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Morehouse Hosts the 77th SIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(March 1, 2010) -- The nation’s oldest conference basketball tournament for historically black colleges and universities comes to Morehouse when the College hosts the 77th Annual Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament March 2-6.

The SIAC’s 13 member schools will compete for men’s and women’s conference titles. Tournament champions also get the opportunity to play for a national championship as they will get the SIAC’s automatic bids to the NCAA Division II basketball tournament.

The first women’s game tips off at 9 a.m. The men’s session begins at 3 p.m., with the Maroon Tigers playing Stillman College at 5 p.m. All games will be held at Franklin L. Forbes Arena.

The men’s and women’s brackets can be downloaded here: Men and Women.

The week will be about more than just basketball. Tuesday, March 2, the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program and the SIAC will host the first annual SIAC Sports Business and Policy Symposium at Morehouse’s Bank of America Auditorium. Athletes and students will get an opportunity to hear from 1968 Olympic hero Tommie Smith, author and New York Times sports columnist Bill Rhoden and other experts who will speak in the symposium titled, “Life After the Locker Room.” The 6 p.m. symposium, which examines life after sports careers end, is free and open to the public.

"This symposium represents a wide range of experiences and expertise that will help college athletes – and really any student – make better career and academic decisions," said Ron Thomas, director of the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program.

Other panelists include Doug and Ryan Stewart of the syndicated radio show “Two Live Stews;” as well as former Olympic track star Joetta Clark Diggs. Also on hand will be NCAA Vice President Robert Vowels; money management expert Dennis Hinton; and former pro football player Danny Buggs, who now is the director of HBCU Inner-City Ministries for the Fellowship of Christian Athletics.

“In light of plain fact that there would be no sports industry but for the significant contributions of African Americans, it is the goal of the SIAC, as one of only four HBCU athletic conferences, to facilitate meaningful discussions that touch the myriad of complex issues impacting sports in general and black folks in particular," said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore.

A cheerleading/dance team competition, college fair, mixers for alumni of SIAC schools at the Marriott Marquis and post-game parties also will take place throughout the week. Rapper Travis Porter will give a post game concert Friday, March 5, at Forbes Arena.

For ticket information, click here.

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