Jafus Kenyatta Cavil, Ph.D.


Dr._J._Kenyatta_Cavil, TSU Assistant Professor, Sport  Management

   Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil is an assistant professor in the College of Education, Department of Health and Kinesiology.  He is the coordinator of the Sport Management Program.

   Today Dr. Cavil is one of the preeminent voices on Historically Black Colleges and Universities sport business and one of the preeminent scholars on HBCU sports culture theory, sport business and leadership.  He has published research articles such as The State of Intercollegiate Athletics at Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs): Past, Present, & Persistence, completed commission studies such as, HBCU (A Minimum of Nine, A Maximum of 12) Football Reclassification & New HBCU FBS Conference Formation Study, presentations such as, Athletic Director’s Leadership Perception of Variable Determining the Effectiveness of Administering HBCU Athletic Programs, and a book chapter titled: The Case for Tennessee State as an expansion member of the SWAC: Economic Impact.

Dr. Cavil’s new work, the chapter entitled, “Early Athletic Experiences at HBCUs: The Creation of Conferences” published in 2015 provides a historical framework for HBCU athletics. Kenyatta Cavil was also one of the four authors along with Billy Hawkins, Joseph Cooper, and Akilah Carter-Francique that edited the textbook The Athletic Experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Past, Present, and Persistence, published in 2015.  He is currently authoring a book titled, the Sporting Diaspora of HBCUs and Cultural Identity. 

Dr. Cavil has written articles for College Sporting News (CSN) and I-AA.org magazines.  He currently produces Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Sports Top 10 Mid-Major and Major Polls (Football and M&W Basketball) and is a regular sports analyst on several radio programs across the country with his “HBCU Sports Report.” Dr. Cavil is also the producer and host of a weekly radio sports talk show discussing the mix between the HBCU sports scene and sport business and management practices in the sports industry.