North Carolina Central University men's basketball coach LeVelle Moton expresses his displeasure with the silence of the white Power 5 coaches in regard to African American issues outside of sports. As the country continues to face the aftermath of George Floyd's death, North Carolina Central men's basketball head coach LeVelle Moton said the silence of white Power 5 basketball and football coaches is alarming. On ESPN Radio nearly a week after Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Moton said white Power 5 coaches in both sports tend to care about African Americans when they're on their teams but don't offer the same concern when African Americans die at the hands of law enforcement officers. But whenever people [who are] the complexion of George Floyd are killed, assassinated, murdered in the street in broad daylight, they're silent. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo released a statement Saturday reflecting on recent events, saying, "I can't stay silent. Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes per the viral video that captured the incident, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday. Chauvin and three other officers who were involved in the incident, including two who helped Chauvin hold Floyd down, were fired. Protests have erupted throughout the country, beginning in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, and spreading throughout major cities. Ohio State men's basketball grad transfer Seth Towns , who graduated from Harvard on Thursday, was detained by police on Friday at a protest in Columbus, Ohio. Moton said the collective coaching fraternity has not done enough to express support in the wake of Floyd's death or similar incidents in the past.
On March 25, , arguably one of the greatest players in school history was elevated from Assistant Coach to the position of Head Coach, becoming the 17th to be named in that spot in the program's history. In , the Eagles accomplished something that had not been done before in school history as it clenched a third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance by winning the MEAC Tournament for a third-straight year. The Eagles achieved another top-three regular season finish and stayed true to their defensive principles as they finished second in the league by holding opponents to just They also led the league by holding opponents to just In , the Eagles caught fire in Norfolk and went on a run to win back-to-back MEAC Tournament championships for the first time in program history, earning consecutive berths into the NCAA Tournament for the first time as well. The Eagles also made history with their first win over an SEC opponent with a wire-to-wire win at Missouri. NCCU went on a game win streak during conference play, the second-longest win streak in the Division-I era.
George Floyd's funeral was held this week in Houston. He was remembered as a father, a brother, a mentor and an athlete. He spoke at the funeral:. Your team must be pretty good. Floyd played college basketball at what was then known as South Florida Community College. And his death at the hands of police has inspired a loud response from the sports world.
Moton, 45, is already responsible for the best stretch of basketball since the historically black university joined Division I, having won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament four times with a possible fifth coming this weekend. He wants to do culture-shifting things. But this time, it included a new clause that Moton would automatically have a year added to the end of the contract up to three years total if NC Central won either the MEAC regular season or tournament title. I really think he has a few steps ahead of the other programs where he just knows how to get it done and what it takes to win. This season, for instance, the Eagles started playing games against the likes of Georgia, Louisville and Wofford before proving themselves as the top team in the MEAC with a league record. Alexander interviewed for numerous jobs over the years that would have paid him more money and given him a bigger platform but always found himself as the runner-up in those searches. He wonders if the same stigma has been attached to Moton. You can become so frustrated that it takes your eye off the prize and the prize is still to try to win championships.