Ex Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward to NBC
Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ recently retired wide receiver and “DWTS” season 12 champ, has been named the newest Football Night in America’s analyst, NBC has announced. He also will help out on the network’s college football offerings and will also be seen on NBC SportsTalk via the new NBC Sports Network. “He’s an opinionated personality who can draw upon his 14 years of experience, having excelled at the highest levels of the game. Just don’t expect him to dance,” NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood said.
Ex-NBA Player Orlando Woolridge Dead at 52
Former NBA player Orlando Woolridge has died. He was 52. DeSoto Parish, Liousiana Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke said Woolridge died Thursday night. He had been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition. Woolridge was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in 1981 and played in the NBA for 13 years. He played for the Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Detroit, and also coached the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
HBCU Alcorn State Hires First White Head Football Coach
Well now this is certainly a first. Word has come that historically black college Alcorn State, hired a new football coach and he’s not black. Yes, you read right. Jay Hopson’s hiring makes Alcorn State the first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) school to name a non-black head football coach, according to their site. “The future for Alcorn football is bright and I am excited that Coach Hopson will lead us forward,” said Alcorn State President M. Christopher Brown II. “Today’s historical appointment will require us to walk hand in hand to disrupt naysayers wedded to a racist past.” (Read/learn more at theGrio.)