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Season statistics project a competitive Bayou Classic

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.

Grambling doesn’t have the gaudy statistics one might expect from a team playing for a championship. The Tigers are tied with Southern for the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division lead heading into the teams’ showdown in the regular-season finale in the Bayou Classic. But they’re in the middle of the conference in most of the primary statistical categories.… Continue reading →

Southern men trek to Middle Tennessee

Three games into the season, Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks is still trying to figure out what kind of team his Jaguars will be. The Jaguars (1-2), coming off a 69-38 loss to Ole Miss on Thursday night, head straight into a 3:30 p.m. Saturday matchup with Middle Tennessee (1-2) in hopes of righting the ship. But… Continue reading →

Southern finally catches Grambling in SWAC West standings

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks to his players during a timeout against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 4 at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern finally caught Grambling. After the Jaguars lost at Alcorn State on Sept. 27 in their second Southwestern Athletic Conference game of the season, they spent six weeks behind the Tigers in the Western Division standings. The defending division and conference champions went from being the hunted to being the hunter. Grambling, which won just… Continue reading →

Faleru scores 29 points; Ole Miss defeats SU women

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss finished the game on a 15-2 run, as the Rebels (3-0) pulled away for a 91-68 win over Southern on Thursday night. Four players finished in double figures, paced by the senior forward duo of Tia Faleru and Danielle McCray. Faleru led all players with a season-high 29 points and… Continue reading →

Southern special teams pay off

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn (25) carries the ball on a 58-yard kickoff return against Texas Southern, Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern special teams coach Marty Biagi says he has just one restriction when he chooses players for his units — “I can’t use the quarterbacks.” Other than that, head coach Dawson Odums has given him carte blanche to put together the Jaguars return and coverage units, which has paid big dividends as Southern prepares to play Grambling… Continue reading →

Southern women visit Ole Miss

The Southern women’s basketball team doesn’t have much time to dwell on its first loss of the season. The Jaguars (1-1) visit Ole Miss (2-0) at 5 p.m. Thursday, less than 48 hours after they lost at Southeastern Louisiana 79-76. Southern, which beat Mobile College 85-50 in its opener Friday, will be looking to get off… Continue reading →

Southern men begin challenging road trip

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks said the early part of the Jaguars schedule presents the team with a variety of challenges. The Jaguars opened with two home games, losing to Louisiana Tech (85-76) in the season opener Friday and beating LSU-Alexandria (76-65) on Monday. The first game came against a well-regarded… Continue reading →

Southeastern women hold off Southern 79-76

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana senior Symone Miller poured in a game-high 27 points to lead three Lady Lions in double figures, and first-year coach Yolanda Moore earned her first victory 79-76 over Southern on Tuesday night at the University Center. Southeastern (1-1) led by 12 at halftime and by as many as 18 early in… Continue reading →

Deonte Shorts filling multiple roles for Jaguars

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts throws a pass against Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts hasn’t played as much as he expected this season, but he’s probably experienced more than he expected. Shorts redshirted as a freshman last season and earned the starting position after a tight battle with true freshman Austin Howard in preseason camp, though both played in the early going. After starting the first… Continue reading →

Southern University athletics chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East, Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts in the end zone after running four yards to score the touchdown against Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern has set up a special Bayou Classic with archrival Grambling State, but what happens before the game? How are the Jaguars preparing? Ask Advocate sportswriter Les East in this chat on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Grambling tries to bounce back after loss to Alabama State

Photo provided by Arthur Williams -- Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs

For the first time this season, the Grambling football team is reacting to a conference loss. The Tigers won their first seven Southwestern Athletic Conference games before Alabama State came in and upset them 37-23 on Saturday. Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs said Monday that “there were a lot of tears and some shock” in the locker… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern gets its "Christmas" gift Bayou Classic game against Grambling State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mississippi Valley State quarterback Patrick Ivy (9) is swarmed by Southern's Bradley Coleman (84), Aaron Tiller (94), and Mikale Jenkins (95), Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern linebacker/fullback Brian McCain said the Bayou Classic is "It's the championship before the championship, Christmas before Christmas." What did the Jaguars football team do to set up the big matchup? Listen to "The Advocate's Southern University Podcast" with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East. Click here to listen to… Continue reading →

Free throws help Southern top LSU-A

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Michael Harrel plays tight defense on LSU-Alexandria's DeAngelo Coleman as he brings the ball up court on Monday night.

Adrian Rodgers did most of his scoring from the floor and Trelun Banks did most of his from the foul line. The two guards combined to score 39 points and lead Southern to a 76-65 victory against LSU-Alexandria on Monday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Rodgers scored a game-high 23 points, making 8-of-16 field… Continue reading →

East: Southern made the most of its opportunity by dominating Valley

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mississippi Valley State quarterback Patrick Ivy (9) is swarmed by Southern's Bradley Coleman (84), Aaron Tiller (94), and Mikale Jenkins (95), Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

There wasn’t a whole lot of doubt that, when the smoke cleared Saturday, Southern and Grambling would officially be headed to a showdown in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29. The annual matchup in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was almost certainly going to be a winner-take-all affair for the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division championship and a berth… Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Lenard Tillery falls backward into the end zone to score under Mississippi Valley State's Davon Jones on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Coming up Southern (8-3 overall and 7-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) has an open date before facing Grambling (7-4, 7-1) in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Tigers also have an open date after losing 37-23 at home to Alabama State on Saturday. The winner of the Bayou Classic will claim… Continue reading →

Southern men face LSU-Alexandria

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Southern's Christopher Hyder shoots against Louisiana Tech onf Friday at F.G. Clark Activity Center. Hyder, who scord 11 points in the Jaguars' 85-76 loss, said Southern needs to focus on “playing defense without fouling.”

Shortly after the Southern men’s basketball team lost its season opener to Louisiana Tech on Friday night, coach Roman Banks already was looking forward to practice. The Jaguars’ 85-76 loss in the F.G. Clark Activity Center to a team that won 29 games last season offered some encouraging signs to Banks. “We competed well,… Continue reading →

Southern turns it on in the second quarter to blitz Mississippi Valley State 44-13

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's De'Andre Woodland (5) stops Mississippi Valley State's Joshua Rice (87) in his tracks, Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern prepared all week knowing that a victory against Mississippi Valley State would enable it to play for the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title in two weeks. Then, less than an hour before kickoff, the Jaguars had already been assured of that title opportunity when division-leading Grambling lost to Alabama State. That outcome guaranteed that the… Continue reading →

Southern seniors come up big in home finale against Mississippi Valley State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Southern seniors Brian McCain, Jaylen Jordan, and De'Andre Woodland celebrate their  44-13 win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Big plays by Southern’s senior football players provided the catalyst for an appropriately big 44-13 win over Mississippi Valley State on senior night at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Linebacker Brian McCain, defensive lineman Arthur Miley and defensive backs Jaleel Richardson and De’Andre Woodland all helped put the spotlight on the Jaguars’ outgoing class. McCain scored two touchdowns… Continue reading →

Southern running back Lenard Tillery nearing 1,000-yard mark

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Lenard Tillery (21) is knocked off his feet by Mississippi Valley State's Le'Trey Jones (31) during Saturday's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Lenard Tillery entered Saturday’s game against Mississippi Valley State needing 189 yards in the last two games to become Southern’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2003. He came out of a 44-13 victory on the cusp of doing just that. Tillery gained 162 yards on 21 carries against Valley. He needs 27 yards against Grambling in the Bayou Classic on… Continue reading →

Southern 44, Mississippi Valley State 13: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Jamarcus Jarvis carries the ball before being stopped by Mississippi Valley State's Terrance Hudson on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Southern’s running game can overwhelm teams. The offensive line has been getting better each week and the Jaguars have four very talented runners, so they can rotate fresh legs all game long. Life is easy right now for quarterbacks Austin Howard and Deonte Shorts. 2. TRENDING NOW The Southern… Continue reading →

Southern’s Aeneas Williams leads SWAC Hall of Fame inductees

Associated Press photo by Tony Dejak -- Hall of Fame inductee Aeneas Williams poses with his bust during the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio. ORG XMIT: BAT1408022042027618

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference named former Southern star Aeneas Williams and six others to the SWAC Hall of Fame. Other inductees are the late Ernie “The Big Cat” Ladd (Grambling), Ray Seals (Prairie View), the late Alphonso Ford (Mississippi Valley State), Jeffrey Moore (Jackson State), Regina Wells Huston (Alcorn State), and sportswriter Roscoe… Continue reading →

Southern defense excels in the third quarter

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Texas Southern's Jimmy Potepa (26) is stopped by Southern's Roshaud Turner (34) and Kentavious Preston (55), Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

One recurring feature during Southern’s five-game winning streak has been the Jaguars’ stifling defense coming out of halftime. Opponents have scored a total of just 10 third-quarter points during the streak, which will be tested when Southern hosts Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m. Saturday. Southern has scored 33 points in those quarters. All 10… Continue reading →

Four downs: MVSU at Southern

1. Valley struggling The Southern defense had its best game of the season statistically last week, and now it faces the least productive offense in the Southwestern Athletic Conference on Saturday night. The Jaguars are coming off a 30-20 victory against Texas Southern in which they allowed their second-lowest number of rushing yards (99)… Continue reading →

Southern season taking on familiar feel

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Arthur Miley ignites the crowd during the first quarter against Jackson State on Oct. 25.

This Southern football season is starting to look a lot like the last one. It was last season when the Jaguars opened 2-3, started to improve at midseason and won their final five games to claim the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. This season they opened 2-3, started to improve at midseason and have another five-game winning… Continue reading →

Southern hangs with Louisiana Tech but falters late

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Southern's Joell Hopkins (35) shoots Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 during the Jaguars' game against Louisiana Tech at F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Southern men’s basketball team opened the season Friday night with only one starter from last season’s Southwestern Athletic Conference championship team. The Jaguars lost to Louisiana Tech 85-76 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center, but they showed the cupboard isn’t bare after the graduation of four key players and the transfer of two others. “We… Continue reading →

Southern women coast past Mobile

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Southern women's coach Sandy Pugh encourages her team Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, during the Jaguars' game against Mobile at F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Southern women had a team effort in their 85-50 victory against Mobile College in the season opener for both teams Friday night in the F.G. Clark Center. The Jaguars used 11 players, 10 of whom played more than 10 minutes, all of whom had a rebound and all but two of whom scored. “Every kid… Continue reading →

Southern basketball: Men welcome Louisiana Tech, women host Mobile in season openers

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Trelun Banks runs down a loose ball ahead of Prairie View's Louis Munks.

The Southern and Louisiana Tech basketball teams met early last season in Ruston on their way to winning conference championships. When they meet again in their season opener Friday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center, both teams will have a lot of new faces. The Jaguars, 19-13 last season, won the Southwestern Athletic Conference with… Continue reading →

Valley’s previous visit was ‘horrible’ for Southern

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Stump Mitchell walks back to the sideline after talking to his team as it plays Mississippi Valley State at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge in September 2012.

The Southern football players who were on the team the last time Mississippi Valley State came into A.W. Mumford Stadium have vivid memories of the game and its aftermath. The Jaguars had opened the season a week earlier with a 66-21 loss at New Mexico State, and the team’s confidence was shaky at best. Then a Valley… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern coach Dawson Odums says recruiting has gotten tougher since the team won the SWAC title last year

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern University Jaguars head coach Dawson Odums yells at players during the game between Jackson State University and Southern University on Saturday at A. W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

In this week's "Five Minutes With Dawson Odums" podcast, Southern football coach Dawson Odums talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about Saturday's game against Mississippi Valley State and recruiting during the football season. Click here to listen to the podcast.Continue reading →

Top storylines for Southern men’s 2014-15 basketball season

Advocate file photo by John Oubre -- Southern tuard, right Trelun Banks averaged 8.9 points and led the team with 102 assists last season.

Is the preseason a good predictor of the season? Probably not. Southern has 10 players who have yet to play for it and its pre-conference schedule features road games against Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, Iowa State, Wyoming, Baylor and Hawaii. So there will be a lot of meshing and maturing taking… Continue reading →

Top storylines for Southern women’s 2014-15 basketball season

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE - - Southern's Jasmine Jefferson is a preseason All-Southwestern Athletic Conference post.

Can this team repeat as SWAC champion? Absolutely. The Jaguars have four starters back and were picked to win the regular-season title. The players have dedicated themselves to adding a Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title after a 72-43 semifinal loss to Prairie View last season. “This time, we’re looking forward to winning the SWAC… Continue reading →

Lenard Tillery’s goal at SU: wins first, milestones later

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Lenard Tillery (21) runs 76 yards to the end zone for the touchdown against Jackson State, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, giving the Jaguars a 21-0 lead after 7:15 of play time.

Lenard Tillery and Southern’s offensive line have worked well together this season. So well that Tillery has a chance to become the first Southern running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Kenneth Peebles in 2003. Tillery needs only 189 yards to reach the milestone, and with at least two more games left in this season,… Continue reading →

Tulane men blow out Loyola in exhibition

The Tulane men’s basketball team stuck to its preseason talking points in its exhibition opener against next-door neighbor Loyola. After saying its biggest improvements were its defense, depth and sophomore class, the Green Wave showcased those three strengths, winning 87-43 on Wednesday night at Devlin Fieldhouse. Louis Dabney led five players in double figures… Continue reading →

Southern hoping for packed Mumford Stadium

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Jaryd Ford waves around Southern's 80-pound Columbia blue flag following the Jaguars' 53-0 win over Clark Atlanta last year at A.W. Mumford Stadium. This season, Southern has averaged 16,294 fans per home game.

Southern has won four of its five homes game this season as it prepares to play its final one in A.W. Mumford Stadium on Saturday night. If the Jaguars defeat Mississippi Valley State they will have a chance to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division championship a berth in the league’s title game… Continue reading →

Southern seniors leaving on top

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Kevin King said coach Dawson Odums helped build team camaraderie, leading to a strong final two seasons for King and the rest of the Jaguars seniors.

The Southern football seniors will be honored before their last home game against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday night. Their careers are quickly coming to an end, but there could be much more to celebrate after the fond farewell at A.W. Mumford Stadium. The most anticipated Bayou Classic in years awaits on… Continue reading →

Southern University athletics chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East, Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Javen Toney (14) and Malcolm Crockett (3) leave the field following the Jaguars' 30-20 win over Texas Southern, Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern is one win away from playing Grambling State in the Bayou Classic for the SWAC Western Division title. Can Southern do its part and defeat Mississippi Valley State on Saturday? Ask Advocate sportswriter Les East in this chat on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Video: Southern coach Dawson Odums says Jaguars need to be better offensively on third down

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Flanked by Louisiana State Troopers, Southern head coach Dawson Odums, right, greets Texas Southern head coach Darrell Asberry following the Jaguars' 30-20 win over the Tigers, Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern coach Dawson Odums reviews the Jaguars' 30-20 win against Texas Southern and previews Saturday's game against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern is on guard for a letdown against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Reggie Travis (81) goes horizontal as he is tackled by Texas Southern's Tray Walker (5), Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern has a five-game winning streak entering its game against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Can Southern extend its winning streak and set up a Bayou Classic showdown against Grambling State for the SWAC Western Division title? Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East preview the game. Click here to listen… Continue reading →

Southern figures out linebackers

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Dionte McDuffy (23) and Demetrius Carter (39) celebrate after forcing a fumble against Alabama State, Saturday, Nov. 1, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The Southern defense had arguably its best game of the season Saturday, and so did the linebackers. The Jaguars allowed just 220 total yards (their lowest total this season) and 99 rushing yards (their fewest against an NCAA opponent) in a 30-20 victory against Texas Southern. Southern allowed just 66 yards while shutting out the Tigers in… Continue reading →

Southern women hold off Dillard 83-68

It wasn’t the easy road Southern women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh hoped it would be, but the Jaguars pulled away at the end to defeat Dillard 83-68 in the team’s only exhibition game before opening the season with Mobile on Friday. The Jaguars struggled to close out the Bleu Devils early on despite having as much… Continue reading →

East: ‘Loaded’ Southern turned to its playmakers to overcome its miscues

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Jaleel Richardson (13) is swarmed by Texas Southern defenders, Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Texas Southern coach Darrell Asberry knew what he was getting into when he brought his team into A.W. Mumford Stadium to play Southern on Saturday night. “They’re loaded,” Asberry said on the Southwestern Athletic Conference coaches teleconference earlier in the week. He noted that the defending SWAC champions had gotten back most of the players they had… Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Malcolm Crockett (3) grimaces as he is tackled by Texas Southern's Le'Tevin Wilcox (29), Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Coming up Southern (7-3 overall and 6-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) hosts Mississippi Valley State in its home finale at 6 p.m. Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Delta Devils are 2-8 and 1-7 after a 38-23 loss to Grambling on Thursday night. Valley jumped to an early 14-0 lead in its home finale before the Tigers… Continue reading →

Southern’s winning streak reaches five with 30-20 victory over Texas Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn celebrates after a 58-yard kickoff return against Texas Southern on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern won its fifth consecutive game by beating Texas Southern 30-20 on Saturday night in A.W. Mumford Stadium, but it wasn’t exactly business as usual for the Jaguars. They used a 12-yard touchdown run by tackle Reginald Redding to help build a quick 14-point lead, then had to overcome a series of special-teams mishaps that helped the… Continue reading →

Photos: Texas Southern vs. Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Dorsey Bindon (59) waves an American Flag near the team locker room before kickoff against Texas Southern, Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The Texas Southern Tigers visit the Jags in Mumford Stadium Saturday Nov. 8, 2014.… Continue reading →