Franklin County High School graduate and former San Francisco 49ers standout Dwaine Board has been named one of 25 finalists for the 2019 class of the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
This is the second straight year that Board, who was an All-American defensive lineman at North Carolina A&T, has been chosen as a finalist.
He was selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 1979 NFL Draft. In 1993, he was inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference hall of fame. In 2010, he was named to the MEAC’s 40th anniversary team.
Board played in the NFL from 1979-88. He was a defensive end for three Super Bowl-winning teams with San Francisco.
Other finalists of note are former Virginia Union, Norfolk State, St. Paul’s and Virginia University of Lynchburg coach Williard Bailey; former Virginia Union and Hampton coach Joe Taylor; Nate Newton; Robert Mathis; Hugh Douglas; Emerson Boozer and Timmy Newsome.
The new class of five players and one coach will be announced on Oct. 25 and will be enshrined in February in Atlanta.
NCAA looking at more transfer rule changes
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Council has introduced legislation that would allow some athletes to transfer during the summer and be immediately eligible to play for a new school if there is a head coaching change before the first day of fall classes.
The NCAA announced Friday four new rules proposed by the council , which come less than two weeks before some previously passed transform reforms go into effect. The others would require schools to commit two years of financial aid for all graduate transfers, allow walk-ons to play immediately after transferring and prohibit athletes from competing for two different schools in the same academic year.
Ex-Rice player charged in death of lineman
HOUSTON — Prosecutors have charged a former Rice University football player with selling the drugs that a current player fatally overdosed on earlier this year.
Stuart Michael Mouchantaf, 25, was being held Friday in the Harris County jail in Houston on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance causing death.
Maryland isn’t sharing McNair practice video
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BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland
isn’t sharing surveillance footage of football player Jordan McNair’s final practice on May 29.
McNair died of heatstroke at the age of 19 . Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, the firm representing McNair’s family, received a letter from the university’s Office of General Counsel this week denying the firm’s request under the Maryland Public Information Act for “any and all video recordings” from surveillance cameras .