SWAC media day: Jaguars put 6 on all-conference teams

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern receiver Willie Quinn

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern re-emerged as a dominant program in Southwestern Athletic Conference football last season by going 9-4 and winning the conference title by topping Jackson State 34-27 in double overtime. All that success has the Jaguars on everyone’s minds. As the 2014 season nears, they put six players on the preseason … Continue reading →

SWAC media day: Four downs

Photo provided by Arthur Williams -- Southern coach Dawson Odums is interviewed by Advocate columnist Scott Rabalais during SWAC football media day Friday, July 18, 2014.

1. THE CHASE IS ON There was no pick for overall SWAC champion Friday, but the fact that Southern won the conference in 2013 and is picked to win the West seems to put the Jaguars in that position by default. “We’ll be the target,” DE … Continue reading →

SWAC media days: Best of the best

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern defensive end Arthur Miley sacks Arkansas-Pine Bluff quarterback Benjamin Anderson last season.

Top individual honors Offensive Player of the Year: QB Benjamin Anderson, Ark.-Pine Bluff The junior threw for 2,787 yards and 19 touchdowns while running for a team-high 824 yards and nine scores. Defensive Player of the Year: LB Kourtney Berry, Alabama State The sophomore … Continue reading →

Southern in the spotlight at SWAC media day

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern University Jaguars players are congratulated by fans following their 34-27 win over the Jackson State Tigers during the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Southern figures to be the center of attention during Southwestern Athletic Conference media day Friday in Birmingham, Alabama. The Jaguars are the reigning conference champions, and coach Dawson Odums is one of just six incumbent coaches among the 10 in attendance. He’s operating under a new four-year contract the university gave him in anticipation of long-term success … Continue reading →

SOUTHERN'S NCAA MEETINGS

Southern awaits fate from NCAA

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern University's running back Malcolm Crockett carries the ball during the spring game on Saturday at the A.W. Mumford Stadium.

All Southern University can do now is wait to hear its fate from the NCAA. Jaguars officials appeared before the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance on Wednesday in Indianapolis, making a case to have lifted a ban on all its teams from competing in the NCAA postseason. The hearing ended at mid-day and it’s unclear just … Continue reading →

Southern makes case before NCAA panel, waits to hear fate

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Jose DeLa Toree celebrates after scoring the first run of the game against Prairie View on Sunday. The Jags lost 2-7.

All Southern can do now is wait to hear its fate from the NCAA. Jaguars officials appeared before the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance on Wednesday in Indianapolis, making its case to have lifted a ban on all its teams from competing in the NCAA postseason. The hearing ended at mid-day and it’s unclear just how … Continue reading →

SOUTHERN'S NCAA MEETINGS

NCAA to hear Southern’s case Wednesday

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Jose DeLa Toree celebrates after scoring the first run of the game against Prairie View on Sunday. The Jags lost 2-7.

Southern will make its closing argument to the NCAA on Wednesday morning. All of the Jaguars athletic teams have been banned from NCAA postseason competition since December because the university provided a significant amount of unusable data in reporting student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates to the NCAA. After months of updating the data and revamping its system … Continue reading →

THE BAYOU CLASSIC

Broussard: No change in matchup for Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern Athletic Director William Broussard

The Southern-Grambling matchup in the Bayou Classic appears safe for the foreseeable future. Southern Athletic Director William Broussard said Thursday that no one from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has approached him about changing the Jaguars’ opponent in the traditional season-ending game in the Dome. Broussard also said he has not spoken with Grambling Athletic Director Aaron James … Continue reading →

SOUTHERN'S NCAA MEETINGS

Podcast: Will Southern tumble under the weight of NCAA sanctions?

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In this "Advocate Sports: Southern" podcast, Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East preview Southern's meeting with the NCAA on June 25 to have a postseason ban lifted in most of its sports. Click here to listen to the podcast. Continue reading →

Former SU, Astros player Pittman dies at 60

Former Southern baseball player Joe “Shoes” Pittman, who played for three Major League teams, died last week. He was 60. Pittman, who was an infielder with the Jaguars from 1973-75, was a native of Houston and played with and was later a scout for the Houston Astros. “We are saddened to learn of the passing of … Continue reading →

NCAA meeting with Southern set for June 25

Southern will get its day in court June 25. That’s when eight representatives of the university will appear before the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance in Indianapolis as the Jaguars attempt to have an NCAA postseason ban lifted. All Southern teams have been ineligible for NCAA postseason play since December as a result of inadequate reporting … Continue reading →

Southern signee Jeremiah Muhammad signs with Mariners

Southern baseball signee Jeremiah Muhammad has signed with the Seattle Mariners, who drafted him in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday, SU coach Roger Cador said. Muhammad, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed pitcher out of Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida, went with the 321st pick overall. “That’s a pretty good round — … Continue reading →

Declining dollars, talent plague HBCU football

Aeneas Williams (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

JACKSON, Miss. — Years before Jackie Slater was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, he was playing for Wingfield High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and hoping to attract the attention of college scouts. This was in the early 1970s — about the time Southeastern Conference football teams were just beginning to recruit black players — … Continue reading →

A breakdown of NFL draftees from the SWAC and MEAC

History of NFL draftees from the SWAC and MEAC According to STATS, this was the first year in the NFL’s common draft era, which began in 1967, that no players from the Southwestern Athletic Conference or Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference were selected in the NFL draft. The two leagues, which are comprised … Continue reading →

Southern softball season ends

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern softball coach Tayl'r Hollis, left, chats with Alicia Barajas in the third inning of a game against Langston University last month. The Jaguars were eliminated from the SWAC tournament on Thursday.

DECATUR, Ala. — Southern’s softball season came to an end when the Jaguars were run ruled by Jackson State, losing 14-3 in 4½ innings in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Thursday night. After staving off elimination with a 12-7, eight-inning victory against Grambling earlier in the day, Southern grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second … Continue reading →

Southern softball team drops into SWAC losers bracket

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern softball coach Tayl'r Hollis, left, chats with Alicia Barajas in the third inning of a game against Langston University last month. The Jaguars were eliminated from the SWAC tournament on Thursday.

DECATUR, Ala. — Tracey Williams hit a game-tying three-run home run in the sixth inning and Mississippi Valley State scored three more in the eighth to defeat Southern 7-4 and knock the Jaguars into the losers bracket on the first day of the Southwestern Athletic Conference softball tournament Wednesday. Southern (10-35) will play Grambling in … Continue reading →

Southern softball team relishes chance at second turnaround

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern third baseman Jasmine Payne hangs onto the ball to put out Langston's Morgan Thonhoff during 4-3 win last month. The Jaguars begin play the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference softball tournament provides Southern with an opportunity to start over after a poor finish to the regular season. That could be good news for the Jaguars, because they’ve managed a dramatic turnaround once already. They overcame an early-season coaching change and a 0-23 start to win nine of 12 and claim second … Continue reading →

Podcast: Does Doss deserve a chance to catch on in the NFL?

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern wide receiver Lee Doss makes a touchdown grab against Clark Atlanta's Joshua Tate during a Nov. 16 game in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The NFL Draft is Thursday through Saturday. Will any Southern football players get drafted or sign free-agent contracts with teams in the NFL? In this "Advocate Sports: Southern University athletics podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East make a case for Southern receiver Lee Doss getting a chance to play in the … Continue reading →

Southern’s trying season ends with loss at Prairie View

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — The Southern baseball team wrapped up an immensely challenging season Sunday afternoon with a 16-9 loss at Prairie View. The Jaguars (10-26, 6-16 Southwestern Athletic Conference) were mathematically eliminated from the conference tournament last weekend, so coach Roger Cador’s club knew this three-game set was the end of the line. … Continue reading →

Southern sweeps doubleheader at Prairie View

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — It doesn’t make up for all the blown leads and rough weekends in a downright rotten season, and it won’t help Southern qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament later this month. But Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Prairie View put a smile on Roger Cador’s face. … Continue reading →

On Deck: Southern at Prairie View

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern left-hander J'Markus George pitches against Prairie View on March 30 at Lee-Hines Field. George is scheduled to take the mound for Saturday's second game at Prairie View as the Jaguars' regular season winds down.

Southern at Prairie View WHEN: Noon Saturday (doubleheader). WHERE: John Tankersley Field, Prairie View, Texas. RECORDS: Southern 8-25, 4-15 SWAC Western Division; Prairie View 18-25, 10-10. STARTING PITCHERS: First game — Southern, Jr. LH John Thigpen (1-3, 6.10) vs. Prairie View, Sr. RH Jonathan Mata (4-6, 4.14); second game — Southern, Fr. … Continue reading →

Southern baseball season winds down at Prairie View

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern left-hander J'Markus George pitches against Prairie View on March 30 at Lee-Hines Field. George is scheduled to take the mound for Saturday's second game at Prairie View as the Jaguars' regular season winds down.

Southern concludes its baseball season with a weekend series at Prairie View that begins with a doubleheader at noon Saturday. It has been a forgettable season for the Jaguars (8-25, 4-15 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who failed to qualify for the conference tournament when they locked up last place in the Western Division last weekend. … Continue reading →

Short-handed Southern loses in ninth at McNeese

The Southern baseball team is running out of games and players. The Jaguars had just 10 position players in uniform as they lost their final midweek game of the season 16-12 against McNeese State on Wednesday afternoon in Lake Charles. Southern (8-25) will conclude the season with a three-game series at Prairie View on Saturday … Continue reading →

Southern lacks enough players to makeup DH at Texas Southern

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Southern catcher Jose DeLaTorre chases Grambling's Brandon Kiser back to third base, and throws him out, as he makes an attempt to steal home plate on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

The Southern baseball team will not play a makeup doubleheader against Texas Southern scheduled for May 8 in Houston because it won’t have enough players available. When Southern failed to qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament that begins May 14, coach Roger Cador gave 10 players who are from other countries or have long distances to … Continue reading →

Southern visits McNeese State

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks to his pitcher Cade LeBlanc and catcher Jose DeLaTorre during a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Jaguars play McNeese State in Lake Charles at noon Wednesday.

After the Southern baseball team lost its last home game of the season to Grambling on Sunday, the postgame meeting in left field lasted a little longer than normal. Coach Roger Cador and his staff reviewed the good and the bad in the Jaguars’ 16-7 defeat as they do after each game. Then Cador had an additional … Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern is moving towards closure with its NCAA case

Advocate staff photo by John OubreGrambling's Travaurs Bell is tagged out at home by Southern catcher Sam May. Bell, however, was called safe because of a balk.

In this "Advocate Sports: Southern University athletics podcast" Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East take a look at a busy week that could include more news from the NCAA, the SWAC baseball tournament moving from Texas to Baton Rouge or New Orleans, sprinter Devin Jenkins dominating the SWAC track meet and the … Continue reading →

On Deck: Grambling at Southern

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Roger Cador watches his team from the dugout earlier this season. Cador and the Jaguars host Grambling in their final home weekend series this season.

WHEN: Noon Saturday (doubleheader), 1 p.m. Sunday (single game). WHERE: Lee-Hines Field. RADIO: WYNK-HD2-FM, 97.7 (first game). RECORDS: Southern 7-22, 3-13 SWAC Western Division; Grambling 12-26, 9-12. STARTING PITCHERS: First game — Southern, Jr. RH Santos Saldivar (3-0, 2.36) vs. Grambling, Sr. RH Zach Moreau (3-2, 4.83); second game — Southern, Jr. LH John … Continue reading →

Southern, hosting Grambling, needs strong SWAC finish

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern batter Tyler Kirksey follows through on a hit against during last year's series against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field. The Tigers and Jaguars will wear Negro League replica uniforms again this weekend.

The Southern baseball team can still qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. But the Jaguars have virtually no margin for error in climbing out of the West Division cellar to grab the last tournament berth from the division. The glad-is-half-full aspect of this situation is Southern (7-22, 3-13) faces the team immediately ahead of it … Continue reading →

Southern signee Jeremiah Muhammad signs with Mariners

Southern baseball signee Jeremiah Muhammad has signed with the Seattle Mariners, who drafted him in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday, SU coach Roger Cador said. Muhammad, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed pitcher out of Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida, went with the 321st pick overall. “That’s a pretty good round — … Continue reading →

Southern eyes SWAC track titles

Southern sprinter Devin Jenkins has established himself as the man to beat in the 100 meters and the 200 meters at the Southwestern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship this weekend. But the sophomore from Kapolei, Hawaii said the meet that begins Friday morning at Tad Gormley Stadium is all about the Jaguars team. “I … Continue reading →

NCAA discusses Southern case

The NCAA took another small step toward resolving Southern’s Academic Progress Rates case Thursday. The Subcommittee on Data Collection and Reporting held a conference call to discuss what was learned during two representatives’ visit to the Southern campus April 14-15. The subcommittee is part of the Committee on Academic Performance. The next step is for the … Continue reading →

Southern’s struggles fit Roger Cador’s forthcoming book

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks to his players before a game against Grambling earlier this season. The Jaguars, who host Prairie View in a three-game series this weekend, are last in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division.

This Southern baseball season could provide an addendum to Roger Cador’s forthcoming autobiography. Southern is 7-22 after getting run-ruled 13-2 after seven innings against Nicholls State on Wednesday night at Lee-Hines Field, and it’s unlikely to qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament next month. The poor record is an abnormality in Cador’s mostly successful 30-year coaching tenure, … Continue reading →

Cajuns to face potent Bobcats pitching staff

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux looks at scouting reports for Texas State, he sees the ghosts of Ragin’ Cajuns past. The Bobcats, in their first year in the Sun Belt Conference, come to M. L. “Tigue” Moore Field for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday and bring a squad that approaches … Continue reading →

Southern open to hosting SWAC baseball tournament

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Prairie View relief pitcher Daniel Castillo is mobbed by teammates Brad Benes and Andre Oliver, top, after the last out in Prairie View's 7-4 win over Mississippi Valley State in the 2012 SWAC baseball tournament championship game at Lee-Hines Field.

Southern might not be going to the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament, but the tournament could be coming to Southern. The Jaguars have an uphill climb to qualify for the tournament that starts May 14, but the conference appears to have a steeper climb in convincing the league’s coaches to bring their teams to LaGraves Field … Continue reading →

Nicholls remembers, mercy rules Southern

Nicholls State wasn’t looking ahead when it took on Southern on Wednesday night at Lee-Hines Field. But the Colonels were thinking back. They didn’t look past the Jaguars to their Southland Conference race because they remembered Southern beating them 5-2 on April 1 in Thibodaux. They made sure nothing close to that happened in the … Continue reading →

Southern hosts Nicholls State

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern baseball coach Roger Cador challenges a call made by an official during the game against Prairie View on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Lee-Hines Field.

The home portion of Southern’s baseball schedule is quickly coming to an end. The Jaguars face Nicholls State in their final midweek home game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lee-Hines Field. A Southwestern Athletic Conference series against Grambling on Saturday and Sunday will finish the home schedule. Southern (7-21) is mathematically alive but faces a steep … Continue reading →