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Mickles: For affable Avery Johnson, life is all about timing

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Former Southern University and NBA player Avery Johnson addresses the crowd in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Feb. 2, 2013 for the ceremonial naming of 'Avery Johnson Court.' Johnson, who was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, will begin his first season as Alabama's coach.

NATCHITOCHES — Upon being fired by the Brooklyn Nets two days after Christmas in 2012, Avery Johnson knew one thing: He was going to coach basketball again. He just didn’t know where or when. Actually, he sort of knew the when part of the equation. With son Avery Jr. entering the final year and a half of… 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 →

Avery Johnson: ‘My roots are still in Louisiana’

New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Basketball courts dotted the city, spread in points from the Lafitte Projects in New Orleans like uneven spokes on a bicycle wheel. Tonti Courts. Lemon Playground. Treme Center. Hike it to Algiers or City Park or Lawrence Square. Any place with a net and a hoop and a game. And that’s all Avery Johnson and his friends… Continue reading →

Tulane adds Southern, UMass to 2016 football schedule

Tulane completed its 2016 football schedule Thursday with the addition of a home game against Southern and the opening game of a home-and-home series against Massachusetts. The Green Wave and the Jaguars will play each other for the third time when they meet at Yulman Stadium at a date and time to be determined. Tulane won the… Continue reading →

SWAC returning to seven-game format for football

The Southwestern Athletic Conference is reverting to a seven-game conference football schedule. That was among the changes announced by the league, whose annual spring meetings were held this week. Since 2009, member teams had played a nine-game conference schedule, meaning that each of the 10 members played each other during the regular season. The SWAC… Continue reading →

Southern APR in holding pattern

Southern APR in holding pattern When the NCAA released the latest Academic Progress Rates for student-athletes nationwide Wednesday, Southern was essentially given an incomplete grade pending the completion of summer school. The Jaguars learned earlier this month that an 18-month ban on NCAA postseason play because of the submission of unusable… Continue reading →

Texas Southern blanks Southern for SWAC tournament title

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Texas Southern outfielder Zach Howell (28) beats the throw to second base before Southern University infielder Robinson Mateo (L) can put the tag on him during the SWAC baseball championship game at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Through its first three games in the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament, the Southern Jaguars were a poised team that performed well in all facets of the game. All that went by the wayside in Sunday’s championship game against Texas Southern. The Jaguars were undone by six errors and a lack… Continue reading →

Southern ready to face Texas Southern for the SWAC tournament championship

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks his players in a game against UNO last month.

The Southern Jaguars lost each of the five games they played against Texas Southern this season. But coach Roger Cador said he believes the Jaguars won’t be denied when they play the Tigers at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tounament championship at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The game will be broadcast… Continue reading →

Southern cleared to return to NCAA postseason play this fall

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums talks to his players in his final timeout in the final seconds of the 41st annual Bayou Classic against Grambling, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Southern University’s athletic programs were reinstated Friday for NCAA postseason play beginning this fall. The Jaguars had been ineligible for NCAA postseason play for 18 months as punishment for inadequate and inaccurate reporting of student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates. “I’ve gotten numerous calls from athletes and their parents,” said men’s basketball coach Roman Banks, who is doubling as interim… Continue reading →

Southern makes it to SWAC championship game after rallying past Jackson State to win 6-5

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Southern University infielder Robinson Mateo (2) signals an out after tagging Jackson State infielder Gary Thomas, II (17) while trying to steal second base during the SWAC Baseball Tournament at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans Friday, May 15, 2015.

It was an ugly start but a beautiful ending. Southern catcher Jose de la Torre’s fly ball to deep left field dropped in, scoring Tyler Kirksey from third base in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday against Jackson State, giving the Jaguars a 6-5 victory and sending them to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game at Wesley Barrow… Continue reading →

SWAC tournament: Alabama State and Alcorn State head home

Jackson State rallied late against Alabama State on Friday, earning a 4-1 win and knocking out the top team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament. JSU (32-24), the two-time tournament champion, advanced to face Southern later Friday for a chance to defend its title. Alabama State’s season ended with a 31-19 record. The Hornets were the No. 1… Continue reading →

Southern upsets Alabama State 13-12 in 10 innings; Jaguars remain unbeaten in SWAC tournament

Through two weather delays and two Alabama State rallies, the Southern Jaguars persevered Thursday night at Wesley Barrow Stadium. When Pitcher Santo Salvidar struck out Alabama State’s P.J. Harris with Waldyvan Estrada on second base, the Jaguars prevailed, getting a hard-fougth 13-12 victory on the second day of the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament. Southern (19-22)… Continue reading →

SWAC tournament: Jackson State pounds Prairie View; Alcorn eliminates Alabama A&M

Jackson State rebounded from a first-day loss and routed Prairie View 10-1 on Thursday to remain alive in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. The Tigers (31-24) take on (Southern, Alabama State) at 9 a.m. Friday. Prairie View’s season ended with a 15-36 overall record. JSU outhit the Panthers 14-6, with five players earning multiple hits.… Continue reading →

Southern wins SWAC tournament opener vs. Jackson State, thanks to left-hander J’Markus George

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Southern pitcher J'Markus George  throws against Jackson State during the first game of the SWAC baseball tournament at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans.

After two regular-season losses to Jackson State, Southern coach Roger Cador felt left-hander J’Markus George could limit the free-swinging Tigers in the first game of the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament. George held Jackson State to three earned runs on six hits in eight innings, and Southern beat the two-time reigning tournament champions 10-5 on Wednesday at Wesley… Continue reading →

SWAC baseball tournament: Alabama State hangs on; Grambling notches upset

Alabama State relief pitcher Michael Tellado struck out Prarie View pinch-hitter Trent Kinney with the bases loaded, preserving a 5-4 victory in the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament Wednesday at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The win pits the Hornets (31-27 overall, 19-6 SWAC), the East Division’s No. 1 seed against Southern (18-22, 14-8), the No. 2 seed in… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team ready to open SWAC tournament against Jackson State

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Jose de la Torre has hit 10 of Southern's 19 home runs this season.

The Southern Jaguars hope to remain on a roll when they enter the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament Wednesday at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The double-elimination tournament ends Sunday with the championship game. Southern (17-22, 13-8 SWAC) ended the season by winning its final four games and is the West Division’s No. 2 seed. It will take on East No.… 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 loses pitcher Tyler Robinson ahead of SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern starting pitcher Tyler Robinson throws a pitch to a Grambling

After a tumultuous regular season for the Southern baseball team, the Jaguars will travel to New Orleans for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament without one of their top pitchers. Freshman Tyler Robinson was ruled academically ineligible after falling below the required 12 hours for student-athletes as Southern heads into the conference tournament Wednesday. The Jaguars will open play… Continue reading →

Santos Saldivar’s complete game powers Jaguars past Southeastern 5-1

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Santos Saldivar

Southern University pitcher Santos Saldivar had to fight back his emotions as he walked off Lee-Hines Field for the last time in his career. In a season filled with more downs than ups, Saldivar sent the Jaguars (17-22) out on a high note, throwing a complete game in Southern’s 5-1 win against Southeastern Louisiana (36-14) in the team’s… Continue reading →

Southern hosts Southeastern in home baseball finale

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Second year pitcher James Fontenot, left, and fourth year pitcher Santos Saldivar, right, are two of Southern University's veteran baseball players who can recall team members changing into their baseball uniforms in the parking lot outside Lee-Hines Field before the start of home games. They'll  get a change of routine Friday, after 30-year Southern head coach Roger Cador's dream is finally  reality, and the school's new baseball support facility with locker room and coaches' offices will be used for the first time for a home stand.

The Southern baseball team will honor its senior class when the Jaguars play their final mid-week game of the regular season against Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lee-Hines Field. The Jaguars will give the ball to senior right-hander Santos Saldivar (3-6, 2.74) and recognize him and seven other seniors. Southern (16-22) will be the… Continue reading →

Southern softball team returns to SWAC tournament after drought

The Southern softball team is in unfamiliar territory. After going through three coaches in the past two seasons, closing out a period in which the program went 25-109 since 2012, the Jaguars enter the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Western Division following one of the best seasons in recent memory. Southern faces… Continue reading →

Jose de la Torre, Jaguars blast Grambling 16-12

GRAMBLING — Jose de la Torre hit two home runs to lead a 17-hit attack as Southern completed a three-game sweep of Southwestern Athletic Conference rival Grambling with a 16-12 win Sunday. In a game that featured shaky Southern pitching, the Jaguars’ offense carried the day with seven hits going for extra bases. Gavin… Continue reading →

Southern sweeps doubleheader at Grambling

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern left-hander J'Markus George

Southern doubled its fun Saturday afternoon at Grambling as the Jaguars swept a doubleheader from their SWAC archrival by identical scores, 11-4 and 11-4. Having already locked up the second seed for the SWAC tournament, Southern coach Roger Cador shuffled his weekend pitching rotation. Regardless, it was smooth sailing in both games for the Jaguars. In… Continue reading →

Southern plays final SWAC series at Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern starting pitcher Tyler Robinson throws a pitch to a Grambling

The Southern baseball team wraps up Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season play with a series at Grambling that starts with a doubleheader at noon Saturday. This series has no measurable impact on the Jaguars’ SWAC fortunes because they are locked into the second seed from the West Division for the conference tournament, which begins in 11 days in New… Continue reading →

McNeese State baseball team drops Southern 13-5

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Jose de la Torre has hit 10 of Southern's 19 home runs this season.

After a slight spark of excitement, Wednesday night went downhill in a hurry for the Southern baseball team. The Jaguars jumped to an early one-run lead against McNeese State in the first inning, but the Cowboys scored 12 unanswered runs on their way to a dominant 13-5 win. An RBI single up the middle by Southern… Continue reading →

Southern, McNeese try to make up rainout

Advocate file photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern infielder Marcus Tomlin forces out McNeese State's Hans Ask at first base during a game at Lee-Hines Field last season.

The Southern baseball team hopes to play McNeese State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lee-Hines Field. The game was postponed from Tuesday because of heavy rain, and there was still a significant amount of water in the outfield late Tuesday — but a break in the weather Wednesday could be sufficient for the game… Continue reading →

Texas Southern sweeps doubleheader against visiting Southern

Southern entered the weekend on an eight-game winning streak against SWAC opponents, but Texas Southern came away with a doubleheader sweep against the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s doubleheader between SU (13-20, 10-8) and Texas Southern was postponed because of rain, moving the two games to Sunday afternoon. The Jaguars jumped out to an early 2-0… Continue reading →

Red-hot Santos Saldivar, Southern visit Texas Southern

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern pitcher Santos Saldivar

Santos Saldivar appears to be saving his best for last. The senior right-hander has been a part of the Southern pitching staff for four seasons, getting his feet wet in the bullpen his first two seasons and being the No. 1 starter the last two. Saldivar didn’t lose any of his nine starts last season, finishing with three… Continue reading →

Southern’s 4-0 lead evaporates late in 5-4 loss to Cajuns

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye -- Southern's Gavin Webster sildes safely into second with a double as UL-Lafayette  Blake Trahan shortstop Blake Trahan tries to make a tag in the sixth inning Wednesday at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — The Southern baseball team had the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on the ropes, but it slipped when it was trying to deliver the knockout blow, and the Cajuns rallied to steal a 5-4 win Wednesday night at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. Thanks to a strong performance from J’Markus George on the mound, the… Continue reading →

Jaguars get another crack at Cajuns

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern starting pitcher J'Markus George, who struggled against UL-Lafayette earlier this month, will get a chance to get even Wednesday night when the Jagaurs visit the Cajuns in Lafayette.

Southern has turned its baseball season around by losing just three of its past 13 games, but one of those losses really stands out. The Jaguars (13-18) lost by the mercy rule to Louisiana-Lafayette, 14-1 in eight innings, at Lee-Hines Field on April 8. They’ll try to make a better showing in rematch at… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team sweeps Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Sunday doubleheader

Advocate file photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern pitcher Santos Saldivar struck out a career-high 16 batters Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Whether it was a career-best pitching performance or an offensive outburst, Southern pushed all the right buttons to pull off a doubleheader sweep against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. In the first game, SU senior right-hander Santos Saldivar stole the show in a 4-3 win. In the second game, it was the Southern hitters’ turn.… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team finally returns to diamond with doubleheader vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Tyler Kirksey makes contact during a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last season. The teams begin a doubleheader at noon Sunday.

The Southern baseball team has had an unusually long break from games and especially Southwestern Athletic Conference games. The Jaguars hope the departure of week-long rain enables them to return to Lee-Hines Field and play a conference doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at noon Sunday. Southern (11-18, 8-6 SWAC) hasn’t played a game since splitting a nonconference doubleheader against… Continue reading →

Karr’s D’Andre Williams commits to play baseball at Southern

Karr catcher D'Andre Williams

Edna Karr senior D’Andre Williams knows all about his school’s rich football tradition. Williams plays outside linebacker for the Cougars during the fall. But he also plays catcher for the baseball team, and that’s the sport he plans to pursue in college. Williams committed to Southern University on Monday.… Continue reading →

Rain washes out Southern’s games against BRCC and UNO

The Southern baseball team was scheduled to host an exhibition game against Baton Rouge Community College on Tuesday to get in some extra work before the stretch run of the Southwestern Athletic Conference race. But rain forced the cancellation of not only that game but also a nonconference game against UNO that had been set for Wednesday… Continue reading →

Loyola, Southern rained out

Sunday’s series finale between Loyola and Southern was canceled because of rain. It will not be rescheduled. The Wolf Pack split a doubleheader with NCAA Division I Southern on Saturday, winning the first game 7-3 before dropping the second 7-2. Loyola has beaten two NCAA Division I opponents this season after taking down… Continue reading →

Southern gets split with Loyola

Southern rearranged its weekend pitching roles, and it helped the Jaguars salvage a doubleheader split against Loyola on Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. After the team’s losing streak reached three games with a 7-3 loss in the first game, Tyler Robinson, normally the Sunday starter, pitched seven strong innings, and No. 1 starter Santos Saldivar came out of… Continue reading →

Southern baseball tries to bounce back with nonconference series vs. Loyola

Advocate file photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern right-hander James Fontenot is scheduled to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Loyola.

Southern’s break from Southwestern Athletic Conference play this weekend appears to be coming at a good time. The Jaguars had a rough midweek, losing home games to Jackson State 12-9 on Tuesday and Louisiana-Lafayette 14-1 in a game shortened to eight innings by the mercy rule Wednesday. Southern plays a doubleheader against Loyola at noon Saturday, then visits… Continue reading →

SU seeks 6th straight tennis title

All of Southern’s teams have been under an NCAA postseason ban for more than a year, but none has felt its impact as much as the women’s tennis team. The Jaguars will go for their sixth consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title this weekend in New Orleans, knowing that even if they win they will be unable… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team thumps Southern by mercy rule 14-1

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Stefan Trosclair slides safely at second under the attempted tag by Southern's Robinson Mateo.

Southern’s dramatic turnaround, highlighted by a seven-game win streak, has been followed by an abrupt turn in the other direction. One night after the win streak ended with a home loss to Jackson State, the Jaguars were mercy-ruled by UL-Lafayette, losing 14-1 in eight innings Wednesday night at Lee-Hines Field. The Ragin’ Cajuns took the lead for good… Continue reading →

Jackson State ends Southern win streak, 12-9

Advocate file photo by John Oubre -- Southern pitcher Rafael Diaz

Southern’s seven-game win streak came to and end when some bad habits returned Tuesday night. The Jaguars had a series of missed scoring chances and fielding and base-running miscues that contributed to a 12-9 loss to Jackson State at Lee-Hines Field. Southern had largely purged the self-inflicted problems during the win streak, which began after an… Continue reading →