Ask Dr. Carter

Why doesn't the administration pay any attention to programs at JCSU like the football team, the band, the track team? The football team is an embarrassment to the University.

A good, competitive football team is the biggest source of income for any college or university. Yet, for whatever reason, JCSU gives it no substantial support. The band is pathetic when compared to other schools like Miles College or even Livingstone. The women's track team which is second in the country among NCAA Division II schools seemingly gets no support from the University. Yet, one of its members has been named Scholar Athlete of the year two years in a row with NO publicity from the University.  


The following answer is provided by Steven B. Aycock, Head Football Coach. 

The mission of the Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls Football Program is to build a team comprised of student-athletes and a coaching staff purposed to radically transform the Golden Bulls into an elite corps of socially responsible young men and stellar athletes, who perform at the highest level in the classroom, in the community and on the field. In order to attain this radical transformation and move to the greatness of being champions, we need the support of our JCSU family and friends. 

The JCSU football program is committed to providing our student-athletes the tools needed for a high quality education experience. Our football players are students first and athletes second. The values that our young men learn throughout their playing careers will enhance their academic experience and build within them self-esteem, self-confidence and an appreciation for life-long learning. In addition, our football student-athletes strive to have an unwavering loyalty to their faith, their family and each other as well as to the proud traditions of the Golden Bulls Football Program and Johnson C. Smith University.

While we understand and internalize the disappointment associated with a losing season, we also celebrate the successes that we have realized during my tenure as head football coach for the last five plus years. These successes continue to be encouragement and motivation to our student-athletes and coaching staff as we press on. 

2009-2010 Football Season

  • Five touchdowns in back-to-back games earned CIAA recognition
  • Two Golden Bulls football student-athletes named to the 2009 All-American Bowl
  • Lawyer Montgomery awarded a 2009 Bronko Nagurski scholarship and recognition for defensive performance
  • Ryan Carter had over 700 yards of total offense for the season (459 passing; 262 rushing)
  • Jeremy Franklin topped the 2009 Consensus Draft Services All-HBCU Football Team

2010-2011 Football Season

  • Jeremy Franklin selected to participate in the HBCU Bowl Game in Atlanta
  • Exercised commitment to community engagement by mentoring in local elementary schools
  • Participated in the Chris Canty Foundation Clean-up for Change Project
  • Two Golden Bulls football student-athletes named to the All-CIAA Football First/Second Teams and were honored at the CIAA Championship Luncheon

2011-2012 Football Season

  • Finished the 2011 football season 6-5 with a first-ever Pioneer Bowl Championship
  • Keahn Wallace was named 2011 CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year making him the first JCSU student-athlete to ever win this honor
  • Offensive stats went from 11th  in the conference to 4th in the conference
  • Defensive stats went from 8th in the conference to 4th in the conference
  • Head Coach Steven Aycock was recognized as CIAA Coach of the Week three times
  • Predicted to finish 10th in the CIAA; however, the team realized a 3rd place finish
  • Football Team was honored by the CIAA in four out of six weeks
  • Head Coach Steven Aycock was selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Expert Forum

2012-2013 Football Season

  • Finished the season with a 6-4 overall record and a 5-2 record in the CIAA
  • The 2012 winning season marked the first time since 1972-73 that the Golden Bulls have had back-to-back winning seasons
  • The Golden Bulls ended the season on a four-game winning streak, the longest win streak since 1996
  • Predicted to finish 8th in the CIAA; however, we realized a 3rd place finish
  • Jordan Mosley, offensive lineman, entered the 2013 NFL Draft
  • Dedrick Anderson, All-CIAA running back rushed for over 1000 yards – the first player to rush for over a 1,000 yards in a season since 1991
  • Keahn Wallace, quarterback, set a new single-season record for Most Passing Yards with 2,280
  • Matthew Jeffries, receiver, set a new single-game record for Most Receiving Yards with 170 during our Homecoming victory
  • Head Coach Steven Aycock was selected along with his coaching staff to coach the North Team in the 2012 FCS Senior Scout Bowl presented by the Collegiate Development Football League
  • Rashad Dukes, Matthew Jeffries, Dedrick Anderson, Jordan Mosley and Darryl Rankin were selected to participate in the 2012 FCS Senior Scout Bowl as players for the North Team

2013-2014 Football Season

  • Leon Minto signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent
  • Jovontay Williams named to the 2014 BSN Preseason All-America Team
  • LeAnder Barney nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
  • George Orr and Rico Arellano selected for the Annual National Bowl Game
  • Freshman punter Matias Lambrecht was ranked 2nd in the CIAA and 7th in all of NCAA Division II averaging 43 yards per punt 
  • Golden Bulls football team earned five CIAA weekly honors
  • Wrote a new record with a 35-22 win over NCAA Division I Davidson College
  • First 3-0 start for the football program since 1982
  • Rico Arellano selected to participate in an internship with the Indianapolis Colts
  • Matthew Jefferies selected to participate in an internship with the Atlanta Falcons
  • Assistant Coach Marshall Banks selected for a NFL Coaching Fellowship with the Carolina Panthers
  • Head Coach Steven Aycock was one of seven alumni honored by Savannah State University, his Alma Mater, at the 2013 Influential SSU Alumni Scholarship Benefit  sponsored by the Savannah Chapter of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association

2014-2015 Football Season 

Despite a disappointing season, we are proud of the how our team persevered and won the final two games of the season – a thrilling victory over St. Augustine’s University that brought excitement to Homecoming and a decisive victory over Livingstone College in the 6th Commemorative Classic, which the Golden Bulls have won all 6 years. We are also excited to celebrate the notable accomplishments of several of our football student-athletes as we press on to building a winning football program: 

Austin Jacques – junior, linebacker

NCAA Division II Statistical Standings

  • 6th Total Tackles (133 – 72 solo, 61 assisted)
  • 2nd (tied) Single Game Total Tackles (23 on 10/4/14)
  • 8th (tied) Single Game Total Tackles (21 on 9/20/14)

CIAA Statistical Standings

  • 1st Total Tackles – 133 
  • 1st Tackles per Game – 13.3
  • 2nd Forced Fumbles – 3 (tied)

CIAA Linebacker of the Week:  Week of September 21, 2014 Linebacker of the Week:  Week of September 21, 2014

Christopher Randolph – senior, defensive end

NCAA Division II Statistical Standings

  • 1st (tied) Single Game Forced Fumbles ( 3 on 9/13/14)
  • 5th (tied) Total Forced Fumbles (4)

CIAA Statistical Standings

  • 1st Forced Fumbles (4)
  • 9th Sacks (6.5 – 6 solo, 1 assisted)

Matias Lambrecht – sophomore, punter

NCAA Division II Statistical Standings

  • 15th punting with 2,813 yards, 41.4 average yards

CIAA Statistical Standings

  • 1st punting with 2,813 yards, 41.4 average yards

JCSU has a proud history of football for 122 years. Everyone who touches the lives of our student-athletes, from parents to professors to alumni and friends, is part of our JCSU family. We need and value your support by attending games proudly wearing the Gold and Blue, assisting with events we host in the community, and of course, giving financially. Your investment in the future of our student-athletes will bring great opportunity for return on that investment as we strive to continue our radical transformation both on and off the field. 

The following answer is provided by Robert Edwards, assistant professor of music and Director of Bands. 

We recognize the excitement and tradition of pride that higher education institutions, particularly HBCUs, take in their marching bands. Many alumni have fond memories of their experiences as members of the Johnson C. Smith University Marching Band, also known as the International Institution of Sound. We endeavor to provide a high quality experience for our marching band members today and to contribute to the vibrant campus experience by providing musicianship, showmanship and spirit to athletic competitions and special events on campus.  

The University’s administration is currently working diligently with the Director of Bands to increase the number of participating students in the marching band program. In addition, we are working with band programs at other private universities to find alternative funding solutions for the operation and growth of marching bands. The band program has not been unscathed by the recent tough financial times and shifts facing higher education. Therefore, we must continue to be creative in our fundraising by exploring new funding sources. However, we value and need the financial support of our alumni and friends. Your financial support helps to provide band scholarships and other program enhancements. The Director of Bands is constantly working to raise funds and recruit highly talented, highly motivated musicians who are excited about taking our band program to its growing edge and who embrace the creative insecurity afforded by the universal language of music and the art of performing exciting, innovative shows. 

The following answer is provided by Sherri Belfield, Director of University Communications and Marketing.

The JCSU Track and Field program has been very successful under the leadership of Coach Lennox Graham. One function of the Sports Information office, which is a unit of University Communications and Marketing, is to tell the good news about our student-athletes, coaches and sports teams. Our track and field teams have given us much good news to tell. 

We provided coverage of and publicity for the CIAA Championships won by our women’s track team, including their CIAA Championships in 2011 and 2014. Likewise, our individual track athletes who have been highly decorated for their accomplishments have been featured on the University’s website, the JCSU Athletics website, and in University publications such as The Bulletin and the annual Points of Pride. Once such student-athlete is Danielle Williams ’14, who was recently named a Top 30 Woman of 2014 by the NCAA and as the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. We provided coverage of our alumni who participated in the London 2012 Olympics, Leford Green ’11 and Sharmaine Williams ’11. We followed their progress on our social media sites and worked with local media to tell their stories. 

We use several communication methods to garner publicity for our sports teams, including our non-revenue sports. We send news releases to sports reporters and editors of newspapers, television stations and online media outlets locally, regionally and nationally. In the past two years, 57 news releases have been distributed about our men’s and women’s track and field teams. While we enjoy a good working relationship with media outlets, particularly our local media, we cannot control the news they choose to report. Despite the fact that not all news releases were picked up by the media, 133 stories by print, digital and broadcast media were completely about or mentioned either our men’s or women’s track and field teams over the past two years. Several of the news releases were covered by more than one news outlet. 

Because we cannot control the stories that news outlets choose to cover, we rely upon and heavily utilize the communication vehicles which we control to inform our campus community, alumni, Board of Trustees and other constituents of sports news. The main source of news about JCSU Athletics is the athletics website that is dedicated solely to news about athletics and our sport teams - The website provides information about the accomplishments of student-athletes, coaches and administrators as well as stories that provide game results. We invite you to visit the athletics website often because we update it continuously with news about our 15 sports. Previous stories are still available in the archives on the JCSU Athletics website. We have posted 40 stories about men’s track and field and 63 stories about women’s track and field on our athletics website over the past two years. 

In addition to the athletics website, we also utilize social media dedicated to JCSU Athletics, particularly Twitter and Facebook, to tout our sports news. You may connect with us on social media through We also post big news about Athletics on the University’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The University Communications and Marketing Department continues to build our e-marketing initiatives through digital communications targeting all of our major constituents. JCSU News is the internal daily e-newsletter for the campus community. The monthly Alumni e-Bulletin is designed specifically for alumni, and subject-based e-newsletters are sent to alumni, donors, community leaders, higher education leaders and friends of JCSU to mark special occasions and accomplishments. News about JCSU Athletics is included in all of these electronic communications. However, we started an e-newsletter devoted only to JCSU Athletics this year. The athletics e-newsletter will be sent to our alumni, donors, friends and sports media twice annually and when we need to communicate specific messages. You may sign up to receive our newsletters by visiting the alumni portal of the University's website.

We are grateful for alumni who are engaged with all aspects of the University. You are among our most important brand ambassadors. We know you are proud of your Alma Mater and want to share the great things happening in classrooms, research labs, among student organizations, and in athletic competitions. Thank you for holding high the Gold and Blue by spreading the good news. 

This answer was posted on: 12/12/2014 10:13 am