight lead, but a recent Michigan offer may cause him to reevaluate. 60% Wisconsin, 40% Michigan
Other Names
1. Auburn Commit Lee Hunter 4* (#41, #6 DT) (Auburn) Tennessee, UGA, Alabama Hunter is another elite in-state lineman who made an early commitment to the cow college. When you turn on his film, you see his best trait is his mean streak: kid likes to hit. Hunter is commited to Auburn and is fairly firm but the SEC's finest, including Alabama, will continue to pursue him. 80% Alabama, 7% Tennessee, 7% UGA, 6% Alabama
2. Sherman Turner 4* (#190, #12 SDE Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, TAMU, Texas Turner is a Texas lineman who flashes athleticism and agility on the defensive line. This recruitment is still in its infancy, with Oklahoma, Alabama, and LSU as the heavy hitters. 33% Oklahoma, 33% Alabama, 33% LSU
3. J.T. Tuimoloau 5* (#2, #1 DT (Ohio State) Washington, Stanford, Alabama, USC, UCLA Tuimoloau (I don't know how to pronounce it, you figure it out) is the top rated defensive lineman in the country, with explosive athleticism and reminds me of the Defensive Linemen that will Not be Named (Antonio Alfano). Ohio State and Washington are the presumed top 2 and Ohio State is in an excellent spot here. 90% Ohio State, 10% Washington

ILB - 1
Current ILBs: 8 (Ideal is 6+)
Potential Departures: 2
2021 Needs: 2-3

Overview: ILB, for the past few years, has been a position Alabama fans have circled in their minds, citing poor talent, poor teaching, insufficient numbers or any combo of the 3. Have no fear, Bama fans, as Alabama already has 1 elite ILB commited and numerous other on the board in 2021.

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Deontae Lawson 4* (#153, #9 WDE) (Alabama) Lawson is Alabama's lone commitment and what a doozy of a commitment he is. Lawson is another great ILB out of the Yellowhammer state, reminiscent of Demouy Kennedy of last year, but more compact and physical. Like Demouy, I expect him to be re-rated as an ILB and shoot up the boards. Lawson is locked in with the Tide and is actively recruiting, including Auburn commit Lee Hunter. 100% Alabama
Targets
1. Aaron Willis 4* (#110, #9 OLB) (Alabama, Maryland, LSU) Tennessee, ASU, UGA, Clemson Willis is a linebacked out of St Francis in the DMV, a national program loaded with D1 talent annually. Aaron is a flexible linebacker, with experience playing in coverage and rushing the passer, plays violent and with a good motor and great instincts during the play. Alabama is the presumed leader, due to Alabama's prior success at St. Francis, but hometown Maryland and LSU are also factors here. 50% Alabama, 40% Maryland, 10% LSU
2. Raneiria "Ra Ra" Dillworth 4* (#225, #19 OLB) (Alabama, UNC) UGA Dillworth is one of my favorite prospects in the 2021 class and a damn fine football player from the Tar Heel state. Ra Ra's biggest skill is his flexibilty: he's probably safety size right now but can bulk up to a coverage LB, runs a 4.3, can rush the passer, keep up with a guy in coverage, one of the best kept secrets in the 2021 class and the next Isaiah Simmons, IMO. Dillworth had originally planned to make an April commitment with Alabama and UNC as his final 2, but COVID-19 caused him to push that back and reopen his recruitment. Despite this, I think he'll still choose one of his 2 finalists and I think it'll be sooner than later once travel opens up. 50% UNC, 50% Alabama
3. Kendrick Blackshire 4* (#149, #6 ILB) (LSU, Alabama) Oklahoma Blackshire is a big, beefy traditional ILB from the Longhorn State. He's got college-ready size and strength as a traditional run thumper, though speed is a concern, which is only put further into question by an injury that cost him his junior season, causing some to view him as a potential faller or even one to move to DE. LSU and Alabama were co-leaders last summer, but the injury has caused both to wait and see on his recovery, as well as allowing Oklahoma to establish itself in this recruitment. 40% Oklahoma, 30% LSU, 30% Alabama
4. Barrett Carter 4* (#54, #4 OLB) (UGA) Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Auburn Carter is an elite, elite linebacker from Georgia, with a quick twitch and burst to take down anyone. Numerous schools are in heavy pursuit (Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama) but in-state UGA, who did not sign a 2020 ILB, should be the sizable favorite. 70% UGA, 20% Ohio State, 10% Clemson
5. Ian Jackson 4* (#309, #25 OLB) (Alabama, Auburn) LSU, UGA, TAMU, FSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Nebraska, Louisville Jackson is another Alabama linebacker, who hits hard, is fluid in space and has potential at both LB spots. The in-state schools are the early favorite, but it's hard to gauge their current level of pursuit. LSU could be a dark horse 40% Alabama, 40% Auburm, 20% LSU
Other Names
1. Smael Mondon 5* (#23, #2 OLB) (UGA) Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Tennessee One of the nation's elite ILB prospects reminds me somewhat of Dylan Moses, with his length, speed, and RB experience. As a Georgia native, UGA is the presumed favorite 100% UGA

OLB - 0
Current OLBs: 9 (Ideal is 6+)
Potential Departures: 1-2
2021 Needs: 1-2

Overview: After last year's historic haul, OLB is lower on the list of needs. Despite this, Alabama has a number of high quality targets on their radar for a few spots in 2021.

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Xavian Sorey 4* (#61, #5 OLB) (Alabama, UGA) FSU, Florida, Auburn Alabama's top OLB target is a Florida football player with serious athleticism, size and force. Starting as a XL box safety, the projection soon move to ILB/OLB with most teams, with Alabama leaning OLB at this time. Regardless, that positional versitilty shows his high athletic floor and flexablity is an asset in any defense, especially a 3-4. Alabama has been the clear leader for a while but UGA and the Florids schools will keep things interesting. 75% Alabama, 20% UGA, 5% Florida Schools
2. Dylan Brooks 5* (#19, #1 WDE) (Auburn, Alabama) Tennessee, LSU Brooks is an Alabama native and a top tier pass rusher in the 2021 class. Brooks's key attribute is his height and length, which he uses alongside high-level speed to close on the QB in second. Brooks grew up an Auburn fan in Auburn territory, making the Tigers the de-facto leaders, but Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU are all serious contenders for his signature. 40% Auburn, 30% Alabama, 20% LSU, 10% Tennessee
3. Jeremiah Williams 4* (#116, #6 WDE) Alabama, Auburn Williams is an Alabama linebacker who, yet again, has fluidity to play inside or out, showing proficiency not only in rushing the passer but in dropping back in coverage. OLB is the more likely current, as his length and fram give him a higher path to success on the edge. Williams looks likely to stay in-state with Alabama a smidge preferable to Auburn. 60% Alabama, 40% Auburn
4. Keanu Koht 4* (#303, #18 WDE) (UGA, LSU) Florida, Alabama Koht is a Florida OLB Coach Sal loves, and for good reason. Keanu's not the quickest but once he gets a head of steam, he's one of the hardest in the country to stop. Koht's already got a top 4, with UGA and LSU squarely at the top with Florida close behind. It's still wide open but Alabama is behind some teams currently. 35% LSU, 35% UGA, 20% Florida, 10% Alabama
5. Dallas Turner 4* (#165, #14 OLB) (UGA, Alabama) Florida, FSU, Ohio State Turner's a high level linebacker from the sunshine state and one of the few OLBs on our list who plays more as a pure pass rusher. UGA, Alabama, and Florida are the stable top 3, but UGA seems the have the inside track as of today 80% UGA, 10% Alabama, 10% Florida
Other Names
1. Zavier Carter 4* (#167, #15 OLB) (LSU) South Carolina, UNC, Alabama, Tennessee I don't know a ton about Zavier's recruitment and I don't know why; looking over the film, Carter's a classical edge rusher: tallest guy on the field, long, lean, bendy, quick. LSU is the most common name I've heard so I'll put them at the lead. 50% LSU, 50% Everyone Else
2. Zaire Patterson 4* (#331, #19 WDE (South Carolina, UNC) Alabama, Clemson Patterson is a quick-twitch beanpole pass rusher from my native Winston-Salem, NC. There's potential here but Patterson plays poor competition, meaning he doesn't have to compete much. Patterson has named Alabama and Clemson as hie top 2 but I don't think either is looking to take his commitment. 70% UNC, 30% South Carolina
3. Landon Jackson 4* (#109, #4 WDE) (TAMU, Texas, LSU) Alabama Jackson is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the 2021 class. I'm unsure as to how much Alabama is interested, as he seems TAMU bound regardless 100% TAMU

DB -
Current DBs: 14 (Ideal is 7-8 CBs and 6-7 S) - 7 CB/7 S
Potential Departures: 2-4
2021 Needs: 3-4 (2-3 CBs definitely, probably 1-2 S)

Overview: After numerous large DB classes the past few years, this year's DB class may be smaller in numbers but just as important; as the upcoming decisions of Surtain, Jobe, and JUCO transfer Ronald Williams could have a big impact on the CB room.

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Ga'Quincy "Koolaid" McKinstry - EE 5* (#18, #2 CB) Alabama, Clemson, Auburn Koolaid is one of the nation's top corners and the top in-state prospect in 2021. He's good a lean, rangey frame and he thrives off speed and athleticism you can't teach. As a Pinson Valley kid, Auburn had the inside track early; then Clemson got some buzz after getting him on campus. Currently, Alabama has the lead, after hopping in the race for another key in Koolaid's recruitment: the opportunity to play basketball in college. After a slow start, I think the McKinstrys are warming up to the Tide and I think they'll be hard to beat in the end. 45% Alabama, 35% Clemson, 20% Auburn
2. Terrion Arnold 4* (#326, #16 S) (Alabama, FSU) Ohio State, Florida Arnold is an enforcer on the back end and Nick Saban's top DB (Koolaid is higher on this board based on positional need). Arnold has the full package at safety: speed to cover, athleticism to make plays on the ball, and deadly pursuit to shut down ballcarriers. Alabama has not been shy in their pursuit of Arnold but he is allowing other schools, primarily FSU, to recruit him. Despite this, once Nick Saban locks onto a kid like this, it's hard to say no. 90% Alabama, 10% FSU
3. Latrell McCutchin 4* (#98, #10 CB) (Oklahoma) Alabama McCuthin is actually a former Bama commit and still has a fair amount of interest in the Tide. Prior film shows Latrell as a tall and physical corner, cut from the Nick Saban cloth, until an ACL injury caused him to miss his junior season. As many early commits do, McCutchin decided he wants to experience the full experience of being recruited and backed off his commitment. As this decision was made while visiting Oklahoma with some teammates, I'd say they have the lead 70% Oklahoma, 30% Alabama
4. Kamari Lassiter 3* (#347, #25 CB) Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida You don't get more Alabama than a kid from Tuscaloosa, right? Lassiter is not your average corner, as the best adjectives to describe him would be "physical" and "outstanding motor." Despite beign described like a front 7 player, Lassiter is a fun, energetic DB who's not afraid to take chances and make a play on the ball. The Tuscaloosa connection has to give Alabama the inside track if they want him but Tennessee could be a contender. 80% Alabama, 20% Tennessee
5. Kamar Wilcoxson 4* (#263, #16 ATH/CB) (Ohio State) Alabama Wilcoxson is a Florida DB with serious speed and athleticism, which gives him a variety of options at the college level. After commiting and de-commiting from Florida twice, Kamar looks to leave the state, with Ohio State and Alabama as his top 2. Ohio State is the leader and has a sizable need and seems more willing than Alabama to take Kamar at this juncture. 80% Ohio State, 20% Alabama
6. Kaine Williams 4* (#100, #4 S (LSU, Alabama) TAMU Kaine is a big-bodied safety from Louisiana, who functions better as a tackler than in coverage. Kaine set a final 3 of LSU, Alabama, and TAMU and set a commitment date for 3/23. LSU and Alabama both wanted him to camp to verify his coverage abilities before accepting his commitment while TAMU was pushing him to jump aboard. In the end, Kaine delayed his commitment, displaying not only his 2 actual favorites, but that Alabama isn't looking to take a kid just to take him. LSU and Alabama are the obvious two, and I'll give the Tigers the edge due to hometown connections. 55% LSU, 45% Alabama
7. Jaylin Davies 4* (#111, #11 CB) (UCLA, ASU, Ohio State, USC, Washington) Alabama, Texas Davies is a Cali CB from Mater Dei, the same high school as Bryce Young. Davies looks like an Alabama corner, using length and leverage to make plays on the ball in coverage. Alabama had the inide track last fall after a visit but it seems that Alabama has cooled on Davies as a potential addition to the class. UCLA is now the de-facto favorite, if there is one. 30% UCLA, 30% ASU, 30% Someone Else, 10% Alabama
8. James Williams 5* (#6, #1 S) (UGA) Clemson, Alabama James is the top DB in the nation, plays at borderline safety size but with DB sensabilities. Williams is down to a top 3 but I'd be surprised to see him end up anywhere that's not UGA. 100% UGA
Other Names
1. Ishmael Ibraheem 4* (#124, #12 CB Texas, LSU, Alabama, UGA, Michigan Ishmael is a prototypical Saban corner from Texas. Texas and LSU have the early buzz but Alabama is gaining steam here. 50% Texas, 30% LSU, 20% Alabama
2. Markevious Brown 4* (#283, #22 CB (Florida) Miami, Alabama, Miss State, UGA, Tennessee, Penn State Brown is a DB out of IMG Academy with serious length and lateral quickness. Florida is a sizable favorite here. 100% Florida
3. Jardin Gilbert 3* (#579, #39 S) Alabama, LSU Jardin is a Baton Rouge Safety with advanced coverage skills and long arms. LSU hasn't offered here but would be the leader if they do. 40% Alabama, 30% Someone Else, 30% LSU
4. Andre Mukuba 3* (#362, #19 S) (Oklahoma) Alabama, TCU, Arkansas Mukuba is a safety that plays with WR sensabilities: with great burst and route knowledge to shut down anything over the top. Mukuba was on the trip with McCutchin and also has Oklahoma in the lead 100% Oklahoma.
5. De'Jahn Warren 3* (#2, #1 JUCO CB (Penn State) Warren's your standard JUCO corner: not 5* necessarily but dependable and knowledgable. This kid loves Penn State.

Bonus R-E-L-A-X Section:
Guys Alabama has a clear lead for:
- 4* WR Brian Thomas Jr
- 5* OT Tommy Brockermeyer
- 4* OG Noah Josey
- 4* OC James Brockermeyer
- 5* DT Damon Payne
- 4* SDE Shambre Jackson
- 4* DT Tim Keenan
- 4* OLB Xavian Sorey
- 4* OLB Jeremiah Williams
- 5* CB Koolaid McKinstry
- 3* CB Kamari Lassiter

Guys Alabama might have a lead for but def top 2:
- 4* QB Texas Commit Jalen Milroe
- 5* WR Jacorey Brooks
- 4* WRB Sage Ryan
- 4* WR Mario Williams
- 4* WR Agiye Hall
- 4* WR Chris Hilton
- 4* WR Malcolm Johnson Jr.
- 4* TE Hudson Wolfe
- 5* OT Amarius Mims
- 4* OG Jaeden Roberts
- 4* OG Terrance Ferguson
- 3* OT Maximus Gibbs
- 4* SDE Monkell Goodwine
- 3* DT Anquin Barnes
- 4* ILB Aaron Willis
- 4* ILB Ra Ra Dillworth
- 4* ILB Kendrick Blackshire
- 4* ILB Ian Jackson
- 5* OLB Dylan Brooks
- 4* OLB Zaire Patterson
- 4* CB Latrell McCutchin
- 4* CB Kamar Wilcoxson
- 4* S Terrion Arnold
- 4* S Kaine Williams
- 3* S Jardin Gilbert
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2020.01.04 19:58 ZappaOMatic [OC] The inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock race: Where are they now?

TL;DR: Mostly but (probably?) not completely dead
On June 19, 1949, the NASCAR Strictly Stock Division took to the dirt of Charlotte Speedway for a 200-lap showdown. Little did those in attendance know that this was the start of something special: the birth of the NASCAR Cup Series.
But what happened to the 33 drivers in the field for that race? What are they up to? Let's find out!
This isn't going to be a comprehensive bio of the drivers, but rather just a brief mention of what they did before the inaugural race, how/why they entered, and what happened since (and if they are alive or not). Amusingly, this post came too dangerously close to the character limit before I could even finish the top 20, so I had to split the rest of the field as a comment below.
1. Jim Roper
The first-ever winner, Jim Roper took the victory in rather controversial circumstances as original race winner Glenn Dunaway was disqualified; Roper, who finished second and three laps down, was declared the winner.[1]
The Great Bend, Kansas native found out about the race while reading a comic strip from Zack Moseley's The Adventures of Smilin' Jack. Interested, he acquired a 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan from local dealer Millard James Clothier Sr. and supported by Charlotte dealership Mecklenburg Motors.[2][3]
He would run just one more NASCAR Strictly Stock/Cup race in his career, a fifteenth-place run later in 1949 at Occoneechee Speedway.
Roper later returned to Kansas, where he continued racing in IMCA-sanctioned events and jalopies. A serious injury in a 1955 crash ended his racing career (outside of a one-off at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in 1961). He eventually settled in Texas and raised horses.[2]
He died on June 23, 2000 at a retirement home. He had been battling cancer and heart/liver complications in his final years.[2][3] His gravestone at Halstead Cemetery mentions his Charlotte win (though in this 2009 photo, it states Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is not the same track).
2. Fonty Flock
Runner-up to Roper, Fonty Flock drove a 1949 Hudson in the race.
In 1949, Fonty Flock won the NASCAR Modified championship. Entering the Strictly Stock inaugural race, he was dominating the standings with over 300 points on second-placed Curtis Turner.[4] Just two years before, he was named the first NASCAR (then the National Championship Stock Car Circuit) champion.[5]
Flock ran the inaugural race with his brothers Tim and Bob, and the three were also joined by their sister Ethel Mobley the following round at Daytona Beach. The Flock family was NASCAR's premier family during the 1950s, with Fonty famously winning the 1952 Southern 500 in Bermuda shorts and eventually leading the fans in singing "Dixie" while standing on his car's hood.[6]
He would win 19 races in his Grand National career before retiring in 1958.
Flock died on July 15, 1972 after a bout with cancer.[5]
3. Red Byron
I don't think Red Byron needs any introduction. A World War II B-24 Liberator tail-gunner who raced with a left leg brace bolted to the clutch pedal, Modified champion, inaugural Strictly Stock/Cup champion, Hall of Famer, the list goes on.
After finishing third at Charlotte, he won the next race at Daytona Beach and ended his 1949 season with two wins and the title. He continued racing until health problems ended his career 1951, but remained involved in racing in the sports car world.[7]
He was preparing plans to start a sports car team when he suffered a fatal heart attack in his Chicago hotel room on November 11, 1960.[7] He is buried at Pinecrest Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida, where his tombstone mentions his military service.
"Ironically, the man who had brought millions of hearts to the verge of failure in fans around the world, was sent through the rail for the last time by failure of his own heart," The Anniston Star's George Smith wrote a week after his passing.[8]
"The man who chose country over racing, and then racing over pain," ESPN's Ryan McGee wrote in his 2012 Veterans Day tribute to Byron. "American race fans continue to benefit from both."[7]
4. Sam Rice
J. Sam Rice ran just one more Strictly Stock race in his career: another fourth-place finish at Heidelberg Raceway.
That said, Rice was more well-known for his exploits outside of the cockpit. In 1947, Rice and his friend H. Clay Earles built Martinsville Speedway, with Rice serving as the first track president.[9] Rice also owned cars for a decade, fielding rides in the 1950s for those like Fireball Roberts and Bill Blair.[10]
Although Racing-Reference has a driver and owner page for Rice, they have different death dates thanks to some confusion in the comments on the former: the driver bio says he died on July 9, 1976, while the owner one says February 19, 2010 thanks to the wording of a News & Record article from that same date. Since he was born in 1904, he would have been 106 if he died in 2010 (while centenarians aren't that rare, one being such a prominent figure in NASCAR should have spawned at least some discussion), plus Find A Grave supports his death at the age of 72 in 1976.
5. Tim Flock
Fonty's younger brother, Tim Flock drove an Oldsmobile 88 that he borrowed from his recently-married neighbors in the race. He recalled in 1997:[11]
"They had thousands of people show up just to watch practice! That traffic was so bad and everybody was in it. You'd have race cars next to family cars, all jammed up, and the only reason you knew the difference between the racers and the regular people was that the racers had a number taped on their door. Like, a number made out of duct tape."
After his top five at Charlotte, he would enjoy a prolific career in the Grand National Series as he won 39 races and two series championships in 1952 and 1955. Of course, many also know him as the driver who had the monkey Jocko Flocko riding with him.
One of his race victories came at Road America in 1956. The race, which received the seal of approval from the FIA, drew plenty of attention as many wondered how stock cars would handle the road course; Lee Petty even remarked, "the way I figure it, this race will be won by the driver who can go the fastest the slowest."[12]
The reigning champion Flock tailed pole winner and points leader Buck Baker for much of the early stages, but as the race leaders began exiting with various issues (Baker ran out of fuel, Curtis Turner hit the hay bales after losing his brakes, Joe Weatherly suffered a rear end issue, and Speedy Thompson's engine failed), Flock found himself in front. He led the final ten laps to win what is currently the first and only Cup race at Road America.[12]
He continued to race until 1961. That year, he and Curtis Turner attempted to form a driver's union with the support of the Teamsters and Jimmy Hoffa, leading to their lifetime ban. While they were eventually reinstated, Flock was more than happy to continue his new life working at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[13]
Flock, a future NASCAR Hall of Famer, was diagnosed with throat cancer in February 1998. He died on March 31.[14] He is buried at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill, North Carolina.
6. Archie Smith
Archie Smith of Denton was a relatively new face in the field at Charlotte in 1949.[15] Still in his teens at the time, he received word of the race when he overheard a commercial on the radio.[16]
In a 2002 article by David Poole of The Charlotte Observer, Smith recalled:[16] "It cost $25 to enter. Nobody had that. I was working for 75 cents an hour and my daddy didn't want me to go. But he finally agreed to loan me the money.
"It was my personal car. We taped the headlights up and taped a number on the side. [...] We had to buckle the doors closed and we had to have a seat belt. I bought an old horse harness at the hardware for a seat belt and used a regular old leather belt around the doors so they wouldn't fly open."
Speaking of daddy, his father Frank Smith was also part of the starting lineup. Even before the race, the father and son duo were quick to try a different tactic from everyone else: the two went to the local airport and filled their cars with airplane fuel. When they were caught, they brushed the gas off as for the race.[16]
Shortly prior to the green flag, Smith's car failed to start, forcing him to call his friend on pit road to blow out the gas line before he could get going. He finished the race sixth; had he won, Smith remarked, "I probably would have stayed in [NASCAR]. I was as good as any of them, I thought."[16]
Smith ran just one more NASCAR race in his career, finishing tenth at that year's Martinsville event. He noted he didn't wear a helmet.[16]
Although he never stuck around in NASCAR, he continued racing in drag racing with General Motors and at Bowman Gray Stadium.[16]
He was the last living driver from the inaugural race, and is presumably still alive. An interview with him from 2012 can be watched here.
edit: Scratch that, he passed away last December
7. Sterling Long
Sterling Long ran three Strictly Stock/Grand National races, two in 1949 and one in 1950: after his seventh at Charlotte, he finished 28th and 26th at Occoneechee Speedway. The Charlotte Observer's August 9, 1950 issue had the following to say about his entry in that year's race:[17]
Sterling Long, Greensboro resident and formerly of Charlotte, today filed his entry for the 100-mile Grand National Circuit racae for late model automobiles slated for the fast Occoneechee one mile speedway Sunday afternoon.
Long will be driving a 1950 Hudson, the first Hudson entered for the speed classic being directed by Bill France under NASCAR sanction.
France anticipates a field of some 30 to 40 drivers for the big race, classed as Eastern North Carolina's biggest race of the season and one that may not be duplicated for years to come in the face of the present war crisis.
In his write-up on Racers Reunion, Tim Leeming wrote of Long's 26th-place run: "During the race, Sterling Long wrecked his Hudson in a spectacular series of flips but climbed from the destroyed car unhurt."[18]
According to Racing-Reference, he died on November 28, 1987, which would align with this Find A Grave memorial which adds he s buried in Soles Cemetery in Tabor City.
8. Slick Smith
How slick is Ebenezer "Slick" Smith? Slick enough to race in the Grand National Series for seven years, including much of the 1953 schedule, with 18 career top tens and a best finish of fourth at North Wilkesboro in 1954. A good number of his starts in both Grand National and Modifieds came in cars owned by fellow driver Frank Christian, usually running as teammates to Frank and his wife/fellow inaugural racer Sara.[19]
He also won a pole at Raleigh in 1953, prompting The Gaston Gazette's NASCAR This Week page to give him a shout-out in their 2006 season preview:[20]
Ever heard of Danny Weinberg? How about Slick Smith? Pat Kirkwood? All are among the 201 drivers who have won at least one pole in the history of NASCAR's premier series.
In 1950, Smith ran the North Wilkesboro race in a Nash Ambassador that was used by Bill France and Curtis Turner in the 1947 Carrera Panamericana. Nash, which eventually became part of American Motors Corporation after its parent Nash-Kelvinator merged with Hudson, was the first manufacturer to provide factory support in NASCAR.[21]
Racing-Reference says Smith died on January 27, 1997.
9. Curtis Turner
Like Byron, Curtis Turner probably doesn't need much of an introduction. A driver with a colorful and infamous reputation (most famously his then-lifetime ban in the 1961 for his efforts in forming a driver's union alongside Tim Flock), he missed out on the NASCAR title in 1949 but was voted Most Popular Driver and Most Outstanding Modified Driver.[22]
It's quite fitting that Turner finished next to Slick Smith; besides Smith driving Turner and France's Nash Ambassador at North Wilkesboro in 1950, Turner was responsible for Nash's lone NASCAR victory in 1951 at Charlotte.[21]
The 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and golfer Clarence King were killed in a plane crash on October 4, 1970 in Pennsylvania; he was 46. Earlier, he had been participating in an exhibition race at Rockingham and was preparing for a special one-off return in the following week's National 500 at Charlotte.[23] Turner is buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Roanoke, Virginia.
10. Jimmy Thompson
Even before the inaugural Strictly Stock race, Jimmy Thompson was on NASCAR's shit list. During the sanctioning body's early years, Bill France cracked down on various drivers like Thompson, Marshall Teague, Speedy Thompson, Ed Samples, and Buddy Shuman for various reasons; Teague, who was NASCAR's first treasurer in 1947, was banned after he and France got into arguments over changing the prize money from a flat amount to 40 percent of the gate receipts. Thompson drew France's wrath when he and Teague bailed on NASCAR events to compete in other series, while the other drivers (who also ran different series) all received suspensions when they were caught placing thumbtacks on the track before a Modified event.[10]
France's official reason for their blacklisting? "Conduct detrimental to the best interests of the National Association of Stock Car Racing." Sounds familiar, doesn't it?[10]
However, just days before the Strictly Stocks made their debut, the suspended drivers pleaded their cases to NASCAR commissioner Cannonball Baker and were reinstated. While the other drivers received fines and were placed on probation, Thompson was fully exonerated of any wrongdoing and allowed to race in NASCAR without any sanctions. Although the other four were allowed to race in the Strictly Stocks once they paid their fines, only Thompson would enter the race.[24]
After finishing tenth in at Charlotte, he would go on to race in the Grand National Series until 1962, recording ten top tens and two top fives in 47 career races. One of his starts came in the first Daytona 500; considering the size of the new Daytona International Speedway, Thompson reportedly remarked: "There have been tracks that separated the men from the boys. But this is the track that will separate the weak from the strong long after the boys have gone home!"[25]
Just two years after ending his career, Thompson died of a heart attack in his North Carolina home on September 26, 1964.[25] His grave in Lakeland Memorial Park mentions his naval service during World War II.
11. Buck Baker
The 1956 and 1957 Grand National champion, Charlotte bus driver Buck Baker was one of the era's greatest drivers. A 46-time race winner, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 1949, Baker was chasing the Modified title, but entering the Strictly Stock race, he was quite a distance from points leader Fonty Flock. While Flock led with 1,187, Baker had fallen to seventh with 447.5 after losing sixth to Frank Mundy at Martinsville.[4] He also ran for the National Stock Car Championship, where he finished fourth in points behind Ed Samples, Curtis Turner, and Jack Smith.[26]
Four years after the Charlotte race, Baker and some others leased the legendary Air Base Speedway, whose lone Grand National race was won by inaugural Strictly Stock pole sitter Bob Flock.[27]
Baker died on April 16, 2002 at Carolinas Medical Center while having a procedure done for his pacemaker; he was 83.[28] His gravestone at Magnolia Memorial Gardens keeps it simple: A True Champion.
"Throughout the entire racing world, I don't know of anybody who would said he didn't give 110 percent from the time they dropped the green flag until the time the race was over," son Buddy Baker said. "He was that same way in life, too."[28]
12. Bill Blair
Like many of his fellow drivers, Bill Blair got his start as a moonshine runner in the 1930s. In 1939, he began racing at the newly-constructed High Point Speedway, and he opened his own track Tri-City Speedway after World War II.[29][30]
A friend of Bill France, Blair drove the other Lincoln Cosmopolitan from Millard Clothier at Charlotte. He dominated much of the race as he led 145 laps, but fell out of contention when one of his pit crew members removed the radiator cap, while efforts to solve the issue with cold water led to the thermostat housing cracking. He finished 12th.[3]
Blair enjoyed a fairly successful career in the Grand National Series during the 1950s as he won three races, including a 1953 victory at Daytona Beach.
He died on November 2, 1995.
13. Jack Smith
A decade after running the first Strictly Stock race, Jack Smith won the Grand National Most Popular Driver Award; although he tied Junior Johnson in the voting, a second ballot allowed him to edge Johnson out.[31]
Smith, who began racing in 1947 after building his own car, would enjoy a successful career in NASCAR's top level. From 1949 to his final season 1964, he won 21 races and finishes in the top five in points three times. The Georgia native also had a bit of an odd relationship with Darlington Raceway, where his car flipped out of the track and into the parking lot in 1954, "set the new speed record for driving sideways" in 1956, and once again flew out of the speedway in 1958.[32]
In 1960, he formed a close partnership with Bud Moore, and the two became the first duo to communicate via two-way radio.[32]
Son Jackie said the following about his father: "Daddy raced in the rough and tough days. He was a man's man. He drove hard. He had broad shoulders, big arms. They raced and they fought back then."[33]
"Jack was a hell of a competitor," Moore added. "Jack was a good race driver back in his day. In his time, he was about as good as any of them that come along."[33]
Smith died on October 17, 2001 of congestive heart failure.
14. Sara Christian
As mentioned in Slick Smith's segment, Sara Christian was the wife of Frank Christian. Sara's racing backstory is rather unknown, but it's inferred that she cut her teeth in women-only races called "Powder Puff Derbies" before diving into the NASCAR world with her husband.[34]
Nicknamed "The Country's Leading Woman Stock Car Driver",[11] Sara drove a Ford owned by Frank at Charlotte.[35] To quote The Charlotte Observer's qualifying report:[36]
A feminine complexion was added for today's 150-mile strictly stock car classic at the New Charlotte Speedway when Sara Christian, attractive Atlanta woman driver, was granted permission to test her skill against the male speedsters and verified her qualifications by qualifying 13th in the starting field today.
[...]
Mrs. Christian is not a newcomer in stock car racing. In fact, the Atlanta woman has a modified stock car in which he has used to compete with men in other races, and her entry yesterday was not altogether a surprise when Race Director Bill France granted permission for her to try her skill in the long test. This, however, will definitely be her first test in long distance racing, but she was anything but afraid when she zoomed her entry around the trick track yesterday.
Mid-race, she was replaced by pole sitter Bob Flock after the latter's engine failed.[35]
Being the lone female driver in the inaugural race, it goes without saying that Christian is NASCAR's first woman driver, but it wouldn't take long for others to also come aboard. She was joined by Ethel Mobley and Louise Smith for the following race at Daytona Beach.[37]
Christian only ran six more Grand National races in her career, with six in 1949. Regardless, she scored two top tens, including a fifth at Heidelberg, both during the first season. At the end of 1949, she was named Woman of the Year by the United States Drivers Association.[35]
She died on March 7, 1980 at 61. She is buried at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Dahlonega, Georgia.
15. John Barker
Barker, of Hickory, North Carolina, is the only driver in this field to not have any sort of biographical information on Racing-Reference.
Anyway, he finished 15th in a 1947 Kaiser owned by Ralph Chaney. Chaney would eventually field cars for Barker in three races in 1951, where his best finish was 12th at Martinsville. Barker had seven Grand National starts that year, including four with Leo Sigman in a Studebaker.[10]
Since no info on his birth and death dates are available, it can only be assumed that he is probably dead until proven otherwise.
16. Jimmie Lewallen
He might not be the greatest Jimmie in NASCAR history, but Jimmie Lewallen certainly had quite a role in it. A former moonshine runner and good friend of Bill Blair,[38] he was part of a 12-driver group who met with Bill France at the Rex Hotel in Atlanta on October 12, 1947 to write up the initial plans for NASCAR.[39] France even offered Lewallen a chance to "buy into NASCAR" for $500, which he rejected as he felt "it would never amount to anything."[40]
Even outside of the racing world, Lewallen was a decorated man; before helping in NASCAR's creation, he was a veteran of the Normandy invasion as he served in General George Patton's Third Army, where he was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star.[39]
"Huge Foot", as he was nicknamed,[38] would race in Grand National in the 1950s and much of the Convertible Division in 1956, where he finished eleventh in points. Although he never won a race in either series, he enjoyed success in modified and sportsman series, including winning the 1950 Modified title at Bowman Gray.[40]
Lewallen died on October 16, 1995 at a Winston-Salem hospital after a battle with cancer.[39] He is buried at Springfield Friends Meeting House Cemetery in High Point, North Carolina.
17. Lee Petty
Ah, Lee Petty. Hall of Famer, father of The King, inaugural Daytona 500 winner, leader of Petty Enterprises, the list goes on.
We all know Petty's story, so let's just focus on how he did in the summer of '49. Lee and 12-year-old Richard reached Charlotte Speedway in a 1948 Buick Roadmaster, which was also Lee's car of choice for the race for various reasons like size and an engine that was likely going to work quite nicely in the dirt. Said car was also not actually his, instead belonging to his neighbor Gilmer Goode who was willing to lend it to him assuming the prize money could pay off any damages.
Well, Lee ended up wrecking the car. As Richard explained in Ryan McGee's article on the race:[11]
"People complain about the traffic over there when they are trying to get to the airport," says Richard Petty. "But they should have been with us when we were trying to get to that racetrack in 1949. You might want to check and see, because I'm pretty sure there are probably some folks still stuck down there."
[...]
"This was the first real stock car race, you see," Richard Petty explains. "Daddy wanted to make sure he was going to be a part of that. And he really wanted to make sure he got a part of that $6,000 purse."
[...]
Barely half the field made it to the race's halfway mark. That's when Lee Petty lost control of his borrowed Buick and barrel-rolled it through the third turn.
"My first thought was, 'I hope Daddy is OK,'" Richard remembers. "Then my second thought was, 'Oh, man, how are we gonna get home?'"
[...]
"When we got home that night, all I could think about was the future," Richard Petty says. "I was wondering where all this might go and I was hoping that maybe the Petty family could go along with it, and we did."
The kid who became King winks.
"But first we had to go tell Gilmer Goode that we had wrecked his car."
Petty died on April 5, 2000 at the Moses Cone Hospital, where he had been staying after underoing surgery for a stomach aneurysm. His passing came just three days after great-grandson Adam made his Cup debut at Texas Motor Speedway.[41] He is buried at Level Cross United Methodist Church Cemetery in Randleman, North Carolina.
18. Skimp Hersey
I'll say this in advance: Skimp Hersey has probably the darkest bio of any of the drivers here.
Hailing from Florida, Hersey was a fast but unlucky driver. Although he had his race wins like a NASCAR Modified victory at Jacksonville, he received the nickname "Hard Luck Kid" in 1948 since he regularly found himself in wrecks. Despite his inconsistent finishes, his fortunes took a turn for the better during the 1949 NASCAR season, and he was eventually one of the first to race at Charlotte Speedway.[42] Of course, he would later run the first Strictly Stock event at the track.
Fast forward to June 12, 1950, when Hersey was competing in a 100-mile National Stock Car Racing Association (NSCRA) Modified race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta.[43][44]
Lakewood Speedway was not a forgiving race track. Besides various deaths, the previous year's NSCR race saw four different drivers get sent to the hospital for injuries in wrecks. Additionally, if you were going to race at Lakewood, it was imperative that you keep an extra gas can in your car; true to its name, Lakewood had a literal lake as its "infield", meaning any driver who ran out of fuel on the backstretch was basically stuck there for the rest of the race with no way to get back to pit road. As such, drivers kept the fuel can to make brief refuels when they were running low.[43]
Anyway, Hersey's car got loose in turn one and rolled, hitting the fence.[44] The gas can in the car lost its lid during the roll, causing the cockpit to be coated in fuel. After landing in front of the stands, the car went up in flames. Five minutes later, Hersey crawled out of the burning car and sat by the wreck as he called for help).[43] However, fire crews had to wait for the other drivers to stop before they could get to him.[44] In the meantime, a newspaper photographer arrived on the scene... to take photos. Despite Hersey's pleas, the photographer continued his work. Police had to escort him from the track as they expected the fans to attack him for not doing anything.[43]
Once the firemen finally arrived, all of Hersey's clothes but his underwear had been burned off. He was transported to Grady Hospital but died the next day. He was 37.[43]
The race was called off after 81 laps and Jack Smith was declared the winner.[44]
Hersey is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in his hometown of St. Augustine, Florida.
19. Bob Smith
Considering how common of a name Bob Smith is, it probably comes with no shock that it took quite the digging to find anything.
Anyway, he had four career starts in 1949 and 1950, including the first Southern 500 in 1950 (officially the Southern Five Hundred). Incidentally, assuming they aren't the same person, the Radford, Virginia native was actually the second Bob Smith at newly-Darlington Raceway as the track's PR head also had the same name.[45]
In regards to the 1949 Charlotte race, Smith was third-fastest after the first wave of qualifying, tailing Red Byron and Curtis Turner.[24] After ultimately starting seventh, he ended his day in 19th.[36][1]
Per RR, he died on February 26, 1997.
20. Otis Martin
Otis Martin of Roanoke, Virginia qualified sixth at Charlotte in his 1949 Ford, right in front of Bob Smith.[36] He finished 20th due to overheating issues.[1]
Nicknamed "Bib Overalls" since he raced while wearing the attire in question, Martin was considered a bit of a mountain man. He later ran the Martinsville race that year, but finished last, and would contest 23 series races in his career until 1954 with a best run of sixth at Charlotte in 1953. His final NASCAR start came in the 1954 Southern 500.[46] Heck, he was even a survivor of the infamous 1949 Lakewood Speedway race mentioned earlier.[47]
However, Martin died in a car accident on November 21, 1955; ironically, Virginia had just begun a three-week period of promoting safe driving. He was 37. The Associated Press wrote the following:
A 37-year-old Henry County man was killed in an auto crash today a little more than three hours after the start of a three-week safe driving period. The first in the state for that period—and four others over the week-end boosted Virginia's 1955 traffic toll to 770—86 higher than the same time last year.
Otis Mason Martin of Rt. 1, Martinsville, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on State Rt. 57, 1½ miles east of Stanleytown at 3:10 a. m.
Safe Driving Day is Dec. 1. States and communities were asked to keep accident records for 10-day periods before and after that date for comparative purposes.
A comment on his RR bio claiming to be his oldest son added:
Otis was killed in a car wreck on Rte 57 near his hometown of Bassett Va Nov 21,1955.
He was driving a 1955 Ford Fairlane with a 1952 Chrysler Hemi-Head Engine. The accident was caused by the driveshaft separating from The transmission,digging into the pavement and catapulting the vehicle into several flips. Two passengers in the car survived the accident with only minor injuries.
21. Frank Smith
Father of Archie, Frank Smith supposedly did not actually run the race; according to his son, he let Jimmy Thompson drive his car at the last second. Either way, Archie maintains he and his dad were the first fatheson team in NASCAR history.[16]
Frank later ran the Occoneechee Speedway race, where he finished 14th.
After a lot of confusion in RR's comments, it appears he died on March 29, 1957 at the age of 55.
22. Bill Snowden
Like Skimp Hersey, Bill Snowden hailed from St. Augustine, Florida. During the 1949 season, he raced for the NASCAR Modified title, where he was hanging in ninth at the time of the Strictly Stock debut.[4]
Nicknamed "Wild Bill", Snowden was a fan favorite in his home state and outside.[49] Considered the "hottest of the hot stock car pilots in the nation" by The Orlando Sentinel in 1951,[50] he ran 25 Grand National races between 1949 and 1952 with top tens in 14. He was even nominated by the Florida Sports Writers Association as one of the biggest contributors to pro sports in 1950, alongside the likes of Bill France and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager Al López.[51]
Besides driving, Snowden also dabbed in team ownership, fielding rides for the likes of Curtis Turner and Fireball Roberts.[49][52]
After retiring from racing, he became a shrimp boat operator. He died at his home on February 2, 1959.[53]
23. Jim Paschal
Jim Paschal, who retired from the Charlotte race for overheating issues and hung out in the top 15 for the 1949 points standings,[54] was a nominee for the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. While he wasn't one of the inductees, he enjoyed a solid and long career that saw him race across the Grand National era and into the Winston Cup name.[55]
From 1949 to 1972, he recorded 25 race wins and 230 top tens in 421 races, a nearly 55 percent top-ten rate. A short track master, all but two of his victories came on such courses.[55] Despite his short track success, Paschal noted he "didn't have any track mastered, but I had awfully good luck at Nashville. I won three races in a row there."
The two non-short track victories came in the World 600 in 1964 and 1967; his 1967 win saw him lead 335 of 400 laps, setting a race record that stood until Martin Truex Jr. smashed it in 2016.[55] When he was inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame in 1977, Paschal recalled:[56]
"It was the kind of race that when you think about it, it brings a smile to your face. The press wrote that it was tires that helped me win that race and they were right. But none of them knew the trouble we went to to get the tires that we ran.
"The tires that we selected to run weren't supposed to be the fast type. But we found out that they were only three to four hundredths of a second off the real fast tires -- and the tires we picked would last. The others would not. We and Goodyear were calling all over the place to try and get a full set. We would get one tire here, another tire there. We had tires coming in from everywhere. We didn't have enough tires to run the race until the morning of the race."
A modest man, Paschal was held in high regard by his peers. Richard Petty considered him a top-ten greatest driver in Cup history:[56]
"Jim was a natural. Driving was just easy for him. He ranks as one of the best of all-time on my list."
Pascal was also quite surprised by Petty's comment. I didn't figure anything like being inducted into the Hall of Fame would happen to me and I didn't figure anything like what Richard said about me would happen. To be considered one of the 10 best of all time was really a surprise."
After retiring, Paschal owned a trucking business alongside Modified driver Max Berrier.[56] He died of cancer on July 5, 2004; he was 77.[57] Paschal is buried at North Bend Cemetery in Jackson Creek, North Carolina.
"I'm not a hero," Paschal once said after his NMPA Hall of Fame induction.[56] "I have not done anything along these lines. I don't understand it. I thought the Hall of Fame was for heroes.
"I didn't really think I would be elected to it. That's why this means so much to me."
24. B.E. Renfro
The #1 driver to drive #1 came in Race #1 with B.E. Renfro (no relation to Randy Renfrow). Only ran two Strictly Stock races with a 17th at Occoneechee.
However, since he went by initials, I had a hard time figuring out his full name and his identity. As such, I eventually gave up and will default to his RR: died on May 27, 2001.
25. Fred Johnson
In May 1949, Fred Johnson of Hamptonville joined Bill France and NASCAR at the newly-opened Charlotte Speedway alongside fellow Johnson and North Wilkesboro native George Johnson.[58] A month later, Fred would be the only Johnson running the inaugural Strictly Stock race at the track. In doing so, Fred connected a piece of NASCAR history to one of the sport's greatest names: Junior Johnson.[59]
After growing up in the bootlegging business, brothers Fred and Junior got into racing.[59] Although Fred would only run seven career Grand National races (scoring two top tens) with Junior obviously being the more iconic brother, the two of them worked together and competed with one another. In 1955, the pair teamed up under B&L Motors with Junior in an Oldsmobile and Fred a Cadillac; such cars were even switched between the two during the season.[60]
Even out of the car, Fred worked with Junior Johnson & Associates as a farm manager. He died on January 7, 1991 and is interred at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Ronda, North Carolina.[61]
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2019.07.11 15:21 assessment_bot [ Fatal(2) ] [ 06/27/2019 ] Beech E55, Hope Mills/ NC

On June 27, 2019, about 2232 eastern daylight time, a Beech E-55, N664AR, was destroyed when it impacted a residence and terrain in Hope Mills, North Carolina, during approach to Fayetteville Regional Airport (FAY), Fayetteville, North Carolina. The private pilot and one person in the residence were fatally injured, and a second person in the residence was seriously injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed FAY about 2229.
According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the flight remained in the airport traffic pattern after takeoff to perform a landing on runway 4. While on the right base leg of the traffic pattern, the pilot reported control issues with the airplane and no further communications were received from the accident flight. The wreckage was subsequently located about 2 miles southwest of the approach end of runway 4.
The pilot's brother was not a certificated pilot, but flew often with the pilot. According to the pilot's brother, his most recent flight with the pilot was on June 21, 2019. They flew uneventfully from FAY to Claxton-Evans County Airport (CWV), Claxton, Georgia and returned. While at CWV, they completely fueled the airplane. During the roundtrip flights, the pilot utilized the autopilot often and there were no anomalies. Additionally, the pilot did not report any anomalies or warnings during those flights.
A friend of the pilot reported that he flew with the pilot on June 24, 2019, from FAY to Smith Reynold Airport (INT), Winston Salem, North Carolina. The purpose of the flight was to transport the friend and his copilot to reposition a business jet. The friend and his copilot returned in the business jet to FAY, and arrived prior to the accident pilot, who returned solo uneventfully. The friend added that the accident airplane departed with FAY with 120 gallons of fuel and he estimated that 60 gallons remained for the accident flight. During startup at FAY for the flight to INT, the attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) fail amber caution light illuminated in the cockpit at engine startup and remained illuminated for 12 to 15 minutes, which included the initial portion of the flight. The pilot remarked during engine runup that the light usually extinguished by then. They discussed continuing the flight under visual flight rules because the autopilot would not engage, which would require the accident pilot manually fly the airplane. The friend added that during the time the caution light was illuminated, he did not observe any anomalies with the electronic flight information system (EFIS) display. To the friend's knowledge, the autopilot would not engage with the caution light illuminated and would not remain engaged if the caution light illuminated. After the caution light extinguished, the pilot engaged the autopilot for the remaining trip to INT. The friend spoke to the pilot after they both returned to FAY. The pilot reported that the light remained extinguished and he utilized the autopilot on the return flight to FAY; however, after landing at FAY, he turned off the avionics and then back on, the light illuminated for 3 minutes before he shut down the airplane and planned to take the airplane to an avionics maintenance facility. The pilot also commented that he planned to perform three night landings to maintain his night currency.
A debris path was observed; beginning with freshly cut treetops, descending about a 35 angle and extending approximately 50 ft on a magnetic heading of 270 to the back of a residence. Sections of the right wing, left horizontal stabilizer, and the right engine came to rest inside the residence and the main wreckage came to rest in the front yard of the residence, upright and oriented about a magnetic heading of 180. The left engine remained attached to the left wing and the left propeller separated from the crankshaft propeller flange. One propeller blade exhibited s-bending, chordwise scratching, and leading edge gouges. The other blade exhibited chordwise scratching and tip curling. The right engine separated from the right wing and was recovered from a crater beneath the residence. The right propeller separated from the right engine and was not recovered.
The outboard left wing separated and aileron remained attached. The left wing was crushed and its fuel tank breached. The right wing was separated and fragmented, and both the right flap and right aileron separated. The vertical stabilizer separated, but the rudder remained attached to it. The right horizonal stabilizer and right elevator remained attached to the spar. The left horizontal stabilizer separated and the left elevator remained attached to it. The cockpit area was crushed and no readable instruments were recovered except for a fuel gauge.
The landing gear was in the retracted position. The flaps were in the retracted position. Measurement aileron trim actuator corresponded to a full down tab on the left aileron. Measurement of the rudder trim actuator corresponded a 5 nose left trim. Measurement of both elevator trim actuators corresponded to 10 tab up, full nose-down trim. Flight control continuity was confirmed from all control surfaces to the cockpit yoke. The fuel selectors were in the on position.
The top spark plugs were removed from the left engine. Their electrodes were intact and gray in color. When the crankshaft was rotated by hand, camshaft, crankshaft, and valve train continuity was confirmed to the rear accessory section of the engine and thumb compression was attained on all cylinders. Only the left magneto was recovered from the left engine and it produced spark at all leads when rotated via an electric drill. The engine driven fuel pump and coupling remained intact. Disassembly of the pump and fuel manifold did not reveal any preimpact anomalies. The fuel mixture unit screen was absent of debris.
The top spark plugs were removed from the right engine. Their electrodes were intact and gray in color. The right engine exhibited more front-end impact damage than the left engine and the right crankshaft was bent. Due to impact damage, the crankshaft could not be rotated by hand; however, a borescope examination of the cylinders did not reveal any preimpact anomalies. Both magnetos separated from the right engine and only one was recovered; however, it was fragmented and could not be tested. The engine driven fuel pump and coupling remained intact. Disassembly of the pump and fuel manifold did not reveal any preimpact anomalies. The fuel mixture unit screen was absent of debris.
The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane single-engine sea, airplane multiengine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on September 13, 2017. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 480 hours.
The six-seat, low-wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane, was manufactured in 1979. It was powered by two Continental IO-520, 285-horsepower engines equipped with constant-speed, two-blade Hartzell propellers. According maintenance logbooks, the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on November 1, 2018. At that time, the airplane had accumulated 2,178.8 hours. The left engine had accumulated 517.3 total hours; of which, 54.1 hours were since major overhaul. The right engine had accumulated 986.55 hours; of which, 94.8 hours were since top overhaul.
The airplane was equipped with an Aspen Avionics EFD 1000 EFIS, which utilized an AHRS. During an interview, a maintenance technician reported that the accident airplane was at their facility due to an AHRS fail light illumination in the cockpit. The pilot visited the facility about 1800 on the evening of the accident, to check the status of the repair. The pilot was informed that the repair had not been completed as the facility needed to contact the EFIS manufacturer for more information.
The recorded weather at FAY, at 2253, was: wind from 200 at 4 knots; visibility 10 miles; clear sky; temperature 26C; dew point 20C, altimeter 30.18 inches of mercury.
An autopilot programming unit and an engine monitor were retained for data download. Additionally, three autopilot servos were retained for examination.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20190628X04252 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: ERA19FA201
Event Date: 06/27/2019 Location: Hope Mills, NC Country: United States
Latitude: 34.955000 Longitude: -78.917778 Airport Code: FAY
Airport Name: Fayetteville Regional Airport Injury Severity: Fatal(2) Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N664AR Make: Beech
Model: E55 Amateur Built: No Number of Engines: 2
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries: 2
Total Serious Injuries: 1 Total Minor Injuries: Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: APPROACH Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 07/09/2019
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2019.05.17 19:46 dhousley22 The example of John Daly

Daly was charged with third-degree assault for throwing his second wife Bettye into a wall at their home near Denver. John pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in the Colorado case in late May, and was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to complete a domestic-violence program.
Butch Harmon quit, saying that "the most important thing in (Daly's) life is getting drunk."
After his marriage he acknowledged his return to the singles scene by getting rip-roaring drunk, trashing his hotel room (during which he fractured his right pinkie), then winning a tournament. As was becoming a habit, he took part of his purse and headed straight for the nearest casino.
As part of the Hogan Tour, he enjoyed his best season to date on the links, capturing the 1990 Utah Classic and finishing ninth on the money list. The season was marred by a nasty incident during an event in Maine. After a trademark drinking binge, John lapsed into an alcohol-induced coma. He woke up in a hospital bed unaware of where he was.
Fatherhood did not settle John down. He continued drinking heavily, and pushing himself recklessly. His golf suffered as a result.
He claims to have lost between US$50 and $60 million over the past 15 years
in the NEC World Series of Golf. In that event he wrestled in the parking lot with a 62-year-old fan who accused him of having deliberately driven his tee shot into the group playing ahead of him during that day’s round.
After shooting 23-under at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January, John struggled to maintain any consistency. Not surprisingly, alcohol played a major role in his problems. In March, John imploded in Jacksonville, Florida. After drinking for 14 hours straight, John lost control of himself. Six security guards were summoned to his hotel and labored to subdue him. John then complained of chest pains, and was taken to the hospital. At The Players’ Championship, he went on another binge, and withdrew from the event after a 76 in the first round.
People were back on his side when he sobered up but, in June of '99, John threw away 26 months of sobriety by downing a 12-pack of beer. Then John decided he would beakoff against the PGA about the speed of the lightning-fast greens during the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina.
Life looked even brighter in 2003 when his wife Sherrie gave birth to John Patrick Daly II in July. But things quickly turned ugly. Five days later his wife Sherrie and her parents-—Alvis and Billie Miller—were indicted in Mississippi for their alleged involvement in a million-dollar drug ring and an illegal gambling operation. Though John was not implicated, the news hit hard. Mike Peterson quit as his caddie, stating that he wanted nothing to do with Sherrie. John’s childhood friend and personal assistant, Donnie Crabtree, soon followed suit.
Callaway signed him to a $4-million deal, with an important rider. John was prohibited from drinking and gambling. At the time, he was almost $2-million in the hole with a variety of casinos. Callaway agreed to bail him out provided he kept his nose clean. That was easier said than done. When executives at Callaway learned John was back to his old habits, they demanded he seek treatment from their rehab specialist. John refused and the company severed its ties with him.
Off the course, John and his new wife Shanae bickered often, including a public display at a McDonald’s in Alabama. Police were eventually called when he (John) began tossing her clothes from their van into the parking lot.
Police officers were called to the Hooters at 120 Hanes Square Circle in Winston-Salem at 2:17 a.m. Sunday. When police arrived, Daly, who had passed out at the restaurant, was already being treated by emergency medical workers, according to police reports. Emergency workers said Daly refused to go to a hospital.
John Daly's confidential personnel file at the PGA Tour became a matter of public record recently and uncovered a startling number of attempts by Tour officials to help the still wildly popular golfer with his issues on and off the course.
The 456-page file, obtained by The Florida Times-Union, covers the years 1991 through late 2008 and revealed the following:
• That the PGA Tour, on seven occasions, ordered Daly to undergo counseling or enter alcohol rehabilitation;
• That Daly was placed on Tour probation six times;
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2018.09.10 01:38 CFB_Referee Florence & Football

With football season comes hurricane season. No, not you Richt.
Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane.What does that mean? There are now hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge watches and warnings in effect on parts of the East Coast. What is a watch vs a warning? However, with this, please keep in mind that these categories are based on windspeed and do not factor in things like storm surge or rain. Here's some more information about this from NWS Newport/Morehead. And here is some information about the storm surge.
Please look to local news, local weather, and local and state emergency management agencies to find out more about how you may be affected, if you need to evacuate, and steps on getting prepared. Please everyone stay safe.
Here's an article on how "For Coastal Colleges, Evacuation Means Far More Than Just Moving People."
Forecasts, Predictions, and Watches/Warnings
Preparedness & Planning
LSU's Coach O on emergency planning.
College students should check out their university's emergency alert system - if you're not signed up to get notices, you should!
Useful links on: hurricane preparedness, emergency kits, emergency supplies for your car.
Other things worth thinking about or getting:
Safety:
Documentation:
For long-term preparedness, check out CERT training information.
Evacuation
College Specific Information
Cancellations/Closures
Schools canceling classes or closing (alphabetical order): App State, Bridgewater, Campbell, Christopher Newport, Clemson University - Charleston area, Coastal Carolina, Duke, ECU, Elon, Gardner-Webb, Hampton, Liberty, Methodist, Norfolk State, NCCU, NC State, ODU, Presbyterian College (9/14), Richmond, SC State, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, South Carolina, Virginia Tech - Some Extension Centers, Wake Forest (9/14), William & Mary
Other
Football Related
Affected Games
If you learn of any cancellations, delays, etc. with games related to Florence, please let us know! You can comment here or PM StrawberryTea.
Most of the "canceled" games are looking to reschedule in the future if possible. We're listing them as "canceled" here for clarity that they will not be played this weekend. "Rescheduled" games have had their dates and/or times moved, "moved" games have a new location.
ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PM ET UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
We also decided to map these out. The latest map.
North Carolina
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Wake Forest Boston College Winston-Salem 9/13 5:30 Rescheduled.
UNC UCF Chapel Hill - - Canceled.
NC State WVU Raleigh - - Canceled.
Appalachian State Southern Miss Boone - - Canceled.
Charlotte ODU Charlotte 9/13 4:00 Rescheduled.
Western Carolina Gardner-Webb Boiling Springs 9/14 6:00 Rescheduled.
Davidson Guilford Davidson 9/13 7:00 Rescheduled.
Fayetteville State Benedict Fayetteville - - Canceled.
Elizabeth City State University Winston Salem State University Rocky Mount - - Canceled.
Shaw Chowan Raleigh 11/10 - Rescheduled.
Catawba UNC Pembroke Salisbury - - Canceled.
Lenoir-Rhyne Mars Hill Hickory 9/13 2:00 Rescheduled.
Brevard College Allen University Brevard - - Canceled.
South Carolina
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Furman Colgate Greenville - - Canceled.
Clemson Georgia Southern Clemson 9/15 Noon Rescheduled.
SC State NC Central Orangeburg 11/24 - Rescheduled.
Citadel Charleston Southern Charleston 11/29 7:00 Rescheduled.
Coastal Carolina Campbell Buies Creek 9/12 2:00 Moved and rescheduled.
Presbyterian Stetson - - - Canceled.
South Carolina Marshall Columbia - - Canceled.
Newberry Virginia University Newberry 9/13 1:00 Rescheduled.
North Greenville Mississippi College Tigerville - - Canceled.
Virginia
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Virginia Tech ECU Blacksburg - - Canceled.
VMI ETSU Lexington 9/14 2:30 Rescheduled.
Richmond St. Francis University Loretto, PA 9/13 5:00 Moved and rescheduled.
UVA Ohio Nashville 9/15 4:30 Moved and rescheduled.
Liberty Norfolk State Lynchburg 12/1 2:00 Rescheduled.
William & Mary Elon Williamsburg - - Canceled.
JMU Robert Morris Harrisonburg 9/13 7:00 Rescheduled.
Hampton Tennessee State Hampton - - Canceled.
Methodist University Emory & Henry Emory - - Canceled.
Randolph-Macon Catholic Ashland 9/12 7:00 Rescheduled.
Hampden-Sydney University of New England Hampden-Sydney - - Canceled.
Washington & Lee Maryville Lexington 9/20 6:00 Rescheduled.
Averett University Ferrum College Danville - - Canceled.
Saint Augustine Virginia State Raleigh - - Canceled.
Bridgewater NC Wesleyan Bridgewater 9/21 7:00 Rescheduled.
West Virginia
Note: there's nothing listed here because the FBS West Virginia college football games are being played elsewhere...in other potentially affected states.
Maryland
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Maryland Temple College Park 9/15 12:00 Being monitored: 1
Navy Lehigh Annapolis 9/15 3:30 On
Frostburg State Christopher Newport Frostburg - - Canceled.
Delaware
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Delaware Cornell Newark 9/15 3:30 On
Washington DC
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Gallaudet Apprentice School Washington DC - - Canceled.
Howard Savannah State Washington DC - - Canceled.
Georgia
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
UGA Middle Tennessee Athens 9/15 Noon Rescheduled.
Kennesaw State Alabama State Kennesaw 9/15 5:00 On
Tennessee
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Lane College Livingstone College Jackson - - Canceled.
Tusculum University Limestone College Greeneville 9/14 7:00 Rescheduled.
Florida
Home Away Location Date Time Current Status
Jacksonville Walsh Jacksonville - - Canceled.
Potential Rescheduling
Note: this is listed by date and not week because different sites are disagreeing on which week is which. Previous weeks have not been listed because none of the teams have a TARDIS. Games for this week are already listed above. Games that have already been played or rescheduled further out are not listed here.
Team 1 Bye Team 2 Bye Overlap
Appalachian State 10/6 Southern Miss 10/6 10/6
Averett University 9/20 Ferrum College 10/3 None
Brevard College - Allen University 10/3, 10/20, 10/27 None
Catawba - UNC Pembroke - None
Clemson 10/13 Georgia Southern 9/22 None
Delaware 9/29 Cornell - None
Elizabeth City State University - Winston Salem State University 11/10 None
Fayetteville State - Benedict 11/10 None
Frostburg State 9/29 Christopher Newport 10/13 None
Furman 10/6 Colgate 10/20 None
Gallaudet 10/6 Apprentice School 11/10 None
Hampden-Sydney - University of New England 9/20 None
Hampton 10/20 Tennessee State 10/27 None
Howard 9/29 Savannah State 10/20 None
Kennesaw State 10/20 Alabama State 9/29, 10/20 10/20
Lane College - Livingstone College - None
Maryland 9/29 Temple 10/27 None
Methodist University 9/20 Emory & Henry - None
Navy 9/29 Lehigh 9/29 9/29
NC State 10/13 WVU 10/20 None
North Greenville - Mississippi College - None
Presbyterian 9/29 Stetson 10/6 None
Saint Augustine - Virginia State - None
South Carolina 10/20 Marshall 10/27 None
Tusculum University - Limestone College - None
UGA 10/20 Middle Tennessee 9/22 None
UNC 10/6 UCF 10/27 None
UVA 10/6 Ohio - None
Virginia Tech 10/20 ECU 10/27 None
William & Mary 11/3 Elon - None
Other Sports/College Related News
Too many people are helping for us to thank all of them by name, but sincere thanks to you all! We appreciate your help with all of this and your sharing information and answering questions for other users.
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2017.08.04 06:11 meredithtohayes Just got a ticket for speeding 44 in a 35. Advice, please?

Greetings! A few minutes ago, (night time, around 10:40 pm) I was driving along a stretch of road in Winston-Salem--and I was pulled over by a policeman. Although I have driven the same stretch of road for about 40 years, I did Not know that along part of the road, the speed limit was dropped to 35. I was shocked when the officer told me. I sat in my car waiting, and he finally ran up to my window in a huge hurry. "I'm giving you a citation for speeding, your court date is on your ticket, I have to Go!" With that, he ran back to his car, jumped in, hit his siren and he was off. I still can't believe they lowered the speed limit and I never noticed. And since the officer was professional and seemed like a nice fellow, I was going to thank him--but he left too quickly. I haven't had a moving violation since 1978, so I've been good for 39 years. I am looking for a job, and several that I have applied for require no moving violations for the past three years. I'm also a little short on money, so I really Don't want to have to pay $203.00 for the ticket, along with a three-year long insurance hike--especially since Had I Known that they changed the speed limit, I would not have been speeding. I actually Saw him hiding, and felt completely confident when I passed him. Do you think I will need an attorney? My court date is August 29, for what it's worth. Some say they'll likely drop it because it was only nine miles an hour over, while others say I should lawyer up. So I'm kind of confused--and I would very much appreciate any insight anyone may have to this. It's not that I'm trying to rip the state or my insurance company off--it's just that Had I Known the speed limit had changed, I wouldn't have been speeding to begin with. Thanks Very Much For Any Advice!
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2016.01.19 01:59 GermanoMuricano117 [Part 1] 2001 Timeline: Pro Wrestling’s Year that Wasn’t. A tour through the great moments of an utterly unforgettable year. PWTorch [Jan 04, 2002]

The year 2001 was the year that saw another professional wrestling revolution. From the halls of Titan Tower to the shores of Terry Bollea’s beach house, this was the year the business transformed from a boring oligarchy of competitive North American wrestling promotions to an exciting monopoly. It might be difficult to remember all of the great moments that made sports entertainment in 2001 so very unforgettable, but doggone it, we’re going to give it a try. This is your Pro Wrestling Torch Timeline for the Year 2001, A Wrasslin’ Odyssey…
January
2- Former WWF and WCW superstar Scott Hall rings in the new year by successfully negotiating his release from jail.
7- Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling, the most cutting-edge wrestling promotion in America, opens its year by boldly ripping off the Hulk Hogan main event angle from WrestleMania IX.
10- The XFL blimp crashes from 1600 feet up into a restaurant in Oakland, California. No one is seriously injured.
11- Fusient Media announces that they have reached a deal to acquire World Championship Wrestling.
12- In his weekly online column, WWF head of talent relations Jim Ross puts over the XFL blimp as “the toughest dirigible I have ever seen in this environment.”
13- Jeff Hardy applies to become the new XFL blimp pilot.
14- For the first time in years, WCW features a genuinely shocking moment in a pay-per-view main event, as Sid Vicious attempts a routine move from the second rope and breaks his leg.
15- In another brilliant promotional move, WCW decides to leave its Hardcore Title on Meng, a wrestler not currently under contract.
16- In a Florida courtroom, accused teenage murderer Lionel Tate pleads not guilty, claiming he was imitating moves he learned from watching a professional wrestler.
21- Meng returns (as Haku) at the WWF Royal Rumble, almost overshadowing the World Wrestling Federation in-ring debut of Drew Carey.
23- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner is arrested for assaulting an EMT at the January 22nd Nitro taping in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
25- When asked under cross-examination which pro wrestler he was imitating, accused murderer Lionel Tate replies “Scott Steiner.”
28- Despite the fact that the promotion has no money or upcoming dates scheduled, Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman assures members of the wrestling media that the promotion is “just fine,” and that he is not about to fold ECW and join the WWF booking committee.
30- Meng disappears from the face of the earth.
February
1- WCW scraps its April pay-per-view event after realizing that they have accidentally scheduled the show for April 15th, Easter Sunday.
2- Fusient Media spokesman Eric Bischoff promises reporters that a screw-up of that magnitude will not happen again, and that the company has WCW’s schedule worked out all the way through its big Starrcade show on December 25th.
4- David McLane’s WOW promotion makes its pay-per-view debut, promising the very best that North American ladies’ wrestling has to offer. Bambi and Peggy Lee Leather (under new names) work the main event.
5- After the ratings come in for the WWF’s new XFL football league, new T ORCH columnist Pat McNeill declares confidently that “the XFL will be around for years to come.”
6- Former WWF Champion Shawn Michaels signs a new contract and declares that he’s ready to return to the ring soon.
12- For the first time, key Fusient Media executives decide to watch an episode of WCW Monday Nitro, tuning in just in time to catch the opening angle between Dustin Rhodes and Rick Steiner.
13- Key sources tell the T ORCH that the WCW sale is in jeopardy.
14- Negotiations to sell ECW to Rainbow Sports fall apart when ECW owner Paul Heyman refuses to accept pay cuts for the talent. (Well, that’s how Heyman spun it to the T ORCH .)
15- ECW wrestlers consult with top mathematics professors to figure out exactly how it would be mathematically possible for them to earn less money than “zero.”
16- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross states that roster cuts are imminent.
18- In a screwy finish, Kevin Nash loses a retirement match to Scott Steiner at WCW SuperBrawl Revenge. To Nash’s credit, his workrate does not noticeably decrease after his retirement.
23- Despite the fact that the promotion has no money and no upcoming dates scheduled, no location booked for its next pay-per-view, no television, no television deal on the horizon, no matches announced for its next pay-per-view, its World Champion has just signed with the WWF, half its wrestlers are negotiating with the WWF and/or World Championship Wrestling, and angry creditors are lined up throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman assures members of the wrestling media that the company is “hunky dory,” and that he is not about to fold ECW and join the WWF booking
committee. 25- At WWF No Way Out, management sets aside a 36 minute match so that the guy who’s winning the title at WrestleMania can do a clean job for the guy who’s banging the owner’s daughter. 27- The WWF announces that the following wrestlers are being released as part of their roster cuts: Stacy “The Kat” Carter. 27- Jerry Lawler quits the WWF in a show of solidarity with his wife, Stacy.
March
1- Problems continue with Fusient’s purchase of WCW, as Fusient finally gets to look at WCW’s books
5- Paul Heyman shows up on WWF Raw as the new heel commentator for the promotion. Reports surface that Heyman will be on the WWF booking committee.
7- Despite the fact that no arena has been booked, no wrestlers have been booked, no matches have been announced for its next pay-per-view, its World Champion has just signed with the WWF, the rest of its wrestlers are negotiating with the WWF and/or World Championship Wrestling, nobody’s been paid in two months, the company has no money, no television, no new investors, there are no wrestling dates on the horizon, the owner has signed with the World Wrestling Federation in part to work off the unpaid loan that the WWF made to his company years ago, said owner is trying to get some of his creditors/wrestlers under WWF contract so that they will quit badgering him for money and no signs that any of the above conditions are going to change anytime soon, ECW has yet to cancel its March 11 “Living Dangerously” PPV.
11- Diehard Extreme Championship Wrestling fans notice that the March ECW pay-per-view looks a whole lot like the January ECW pay-per- view.
14- On Home Box Office, Vince McMahon sits down with Bob Costas in an intense head-to-head interview where Costas accuses McMahon of adding to the “incivility and coarseness” in society. After McMahon leaves, Costas sits down for a friendly chat with his next guest, “colorful” college basketball coach and student choker Bobby Knight.
16- Turner Broadcasting CEO Jamie Kellner cancels all WCW programming on his network.
17- In a shocking development, the value of World Championship Wrestling drops as a result.
19- Eric Bischoff announces that next week’s Nitro, the final one on TNT, will be a “Night of Champions,” and that all former WCW World Champions are invited back to wrestle on this show.
23- The World Wrestling Federation buys WCW. Uh-oh.
26- On the final edition of WCW Monday Nitro, the WWF hijacks the last fifteen minutes of the broadcast and goes to a simulcast of WWF Raw, ruining WCW’s plans to use the final fifteen minutes for a main event between former WCW World Champions David Arquette and Vince Russo
27- Former WWF champion Shawn Michaels celebrates his new WWF contract extension by showing up at WWF television tapings “in no condition to perform.”
April
1- Booking Hypothetical: At WrestleMania XVII, the main event features the biggest WWF star of the past five years, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, challenging for the World Title against charismatic WWF champion and mainstream celebrity “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. Who does Vince McMahon put over? Answer: Vince McMahon, of course.
2- The Rock is written off of WWF television so that he can go star in a movie.
6- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross announces that the start date for the WWF’s operation of WCW as a separate promotion will begin in June.
8- A number of former top WCW wrestlers learn that they will continue making guaranteed money from AOL Time Warner while sitting at home for the duration of their contracts.
11- Former WWF wrestler “Road Dogg” Jesse James auctions off two hours of his time on eBay.
19- Former WCW head honcho Eric Bischoff announces his involvement with a new wrestling promotion, Matrats.com.
21- Jerry Lawler announces his involvement with a new wrestling promotion, Ringrats.com.
23- Pictures of Missy Hyatt and Tammy Sytch mysteriously appear on The King’s website.
25- Former WCW boss Vince Russo shocks the wrestling world by announcing... ah, who gives a crap?
29- At WWF Backlash, Steve Austin and Triple H capture the WWF Tag Team Titles, Triple H retains his WWF Intercontinental Title, Light Heavyweight Title, and Hardcore Title, while Austin retains his WWF World Title, European Title and Women’s Title.
30- Internet wrestling fans begin speculating that maybe Austin and Triple H have too much influence on WWF booking.
May
4- Florida radio host Bubba the Love Sponge welcomes a special guest, Hulk Hogan the Money Sponge.
7- Bill Goldberg takes a midmorning nap, earning himself $1,021 from AOL Time Warner in the process.
10- The XFL takes a giant step forward into oblivion.
11- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross states that despite half the WCW workers being sent down to the developmental territories, the WWF plans to relaunch the WCW promotion “within two months,” and that the company is not planning to “bury” WCW like the Crocketts did to the UWF.
15- Turnbuckle Wrestling promoter Dusty Rhodes announces his plans for a Thanksgiving pay-per-view.
21- At the Judgment Day pay-per-view WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lynn cuts a stellar promo putting over the Light Heavyweight Title and the Light Heavyweight Division.
22- WWF officials punish Noreen “Molly Holly” Greenwald for having a realistic figure and a generous rear end. “She’s stealing Stephanie’s gimmick,” explains a frustrated member of the creative team.
26- “Road Dogg” Brian James is arrested for disorderly conduct and being “in no condition to perform” on an indy show in South Carolina.
27- Road Dogg tries to raise bail money on eBay, but that doesn’t work so well.
29- The WWF fires Brian “Grandmaster Sexay” Lawler after he is arrested for smuggling three different illegal drugs over the Canadian border. When asked for a comment, Lawler mutters “That’s the last time I do any favors for Mariah Carey.”
June
5- The WWF sends “Latino Heat” Eddie Guerrero into drug rehabilitation for painkiller addiction.
7- Jerry Lynn loses his WWF Light Heavyweight Title to Jeff Hardy and is sucked into a black hole, never to be seen nor heard from again.
15- Former WWF wrestler Jake Roberts is arrested in Ohio after hitting another car in a parking lot, speeding off, acting belligerent to police officers, and blowing 0.18 into the breathalyzer. He is charged with “showing up in no condition to perform.”
16- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross stresses that the WWF will launch a second promotion “sometime this summer.”
18- Former WCW World Champion Diamond Dallas Page makes his WWF debut, and is quickly accepted by his new coworkers, who are pleased to be working with such a selfless individual.
24- At the WWF King of the Ring pay- per- view, all three main event wrestlers work through serious injuries, Shane McMahon gets dropped on his head twice and thrown through plate glass, and Kurt Angle gets his bell rung (again).
25- WWF sources declare the pay- per- view “a huge success.”
28- As a tribute to new WWF wrestler and former WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page, WWF Champion Steve Austin begins modeling his heel character after Page’s real-life personality.
30- Tommy “Dreamer” Laughlin is the successful guinea pig for a new surgical procedure, as he has his black ECW t-shirt permanently attached to his torso
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2015.02.11 16:32 the_colbeast 11 Days until the Daytona 500!

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #11 car has started 1,838 races and has 204 wins, 151 poles, 684 top 5s, 920 top 10s, and 375 DNFs.
Other notable names in #11
The 1969 Daytona 500, the 11th running of the event. LeeRoy Yarbrough chased down Charlie Glotzbach who had an eleven second lead. Yarbrough trimmed down the deficit and passed Glotzbach on the final lap. It was the first Daytona 500 that was won on a last lap pass. Yarbrough won in a back-up Ford after crashing his primary car.
The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was the 63rd season of professional stock car racing in the United States. Margaret Haas won the Owners' Championship, while Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing with Gene and Margaret, won the Drivers' Championship with a victory at the final race of the season in a tiebreak over Carl Edwards. Chevrolet won the Manufacturers' Championship with 248 points.
TRIVIA TIME
colegnd has offered a reward of Dogecoins to the first person to correctly answer a daily trivia question related to each number! No Google, Wikipedia, or internet allowed, just your own knowledge! Thanks to colegnd for the idea and dogecoins! If you are declared the winner of the trivia contest and would like to donate you prize money to charity, please let me know in the comments.
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2014.08.14 06:31 nrboal Maryland Terrapins Preseason Write-Up

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2013 Season Recap
It was a much worse season than the 7-6 record makes it look. The injury bug was running wild in College Park. Maryland’s strength is in their receiving group led by Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, both of whom missed extensive time last season. That really stunted the growth of C.J. Brown, the incumbent QB going into 2014. Maryland started out hot. The Terps were 4-0 into the Florida State game, which I heard was canceled or something? I don’t seem to remember anything about that game, but for whatever reason FSU was given the win. That was the beginning of the end of the end of the season for the Terps. Virginia ran us to a 27-26 win, a game the Terps should have dominated. Then a pretty terrible Wake Forest team came in and ran roughshod, winning 34-10 in Winston-Salem. You have to give the guys credit for hanging in there with Clemson and then taking an overtime victory from the teeth of Virginia Tech. But the injuries were too much and the best of the season was behind us.
2014 Schedule
Date Opponent
Aug 30 James Madison
Sep 6 @ USF
Sep 13 West Virginia
Sep 20 @ Syracuse
Sep 27 @ Indiana
Oct 4 Ohio State
Oct 11 BYE
Oct 18 Iowa
Oct 25 @ Wisconsin
Nov 1 @ Penn State
Nov 8 BYE
Nov 15 Michigan State
Nov 22 @ Michigan
Nov 29 Rutgers
Players to Watch
Stefon Diggs – No matter who you said I can have; any position, any school, I would take Stefon Diggs. He is truly a transcendent player and is without a doubt the most dangerous weapon in the B1G. He will be first team all B1G as long as he stays healthy. This man is dangerous. Coming from a Minnesota Vikings fan who has seen Cordarrelle Patterson and Percy Harvin, I can tell you this kid is that good. Injuries limited him last season, but go back one more and look at those numbers. He had over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a freshman. His Quarterback for a few of those games? A backup Linebacker.
C.J. Brown – The main beneficiary of Stefon Diggs being on the squad is C.J. Brown. Finally, we have some consistency at Quarterback. I am expecting a big season from Brown. He has the talent and all the tools to make the jump from last year’s up and down season. C.J. doesn’t have that blow you away athleticism or a cannon for an arm, but he is a legitimate NCAA QB. When he gets on a hot streak it is something to behold. We’re going to see him put it all together, especially early in the year, and carry it through the whole season. With the receiving corps the Terps have, there are no excuses for C.J. this year. The Maryland faithful and Randy Edsall are going to be happy they stuck with him.
Key Games
-10/4 vs Ohio State. Odds are very very good that both of these teams will be undefeated and this will be the welcome to the B1G moment for the Terps. The reason this is a key game and not just a ROFLStomp is that it will be in College Park. Paul Byrd Stadium is old and not fan friendly. However, Maryland fans are renowned in the ACC (Primarily for basketball) for being loud and obnoxious. J.J. Reddick called them the best worst fans in all of college basketball. Most fans will go after your game, Maryland fans will go after your Grandma. Home field advantage and a healthy Stefon Diggs gives Maryland a chance in this game and if they somehow sneak out with a win? Hard to even imagine a better way to say hello to Big Ten.
-11/01 at Penn State. Maryland and Randy Edsall want to recruit hard in Pennsylvania. With no dominant football schools (atm sorry Nittany Lions), it is important for the Terps to step in and be that team. Pennsylvania is a huge battleground state for all of the Eastern Seaboard right now. This is also the game that should stop what will likely be a 3 game slide with tough games against Ohio State, Iowa, and Wisconsin. If Maryland can take this as a turning point going into the Michigan State game, there is a chance they can really make a season out of Year One in the Big Ten.
Prediction
Maryland, of course, gets to play against all of the heavy hitters the B1G has to offer. Smart money has Maryland around 5 wins, but I’ve seen folks go as high as 8. I have Maryland taking 7 wins to the bank. The weak schedule early on lets the Terps get a nice run going into the conference games. Maryland will beat James Madison, USF, West Virginia, Syracuse, and Indiana and will be a top 25 rated team come October 4th. That is where the season will take the turn back to the middle of the pack. The Terps will only beat Penn State and Rutgers for the rest of the year, putting them at 7-5 and off most teams’ radars. The best thing about the B1G for Maryland is going to be the exposure for Stefon Diggs. Diggs is the biggest threat in all of college football with the ball in his hands. He will be first team Big Ten and will lead the nation in all-purpose yardage. It’ll be a great starting point for us in the B1G and will help immensely with recruiting so the Terps can become a power in the years to come. Outside of how great Stefon Diggs is, I think the big surprise from College Park is going to be the defense. It is molded perfectly for B1G grinding games and has a few athletic difference makers. A hybrid backer stepping in this season Yannick Ngakoue (Goku for all you DBZ fans out there) is going to explode onto the scene and will be a force on the pass rush. He’s that perfect combo of size and speed new age defenses love.
Fear The Turtle!
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2013.12.03 16:05 Honestly_ [Exclusive OC] Update on yesterday's Tuskegee-North Alabama post: Was race involved? A deeper look.

Introduction:

Late Sunday night, a Redditor from UNA posted an opinion column from the local newspaper in Florence, Alabama, claiming that Tuskegee had asked North Alabama to divide the crowd in their stadium for their NCAA D2 playoff game based on race.
That's a big accusation, if true it would be downright astonishing, and I wanted to know more. Alas, since it's D2 there's been very little written about it anywhere so that meant I'd need to start looking. So Sunday night I started with basic online research—the results piqued my interest because, the deeper I went, the more both sides seemed plausible.
Monday morning I took the next step and called two of the major actors involved: Mike Goens, Managing Editor of the TimesDaily (who wrote the column), and Curtis Campbell, Athletic Director of Tuskegee University. I chatted with each, compared what they said against some of my background research, and now I'd like to share with you more about what happened.
[As an aside, I realize this subreddit occasionally comes up with interesting original content (usually of a humorous variety) and lesser-known stories that can be broadcast widely via the sub and our Twitter account (which occasionally gets picked up by major media). Because I felt we were spreading a big accusation, another reason I did this follow-up is be sure we don't spread anything that incorrect.]
I'm going to try to avoid voicing strong opinions in this top post and keep this to observations.

Background/Timeline:

  • Tuskegee and North Alabama both play in NCAA D2.
  • Tuskegee is a private university and a well-known Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU): founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, it's been home to the Tuskegee Airmen, George Washington Carver, etc: it's stood as a center of academia in times of terrible racial inequality—and the town's name itself is synonymous with one of the worst atrocities the US gov't ever perpetuated on its own people* (which was very race-based).
  • UNA is the oldest public university in Alabama (1830); its original campus in La Grange was burned to the ground by Union soldiers and it relocated to Florence. As it was in the region, the school was segregated until the 1960s; though it integrated without much of the chaos that hit other schools. Currently its student body is 74% white, 13% black so nothing too far off the statewide demographics of 68.5% white, 26.2% black (keep in mind there are a number of HBCUs in the area that draw off potential black students). Nothing here sets off any alarm bells.
  • An initial search found message boards claiming Tuskegee had only played one non-HBCU in the last 30 years. Without a source I decided to do my own work, and yes: According to the College Football Data Warehouse (my go-to for looking up records) that is correct: there was a game against West Alabama in 2004 (2nd game of the season), and visiting Tuskegee soundly beat the home team 20-0 (according to the local paper). In 1983 Tuskegee opened their season with a loss at Troy (then D2); before that year Tuskegee had regular games with Troy, UNA and West Alabama (not all three each year, but at least one a year). After 1983, outside of that blurb in 2004, they stopped playing non-HBCU. I'll revisit this issue later.
  • UNA has continued to regularly play HBCU teams.
  • The head coach of Tuskegee was UNA's Offensive Coordinator for a number of years.
  • This was the first year Tuskegee ever participated in the NCAA D2 playoff. Don't misinterpret that: Tuskegee isn't a bad football program by any stretch—It's won 8 HBCU championships and 28 conference titles, including this year. Tuskegee's also been a regular in one of only 3 sanctioned D2 bowl games: the Pioneer Bowl, between teams from two HBCU conferences. Tuskegee's made the most appearances at 10, and the most wins with 7.
  • Why did Tuskegee not participate in the playoffs? This will make sense to a lot of CFB fans: Because of conflicts with it's annual rivalry, the Turkey Day Classic against Alabama State (FCS), which began in 1924. This season it was rescheduled to have Stillman subbing in for Tuskegee (which was nationally televised on ESPNU and marked on our sidebar this past weekend) on what would've been the 89th Turkey Day Classic.
Here's more on the change from the Montgomery Advertiser:
The Golden Tigers are making their first postseason appearance because it never got a shot to compete in the playoffs due to playing in the Turkey Day Classic during postseason play. When Tuskegee released its 2013 schedule, the school said seeing another historically black college, Winston-Salem State, reach the NCAA Division II national title game last season inspired it to play in the playoffs.
also:
The Tigers have a chance to show the rest of the country it has a quality football program. If the Tigers make a deep playoff run, it will help them recruit players who never considered them because they weren’t playing in the postseason.
For additional information on Tuskegee's decision to chase NCAA playoff dreams as well as the history of the Turkey Day Classic, I recommend this article, also from the Montgomery Advertiser and published after the playoff game had occurred.

The Game, The Seating Arrangement.

The game between Tuskegee and UNA happened on Saturday, November 23 (the column appeared this past weekend).
For reference, here is a seating chart of UNA's Braly Municipal Stadium. The visitor's side is the smaller side, opposite the press box. The normal seating arrangement has the students and UNA band on the visitor's side, which seats roughly 3k, with the larger home side seating roughly 10k.
The seating issue came to a head on Friday, November 22, when the NCAA sent UNA's Athletic Department an official letter at 3:22pm requiring them to move their student section to comply with a request made by Tuskegee. The request followed NCAA rules for playoff games.
I looked to Twitter for contemporary tweets. As it happens, UNA's AD, Mark Linder, runs the main @UNAAthletics feed. On there I found 2 relevant tweets:
The second tweet notes that folks should check the local paper (the TimesDaily). The paper that day published an article outlining the situation; let's take a look at a few quotes from that article:
On Friday afternoon, UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder received a letter from the NCAA requiring the student section be moved to the home side of Braly Stadium.
(emphasis mine)
This kind of request only applies to NCAA playoff games. UNA appears to have never had to move its students for it's own previous, 20+ host playoff games, so AD Mark Linder pushed the NCAA to make an official request, which the NCAA did:
“The NCAA requested that we move the students, and I told them we needed a letter on NCAA letterhead requesting the move. We received that letter at 3:22 (Friday) afternoon.”
This forced Linder to comply. Because the students moved, UNA elected to move the band to the home side as well. NCAA rules could not force the band to move, so long as they stayed outside a certain distance away from the center of the field.
Also from the November 23 article, here's a source of the friction:
Linder said earlier in the week Tuskegee Athletic Director Curtis Campbell expressed some concerns over having UNA students on the same side as the Tuskegee fans.
The TimesDaily obtained a copy of the letter from the NCAA. It states: “After reviewing a request from the visiting team, the Division II football committee determined that the change is in the best interest of student-athletes and fans of both institutions in an effort to promote a safe and hospitable game environment.” The letter is signed by Frank Condino, Division II Football Committee Chairman.
Non-student ticket holders were permitted to sit wherever.
In addition, the schools scheduled a regular-season basketball game against each other at UNA to coincide with the end of the football game: folks who bought tickets to football were allowed free entry to basketball. No different seating arrangements were requested or made for that game.
Mark Linder also noted in the article and his tweets that UNA will make a statement at an "appropriate time". I'm thinking that means after the playoffs as to avoid distraction. The Lions won their game against Tuskegee, 30-27, then beat UNC-Pembroke this past weekend to enter the D2 quarterfinals—so it may be a while.
The November 23rd article doesn't mention race as a factor in moving the student section.
Doing online research, I was curious how the audience looked during the game, so I sought out the photos both schools had for their respective recap articles. I guessed UNA's team photog would be shooting from their side of the field and Tuskegee's would from theirs, thus giving us shots of the opposite side's fans. I tracked down the website for Tuskegee's team photog Robin Mardis: For what it's worth, her photos show the UNA side (home side) appears to be mostly white, but also has plenty of people of color present in some shots like this. UNA's photog was Mason Matthews: his shot of the UNA crowd is closer up and corroborates Mardis' photo; you can see the diversity of the UNA side very well here. His shot of the Tuskegee side (visitor's side) shows a larger, red-clad crowd that appears to be mostly black; with some exceptions. Tuskegee's Mardis also has a shot that seems to show at least one UNA fan of Caucasian appearance mixed in.
Since I was doing background research I wanted to know more about Tuskegee's AD Curtis Campbell: is there anything in his background that might hint something? His official bio shows he's worked as an AD at several schools, including a two year stint as AD at non-HBCU D3 Blackburn College, and worked before at FBS Minnesota, got his BS from non-HBCU Longwood University and his Masters from non-HBCU Radford University. He took the job at Tuskegee in July 2013. He's been involved in HBCU's since approximately 2000. My theory had been that he might be in a more insulated bubble of only HBCU programs, but it proved completely wrong. At the same time, this opened up the question of whether the Tuskegee administration had pushed it on their new AD.
At that point I decided to top speculating and make some calls on Monday. As I said earlier, it's such a powerful statement for an opinion column that I'd like to know more about whether this is truly what happened. Why bother doing that? Because I love the sport and I feel close to this issue. I've also learned that sometimes it's best to ask the people involved.

My Conversations with Key Actors:

I contacted and spoke with both Mssrs. Goens and Campbell this late morning/afternoon. I did not attempt to contact UNA AD Mark Linder because his team is still in the playoffs and his earlier comments made it clear they don't want to address it at this time (I also only had so much time with my own work schedule).
In the process I apparently made Tuskegee aware of the article in the TimesDaily; Campbell and Goens spoke before I spoke to either of them.
Here's the summary of our conversations (everyone was professional, please don't read any rudeness in my summaries); these are their claims, not mine:
  • MIKE GOENS
Goens' source for his column were a variety of contacts in and out of UNA; given his position as Managing Editor he has a number of them. They were his sources for the assertion that there was a racial tinge to Tuskegee's request. He is aware now Tuskegee denies race was ever brought into it, though he disagrees and sticks by his column.
He also noted Tuskegee's coach was at OC at UNA (I'd read that previously), and doubted he would've had anything to do with it.
He mentioned the Tuskegee-UNA basketball game that occurred afterward and that it went over without any issues.
In his mind, as noted in the column, this was a bad precedent to make for race relations in America.
  • CURTIS CAMPBELL
Campbell mentioned that he had heard from other athletic directors in the Gulf South (UNA's conference) that the UNA student section was raucous and a potential issue for opposing teams in general.
On a playoff game conference call, with all parties involved, he made a request to move UNA's student section to the home side. UNA said students and band would remain on visitor's side. Campbell felt it wasn't wise to have the student section on the visitor's side, given their tendency (at any school) to be a hostile section and Tuskegee's desire to not have them behind their bench.
The NCAA rules let him make that official request for playoff games since they have to have some semblance of neutrality (including a neutral announcer).
When the original TimesDaily article on the 23rd came out, he did not see any reason to respond because it didn't make any mention of race and accurately stated the students were to be moved and the school subsequently decided to also move the band. He noted that, despite effectively splitting the stadium into the two halves, there were still extra seats on both sides, so they didn't take anything from UNA's crowd.
Campbell strongly denies ever stating anything about race in his request. He stated that if the game had been at Winston-Salem State (also an HBCU) he would've made the same request; he also would've made the same one had WSSU or another school come to Tuskegee.
Campbell also took issue with Goens' statement that “Campbell called a friend with the NCAA” to speed up the process. Campbell claims he doesn't have that kind of pull in the organization and rather that he followed NCAA rules.
I asked Campbell about Tuskegee's lack of non-HBCU teams on the schedule over the past 30 years. Since he took the job this past July he wasn't as familiar, but did mention that, until the mid-2000s, the SIAC (which Tuskegee has belonged to since it was founded in 1913) had not had divisions and instead had its teams play 9 conference games which only left one open non-conference game (the Turkey Day Classic against Alabama State (SWAC) team taking up Tuskegee's other open spot); the Pioneer Bowl against a CIAA (HBCU conference) opponent remained a final possibility. With that one open date they played other HBCUs.

Who is Right?

At this point I cannot say with objective certainty that either side is correct. Goens stands by his column that there was a racial angle to the request by Tuskegee. Campbell says there was no such racial meaning and that the request for their first playoff game was misunderstood. It is one person's word against another. I do not expect that any correspondence written to the NCAA mentioned race, so if it was somehow brought up it wouldn't have been recorded. As Tuskegee is an HBCU, its students (86.74%) and fans are overwhelmingly black so any request to move fans might give an appearance of racial division, whether intentional or not.
Couple of final issues I want to address:
Q. Did Tuskegee “refuse” to play non-HBCUs for 30 years?
A. I've seen this on message boards. The game against West Alabama in 2004 seems to toss that out the window. I've found no proof for that claim.
Q. Who did Tuskegee ask to be moved?
A. Only the UNA student section, this has been corroborated by all sources. Of course, by moving the students it also led them to move the band and further divide the fans.
Q. Could one side be proven correct?
A. Yes, absolutely—but not with what's available to me as of this writing.

Your thoughts?

Was Goens right and Tuskegee made a request based on race?
Was Campbell right and this is a misunderstanding?
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