Howard University forward Krislyn Marsh led the Bison in scoring with 18 points against Delaware State University to win their 10th game of the season, 66-57 on Feb. 12.
“The injury gave [Marsh] time to think about her role on the team,” said Howard University head coach Ty Grace. “She has done a great job inserting herself into our offense, and when she goes into the game, she is ready to go every time.”
Howard guard Iyanna Warren scored 14 points while forward Anzhane’ Hutton scored in double-figures with 11 points.
Howard (10-3) got off to a slow start from the beginning, going 11-of-32 from the floor prompting Delaware State to go on a 9-4 run in the first quarter.
However, the Bison quickly settled down and finished the second half going on a 15-2 run, effectively putting the game away and swept Delaware State in four games this season. Howard will play Coppin State University next in a two-game slate on Feb. 20-21.
Alleged Racist Coach Resigns
It didn’t take long for Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer to make waves in his first stint with the NFL franchise.
Meyer hired Chris Doyle as the strength and conditioning coach during a year where the league has been under scrutiny for the lack of diversity in coaching hires and absence of equity across the board.
Doyle was previously the University of Iowa strength and conditioning coach of 21 years and left the program in June amid allegations of racism, player mistreatment, and bullying within the program.
Many former Black players have cited how uncomfortable it was to play during Doyle’s tenure, including current Tennessee Titans defensive back Amani Hooker.
“I remember whenever walking into the facility, it would be difficult for black players to walk around the facility and be themselves. As if the way you grew up was the wrong way or wasn’t acceptable & that you would be judged by that and it would impact playing time,” Hooker said in a Twitter statement.
Yet, Doyle adamantly denies engaging in racially insensitive actions and remarks. However, just a day after Meyer defended his hire in a team press conference, Doyle resigned from his new position.
“Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation, and we have accepted. Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville,” read a statement from Meyer.
“We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, should have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his career.”
Howard Football Spring Season Revised
On Feb. 11, Howard University Athletics decided to move the football team to a spring 2021 non-conference schedule after the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its suspension of the spring 2021 conference football season.
More than 50 percent of the conference teams opted out of the upcoming 2021 spring season because of the pandemic.
“We are providing an opportunity for our student-athletes to compete, after working so hard to prepare for this unprecedented season,” said Athletic Director Kery Davis. “As always, the health and safety of our student-athletes remain our top priority, and we will continue to follow the D.C. and CDC health and safety guidelines.
Howard will play MEAC rivals Delaware State and South Carolina State for an undetermined amount of games with an approved schedule that will be announced later.
Until then, Howard will continue to align with the District of Columbia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health and safety protocols.
Wizards Get Big Win Over Boston
The Washington Wizards (as of Feb. 14) remain in last place in the Eastern Conference and have struggled lately. After getting back on track against the Bulls with a 105-101 victory on Feb. 8, the Wizards lost back-to-back games to the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks at home.
Washington got blown out by the Knicks 109-91 on Feb. 12, but star guard Bradley Beal did not play to get some much-needed rest. He looked spry against the Boston Celtics the next game, scoring 35 points and accounted for seven rebounds and five assists in the 104-91 victory.
“I think we were just locked in,” said Beal. “We knew who we were playing [and] knew what was at stake.”