Tramaine Awarded Game Ball from Bob Costas

One of the special honors of Sunday night football is for NBC to award a “game ball” to the MVP of the game.  The player’s picture is also added the side of the NBC Sunday Night Football bus that travels to all the games.

Sunday night football is the most-watched primetime television show

Here is the NBC summary about Tramaine’s game tonight:

Tramaine Brock took over as the 49ers third cornerback Sunday for a sore-kneed Nnamdi Asomugha.

There’s no indication he should be giving the job back anytime soon.

Brock had the job prior to a minor injury in camp, but at this point, it’s hard to see them going back to an older player, who is also in a contract year.

Making him compete seems to have brought the best out in Brock, who is also positioning himself for a bigger deal from someone this offseason.

BU Football Alum Grabbing NFL Headlines – RIGHT NOW, 8:30 pm

It is not yet the end of the second quarter, but already our alum, Tramaine Brock, has TWO interceptions – the first one for a touchdown.

He plays for the San Fancisco 49ers.  The game is on NBC.

Trmaine is getting lots of attention from Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, who are broadcasting the game.

Here is the a news story about Tramine from two days ago:

49ers’ Tramaine Brock faces tall order

By Cam Inman

SANTA CLARA — Injured cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has been impressed by what he’s seen from his replacement, Tramaine Brock, who’s expected to be the 49ers’ No. 3 cornerback for a second straight game Sunday night.

“He’s played well ever since I’ve been here. He’s quick,” said Asomugha, an 11th-year veteran who joined the 49ers in April.

Brock, who’s 5-foot-10, will need his speed Sunday night to help keep track of Houston Texans star Andre Johnson, who’s 6-3.

“I like that matchup. (Brock) is an aggressive corner, and he’s not going to back down by any means,” safety Eric Reid said. “We’re going to depend on him to do his job.”

Johnson is listed as questionable because of a shin injury, but he told Houston-area reporters: “It’s all right. I’m playing. That’s all that matters.”

Johnson ranks first in NFL history with 81.8 receiving yards per game.

Brock played well in the 49ers’ win at St. Louis on Sept. 26, tipping a third-down pass that Donte Whitner snagged for an interception in the 49ers end zone. “That was a very critical play at that time and he made that,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “And he made some other good plays.”

Brock had been limited to special-teams snaps through the 49ers’ first three games. A fourth-year veteran, he’s playing this season on the one-year, $1,323,000 million tender he received as a restricted free agent. That’s a higher salary than starter Tarell Brown ($925,000) and Asomugha ($1 million)

Turn on the Lights – You Won’t Believe What You See

Tomorrow, Friday, is a historic day for Belhaven Athletics, as the dream of a lighted soccer stadium becomes reality in the Soccer Bowl.

You’ve probably seen the construction and the lights, so now you get to enjoy soccer under the lights.

I saw the lights tested a few days ago. They light up the field for television intensity lighting, but there is no bleed over of light onto the street or surrounding area. The technology is incredible.

The SSAC conference schedule tomorrow has Women’s Soccer playing Emmanuel College at 4:30 pm, followed by Men’s Soccer versus Emmanuel at 7:00 pm.

Between matches we will recognize key lead contributors to this exciting project and thank them for their generosity.  Come join in!

Soccer Success

Our soccer teams are having significant success early in the season


WOMEN – Undefeated!

Congratulations to head coach Josue Sabillon and the women’s team for their remarkable start to the 2013 season. Their last victory was over Millsaps College, outshooting them 19-9 and winning by a score of 1-0.

Freshman goalkeeper Isabelle Granlund has three shut outs on the year.  And the team has outscored their five opponents 19-4, and beat Division II Delta State University during this run of games.

The national rankings that will be posted on Tuesday next week should push this team into the polls, as they are one of the few undefeated teams in the country.


MEN – National Program Features Quality of Belhaven Soccer

This week, the Blazers are featured in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s weekly television production. Fans can watch the show and feature by clicking here.  The feature about BU is the first story of the program.

The production is sent to nearly every collegiate coach in the country, though NAIA schools are typically not featured.

“I was incredibly humbled when the NSCAA initially contacted me, and this is a great credit to the guys here,” Head Coach Brian McMahon said. “The opportunity for them to cover us specifically is a tremendous honor. I was told that the NSCAA recognized the quality of play in the NAIA. There is quite a bit of parity between the Division-1 level and the NAIA, so for the NSCAA to recognize that is exciting.”

Preseason Football Poll Ranks Belhaven 21st

This is the first time since October 5, 2004 we have been ranked in the top 25 in the nation.  Congratulations to Head Coach Joe Thrasher, the full coaching staff, and our team.

The full report and listing of the rankings can be found HERE.

Our first home game will be next Saturday evening, August 31, at 7pm vs. Texas College.  The full schedule can be found HERE.

It should be a fun season ahead.

Go Blazers!

Kyle Wheeler Drafted by Oakland A’s

Kyle Wheeler, a 2013 graduate – Sports Administration major and BU baseball player – was selected in the 26th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.

Kyle is a catcher.

The list of Mississippi drafted players is below.  Kyle is #26 on this list.

Congratulations Kyle . . . and congratulations to Coach Hill Denson for allowing another BU player to get an opportunity to play professionally.

Mississippians in MLB Draft

Round, Name, Position, College (high school if from Mississippi), Team Drafted By

1. Hunter Renfroe, OF, Miss. State (Copiah Aca.), Padres (13th overall pick)

1. Tim Anderson, SS, East Central CC, 1st(17th overall)   White Sox (17th overall pick)

2. Cody Reed, LHP, Northwest CC (Horn Lake), Royals

3. Stuart Turner, C, Ole Miss, Twins

3. JaColby Jones, CF, LSU (Richton), Pirates

3. Mike Mayers, RHP, Ole Miss, Cardinals

5. Bobby Wahl, RHP, Ole Miss, A’s

6. Adam Frazier, SS, Mississippi State, Pirates

6. Colin Bray, CF, Faulkner State (Vancleave), Pirates

8. Kendall Graveman, RHP, Mississippi State, Blue Jays

8. Andrew Pierce, RHP, Southern Miss (Stringer), Cardinals

9. Chad Girodo, LHP, Mississippi State, Blue Jays

12. Jake Drehoff, LHP, Southern Miss, Red Sox

12. Beau Wallace, 3B, HInds CC (Warren Central), Pirates

13. Angel Rosa, SS, Alcorn State, Angels

13. Evan Mitchell, RHP, Mississippi State, Reds

14. Silento Sayles, OF, Port Gibson, Indians

15. Jordan Barnes, OF, Northwest CC, Yankees

18. Brandon Fry, LHP, Pearl RIver CC, Padres

22. Daryl Norris, RHP, Mississippi State, Tigers

23. Luis Pollorenam, LHP, Mississippi State, Rangers

26. Tanner Cable, RHP, Northwest CC (Southaven) , Blue Jays

26. Christian Talley, RHP, Pearl River CC, Rays

26. Kyle Wheeler, C, Belhaven, A’s

27. Tyler Buckley, RHP, Arkansas-Little Rock (Vancleave), Phillies

29. Garrett Pickens, RHP, Delta State (Manchester Academy), Blue Jays

29. Charley Sullivan, RHP, Alabama (Oxford), Tigers

31. Brett Huber, RHP, Ole Miss, Tigers

31. Tanner Bailey, RHP, Ole Miss, Tigers

34. Mac Seibert, 2B, Meridian CC, Braves

35. William Travis, RHP, Southwest CC (North Pike), Brewers

36. Reid Humphreys, SS, Northwest Rankin, Nationals

Belhaven in the Run for Softball National Championship

We will host the national tournament first round, with four teams playing Monday – Wednesday next week.  If we win this opening round, our team will advance to the NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., May 24 – 30.

Congratulations to our softball players, Head Coach Kevin Griffin, and Assistant Coach Rebecca Rousseau.

Here is the story:

The Belhaven softball team is headed back to the NAIA National Championships for the third time in four seasons and will host one of 10 opening round tournaments. The Blazers finished 5th in 2010 and 3rd in 2011 and will be making the programs third overall appearance thanks to an at-large berth in this year’s field. Belhaven boasts an impressive 9-4 record in national tournament competition.

The 2013 season marks this first time the championship will feature an opening round format. There will be 10 opening round sites with four teams at each location adding up to a total of 40 schools in the tournament field. Belhaven was selected to host one of the 10 opening round events, which will be played May 13-15 at Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi.

Belhaven enters the NAIA National Championships with a 35-12 record and a number 13 ranking in the final regular season top 25 coaches’ poll. The Blazers finished third at the Southern States Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend and will be the number two seed in the Belhaven bracket. The SSAC, arguably the toughest softball conference in the NAIA, sent four teams including Belhaven to this year’s tournament. Lee, Auburn-Montgomery, and Spring Hill will also represent the SSAC in this year’s field.

The three schools making the trip to Clinton will be Reinhardt University, William Woods University, and LSU-Alexandria. Reinhardt will be the top seed in the bracket after boasting a 40-6 record during the regular season. Reinhardt, ranked 8th in the final top 25 poll, hails from the Appalachian Athletic Conference and is in the field via an automatic bid as the conference’s regular season champion. This will be the Eagles third overall appearance in the tournament with their last coming in 2012. They are 2-4 in national tournament competition.

William Woods is the third seed and will be Belhaven’s first opponent in the tournament. The Owls are 24-14 overall and punched their ticket to the national tournament as the American Midwest Tournament Champion. William Woods landed in the receiving vote’s category in the final top 25 poll and are making their 11th trip to the national tournament. The Owls last appeared in 2011 and own an overall record of 10-24 in national tournament games.

The fourth seed in this year’s Belhaven bracket is LSU-Alexandria. The Generals earned an automatic bid as the runner up in the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament. LSU-Alexandria is 22-28 overall and is making its first ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship Tournament. The Generals will take on top-seeded Reinhardt in the first round of the Belhaven bracket.

The event will kick off on Monday with Belhaven battling William Woods at 2:00 PM CDT at Clinton High School followed by the Reinhardt and LSU-Alexandria matchup at 5:00 PM. Game times for Tuesday are 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, and 6:00 PM with the championship game on Wednesday at 1:00 PM. Each of the Opening Round winners will advance to the NAIA Softball National Championship final site in Columbus, Ga., May 24 – 30. The format in Columbus is a double-elimination, 10-team event on a single championship field.

Tennis Milestone for Coach Levi Patton

Congratulations to Coach Levi Patton – today he achieved his 100th win as Belhaven University tennis coach.

Highlights of the 2012 season:

  • Top #15 ranking for the men’s team
  • National Tournament Appearance  – Round of 16
  • High of #21 ranking for the women’s team with a year end finish in the votes receiving category
  • 3 SSAC All-Conference Players – Jefferson Nino, David Mejia and Daniel Prado
  • SSAC Female Sportsmanship Award – Rachel Earnheart
  • Eleven NAIA Academic All-Americans
  • 1 NAIA All-American Player – Jefferson Nino
  • Men’s Team NAIA All-Academic Team
  • Women’s Team NAIA All-Academic Team
  • Men’s team record 16-4
  • Women’s team record 14-7

Academic March Madness in the Sports Administration Department

Dr. Howard Bartee, Chair, Department of Sports Administration, announced two special events next week for our sports administration majors.

Monday, March 25th, 2013, Marc Williams and Dr. Bartee will co-moderate an “Advice from the Pros” panel featuring Jay Harris, ESPN Sportscenter Anchor and Kelly Jones, Host of Better Kansas City.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, Cathy Pryor, Senior Vice President of Store Operations at Hibbett Sports will be speaking to our students about a new program called “Get in the Game: Development a Career in the Sporting Goods Industry”.

Also, one of Sports Administration Majors, Natalia Krier was featured on Fox Sports South during their Southern Showcase series on yesterday at 5 P.M. and will  re-air on the same channel Friday (3/22) and Sunday (3/24) at 10:00 AM CDT.

Did you know that next fall we are launching a major in Sports Broadcasting?

NAIA National Office News Release

NAIA National Office – Former Belhaven defensive back Tramaine Brock will take the field for the San Francisco 49ers as they take on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, becoming the first former Belhaven football player to make it to the super stage of the Super Bowl.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Brock is in his third season with the 49ers after finishing his senior season at Belhaven in 2009. Brock has collected a career-high 16 tackles in 16 games this season for San Francisco as a defensive back and member of the special teams. Brock’s total career numbers include 25 tackles, two interceptions, five passes defended, and one forced fumble.

“As soon as the NFC Championship game was over, I was elated for Tramaine,” said Belhaven head coach Joe Thrasher. “He has worked so hard earning his spot on the roster after coming into the NFL as a free agent. For the past three years he has continued to achieve as a phenomenal football player. He is a great representation of Belhaven and the state of Mississippi. The opportunity for him to be in the Super Bowl is tremendous, and I have no doubt that he will go out there and play well. We are proud of him making it that far.”

Brock recalls his Belhaven days fondly, and has tremendous respect for the Blazer’s coach Thrasher. “Coach Thrasher is more than a coach to me,” Brock said. “Football isn’t the only thing he cares about. He cares about and loves football, but he puts people first in his life.”

In 2009 as a Blazer, Brock had a team high six interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. Brock tied the Belhaven single season record for most interceptions and compiled 51 total tackles with 2.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss. Brock also returned kicks for the Blazers averaging 17.4 yards per return with a long of 55 yards. Brock was named to the Mid-South Conference Western Division All-Conference Team.

San Francisco will be playing for its sixth Super Bowl title when the team battles the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans on Sunday, February 3rd. The kickoff is slated for 5:30 PM CST, and the game will be broadcast on CBS.