Podcast: HBCU Small School Baseball Fact Finding Report

Podcast focus on fact finding information. Why several conferences are shunning HBCU small school programs from being included in nationally rankings as well as top seeding’s within their own conference. The report details who’s behind and the motives to keep several stout HBCU teams from advancing with winning records and how the rules are being change during the regular season to exclude HBCUs with winning record. A ton of factors from HBCUs and non-HBCUs contributed to this podcast.


* The Podcast expressed do not necessarily represent the views of our committee as a whole or of its individual members… just those of one concerned collegiate baseball writer and contemporary reporter for Black College Nines. 

12 comments for “Podcast: HBCU Small School Baseball Fact Finding Report

  1. April 19, 2017 at 5:51 AM

    Very interesting.

  2. james
    April 19, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    wow winston salem state is in the same boat.

  3. April 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    I don’t think that either Fisher or Voorhees has a strong enough record for post-season play.
    I regard the AII as a strange arrangement; a “conference” that has no regular season.

  4. james
    April 19, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    All of this is very interesting. Hbcu has some very good baseball teams. And there are some who has to settle and play who is on their schedule , The good teams won’t play them because of of being afraid of losing. Wssu is 27-14 they won’t be ranked or move up because of strength of schedule. Even though their record is better than a lot of teams , they won’t move in or up in their region because of the the teams with a so called strength of schedule. Interesting it is.

  5. TJ
    April 19, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    So the question is – what can be done about this blatant disregard for fairness in the AII conference? Shameful!

  6. April 19, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    TJ, one thing that would help would be for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to get three more members. (I thought that Stillman was joining the GCAC; if so, two more members.) Then, they could hold their own tournament, with the winner qualifying for the NAIA Opening Round.

    It’s unlikely that the NAIA would disband the AII, or tell Georgia Gwinnett that they can’t host the tournament. However, the past history I’ve seen in the NAIA is, if the coaches complain loudly enough, things change. GGC’s habit of having a schedule top-heavy with home games (40 out of 55 this season) has to be a red flag for them.

  7. james
    April 20, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    That’s a good question . What can you do, strength of schedule should not be a factor. Wins and lost should matter. In baseball we all know that baseball can bounce funny sometimes and a good team can lose to a average team any day or anybody can lose to anybody on any given day. Throw out the strength of schedule and go with wins and lost. That would be a start. Then lets see if that changes the dynamics of Hbcu teams getting ranked and in to post season.

  8. Mickey
    April 20, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    The sports information director for the A.I.I. conference is also the SID for Georgia Gwinnett. The last SID for the A.I.I. lived out west was recently dismissed for not catering to GGC.

  9. james
    April 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    wow tha’ts not good.

  10. TJ
    April 25, 2017 at 6:45 AM

    Robert, I agree. Hopefully the GCAC will be able to get those 3 additional members and those teams can move on to a more equitable playing field (no pun intended!). I do believe the coaches are complaining, but it sounds like its falling on deaf ears.

  11. Michael
    April 25, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    TJ, glad to inform it has not fallen on death ears. Four of the five teams selected for the A.I.I. tournament have raised a new issue with the conference. After the tournament field was revealed the A.I.I. conference stated the tournament seeds will be announced on Friday, April 28. All five teams have three (Fisher four) games remaining to be played scheduled for April 28-30 which can affect both the standings and seeding. In my opinion, Georgia Gwinnett is still trying to solidify the No. 1 seed without the play on the field.

    From the author of the post.

  12. TJ
    April 26, 2017 at 5:17 AM

    I would have to agree with you Michael – by using a seeding date of April 28th when clearly there are more games to be played certainly gives the appearance of Georgia Gwinnett trying to solidify them as the No. 1 seed. Hopefully the A.I.I. will take note and at least extend the seeding announcement until all games are played. Certainly that makes more sense?

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