Southern coach Roger Cador prefers forfeit to makeup

The Southern University baseball team is scheduled to return to Houston to play a makeup doubleheader against Texas Southern on May 9.

But Jaguars coach Roger Cador said he’s prepared to forfeit the games to save the expenses of a trip that isn’t in the budget and avoid the strain on players who will be taking final exams that week. Additionally, the makeup date is the same as the university’s commencement.

Southern and Texas Southern played just one of three scheduled games in Houston last month because of rain. The Southwestern Athletic Conference has a “100 percent rule,” which requires that all divisional games be played.

“We don’t have the money,” Cador said. “Just the bus is $3,000. You’re looking at $1,600 or so for a hotel and another $1,000 or so for food. So you’re talking about another five or six thousand dollars easy that you don’t have. That’s money I wish I had for recruiting.

“I’m saving money every trip to be able to make trip to the (conference) tournament and now they’re putting this on there.”

The conference baseball tournament might not be an issue because the last-place team in each division fails to qualify for the conference tournament. The Jaguars, who don’t play this weekend, are in last place in the West with a 1-9 record, three games behind Grambling, which is second to last at 5-7.

“I’m a law-abiding citizen and I want to support the conference in any way I can,” Cador said. “But I do not want to play those games even if it means getting in (the conference tournament). That’s the only way you’re going to send a message.”

SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp was unavailable for comment, but associate commissioner Edgar Gantt said Wednesday that Sharp has the discretion to make an exception to the 100 percent rule if a school makes a compelling case for doing so. Gantt said Southern has not made such a request, but that one would be most likely to come a couple of weeks before the scheduled makeup.

“I’m under the impression that everyone is on the same page,” Gantt said. “There are still a lot of contests to be played.”

Cador said he and Southern Athletic Director William Broussard would make a formal request for an exception later this month. “We’ll try to come up with something that makes sense to the commissioner,” Cador said.

A lack of bearing on the conference tournament is the type of mitigating circumstance that could warrant an exception to the rule, Gantt said.

Texas Southern (7-3) is in second place in the West, a half-game behind Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 1½ games ahead of Prairie View A&M.

“People are struggling just to make the season (financially),” Cador said. “The 100 percent rule stinks. I’m prepared to help the conference understand that the foolishness must end in 2014.”

Gantt said any rule change can be proposed if a majority of the coaches in a given sport support it. If the athletic directors present the proposed change it would then be submitted to the presidents and chancellors for a deciding vote.

“The members drive that,” Gantt said. “The coaches can vote on it during their meetings in person or by conference call and from there it goes up the ladder.”