Wildcats Celebrate 2013 MEAC Football Championship
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Under the direction of head coach Brian Jenkins, the Bethune-Cookman University football team held its annual end-of-year banquet, celebrating the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the 500 Club of the Daytona International Speedway.
The M.C. for the evening was veteran sports commentator Charlie Neal, while comedian Rod Z performed a special standup act during the dinner portion of the event. The event was limited to season ticket holders, trustees and specially invited guests, due to limited seating inside the 500 Club. As expected, it was sold out occasion.
Performed much like the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, the evening included special team awards named after several people associated with the Bethune-Cookman University football family. Videos highlighted the nominees for each award, while the winner was revealed from an envelope by the presenter.
With assistance from Darian McCaskill of the award-winning CatEye Network, Tiffany Todd revealed the end-of-year video with a special look inside the Wildcats program. Other presentations from the CatEye Network included clips of celebrations around the season from student-athletes, coaches and support staff, as well as a “Then and Now” portion, including baby pictures and much more.
The night ended with Director of Athletics Lynn W. Thompson and Brian Jenkins giving a special award to Charlie Neal for his outstanding career announcing and broadcasting Historically Black College/University (HBCU) games for more than 40 years.
A “Herald” is the word used to describe Neal in the award.
|Name of Honoree||Award Received|
|Tevin Toney||Charles Bingham Humanitarian Award|
|Cary White||Lee Bryant Outstanding Leadership Award|
|Isidore Jackson||Jack “Cy” McClairen Trailblazer Award|
|Erik Williams||Willie “Foots” Lee Defensive Lineman Award|
|Andrew Edouard||Larry Little Workman Award|
|Nesley Marcellon||Scholar Award|
|Rashard Brown||Dean Montgomery Gridiron Scholar Award|
|Eddie Poole||Bill Flynt Achievement Award|
|Jarkevis Fields||Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award|
|LeBrandon Richardson||Lee Williams Workman Award|
|Dyron Dye||Mathis-Collins-Weems Perseverance Award|
|Jordan Murphy||Donavan Wells Excellence Award|
|Rahdeese Alcutt & Preston Cleckley||Special Cat Award|
The next event for B-CU football will be the national signing day bash on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5. A time and location for the annual event will be announced in the days to come.
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