A look ahead after Southern’s spring football season

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Dawson Odums

Southern football coach Dawson Odums wasn’t ready to release a depth chart when spring practice ended last weekend. There’s plenty of work to be done over the summer and in fall camp before the pecking order is transferred from pencil to ink, but nonetheless Odums has seen enough to be confident he has what he needs. … Continue reading →

Southern spring game showcases new quarterbacks

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts passes during the spring game Saturday at the A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The Southern offense won’t be the same next season without All-Southwestern Athletic Conference quarterback Dray Joseph. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be as good or even better just because it’s different. Southern’s spring game Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium demonstrated how the offense will evolve with an inexperienced quarterback in either Deonte Shorts or Francis … Continue reading →

Southern football seeks strong spring finish

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts

Spring football is winding down for Southern. The Jaguars held a walkthrough Friday afternoon in the parking lot next to A.W. Mumford Stadium to preserve the wet field for the spring game at 2 p.m. Saturday inside the stadium. The 70-75-play spring game will be a little more than half the length of a scrimmage last … Continue reading →

Odums sets tone for Southern spring

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern receiver Justin Morgan runs after a catch.

Southern coach Dawson Odums established the theme for spring football practice at the outset. When the team convened before dawn last Wednesday for the first of 15 practices, Odums mentioned the theme and continued to through the first week of practice, which concludes Sunday. “Our theme this whole spring is your ‘get to’ versus your ‘go … Continue reading →

Podcast: Jaguars teams can't escape hovering possible NCAA sanctions

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre Southern's Yondarius Johnson protects the ball from Alcorn defender LeAntwan Luckett.

It was good news and bad news for Southern's athletic teams. The men have clinched first place in the SWAC. The women dropped out of first place. The defending SWAC champion football team opens spring practice on Wednesday. The baseball team, still searching for an identity, plays Northwestern State four times this week. Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce … Continue reading →

Marines put Jaguars through paces

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU --  Southern fullback Brian McCain carries the ball against Grambling linebacker Wade Julien during the 2012 Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern fullback Brian McCain remembers his reaction when he found out the team would be participating in its inaugural Marine Day last year. Coach Dawson Odums had asked local Marines to put the Jaguars through drills from their training in preparation for spring football. “My initial reaction was, ‘what am I getting myself into?’ ” McCain … Continue reading →

Former Southern defensive coordinator Terrence Graves to coach at Grambling

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Former Southern defensive coordinator Terrence Graves, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi Valley State, will be the linebackers and special teams coach at Grambling.

Terrence Graves, a longtime assistant coach at Southern University under Pete Richardson, will be the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Grambling, Graves announced Monday on Facebook. “After much Prayer and discussion I have began next phase of My Coaching Career..... I am Officially the Linebackers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at Grambling State University. I look … Continue reading →

Southern signing class includes linebackers, valuable transfers

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Central quarterback Jarrad Hayes.

Malcolm Crockett, RB, 5-10, 205, Takoma Park, Md./Pitt Adds experience from his time at Pitt. After redshirting, he played on special teams and carried the ball. Jarrad Hayes, QB, 6-0, 180, Central/Central Versatile athlete who’s also smart enough to catch up without having the luxury of going through spring practice. Jamarcus Jarvis, RB, 5-10, … Continue reading →

Southern fills holes across the board

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Southern football coach Dawson Odums, along with Howard White, in back, recaps his 2013 season prior to announcing his new class of recruits on Wednesday night at the Student Union Ballroom.

Even though Southern lost 19 seniors from its Southwestern Athletic Conference championship team, the Jaguars didn’t go into National Signing Day on Wednesday in desperate need of new blood at any one position. The biggest area of need was linebacker, which was reflected in that position featuring the most signees: four. But the 18-member class included players at … Continue reading →

Southern University football signing updates

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern University Jaguars linebacker Anthony Balancier (49) hoists the championship trophy into the air following the Jaguars 34-27 win over the Jackson State Tigers during the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Balancier was the named the game's most valuable defensive player.

The reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference champions expect to add another six or so signees.Southern has received signed scholarship papers from five high-school football players Wednesday morning. They join eight transfers who are already enrolled to give the Jaguars 13 signees in this year’s recruiting class. … Continue reading →

Jaguars enjoying recruiting head start

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern coach Dawson Odums: 'We think this is going to be a good (recruiting) class. If we get 19 or 20 of the 24 (players offered scholarships), it will be a great class.'

Southern has a good head start on its football recruiting class. And coach Dawson Odums sounds like he’s expecting good news to roll in when scholarship papers start arriving at Southern Wednesday morning. The Jaguars have offered scholarships to 24 players, and Odums said he’s hopeful of landing about 19. Eight of those players are transfers already … Continue reading →

Southern football commitments

Southern commitments Bryan Anderson: safety, Edna Karr, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds Cordelral Cook: quarterback, Stone Mountain (Ga.), 6-1, 190 Malcolm Crockett: running back, Pitt, 5-10, 205 Jarrad Hayes: quarterback, Central, 6-0, 180 … Continue reading →

Dawson Odums signs new Southern deal

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern coach Dawson Odums watches the action during a game against Jackson State on Sept. 28 at A. W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums took a moment away from recruiting this week to sign his new four-year contract with the Jaguars. Odums and Southern Athletic Director William Broussard agreed to terms, which included a 25-percent pay raise to $175,000 per year, last month. The SU System Board of Supervisors approved the deal earlier this month. … Continue reading →

Jackson State hires Harold Jackson as football coach

Former Jackson State University and NFL wide receiver Harold Jackson, right, is greeted by well-wishers at JSU on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, after being introduced as the Tigers' new head football coach.   (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Joe Ellis)

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State hired former Tigers player and NFL standout Harold Jackson as its football coach Monday. Jackson replaces Rick Comegy, who was fired in December after eight seasons. Jackson State had an 8-4 record this fall but lost to Southern 34-27 in double overtime in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game Dec. … Continue reading →

East: Southern, Odums right fit for each other

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums yells orders from the sidelines during second half action of a SWAC football game against rival Jackson State at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. 9/22/12 MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

Southern didn’t need North Carolina Central to show interest in Dawson Odums to appreciate what it had in its head football coach. Likewise, Odums didn’t need to do any comparative shopping to appreciate what he had at Southern. NCCU bringing in Odums to interview for the Eagles head coaching position didn’t change the fact that Odums … Continue reading →

Dawson Odums foresees stability at Southern

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Dawson Odums

Southern football coach Dawson Odums has a new message for recruits. He had been telling them that even though he had just one year left on his contract and he had a job interview at North Carolina Central, he was working on a long-term commitment to the Jaguars. But now that he has agreed to a … Continue reading →

Players, coaches laud Dawson Odums’ return to Southern

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern receiver Lee Doss hugs coach Dawson Odums following the Jaguars' 34-27 win over Jackson State during the SWAC title game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Just a few days after securing its first conference title in 10 years, the Southern football program secured its leader for the foreseeable future Thursday by agreeing to a three-year contract extension with coach Dawson Odums. Odums had received interest from his alma mater, North Carolina Central. But, with a hefty raise coming his way, Odums decided … Continue reading →

Southern, Odums agree to new deal

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.

Southern Athletic Director William Broussard knew another university was going to show interest in football coach Dawson Odums. He knew it before Odums’ alma mater, North Carolina Central, called him at the beginning of the month to get permission to interview Odums. He knew it before Southern defeated Jackson State 34-27 in double overtime to win … Continue reading →

Southern, Odums continue talks

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach football Dawson Odums and school officials continued contract talks but no deal had been reach as of late Wednesday.

Southern continued negotiations with football coach Dawson Odums on a new contract Wednesday, but no agreement was reached. The university extended an offer to Odums, who led the Jaguars to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship this past season, on Tuesday afternoon. Athletic Director William Broussard and Odums’ agent, Burton Rocks, spoke Tuesday night and continued negotiations Wednesday. … Continue reading →

Southern, Odums continue negotiations

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums reacts to having a cooler tossed onto him following the Jaguars' 40-17 win over Grambling during the 40th Bayou Classic on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums’ agent said Thursday morning that his client has agreed to a new contract with the university. The agreement was hammered out with Jaguars athletic director William Broussard in less than 48 hours after an original offer was made. Odums, who led Southern to its first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 10 years … Continue reading →

Jaguars offer Odums new deal

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern University Jaguars head coach Dawson Odums hoists the championship trophy following his team's 34-27 win over the Jackson State Tigers during the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The negotiations between Southern and football coach Dawson Odums on a new contract will continue Wednesday. Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard and Odums’ agent, Burton Rocks, spoke late Tuesday night to discuss the details of an offer Broussard made earlier in the day. Broussard said Tuesday afternoon that “the best case scenario” was to have Odums … Continue reading →

Southern planning offer for Dawson Odums

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern wide receiver Lee Doss  rubs the head of Jaguars coach Dawson Odums after the Jaguars' 38-33 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 24, 2012, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums’ future could be settled this week. Odums is one of four candidates who have interviewed for the head coaching position at North Carolina Central, his alma mater. NCCU officials said they plan to discuss the candidates during a conference call Thursday and make a hire shortly thereafter. In the meantime, the Jaguars are … Continue reading →

William Broussard to speak to Dawson Odums about extension

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK Southern Chancellor James L. Llorens, left, Dawson Odums, center, and athletic director William Broussard share a laugh after Odums was introduced as the head football coach on Dec. 18.

Southern Athletic Director William Broussard said Thursday he plans to talk with football coach Dawson Odums next week about a contract extension. Broussard has given North Carolina Central, Odums’ alma mater, permission to interview the coach, who led the Jaguars to their first Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship in 10 years with a 34-27 double-overtime victory against Jackson State … Continue reading →

Eight Southern players headed to HBCU bowl

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southern quarterback Dray Joseph fires a pass toward wide receiver Lee Doss in the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoon's Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Joseph finished with four touchdown passes, three of which went to Doss.

Eight seniors from Southern’s Southwestern Athletic Conference Champion football team have been selected to participate in HBCU All-Star Bowl IV. The bowl features the top 100 draft-eligible players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The game will be played Jan. 18 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Jaguars who were chosen are quarterback Dray Joseph, … Continue reading →

Central QB Jarrad Hayes commits to Southern

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Central's Jarrad Hayes (9) carries the ball during a game against Live Oak. Hayes committed to Southern late Tuesday night.

Southern coach Dawson Odums and his staff received good news late Tuesday night when local standout Jarrad Hayes, a 6-foot, 180-pound quarterback from Central High School, verbally committed to the Jaguars. Hayes completed 180 of 283 attempts for 2,391 yards with 27 touchdown passes and five interceptions. He also rushed for 251 yards and four more scores. … Continue reading →

North Carolina Central plans to talk with Dawson Odums

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums shouts from the visitor's sideline as his team clinches a 31-28 victory over Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 9. The Jaguars rebounded from an ugly 0-2 start to claim a spot in Saturday's Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game.

North Carolina Central University has received permission to speak with Southern football coach Dawson Odums about its vacant head coaching position. Jaguars spokesman Chris Jones confirmed late Wednesday night that athletic director William Broussard had granted permission to Odums’ alma mater to speak with him. WBRZ-TV had first reported that permission had been given. Neither … Continue reading →

Central's Jarrad Hayes commits to Southern

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern defensive backs Dionte McDuffy (23) and D'Andre Woodland (5) force Jackson State wide receiver Tobias Singleton (1) to fumble.

Jarrad Hayes, a 6-foot 180 pound quarterback prospect from Central High School, verbally committed to the Jaguars on Tuesday night. Hayes passed for 2,391 yards, completing 180-of-283 pass attempts with 27 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Additionally, He also rushed for 251 yards and four more scores. Hayes’ commitment now gives Southern three commitments for the 2014 signing … Continue reading →

Southern already working to meet higher expectations

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON Southern receiver Lee Doss touches the trophy held by coach Dawson Odums following the Jaguars' 40-17 victory over Grambling during the 40th annual Bayou Classic last month. Southern claimed its first SWAC championship since 2003 with last Saturday's win over Jackson State.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums sat behind the desk in his office, less than 48 hours removed from the Jaguars winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship. But he didn’t have time to reflect on the 34-27 overtime victory against Jackson State that brought Southern its first SWAC title in 10 years. That had to wait. … Continue reading →

Linemen, linebackers top Southern recruiting list

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Southern football coach Dawson Odums said offensive linemen, defensive linemen and linebackers are needed the most in this year's recruiting class.

Devout college football fans often say that there are three types of seasons: The football season itself, recruiting season and spring practice. Now that the first part of the trifecta — the football season — is complete, Southern coach Dawson Odums and his assistants can turn their full attention to the recruiting aspect of college football. … Continue reading →

East: SU seniors played key roles in win

HOUSTON — The Southern football team honored its seniors before their final home game three weeks ago. But the seniors were far from done. They said goodbye to the home crowd in dominant fashion during a 53-0 rout of Clark Atlanta. But the seniors and their teammates had an even bigger celebration … Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Southern

The Southern coaching staff returns to the recruiting trail beginning Monday. The Southwestern Athletic Conference champions can tout their success this season as a perk to high school players. The Jaguars (9-4 and 8-2 against SWAC competition) won their first conference title in 10 years when they defeated Jackson State 34-27 … Continue reading →

Southern finds vindication vs. Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONSouthern running back Lenard Tillery gets past Jackson State linebacker Todd Wilcher as teammate Aaron Hall looks on.

HOUSTON — As the Southern football team prepared for its rematch with Jackson State, it zeroed in on the shortcomings that it felt were its downfall in a regular-season loss to the Tigers. The Jaguars felt they had beaten themselves more than JSU had beaten them. Their focus all week in preparation for the … Continue reading →

Southern 34, Jackson State 27 (2OT): Three and out

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern wide receiver Chuck Baker points to the Southern logo on his helmet following the Jaguars 34-27 win over Jackson State for the SWAC title Saturday in Houston.

Never, ever underestimate the heart of a champion. Former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich made that admonition in Houston nearly 20 years ago, and Southern demonstrated it in the same city Saturday. The Jaguars became champs by showing heart. They saw J-State score two touchdowns in a 13-second span and responded with a 99-yard … Continue reading →

East: From also-rans to champions in just one year

Amid the chaotic celebration on the turf inside Reliant Stadium late Saturday afternoon, a loud voice boomed. “Come on, men,” Southern football coach Dawson Odums bellowed to his smiling, laughing and dancing players. “Come on. Get your helmets.” Even as the Jaguars were celebrating their Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship, Odums was orchestrating … Continue reading →