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Alabama A&M wins 2021 BoxToRow HBCU National Title in football

AAMU UAPB 40-33 in the SWAC Championship and were crowned HBCU national champions after finishing No. 1 in the final BOXTOROW Coaches & Media Polls

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama A&M Bulldogs defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 40-33 in the SWAC championship game on Saturday and are crowned HBCU national champions, finishing No. 1 in the final BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls which were released on Monday.

"Being No. 1 in the BOXTOROW HBCU polls and HBCU national champions mean everything to this program," said Bulldogs third-year head coach Connell Maynor. "This is what we set out to accomplish three years ago. This is the result of a total team effort from the president, trustees, athletics director on down with all buying in. I am so proud of my coaches and players because they have worked so hard and they deserve this.

"Bulldog nation has been waiting a long time for the Bulldogs to be back at the top."

Maynor becomes one of the few coaches to win the HBCU national championship with two different teams. He led Winston-Salem State to the title in 2011 and 2012. He also won it as a player with North Carolina A&T in 1990.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS Coaches Poll, and the BOXTOROW Media Poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches poll, in its 12th year is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches. The media poll, in its 14th year, is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.

Spring 2021 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll

Final

(Records through May 1, 2021)

No.    Team    W-L    Pts    Last Week

1    Alabama A&M (15)    5-0    150    1

2    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    4-1    130    2

3    Southern    5-1    123    3

4    Prairie View A&M    2-1    198    4

5    South Carolina State    3-1    94    5

6    Alabama State    3-3    74    6

7    Jackson State    3-3    65    7

8    Delaware State    2-3    35    8

9    Tennessee State    2-5    30    9

10     Grambling    0-4    11    10

Others receiving votes: Mississippi Valley State (0-3) 7, Texas Southern (0-2) 2, Howard (0-2) 1.

(1st place votes in parentheses)

 Spring 2021 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll

Final

(Records through May 1, 2021)

No.    Team    W-L    Pts.    Last Week

1    Alabama A&M (15)    5-0    150    1

2    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    4-1    134    2

3    Southern    5-1    119    3

4    Prairie View A&M    2-1    100    4

5    South Carolina State    3-1    93    5

6    Alabama  State    3-3    76    6

7    Delaware State    2-3    54    7

8    Jackson State    3-3    51    8

9    West Virginia State    2-2    29    9

10    Tennessee State    2-5    13    10

 Other receiving votes: Langston (2-3) 1.

(1st place votes in parentheses)