ECSU notebook: Walker gives take on move of 3-point line; Vikings football to receive payouts for FCS games


Elizabeth City State head coach Shawn Walker reacts to a play during the second half. Elizabeth City State took on Shaw in a regular season basketball game in Elizabeth City, NC on December 13, 2018. Elizabeth City State wins 95-92 in overtime.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The game of basketball has evolved over the past decade.

Teams have embraced taking more 3-point shots.

The NCAA has adjusted to the trend.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved on June 5 moving the 3-point line to the international basketball distance of 22 feet, 1 ¾ inches at the top of the key for men's college basketball.

The current 3-point line is at 20 feet, 9 inches at the top of the key.

The corners will move to 21 feet, 7 7/8 inches, which is also the international distance.

According the NCAA, the move of the line will occur in Division II for the 2020-21 season.

Elizabeth City State University is an NCAA Division II member.

Division I men’s basketball will make the change for the upcoming season.

ECSU men's basketball coach Shawn Walker believes the move of the 3-point line will impact the game.

“The three-point line moving back is going to majorly impact the game. It’s going to create more space on the floor which will translate to more space that will have to be defended,” Walker said in an emailed statement. “There will be more misses, however with the additional space there will be more driving lanes. We, as coaches, are going to have to make adjustments to how we play and how we coach. One foot doesn’t seem like that big of a difference but it’s going to transform the game.”

ECSU shot 31.6 percent from the 3-point line during the 2018-19 season.

According to the NCAA, the panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound in the front court instead of resetting the clock to 30 seconds.

According to the NCAA, when the shot clock is at 20 seconds or above, it will not be reset.

The change in the shot clock will take effect for the upcoming men's and women's college basketball season.


ECSU is expected to receive multiple payouts for facing two Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) programs in non-conference matchups during the 2019 season.

According the contract received from ECSU via a public records request, the Vikings' season opener against Hampton University will net the Vikings $30,000.

The Vikings will also receive 250 complimentary tickets from Hampton for the contest.

The game will be held at Hampton's Armstrong Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.

According to the contract provided by ECSU, the Vikings' matchup against North Carolina Central on Saturday, Sept. 21 at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham will net ECSU $23,000.

The Vikings will receive 200 complimentary tickets, 40 hotel rooms for a night and 80 meals.

Game time for the matchup between the Eagles and Vikings is 4 p.m.

Both the Eagles and Pirates were former members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association with ECSU until NCCU and HU left the conference to make the jump to Division I.

North Carolina Central is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, while Hampton is entering its first season playing college football in the Big South Conference.

ECSU's home opener against Allen University on Saturday, Sept. 7 is the first game of a home-and-home series between the schools.

ECSU is scheduled to face Allen University – an NAIA program in Columbia, South Carolina – in 2020.

According to the contract between the teams, neither side will receive a payout, but Allen University will receive 50 complimentary tickets for its visit to Elizabeth City.

Along with facing Allen University in 2020, the Vikings will travel to Delaware State for a non-conference matchup.

According to the contract between the schools, the game is scheduled to be played Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Dover, Delaware.

The Vikings will receive a $45,000 payout, 35 rooms and 150 complimentary tickets from the Hornets.

Delaware State is also an FCS program in the MEAC with North Carolina Central.