My stint at Prairie View A&M university did not involve many extra curricular activities beyond studying for my classes each semester. I never did go to any sporting events due to the fact that I lived about an hour away from school and I just did not usually have the time or energy to attend. Maybe I didn’t go because my school spirit was not like that of some of my surrounding schools that worship their sporting programs in a cult like fashion.
School spirit is not a bad thing, I just didn’t have any. And when it came to Prairie View football, all anyone would ever commend us on would be our great marching band. Again, not a bad thing, but its sad when the band and the half time show received more attention than the actual football team.
ESPN deemed us the #1 Worst College Football Team of All Time for our 80 game losing streak in the 1990s. Not a great way to get people interested in our program.
Then all that changed about 6 years ago when a coach named Henry Fraizer III took over the PVAMU football program. Fast forward and this year he and the team has earned the highest achievement by winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship game against Alabama A&M 30-24.
FINALLY, some bragging rights and another reason to feel proud of my school.
Here are some pics from after the win…GO PANTHERS, keep up the good work!
Defensive End Quinton Spears and quarterback K.J. Black were named defensive and offensive MVPs of Saturday’s Title Game.
Coach Fraizer celebrating the victory!
Dr. George C. Wright (left) and PVAMU Head Football Coach Henry Fraizer III (center).
On another note, Dr. Judy Perkins took over the Civil Engineering Department at Prairie View A&M while I was there and she just received an award from the TAMUS Board of Regents for exemplary contributions to the university and to the people of Texas.
One more reason to be proud.