Durham News: Sports

Broadway faces a ‘heck of a challenge’

Rod Broadway was looking forward to a weekend getaway in the Triangle to play golf with some old friends and colleagues, and help out a good cause to boot.

But the former N.C. Central head football coach and North Carolina assistant coach had to take care of some duties with his current job at N.C. A&T State University. Broadway enters his second season as an Aggie after leaving Grambling State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

N.C. A&T finished 5-6 last season, and at one point the Aggies were 4-2 and in second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Considering what Broadway was up against when he took over the helm, any win was a major milestone.

N.C. A&T football is under penalty by the NCAA for poor academic performance from 2005-09. Scholarships were reduced by 6.3 as well as practice hours by four hours per week. To put it in perspective, Broadway has about as many scholarships now (31) as he did when he coached NCCU in Division II.

“It’s been one heck of a challenge,” said Broadway, who led the Eagles to back-to-back CIAA championships and a black college national championship.

“It’s hard to stay in a game late because there’s no gas in the tank in the fourth quarter. But the guys did the best they could, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Broadway was supposed to be in town last weekend for The Banks Foundation Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Jordan Lake in Chapel Hill.

The Durham-based law firm partners former and current athletes and coaches with business and community leaders to raise funds to provide down payment assistance for low-income families seeking the American Dream.

Former UNC star Walter Davis has been the honorary chairperson for the past four years. Davis, who lives in Denver, Colo., where he works for the Denver Nuggets, boarded a 6:15 a.m. flight last Friday so he could attend the pre-tournament reception at Brier Creek County Club in Raleigh.

“This is a good cause, and from the first time I heard about it, I wanted to be a part of it,” said Davis, whose fellow Tar Heels Phil Ford, Al Wood and James Worthy joined him last season.. “I had never heard anything like it, so I tell everybody about the event. As long as they’ll have me, I’ll be here.”

Pro-Am returns

The N.C. Greater Pro-Am Basketball League will return for its fourth season beginning June 28 on NCCU’s campus. A press conference was held Monday at Tobacco Road Sports Café in downtown Durham. The league, which comprises athletes from college and professional leagues, will run from June 28 to Aug. 9 and will again feature wheelchair players from BridgeIISports.