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Alabama State University has named Eddie Robinson Jr. as the 30th head football coach of the ASU Hornets in a Friday morning news conference.

Robinson, a New Orleans native, walked on at ASU and became a star linebacker on the ASU 1991 championship team. He earned All-SWAC honors and was named the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 1990 and 1991, and was named a two-time Sheridan Broadcasting Network All-American. He also earned national Defensive Player of the Year honors after the 1991 HBCU National Championship.

The NFL is headed to west Alabama to scout college football players at the inaugural HBCU Pigskin Showdown in Marion.

The HBCU Pigskin Showdown is a post season all-star football game — that will showcase some of the best draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Co-founder Chris Williams says 84 HBCU players are set to hit the grid iron.

“Of the 32 NFL teams I mean we gotten 27 of the teams that have committed to send scouts to the game. Some teams are sending two scouts to the game,” said Williams.

Turkey Day Classic Schedule of Events

Nov 24, 2021

Turkey Day Classic 


ASU has planned a fun-filled schedule of events for the 97th annual Turkey Day Classic. This year’s celebration will include everything from the annual Alumni Brunch to our exciting TDC Concert, to the annual TDC Parade in downtown Montgomery before the classic showdown between the ASU Hornets and the Tuskegee University Tigers. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

  You don't want to miss a single minute of the action, so make your plans now to join us!

Browse all of ASU's exciting TDC events below:


  A popular Montgomery restaurant has reopened following a ceiling collapse that forced its closure in August.

5 Points Deli & Grill, located in the Cloverdale area, announced it would be reopening Monday, hosting a grand reopening on Friday. The restaurant took to Facebook to make the announcement thanking patrons for their support and asking them to come out and continue supporting the business.

Get ready for a spectacular astronomical event later this week. The longest partial lunar eclipse this century will occur Thursday night into early Friday morning, and it will be visible in its entirety in Alabama.

While technically not a total lunar eclipse, it’s not far from it. More than 97% of the moon will be in Earth’s dark umbral shadow at maximum eclipse.

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Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's January unemployment rate soared to 7.8 percent. That's compared to December's rate of 6.5 percent.
Alabama Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said January's
figure represents 167,774 unemployed Alabamians.
He said the state lost 40,700 jobs in January with most
occurring in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.
Wilcox County leads Alabama in unemployment for January with
19.5 percent, Chambers at 17.9 and Dallas at 17.3 percent. The

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery County Commission Chairman Todd Strange garnered 53 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election securing a win in the special election to name Montgomery's next mayor.

During his acceptance speech, Strange said he would, "rule this city with a benevolent policy, one that will be inclusive and one that will unify all of the city".

Political newcomer, Michael Briddell, earned 33 percent of the ballots cast by voters.

Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery County Board of Education is reversing its decision to close to area schools.

Hayneville Road Elementary and Pintlala Elementary schools will be able to keep their doors open if the Board receives help from the Alabama Legislature.

Board officials say the school may remain open if they system receives $1.4 million by May 1,2009.

Paterson Elementary, the third school that the Board named for closure, remains slated to shut down.

Montgomery,Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom this Wednesday, March 11,2009.

Geneva, Alabama – It's being called worst crime spree in Alabama's immediate history; 28 year old Michael Kenneth McLendon killed ten people in South Alabama during a one hour shooting spree covering two communities. Alabama Department of Public Safety Colonel J. Christopher Murphy says McLendon allegedly began by killing his 52 year old mother, Lisa White McLendon, leaving her body in a burning home.

Montgomery, Alabama – The next mayor of Montgomery will grapple with a disturbing trend sales tax revenues in the Capital City are down 11.3 percent for January.

This as neighboring Prattville reports a 70 percent increase in sales tax revenue collections.

Montgomery's sales tax revenue is down about $4 million from this time last year. Interim Mayor Charles Jingright has placed the city under a two percent budget cut for all departments that could free up about $3 million.

Montgomery, Alabama – The polls are open in Montgomery as residents pick the next mayor of the capital city. Election officials are hoping for a larger turnout, but if absentee ballots are any indication,that won't happen.

Montgomery Election Center officials say just shy of 490 absentee ballots were turned in by Friday. While Monday was the final day to turn absentee ballots in, the Montgomery Election Center says it will accept absentee ballots that arrive in the mail by noon today. In the last mayoral election, only 34 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

Montgomery,Alabama – Listen,now, to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom this Tuesday, March 10,2009. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call the newsroom at 334-229-4783.

Montgomery, Alabama – By the end of the day, Montgomery could have a new mayor elect.

Voters are heading to the polls today making a selection for mayor from six candidates: Michael Briddell, Willie Cook, Jon Dow, Jay King, Scott Simmons and Todd Strange.

The special election is being held to fill the seat left vacant when Bobby Bright resigned to become Alabama's U.S. Representative in the Second Congressional District.

Charles Jinright, a city council member, has served as interim mayor.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.