Last Updated 8:14 AM, December 24, 2022

Recapping the 2022 HBCU football season

NC Central's Davius Richard and Khalil Baker break down winning school's first Celebration Bowl
1:36 am, December 18, 2022

👀 The final HBCU power rankings


The 2022 HBCU football season is over and it's time to take a look at the final HBCU football power rankings from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton. The power rankings look at the 2022 HBCU football season at the FCS level from a cumulative perspective, evaluating the entire season from start to finish.

Find out where every team landed and who took the top spot by clicking or tapping here.

1:05 am, December 18, 2022

North Carolina Central wins the 2022 Celebration Bowl


North Carolina Central defeated Jackson State 41-34 in overtime to win the 2022 Celebration Bowl. The win is North Carolina Central's first Celebration Bowl title. North Carolina Central's win is the MEAC's fifth straight win in the Celebration Bowl; the conference is now 6-1 in the bowl game.

Celebration Bowl Offensive MVP Davius Richard and Defensive MVP Khalil Baker caught up with NCAA Digital's Stan Becton to talk about winning the first Celebration Bowl in North Carolina Central history. See the interview below.

NC Central's Davius Richard and Khalil Baker break down winning school's first Celebration Bowl

Click or tap here to see how NCCU won from start to finish.

Below you can find an updated Celebration Bowl history.

2022 North Carolina Central (MEAC) 41-34 (OT) Jackson State (SWAC) Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
Atlanta GA
2021 South Carolina State (MEAC) 31-10 Jackson State (SWAC) Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
Atlanta GA
2020 — Canceled due to Covid-19 -- -- -- --
2019 North Carolina A&T (MEAC) 64-44 Alcorn State (SWAC) Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
Atlanta GA
2018 North Carolina A&T (MEAC) 24-22 Alcorn State (SWAC) Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
Atlanta GA
2017 North Carolina A&T (MEAC) 21-14 Grambling State (SWAC) Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
Atlanta GA
2016 Grambling State (SWAC) 10-9 North Carolina Central (MEAC) Georgia Dome,
Atlanta GA
2015 North Carolina A&T (MEAC) 41-34 Alcorn State (SWAC) Georgia Dome,
Atlanta GA
7:20 pm, December 13, 2022

6 HBCU players named AP All-Americans

Six HBCU players earned AP All-American honors, highlighted by North Carolina Central defensive back Khalil Baker landing on the first team. Here are the rest of the HBCU AP All-Americans.

First Team AP All-American

  • DB Khalil Baker | North Carolina Central

Second Team AP All-American

  • OL Mark Evans II | Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • WR Xavier Smith | Florida A&M
  • LB BJ Davis | South Carolina State
  • LB Aubrey Miller | Jackson State

Third Team AP All-American

  • OL Tyler Brown | Jackson State

Click or tap here for the complete list of FCS AP All-Americans

5:37 pm, December 13, 2022

Jackson State names T.C. Taylor as new head coach

Jackson State named T.C. Taylor has been named the 22nd head coach. Taylor played  quarterback and wide receiver at Jackson State and has been on the football program's staff since 2019.

10:40 pm, December 11, 2022

👀 2022 All-HBCU team


A select group of HBCU football players stood out among their peers, thanks to on-field performances. Here are the top players, by position, from the 2022 HBCU football season. In total, there are 29 players.

Some notable names on the list include:

  • QB - Shedeur Sanders | Jackson State
  • WR - Xavier Smith | Florida A&M
  • OL - Mark Evans | Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • LB - BJ Davis | South Carolina State

Click or tap here to view the complete list

10:35 pm, December 11, 2022

Live updates for the 2022 Celebration Bowl

Jackson State is set to battle North Carolina Central in the 2022 Celebration Bowl. We're providing live updates on-site, leading up to and during the game.

Click or tap here for live Celebration Bowl updates

6:39 pm, December 6, 2022



The MEAC announced its Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year winners during the 64th annual National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame Press Conference. North Carolina Central swept the awards, with quarterback Davius Richard and defensive back Khalil Baker taking home the honors. It's the first time since 2005 that the MEAC’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year have come from the same school.

6:15 pm, December 6, 2022

🥇 7 HBCU players finish as finalists for national awards

Seven HBCU players from five schools finished as finalists for the Walter Payton and Buck Buchanan Awards. See where they finished below

Walter Payton Award

  • Sixth | Shedeur Sanders, QB, Jackson State (45 points)
  • Tied for 20th | Bhayshul Tuten, RB, North Carolina A&T (4 points)
  • Tied for 20th | Xavier Smith, WR, Florida A&M (4 points)
  • Tied for 23th | Davius Richard, QB, North Carolina Central (2 points)

Buck Buchanan Award

  • Tied for eighth | Aubrey Miller Jr., LB, Jackson State (27 points)
  • 14th | BJ Davis, LB, South Carolina State: 2-1-0-1-2-18
  • Tied for 23th | Khalil Baker, DB, North Carolina Central: 0-0-0-1-2-4

Click or tap here for every finalist for the awards.

3:36 am, December 4, 2022

👀 Deion Sanders named head coach at Colorado

Shortly after Jackson State won the SWAC to get into the Celebration Bowl, Tigers coach Deion Sanders was named the 28th head coach of CU Boulder. 

Sanders will finish the season at JSU and coach the Tigers in the Celebration Bowl.

"I've chosen to accept the job elsewhere next year," Sanders said in a video of him addressing the team posted to Instagram. "I'm gonna finish what we started, and we're gonna dominate. I'm gonna be here until that end and that conclusion, and then when that conclusion... we'll move on."

Coach Prime campaigned for wide receivers coach T.C. Taylor to succeed him at Jackson State.

"My recommendation goes to T.C." Sanders said. "They know how I feel about T.C. I want T.C., and several of the staff members here will be retained. I would love for it to be someone in-house ... I would not be here if it weren't for this man."

12:48 am, December 4, 2022

Celebration Bowl set: Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central

celebration bowl

The 2022 Celebration Bowl is set as Jackson State will face off against North Carolina Central on Dec. 17. Jackson State is representing the SWAC for the second straight year while North Carolina Central is representing the MEAC for the first time since 2016.

Click or tap here for more on this year's Celebration Bowl.

12:47 am, December 4, 2022

🏆 Jackson State wins the SWAC


Jackson State is the 2022 SWAC Champion after winning back-to-back titles. The Tigers defeated Southern 43-24 in the second matchup between the schools this year. With the win, Jackson State continues its best season is school history, moving to 12-0. The Tigers will represent the SWAC in the 2022 Celebration Bowl.

5:27 pm, December 3, 2022

The 2022 SWAC Championship is today

SWAC Championship

The 2022 SWAC Championship is today at 4 p.m. SWAC East champion Jackson State hosts SWAC West champion Southern. The winner wins the conference title and a Celebration Bowl berth. 

Click or tap here for a SWAC Championship preview.

Here's how to watch the 2022 SWAC Championship:

9:27 pm, November 29, 2022

🥇 2022 SWAC postseason honors

The SWAC has announced its postseason honors for the 2022 season. Find them below.

Players/Coach of the Year

  • Newcomer of the Year: Jarveon Howard | Alcorn State
  • Freshman of the Year: WR Kevin Coleman | Jackson State
  • Coach of the Year: Deion Sanders | Jackson State
  • Offensive Player of the Year: QB Shedeur Sanders | Jackson State
  • Defensive Player of the Year: LB Aubrey Miller Jr. | Jackson STate

First Team All-SWAC

Below you can find the First Team All-SWAC selections.


Other notable All-SWAC selections

Here are some other notable All-SWAC selections.

  • 2nd | QB Jeremy Moussa | Florida A&M
  • 2nd | RB Kayvon Britten | Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • 2nd | WR Shane Hooks | Jackson State
  • 2nd | DL Sundiata Anderson | Grambling State 
  • 2nd | LB Isaiah Major | Florida A&M

Click or tap here for the complete list of both All-SWAC teams.

9:27 pm, November 29, 2022

😼 Bethune-Cookman fires coach

Bethune-Cookman has fired head coach Terry Sims. Sims finished with a 38-39 overall record and was named MEAC Coach of the Year in 2015. 

Bethune-Cookman the third FCS HBCU to fire its football coach, joining Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Delaware State.

For more on the story, click or tap here.