Claflin University Baseball Player Eric Minor Wins Inaugural Madden 21 x HBCU Tournament

Claflin University baseball player Eric Minor beat out 15 players representing the four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to win the Inaugural Madden 21 x HBCU Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 6.  Minor, a junior computer science major from Suffolk, Va., was among four athletes from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) schools to compete in the finals.

As the champion, he was awarded a Grand Prize of $5,000.

“It feels amazing knowing that I’m the first-ever to win this tournament and that I won it while representing Claflin University, the most slept on HBCU,” said Minor. “For me, this means that I am the best HBCU Madden Player in the world, and no one can take that away.”  Minor said laughingly, “And I also have all-time bragging rights.”

EA SPORTS Madden NFL players representing HBCUs across the country participated in a single-elimination qualifier tournament for their school’s athletic conference in November 2020.

“We are extremely proud of Eric,” said Director of Athletics Tony O’Neal. “This is a huge accomplishment not only for him but for the University, the athletics department, and the CIAA.”

You can catch a rebroadcast of the tournament at

Courtesy of Claflin University Sports Information Department

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