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Southern’s Adrian Rodgers, Trelun Banks shoot down Grambling 79-66

GRAMBLING — Southern started its winning streak four weeks ago with a hard-fought 66-61 victory against Grambling. Any notion that the streak might end or that the rematch would be as close as the first meeting was shot down by Jaguars guards Adrian Rodgers and Trelun Banks on Saturday. Rodgers made four 3-pointers in… Continue reading →

Southern women start the second half of SWAC play with a key game at Grambling

The second half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball season begins Saturday, and the Southern women will jump right back into the championship race. The Jaguars, who haven’t played since a 66-57 victory against Alcorn State a week ago, are 7-2 in conference play (10-8 overall) and tied for second with Alabama State, one game behind Texas… Continue reading →

Two new quarterbacks fill a vacancy on Southern’s 2016 roster

Advocate file photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern Lab’s Bladrick Veal is one of two quarterbacks who signed with the Jaguars on Wednesday.

Southern signed two quarterbacks and lost one. The Jaguars chose to bring in multiple quarterbacks in this year’s signing class because former Capitol High quarterback Jarrad Hayes, who got his feet wet as a third-string redshirt freshman last season, has left the program, coach Dawson Odums said. “That left another window to sign a quarterback,” Odums said as… Continue reading →

Southern stays local with a signing class that has Dawson Odums focused not just on next year, but the future

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Dawson Odums speaks to fans and supporters about his recruiting class on Wednesday night in the Smith-Brown Memorial student union.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums said his approach to recruiting has always been the “tank-of-gas” method. That means zeroing in on territory that can be reached in driving that requires a tank of gas or less. On Wednesday, Odums said this year’s class reflected that approach: 13 of his 24 players are from Louisiana. More significantly, though, four… Continue reading →

Southern signing big board: Check who is a Jaguar

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums speaks with Southern linebacker Daniel Brown (98) on the sidelines against Alabama A&M, Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Here's a list of the Southern University Jaguars' committed and signed football players for the class of 2016. Refresh this page during national signing day to see the latest information. SIGNED Jeremiah Abby, OL, 6-3, 310, Atlanta (Carver) *Ruan Albuquerque K/P 5-10, 215, Plymouth, Minn. (Rochester CC) Bryce Beekman, FS,… Continue reading →

Southern awaits answers from its recruiting class

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  John Curtis' Devon Benn, left, is commited to Southern

Southern will start getting answers to some important questions when scholarship papers begin rolling in Wednesday morning. The primary questions are: Did slipping to third place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division after two consecutive seasons as division champion make the Jaguars less attractive to recruits? Did Southern land the players it… Continue reading →

Dawson Odums completes makeover of Southern football coaching staff

Southern football coach Dawson Odums has completed his revamped staff with three hires. Charles Cheek, who worked with recently hired defensive coordinator Trei Oliver at North Carolina A&T, will coach the linebackers; Juan Navarro comes from the University of Redlands to coach the defensive line; and Matt Leone, who was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Webber International… Continue reading →

Christopher Hyder, Trelun Banks and Adrian Rodgers lead Southern to their seventh straight win, 75-64 over Alcorn State

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Christopher Hyder leaps over Alcorn's Devonte Hampton as he puts up a shot on Saturday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Christopher Hyder, Adrian Rodgers and Trelun Banks are Southern’s most reliable offensive players, and they showed why Saturday night. Hyder orchestrated the offense expertly during his 39 minutes of play, Banks’ scoring helped the Jaguars grab the lead in the second half and Rodgers’ contributions were the key to extending it in a 75-64 victory against Alcorn… Continue reading →

Briana Green leads the offense as Southern women defeat Alcorn State 66-57

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Britney Washington leaps over the back of Alcorn's Ashtin McNichols as she shoots a layup on Saturday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. washington scored 15 points in the Jaguars' 66-57 win.

With Britney Washington in foul trouble and Cortnei Purnell struggling with her shot, it was up to Briana Green to lead the Southern women’s basketball team’s offense. She did just that, scoring a game-high 20 points and making 9-of-14 field goals in 36 minutes. Washington managed 15 points in 24 minutes and Purnell was scoreless after… Continue reading →

SU to pay tribute to former player, coach Tommy Green

Advocate file photograph by Travis Spradling -- Southern University basketball head coach Tommy Green gestures in frustration as his team sets up on defense against Middle Tennessee State.  Middle Tennessee started the game strongly against SU.       Green is pictured here on Dec. 7, 1996.

Tommy Green may no longer be with the Southern University basketball program in a physical sense, but on Saturday night, his memory will live on at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars will honor the former Southern player and coach during halftime of Saturday’s game against Alcorn State with a presentation to his wife and two… Continue reading →

Southern hosts Alcorn State in key SWAC game

Southern's Adrian Rodgers (2) looks to escape Alabama State defenders Maurice Strong (22) and Bobby Brown (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 13, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Sole possession of second place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference will be at stake when Southern and Alcorn State meet at 5 p.m. Saturday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars (6-2 in the SWAC and 14-7 overall) have won six consecutive games, their longest winning streak since the 2012-13 season. The Braves (6-2,… Continue reading →

Southern women host Alcorn State as SWAC season reaches mid point

The Southern women conclude the first half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference season when they meet Alcorn State at 3 p.m. Saturday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars have faced an uphill climb to try and catch first-place Texas Southern ever since they lost to the Tigers in the conference opener on the road Jan.… Continue reading →

Rebuilt Southern baseball team building toward season opener

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Roger Cador

Southern baseball coach Roger Cador has low expectations for his rebuilt team during the early days of preseason practice. “The first week, we’re going to see if we can get on the field without getting lost,” Cador said only half-kiddingly as the Jaguars prepared for their first practice Friday. “Once we do that, we hope that… Continue reading →

Southern wins its sixth straight by beating Alabama A&M 73-52

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Southern's Christopher Hyder gets around Alabama A&M's Nicolas West for two Monday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Hyder scored 14 points in the Jaguars' 73-52 win.

Alabama A&M brought the leading scorer in the Southwestern Athletic Conference into the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Monday night. But Southern neutralized Ladarius Tabb, not only holding him to eight points, 13 below his season average, but also by having four Jaguars outscore him. Adrian Rodgers scored a game-high 20 points,… Continue reading →

Southern women waste no time in putting away Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Southern's Britney Washington brings the ball up the court looking for an open teammate against Alabama A&M during SWAC conference game held at the F.G. Clark Activiy Center on Monday, January 25.

After playing from behind for almost the entire game in an overtime loss to Alabama State on Saturday night, the Southern women never trailed in an easy victory against Alabama A&M on Monday afternoon. The Jaguars scored the first eight points of the game, led by 18 after one quarter and never led by… Continue reading →

Deeper Southern men will try to extend their winning streak Monday against Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Southern guard Trelun Banks (3) attempts a shot during Southern's game against Ecclesia at the F. G. Clark Activity Center on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.

Now that Southern has its full complement of players, men’s basketball coach Roman Banks has the most options he has had since the start of Southwestern Athletic Conference play. With guard Trelun Banks and center D’Adrian Allen having returned from ankle injuries, the Jaguars expect to have everyone available for a conference game for the first time this… Continue reading →

Southern women try to bounce back against Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by  APRILBUFFINGTON --   Southern's Jadea Brundidge tries to block Alabama State's Britney Wright shot Saturday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars committed 21 fouls, sending the Lady Hornets to the free-throw line 33 times.

When the Southern women lost to Alabama State 60-59 in overtime Saturday night, there was one statistic that jumped out from the box score. It was free throws: Alabama State shot 20 more of them than Southern did. Though the Lady Hornets didn’t take full advantage, shooting just 54.5 percent (18-of-33), they still scored… Continue reading →

With Trelun Banks and D’Adrian Allen back in the fold, Southern men beat Alabama State 73-69 for their fifth straight win

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Alabama State's Bobby Brown, right blocks the ball from Southern's D'Adrian Allen while teammate Glenn Hollaway, left defends during SWAC conference game held at the F.G. Clark Activiy Center on Saturday, January 23.

Southern got a boost from the return of injured starters Trelun Banks and D’Adrian Allen. And those two got a helping hand from Jared Sam as the Jaguars needed all hands on deck to hold off Alabama State 73-69 on Saturday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Banks returned from a two-game absence… Continue reading →

Alabama State outlasts Southern women 60-59 in overtime

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Southern's Skylar O'Bear knocks the ball away from Alabama State's Ashanti Spencer on Saturday  in the F.G. Clark Activiy Center. Spencer scored 15 points in Alabama State's 60-59 overtime win. O'Bear scored eight points and had three steals.

The Alabama State women tried to secure an overtime victory but missed seven of eight free-throw attempts to keep Southern alive. Then after Britney Washington put the Jaguars ahead by a point on a driving basket with eight seconds left, teammate Tashi-ana Thompson was called for a foul while trapping Durriya Sampson a half-second… Continue reading →

Southern hopes to have D’Adrian Allen and Trelun Banks back for Saturday’s game against Alabama State

Advocate Staff Photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Trelun Banks drives to the basket on Grambling defender Michael Bethea, Jr. on Saturday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Southern men’s basketball team has done a pretty good job of playing short-handed. After losing their first two Southwestern Athletic Conference games, the Jaguars have won their past four even though starting center D’Adrian Allen has yet to play in a league game because of a sprained ankle. They held on to beat Jackson State… Continue reading →

Southern, Alabama State women battle for SWAC positioning

As the Southwestern Athletic Conference season enters its fourth weekend, the women’s race is starting to resemble what was predicted. Before the season, the league’s coaches and sports information directors predicted Texas Southern to finish first, followed by Alabama State and Southern. Texas Southern is alone in first place after winning its first five games.… Continue reading →

Adrian Rodgers, Christopher Hyder lead Southern to fourth straight win, 67-54 at Mississippi Valley State

GREENWOOD, Miss. — Adrian Rodgers’ outside shooting helped Southern build a double-digit lead, and Christopher Hyder’s late scoring kept it from evaporating. In the end, the Jaguars had their fourth consecutive victory, beating Mississippi Valley State 67-54 on Monday night in the Leflore County Civic Center. Southern (12-7, 4-2 SWAC) will face Alabama State… Continue reading →

Southern women take advantage of short-handed Mississippi Valley State’s many miscues in 99-36 rout

GREENWOOD, Miss. — The Southern women kept forcing Mississippi Valley State turnovers, and they kept turning those miscues into points. The Jaguars were the recipients of an eye-popping 41 turnovers, including 26 in the first half. As a result the Devilettes rarely even got off shots, and Southern rolled to a 99-36 trouncing Monday night… Continue reading →

Southern women, men take win streaks into Mississippi Valley

Photo by KELLY PRICE/Mississippi State --Southern coach Roman Banks works with his team at Mississippi State on Monday night in Starkville, Miss.

GREENWOOD, Miss. — The Southern women’s and men’s teams are both among the hottest basketball teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The women won their fourth consecutive game when they started a two-game road trip with a 78-61 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. A short time later, the men followed them on to the court… Continue reading →

Short-handed Southern has no problem beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-55

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Southern played without two starters, but it mattered little as the Jaguars defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-55 on Saturday night in the H.O. Clemmons Arena. Center D’Adrian Smith missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained ankle and guard Trelun Banks was sidelined because of a sprained ankle… Continue reading →

Confident after home sweep, Southern men try to transfer success to the road Saturday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Southern guard Christopher Hyder (0) steals the ball away from Ecclesia guard Dequcelan Bagsby (14) during Southern's game against Ecclesia at the F. G. Clark Activity Center on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.

Southern got back on track by sweeping a two-game homestand. Now the Jaguars’ challenge is to perform better on their second Southwestern Athletic Conference road trip than they did while getting swept on their first. Southern (10-7, 2-2) visits Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-14, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the H.O. Clemmons Arena. “(The sweep) gives us a lot of… Continue reading →

Southern women try to extend winning streak at Arkansas-Pine Bluff

The Southern women haven’t lost since dropping their Southwestern Athletic Conference opener Jan. 2 at Texas Southern. Since then, they have won three straight heading into their game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-11, 0-3) at 5 p.m. Saturday in the H.O. Clemmons Arena. It’s only three games, but the turnaround is reminiscent of what happened after… Continue reading →

Southern remaking football staff, but won’t have spring practice

Southern coach Dawson Odums is making progress in remaking his staff, but the new group won’t be able to conduct spring practice. For the second consecutive year the Jaguars will not have spring practice to fulfill lingering NCAA sanctions from 2012 related to insufficient Academic Progress Rates. Odums said Wednesday that Southern chose the forfeiture of spring practice rather than accept a… Continue reading →

Former Southern pitcher Cody Hall traded to Diamondbacks

Associated Press by DAVID ZALUBOWSKI -- Giants relief pitcher Cody Hall works against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning of a game Sept.. 3 in Denver.

Former Southern right-hander Cody Hall has had a whirlwind few days. Hall, who finished last season with the San Francisco Giants, learned Monday that he had been dropped from the organization’s 40-man roster to make room for newly acquired outfielder Denard Span. But things got better for Hall on Wednesday when the Giants traded him to… Continue reading →

Southern hires North Carolina A&T assistant Trei Oliver as new defensive coordinator

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums on the field against Prairie View A&M, Saturday, October 17, 2015, at A.W. Mumford Stadium on Southern University's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

When Southern coach Dawson Odums decided to relinquish the defensive coordinator duties, it was easy to decide who to hand them to. On Wednesday, Odums said he has hired North Carolina A&T assistant coach Trei Oliver to oversee the Jaguars defense. Oliver, who coached the outside linebackers and defensive ends at A&T, played with Odums at North… Continue reading →

Southern men take down Jackson State

Advocate Staff Photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's jared Sam catches a pass in the lane while defended by Jackson State's Janarius Middleton.

Southern beat Jackson State at its own game. The Jaguars knew they were in for a physical game against the Tigers, who rank second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in scoring defense and field-goal defense and third in rebounding. But when all was said and done in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Monday night, Southern had outrebounded… Continue reading →

Southern women hand Jackson State first SWAC loss in 84-57 rout

Advocate Staff Photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Miaya Crowder fights for a rebound over Jackson State's Bridget Robinson, left,and Jasmine Bell.

The Southern women took the lead with an efficient offense in the first half and pulled away thanks to its second-half defense against Jackson State on Monday night. It added up to the third consecutive victory for the Jaguars (6-7, 3-1) as they had a season-high for points and handed the Tigers (9-6) an 84-57 loss after… Continue reading →

Southern men expecting a ‘grind-it-out’ game Monday against visiting Jackson State

Southern had just gotten its first Southwestern Athletic Conference victory of the season when it beat Grambling 65-61 on Saturday. Already the team was thinking about its next opponent: Jackson State at 8 p.m. Monday (CST/WXOK-AM, 1460) in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. More specifically the Jaguars were thinking about the previous meeting, when the visiting Tigers defeated… Continue reading →

Southern women are showing steady improvement as they host Jackson State

The Southern women have won consecutive games for the first time this season heading into Monday’s game against Jackson State. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.; the game will be broadcast on CST and WXOK-AM, 1460. The Jaguars (5-7, 1-2 SWAC) remain a work in progress, but back-to-back victories against Prairie View and Grambling show they’re getting better.… Continue reading →

Christopher Hyder leads the way as Southern holds off Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Christopher Hyder drives the lane while defended by Grambling's Arnold Richmond on Saturday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Southern saw its 17-point lead early in the second half against Grambling shrink and shrink and shrink. But point guard Christopher Hyder made sure the lead never disappeared, leading the Jaguars to a 66-61 victory Saturday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Hyder twice stopped Tigers runs with jumpers, assisted on… Continue reading →

Balanced Southern women roll past Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Rishonti Cowart covers Grambling's Shakyla Hill after an inbounds pass Saturday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Southern women’s coach Sandy Pugh has been playing as many as 15 players in search of a dependable rotation. She seems to be finding some answers. On Saturday, the Jaguars won their second consecutive game as everybody played and contributed in an 80-68 victory against Grambling in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.… Continue reading →

Southern men try to get back on track against Grambling

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Southern's Adrian Rodgers goes up for two over Tulane's Melvin Frazier, left and Malik Morgan during Thursday night game at F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Southern men’s basketball team has experienced highs and lows this season. The Jaguars beat a Southeastern Conference team for the second time in coach Roman Banks’ four seasons when they upset Mississippi State, and they finished a difficult nonconference schedule with an 8-5 record. But since then, they have begun Southwestern Athletic Conference play 0-2… Continue reading →

Southern women aiming to build momentum vs. Grambling on Saturday

The Southern women’s basketball team enters its Southwestern Athletic Conference home opener against Grambling on Saturday on a positive note. Tipoff is 3 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The game will air on CST and WXOK-AM, 1460. The Jaguars (4-7) struggled through their nonconference schedule but evened their SWAC record at 1-1 when… Continue reading →

Dominican Republic to hold tryouts at Southern

The Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy will hold tryouts at Southern on Saturday, Jan. 16, for its Summer Baseball Experience, a one-month pilot project in the Dominican Republic involving baseball players from the U.S. who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school. Players will be selected based on baseball skills and academic standing, and invited to… Continue reading →