Morning Briefing – April 13, 2021


Report: Tennessee State hires Eddie George as next head coach
NFL All-Pro Eddie George named Tennessee State football coach

Looking to take the program to the next level, Tennessee State University has named Eddie George as head football coach. TSU director of athletics Dr. Mikki Allen made the announcement today as George was introduced to the Tiger family. 

“Eddie George has been a winner in every facet of the game, and we look forward to him bringing that same commitment to our players and having it translate into winning on and off the field,” said Allen. “We are excited to have him join us and lead the next chapter of our storied football program.” 

“I am excited about being named head coach at Tennessee State University,” said George. “I thank Dr. Glover, Dr. Allen, and each of you for the confidence you have placed in me.” (Tennessee State University)

Nikki Haley visits S.C. State
Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley offers support for SCSU President James Clark

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says she “absolutely” has confidence that South Carolina State University’s president can carry the institution forward.

Haley, former governor of South Carolina and a possible 2024 presidential contender, toured the university with S.C. State President James E. Clark on Monday afternoon.

“While I know that there’s a been a little bit of friction recently, what I would remind everyone that is so important is stop looking at South Carolina State as an Orangeburg school. Stop looking at it as a South Carolina school. This is a national school,” Haley said. (Times and Democrat)

HUH patient gets vaccine shot
Howard Receives $1.59 Million to increase COVID-19 mobile unit vaccination efforts

Howard University College of Medicine has received a $1.59 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative to expand their mobile unit vaccine operations as equity and public health advocates signal the need for trusted vaccine administrators to combat lack of access and vaccine hesitancy within Black and medically underserved communities. The school’s mobile units reach the most vulnerable and work with trusted partners, such as the District of Columbia Department of Health, to set up temporary vaccination sites. The support from Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide mobile medical unit upgrades, paid staffing for the units, medical supplies, and increase outreach to the community. (Howard University)

Virginia State, Richmond Raceway create eSports management pilot for students

Richmond Raceway and Virginia State University (VSU) announce a pilot program to evolve the track’s current eSports team and offer new opportunities to historically black colleges and university (HBCU) students interested in careers in sports management. Through this strategic alliance, Richmond Raceway eSports fueled by Sunoco operations will be managed in partnership with Virginia State University’s Department of Sport Management.

Through this initiative, NASCAR will welcome a VSU student intern to manage the program and coordinate with students in the sports marketing department to fulfill curriculum requirements and experiential projects involving team operations, graphic design, social media marketing, live event coordination and more. (Virginia State University)