By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comTwo former NFL players, a two-time championship winning basketball coach, a three time CIAA Track Coach of The Year, and a championship team headlined the Bowie State Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 during its banquet June 29 at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel.Approximately, 350 people were on hand as several contemporary Bowie State University (BSU) athletes and coaches were honored for their individual success that led to championships in football, basketball, and women’s track & field. Bowie State University held its Hall of Fame banquet on June 29 at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel and honored several standout athletes and coaches, including current men’s basketball head coach Darrell Brooks. (Courtesy Photo)Current men’s basketball coach Darrell Brooks took his place in the BSU Hall of Fame in the same year where he earned a postgraduate degree from his alma mater as well. Brooks was a student-athlete who played basketball for the Bulldogs as an undergraduate,has returned to become arguably its most successful men’s basketball coach in school history. When Brooks left the Bronx, New York in 1974 he never envisioned BSU would literally change his life. He has led the Bulldogs to CIAA Basketball championships in 2013 and 2017 when he was also named Coach of the Year. Brooks is second-all-time in victories after rebuilding the program following a successful tenure as an assistant coach at George Washington University under Karl Hobbs.While earning his place in Bulldogs lore, Coach Brooks also had the chance to share his Hall of Fame moment with his team that was inducted as well. Brooks’ first CIAA Championship team from 2013 joined its leader for a unique place in HBCU sports history.The irony of that season was that the expectations were limited because of disappointing conclusions to the previous seasons where they were prohibitive favorites only to fall short. That team personified getting hot at the right time as they won four games in four nights to win the title.However, that season began with four straight losses and with 11 upperclassmen, tensions grew as they approached the tournament following three consecutive wins to close out the regular season. Behind the brilliant individual performance of senior Byron Westmoreland, they concluded one of the greatest Tournament runs in CIAA to win the title. In the finals Westmoreland scored 38 points to lead BSU to the upset over Livingstone and earned the most outstanding player award.Former women’s track coach Marc Harrison was honored as well after building a program from ground zero. Harrison was named CIAA Coach of the Year from 2004 – 2006 and trained 35 all-American athletes while coaching at BSU. His 2006 team, which is also in the Hall of Fame, won the CIAA Women’s Outdoor Championship and beat the dynastic St. Augstine’s program coached by legendary George “Pup” Williams. It was the first championship won in that program’s history.Harrison was inducted with two of his former athletes this year. Tyhler Johnson was team captain of that 2006 team and won the 60 meter indoor championship also. Damara Parrish was an all-CIAA long jumper on that 2006 team was also a member of the class of 2019.Former NFL players Isaac Redmon and Chuck Alston were honored as well. Alston played for the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during four NFL seasons before a four-year Canadian Football League career with the Edmonton Eskimos. He also earned the distinction of being the only NCAA student-athlete who played football and basketball games in the same day and those uniforms are in their Hall of Fame.Redmond was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers XLV AFC Championship team that lost to the Green Bay Packers. He graduated as BSU’s all time rushing leader with 3,300 yards and rushed for 1,148 five TDs in his NFL career.
Explore further It was another good week for physics as an international team of researchers offered new confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity by using the Hubble Space Telescope to measure shifts in the apparent position of a star. Also, a team of researchers from several institutions in China demonstrated solving systems of linear equations with quantum mechanics—offering more evidence that if true quantum computers are ever made, they will likely be able to fulfill expectations. And a team of physicists reviewed three experiments that hinted at a phenomenon beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. © 2017 Science X Credit: Wikimedia Commons Best of Last Week–How antimatter forms, world’s first super telescope and why fathers treat toddler daughters different In space news, a team with the Center of Planetary Science announced that the ‘Wow!’ mystery signal from space was finally explained. Recorded in 1977, the mysterious signal had some suggesting it was evidence of aliens. And Ben Hoscheit, an undergrad at UW-Madison presented the results of his study to the American Astronomical Society that supported the idea that the Milky Way exists within a cosmological void. Also, a team at the University of Zurich announced that they had built the largest virtual universe ever simulated—cataloguing 25 billion virtual galaxies from 2 trillion virtual particles.In other news, an international team of collaborators announced that they had developed a new form of carbon that’s hard as a rock, yet elastic, like rubber. A team at Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London found that they were able to improve people’s creativity through electrical brain stimulation by suppressing a part of brain processing that is normally involved in reasoning. And another international team announced that they had discovered the oldest Homo sapiens fossils at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.And finally, if you’re under the impression that a glass of wine with dinner every night is healthy, you might want to think again, as a team from the University of Oxford and University College London conducted a study finding that even moderate drinking is linked to a decline in brain health. Long-term consumption of moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages, they claim, resulted in risk for hippocampal atrophy, a form of brain damage that impacts spatial navigation and memory. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Best of Last Week – Possible phenomenon beyond Standard Model, Wow! mystery signal solved and alcohol impact on brain (2017, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-week-phenomenon-standard-wow-mystery.html