As one might conclude – and has been the case with previous years – the things we witnessed on the HBCU sports landscape during the year that was 2017 did not disappoint.
It was a year that produced the expected and unexpected.
We witnessed events that included a school announcing its plan to leave an NCAA Division I conference to move down to Division II for financial reasons. We also observed another school from the same conference announce its departure to join another non-HBCU conference because – quite frankly – it thought it was better academically than everyone else in the former conference.
The year 2017 was the year we sadly saw the end of a conference championship game, which led to a long-term conference commissioner calling it quits and resulting in a collective “Hallelujah” from the fans that follow the conference.
Best of all, we saw HBCU student-athletes ascend to the next level to become members of the fraternity that is the NFL.
Based on the data we’ve retrieved from analytic and social media reports from the past year, below are the 30 most-read stories from 2017.