Earl Banks doesn't need another bauble for his crowded trophy room. That's fine, because the next one he receives will stay at Morgan State.
Banks, who had a 96-31-2 record as the Bears' coach from 1960 to '73, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in Kings Island, Ohio, in December. At halftime of Saturday's (2 p.m.) Homecoming game against Delaware State at Hughes Stadium, officials from the National Football Foundation will present Banks with a duplicate of his Hall of Fame certificate, which will go to the university's trophy case.
Hall of Fame historian Pat Harmon, who selected the 1943 Illinois high school all-state team that included Banks and Chicago Phillips teammate Buddy Young, will participate in the ceremony.
The current Bears, meanwhile, would like to change some recent history.
Delaware State (5-1, 2-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) has beaten Morgan State (2-4, 0-2) eight straight times, the Bears' last victory coming in their last winning season in 1979, and the last time they won a Homecoming game. The Hornets, whose only loss came at defending NCAA Division I-AA champion Youngstown State, are coming off a 26-10 victory over then-No. 9 Florida A&M that left them as the only team undefeated in conference play. Like Morgan State, Towson State hopes Homecoming week will end some losing ways.
Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at Minnegan Stadium, the Tigers play James Madison, which has won their past
three meetings. Towson State last beat James Madison, 34-6, in 1988 for its last Homecoming victory. The Tigers (2-4) also are trying to end a losing streak to Virginia opponents that reached nine with Saturday's 43-15 loss at William & Mary.
James Madison-Towson State is the longest continuous rivalry for each university, but it will end with Saturday's meeting. The Tigers will begin downgrading their schedule next year as part of their de-emphasis to non-scholarship status.
Junior tailback Tony Vinson ran for 145 yards -- 100 in the first half -- against William & Mary. For the season, Vinson has 765 yards and needs just 257 yards in the last four games to better the Towson State single-season record of 1,021 set by Dan Ricker in 1986.
Bowie State (1-6, 1-5) will try to end a three-game losing streak Saturday, when it plays at Winston-Salem (N.C.) State, the only unbeaten team in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Bowie State's Steve Smith, a senior defensive back, intercepted a school-record four passes in the Bulldogs' 20-16 loss to Elizabeth City State. He returned the last one 95 yards for a touchdown.
Smith is a three-year starter out of Washington, D.C., who spent a season at Chowan (N.C.) Junior College.
Keep it quiet
The season-ending Western Maryland at Johns Hopkins game could have major ramifications.
The Division III teams were the only ones in the state to win last week. Western Maryland (5-1) stayed atop the Centennial Conference with its last-minute 17-14 victory over previously unbeaten Dickinson. Johns Hopkins (4-2, 3-1) took over second place in the CFC with its 30-8 whipping of Muhlenberg.
The Green Terrors will be in Lancaster, Pa., Saturday, trying to deny Franklin & Marshall the 500th victory of its 105 years of football. Johns Hopkins has a non-conference game at Georgetown.