As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at the best of HBCUSports.com from 2022. It was an especially busy year — we saw one ex-NFL player turned coach take a Power Five job — while another accept an HBCU job just after Christmas. There were dominant performances on the court, football field, diamond, and beyond. In between, history was both made and nearly achieved along the way.
These were our 10 most memorable HBCUSports.com stories during the year, in no particular order:
Ed Reed to be named Bethune-Cookman head coach: In a long history of HBCUs hiring former NFL players as head coaches, B-CU announced just after Christmas that the former Baltimore Ravens All-Pro and Pro Football Hall Famer would join the illustrious list.
Deion Sanders to become next Colorado head coach: After turning HBCU football on its head by challenging the way in which Black colleges were perceived in mainstream circles while also transforming Jackson State into an on-field and multimedia force by landing blue-chip athletes and national attention over three seasons, Sanders agreed to be the next head coach at Colorado.