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Southern football team to start preseason practice off campus

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE  --  Cornerback Danny Johnson carries in belongings Sunday, August 2, 2015 into the Felton Grandison Clark Hall football dorm rooms.

The Southern football team reported to campus Sunday to get ready for the start of preseason camp. But the Jaguars will be heading off campus for the first several practices beginning Monday afternoon. A delay in the construction of the Jaguar Park practice facility has forced Southern to practice at the Louisiana Leadership Institute on Hooper Road,… Continue reading →

East: Things looking up for Southern — yes, really

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern players take selfies on the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after their 52-45 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29.

As the Southern football team reports Sunday for the start of preseason camp, things are looking up around campus. Yeah, several players are academically ineligible. Yeah, it’s unclear who will be in the athletic director’s office when the first practice takes place Monday. And, sure, it’s not certain where that first practice will be. But things really are… Continue reading →

Southern football camp begins Sunday as players report

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern linebacker Daniel Brown takes down Arkansas-Pine Bluff wide receiver Cody Swain during a 29-21 win in 2013. Brown is among several players who missed last season because they weren't academically certified.

Football season has arrived at Southern. The Jaguars report Sunday afternoon for the start of preseason camp. They’ll check in, pick up their equipment and take physicals in preparation for the first practice Monday afternoon. Coach Dawson Odums said there are “not many” starting positions in doubt entering camp, but that can always change. “We have a… Continue reading →

The SWAC’s football coaches are well-aware that Southern’s Anthony Mosley is back

Photo by Edison Hogan -- Southern's Anthony Mosley and Demetrius Carter pose at 2015 SWAC Media Day.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference’s football coaches haven’t forgotten about Anthony Mosley. They voted the Southern offensive lineman a first-team preseason All-SWAC player for the second consecutive year Friday even though he sat out last season as an academic casualty. “I’m glad to have him back,” Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said. “I think (the… Continue reading →

Southern picked second in SWAC Western Division; eight Jaguars land on All-SWAC teams

Photo by Edison Hogan -- The Southern contingent answers questions at 2015 SWAC Media Day on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern was not picked to win a third consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division title, even though the Jaguars placed four players on both of the preseason all-conference teams. The coaches and sports information directors of the 10 SWAC schools selected four Southern players each to the first and second teams, though they picked Grambling… Continue reading →

SWAC Media Day 2015: Scott Rabalais’ Four Downs

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alabama A&M coach James Spady speaks with his team during a timeout against Southern, Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lewis Crews Stadium.

1. APR CLOUDS CLEARING SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp knew his league was in for a painful transition when the NCAA unveiled its Academic Progress Rate standards. Six schools, including Southern and Grambling, came up short of the APR requirements, leading to sanctions. But now five of the SWAC’s six schools… Continue reading →

SWAC Media Day 2015: A team-by-team look at the league

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs

SWAC WEST: ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF Coach: Monte Coleman Players: Junior WR Willie Young and junior LB Willie Duncan III Easy to answer: Coleman is in his eighth season and has the experience to rejuvenate the Lions, who tied TSU for last in the West last season. Tough to say: Whether UAPB can… Continue reading →

SWAC Media Day 2015: Five questions, five answers

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State's Jarvis Turner (8) is stopped by Southern's Jamar Mitchell (29) in the SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 6 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

1. Can anyone unseat Alcorn State to become SWAC champion? Yes. The Braves were dominant in winning their first conference title in 20 years last season, beating Southern 38-24 in the championship game. They dominated the Eastern Division, wrapping up the title in early November, and quarterback John Gibbs Jr., the Offensive MVP of the… Continue reading →

Former Southern coach Pete Richardson to enter Winston-Salem State sports hall of fame

Advocate file photo by Mark Saltz -- Former Southern coach Pete Richardson

Former Southern football coach Pete Richardson is going into another hall of fame. Richardson, who already is in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Dayton Hall of Fame, has been selected for induction to the Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame at Winston-Salem State University. He’ll be inducted with six… Continue reading →

Southern begins improvements to athletic facilities

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Golden painted shovels are ready for the ceremonial groundbreaking. The Southern University System Foundation, in conjunction with the SU Athletics department unveiled the plan for facility improvements for the SU football and soccer program at what will be the new Jaguar Park athletic facility during a ground breaking ceremony on the Baton Rouge campus.

With the plunge of a shovel, Southern University officially began construction on its new Jaguar Park facilities Monday morning. The Southern athletic department, along with the True Blue foundation, held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new facility, which will host a completely renovated football practice field, a new soccer field, and a javelin and… Continue reading →

Southern’s 2015 signing class, at a glance

Head of the class David-Michael Carrell, Bourg/South Terrebonne, LS, 6-0, 258 Carrell is one of the best long snappers in the country and is likely to start right away after Ohene Akuoko graduated. Jodeci Harris, Plaquemine/Plaquemine, OL, 6-7, 310 Harris has a chance to contribute right away and add muscle… Continue reading →

NCAA to Southern: No spring football practice for you because of APR issues

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern football coach Dawson Odums, center

Southern’s NCAA sanctions continue to mount. All of the Jaguars’ athletic teams have been banned from NCAA postseason competition for more than a year because the university submitted unusable data in reporting student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates, a ban that extends through Nov. 1. And now the football team will not be allowed to hold spring practice because of previous… Continue reading →

Southern coach Dawson Odums expects to continue building

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums

Southern football coach Dawson Odums wasn’t taking anything for granted on the eve of National Signing Day. He said Tuesday that he felt pretty good that his third recruiting class would compare favorably with his first two, which have helped the Jaguars win the last two Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division titles. But until he has all… Continue reading →

Southern’s Willie Quinn named to Black College All-American team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn runs along the Alcorn State sideline on his way to the end zone on an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the SWAC Championship Game.

Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn, former Glen Oaks High School running back Johnta’ Hebert and former Edna Karr High School defensive back Devon Francois were named to the 2014 SBN Sports Black College All-American team Wednesday. First-year Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs was named the SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. Quinn, a junior from… Continue reading →

West Monroe’s John Washington commits to Tulane

Tulane players take the field before their game against Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Although Tulane commitment John Washington flew under the radar in recruiting circles, his high school coach expects him to excel in New Orleans. Washington, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from West Monroe, committed earlier this week after taking an official visit last weekend. He chose Tulane over Louisiana Tech. “He worked hard in the… Continue reading →

Southern to open its 2017 season at Texas-San Antonio in the Alamodome

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums coaches from the sidelines against Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

. Southern will open the 2017 football season against Texas-San Antonio in the Alamodome.

The announcement was made in a news release posted on UTSA’s website Tuesday. The game will be played Sept. 2, 2017.

The Roadrunners, coached by former University of Miami head coach Larry Coker, were 4-8 and 3-5 in Conference USA last season.

The Jaguars… Continue reading →

Southern 2015 football schedule will include Georgia, Louisiana Tech

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Southern Jaguars get pumped up in the tunnel before taking the field prior to kickoff against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

The Southern football team will open the season with an in-state road game for the second consecutive season in 2015. The Jaguars, who finished 9-4 overall and won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division last season, will begin the season against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 5 in Ruston. Last year, Southern opened the season with a… Continue reading →

Dawson Odums is staying at Southern, Bethune-Cookman promotes assistant head coach Terry Sims to head coach

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern coach Dawson Odums gets fitted for a cowboy hat as he and players celebrate their 52-45 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic last month in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern coach Dawson Odums isn’t going to Bethune-Cookman. The Wildcats received permission from the Jaguars on Friday morning to interview Odums, who has led Southern to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship games in each of his two seasons as head coach. But they apparently never met with Odums, who was defensive line coach at Bethune-Cookman from… Continue reading →

Bethune-Cookman gets permission to talk to Southern coach Dawson Odums

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums

For the second time in a year, another university is looking at Southern football coach Dawson Odums as a candidate for its vacant head coaching position. Last season, it was North Carolina Central that interviewed Odums, who turned down his alma mater before signing a new contract with the Jaguars. On Friday, Bethune-Cookman received permission from Southern… Continue reading →

South Terrebonne snapper commits to Southern

Southern has received a verbal commitment from South Terrebonne High School long snapper David-Michael Carrell, who plans to enroll next month and participate in spring practice. The early start will be especially important for Carrell because the Jaguars do not have an experienced long snapper after Ohene Akuoko graduated. “I know if I’m going… Continue reading →

Southern trio earns All-America honors

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard celebrates in the end zone with teammate Justin Morgan after Howard ran for the touchdown against Texas Southern on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern quarterback Austin Howard was named Rookie of the Year and two of his teammates were named All-Americans by BOXTOROW on Monday. Howard, a freshman from West St. John High School, helped lead the Jaguars to the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title. He passed for 2,334 yards, completing 52 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern's football success could make other schools interested in their coaches

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern University Jaguars head coach gets fitted for a cowboy hat as he and players celebrate their 52-45 win over the Grambling State Tigers the Bayou Classic Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. In this week's "Advocate Sports: Southern University podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East talk about if any Southern football coaches may or may not be on the move for next year, the football facility improvements, the men's basketball team playing host to Champion Baptist College on Tuesday and the… Continue reading →

Southern’s facilities upgrades are moving slowly

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn (25) carries the ball before the stop by Mississippi Valley State's Terrance Hudson (29) and Le'Trey Jones (31), Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The Southern football team’s first practice of preseason camp was moved to the Seymour gymnasium because of thunderstorms. It was a signal of the nomadic nature that awaited the Jaguars throughout the season. Coach Dawson Odums tried to work inside of A.W. Mumford Stadium to avoid the uneven surface on the adjacent practice field, but there’s only so… Continue reading →

Southern men visit Minnesota

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Roman Banks talks to his team during a time out against Dillard.

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks is having to be patient. As the non-conference games dwindle and the Southwestern Athletic Conference season creeps closer, he’s trying to finalize players’ roles and get ready to hit the ground running come January. The Jaguars ended a five-game losing streak — all of which took place on the road… Continue reading →

SU football program continues growth

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard runs along the Jaguar sideline for the first down against Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The 2014 Southern football season can best be appreciated in a context that extends beyond the 13 games it comprises. The numbers show the season was a success: nine wins, four losses, a second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title. The 38-24 loss to Alcorn State in the title game Saturday denied the Jaguars their primary goal,… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern builds a solid football program despite SWAC championship loss to Alcorn State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Martin Henry (32), Rhaheim Ledbetter (20), and De'Andre Woodland (5) stand on the field in the final moments of the SWAC Championship against Alcorn State, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx. Alcorn beat Southern 38-24.

In this "Adovcate Sports: Southern University Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East review Southern's loss to Alcorn State, talk about potential movement with the university in its NCAA sanctions and talk about its men's and women's basketball teams's games this week. Click here to listen to… Continue reading →

East: Jagaurs appreciative of journey this season

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Greg Pittman (18) celebrates with Jamal Jenkins (35) and Ki-Jana Curtis (8) after tackling Alcorn State's Jarvis Turner (8) on the opening drive of the SWAC Championship game.

HOUSTON — Before this season began, Southern coach Dawson Odums invited reporters to look up the fate of recent teams defending a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. As the Jaguars began a season as reigning conference champions for the first time in 10 years, Odums knew the enormous challenge facing his team. This was before he knew… Continue reading →

Alcorn set tone with big plays

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs, Jr. (3) is brought down by Southern's Donald Phillips (56) and Demetrius Carter (39) in the SWAC Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

HOUSTON — Alcorn State set the tone for the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game right away Saturday. On the first possession of the game, Braves quarterback John Gibbs Jr. ran left on an option play, saw an opening, cut upfield and sprinted 50 yards for a first down at the Southern 16.… Continue reading →

Southern offense stymied in SWAC Championship Game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State's Devon Francois breaks up a pass intended for Southern's Mike Jones in the fourth quarter of Alccorns' 38-24 win Saturday in the SWAC Championship Game at NRG Stadium in Houston. Alcorn was able to stuff the Jaguars' running game, making Southern a one-dimensional team late.

HOUSTON — Southern’s offense was second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in scoring 51 touchdowns during the regular season. On Saturday night in the SWAC title game against Alcorn State, the Jaguars offense couldn’t outscore its own special teams. The Jaguars struggled to put together any consistent offense in being held to… Continue reading →

Alcorn State slows down Southern receivers at SWAC Championship Game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn runs along the Alcorn State sideline on his way to the end zone on an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the SWAC Championship Game.

HOUSTON — Southern’s offense struggled Saturday afternoon against Alcorn State. Especially the wide receivers. While Willie Quinn made a few plays — his biggest on special teams — the rest of the Jaguars receivers spent the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference game at NRG Stadium as an nonfactor. Quinn’s 59 yards on six catches, a… Continue reading →

East: Just like the first meeting, Alcorn State was the better team in Saturday’s SWAC title game vs. Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State players celebrate their 38-24 win over Southern in the SWAC Championship Game on Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON — If you’re looking for reasons why Southern failed to repeat as Southwestern Athletic Conference on Saturday, you can find plenty. The Jaguars instinctively will look inwardly first as they assess the 38-24 loss to Alcorn State in the SWAC title game in NRG Stadium. They’ll cite an inability to run the ball… Continue reading →

Alcorn State clutch on third down — again — in SWAC title game

Associated Press photo by ERIC CHRISTIAN SMITH -- Alcorn State wide receiver Brandon Vessell runs down the sideline on a 51--yard touchdown catch as Southern defensive back De'Andre Woodland looks on in the fourth quarter Saturday in NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON — Trailing Alcorn State by seven points in the fourth quarter, Southern forced the Braves into a third-and-long from their own territory. With momentum swinging in their favor, the Jaguars were one stop away from getting the ball back and going for a potential tying or winning drive. Instead, Alcorn State quarterback John… Continue reading →

SWAC Championship: Alcorn State 38, Southern 24 — Four downs (How good is Braves quarterback John Gibbs Jr.?)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums, left, and Alcorn State coach Jay Hopson meet after Alcorn's 38-24 win over Southern for the SWAC title Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

John Gibbs Jr. is a really good quarterback. He can run and he can throw, but as his coach, Jay Hopson, properly noted, his biggest strength is how he operates the offense. Gibbs’ calm demeanor and astute decision-making elevated his outstanding dual talents to an even higher level all season long. He was named… Continue reading →

Alcorn State quaraterback John Gibbs Jr. right at home in title game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs, Jr., scrambles for an open receiver against Southern in the SWAC Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

HOUSTON — Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. played Saturday afternoon at the NRG Stadium like he was at home, the way he maneuvered around Southern’s defense, passing and rushing the Braves to a 38-24 win in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game. That’s because Gibbs was home. The home stadium proved to be sweet for… Continue reading →

Southern falls to Alcorn State 38-24 in SWAC title game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard (7) stands on the field following Alcorn State's 38-24 win over Southern, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx. Howard suffered an on field leg injury following a sack in the final minutes of the SWAC Championship game.

HOUSTON — A lot changed in the 10 weeks between the first game between Southern and Alcorn State and the rematch in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game Saturday in NRG Stadium. The Jaguars had regained the services of 10 players and gone on a seven-game winning streak to repeat as West Division champions. The… Continue reading →