Harry Minium Jr., The Virginian-Pilot

Harry Minium Jr.

The Virginian-Pilot

Norfolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Harry:

‘Mr. Hockey in Hampton Roads.’ Blake Cullen, legendary founder and former owner of the Admirals, dies at 85

Blake Cullen's Admirals sparked a remarkable expansion of hockey in the South and helped make downtown Norfolk the place to be on Friday nights. He hired the flamboyant and fiery John Brophy and the Admirals became an instant success story on the ice and at the turnstile. → Read More

Sportscaster Bruce Rader is still rolling after 43 years in front of the camera

How do you last that long in one TV market? A little moxey, a bit of innovation and a whole lot of hustle. → Read More

ODU legend Ronnie Valentine disappeared among the homeless in Miami for decades. We set out to find him.

Valentine is Old Dominion's all-time leading scorer and he played in the NBA. But for a quarter-century, the streets were his home, and some of his old friends and teammates → Read More

ODU appears on the way to its best recruiting class since 2014

Columnist Harry Minium says that for the first time in several years, ODU did not not get picked clean of high-profile recruits at the last minute by bigger schools. Also: → Read More

The ODU-NSU basketball series should play on, just not at Scope

Columnist Harry Minium says he Old Dominion and Norfolk State should sign a long-term deal to play basketball at ODU's Constant Center. → Read More

My experiences with bullying are decades old, but a recent video brought back memories

Columnist Harry Minium says that a Facebook video of a kid being bullied in Tennessee, and the death of former classmate David Sykes, reminded him of the time when he → Read More

ODU-Norfolk State basketball series is steeped in history. Why isn't it an annual affair?

ODU and NSU meet for just the 19th time Friday at Scope. Columnist Harry Minium says Norfolk's two Division I schools should play as often as possible, if not every → Read More

ODU could have 4 players in NFL games this weekend

Columnist Harry Minium says that after nine football seasons, ODU is finally establishing a footprint in the NFL. → Read More

College football needs an 8-game playoff. Just don't expect it to happen anytime soon

Columnist Harry Minium says adding another round to the College Football Playoff is a good idea, but not feasible until conferences are willing to cut back the regular season or → Read More

Men need to hear the story of ODU coach Jeff Jones' recovery from prostate cancer

Sports columnist Harry Minium says that prostate cancer has a virtually nonexistent media profile even though it is expected to kill almost 27,000 men in 2017. → Read More

In great year for Conference USA coaches, UAB's Bill Clark stood out

Columnist Harry Minium says that while FAU's Lane Kiffin and FIU's Butch Davis did were impressive, by winning eight games in UAB's first year back, Bill Clark is the Coach → Read More

Oscar Smith sending the wrong message by allowing transfer to suit up for state semifinal

Columnist Harry Minium contends that the Virginia High School League has been lax in addressing transfer rules. There are too few restrictions on when and where a high school athlete → Read More

Nashville Predators cut ties with the Norfolk Admirals

The decision leaves the Admirals without an NHL or AHL working agreement. → Read More

There's no sugar coating it: This was a disappointing season for ODU

ODU was devastated by injuries and missed quarterback David Washington more than most realized. But the Monarchs also seemed a little less hungry to win than they were in 2016. → Read More

ODU playing before empty seats in a sold-out stadium. What gives?

Although ODU has sold out 60 consecutive games, columnist Harry Minium note that there were thousands of empty seats at five of six home games. Many of the seats were → Read More

Old Dominion's bowl hopes ride on a win Saturday and some help

There are still 21 teams that could still become bowl eligible. Most are underdogs in games this week. And because eight of those 21 teams play each other, that means → Read More

Norfolk State needs to think boldly about its future following Hampton's departure from MEAC

Columnist Harry Minium says that although staying in the MEAC may be the best choice for Norfolk State, school officials should at least ponder the idea of moving back into → Read More

Hampton University is leaving the MEAC, joining the Big South

The move is a huge blow to Norfolk State and the MEAC. NSU will lose its closest conference rival, and the conference loses one of its best schools. → Read More

Frank Beamer, Mike Cuddyer head first Virginia Sports Hall of Fame class in Virginia Beach

The Hall of Fame will induct its largest class ever in April, one that includes former Hampton/NBA star Rick Mahorn and U.Va./NFL great Thomas Jones. → Read More

Old Dominion University could be salvaging a football season that once seemed lost

If the Monarchs win their last two games, columnist Harry Minium says they are likely to go to a bowl game – a possibility few considering just a couple of → Read More