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Bethune-Cookman gets permission to talk to Southern coach Dawson Odums

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums

For the second time in a year, another university is looking at Southern football coach Dawson Odums as a candidate for its vacant head coaching position. Last season, it was North Carolina Central that interviewed Odums, who turned down his alma mater before signing a new contract with the Jaguars. On Friday, Bethune-Cookman received permission from Southern… Continue reading →

Southern men’s basketball team visits Wyoming

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Tre Lynch leads Southern in scoring at 15.5 points per game.

The Southern men’s basketball team is starting to look different than it did at the beginning of the season. The Jaguars (3-8) have yet to win on the road, but played their most competitive game in seven road games when they lost to then-No. 14 Iowa State 88-78 on Dec. 14. They followed that with a 114-50… Continue reading →

South Terrebonne snapper commits to Southern

Southern has received a verbal commitment from South Terrebonne High School long snapper David-Michael Carrell, who plans to enroll next month and participate in spring practice. The early start will be especially important for Carrell because the Jaguars do not have an experienced long snapper after Ohene Akuoko graduated. “I know if I’m going… Continue reading →

Southern women hold off FAMU

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern guard Quitesha Scott runs into Florida A&M's Jaleesa Blue as she advances the ball up court on Wednesday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Southern women’s basketball team got just what it needed Wednesday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. After losing six straight games on the road, mostly against teams from power conferences, the Jaguars came home and never trailed during an 80-69 victory against Florida A&M. Five players scored in double figures and the defense helped… Continue reading →

Southern University athletics chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Frank Snow reaches for an offensive rebound over Champion Baptist player Josiah Capaci on Tuesday night at the F.G. Clark Activity center.

Advocate sportswriter Les East is on hand to answer all of your questions and take your comments on the Southern University athletic program in this chat. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Southern’s victory over Champion Baptist isn’t historic this year — but it’s still plenty decisive at 114-50

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Frank Snow reaches for an offensive rebound over Champion Baptist player Josiah Capaci on Tuesday night at the F.G. Clark Activity center.

Maybe Champion Baptist College is a little better than it was a year ago. Or maybe Southern isn’t as far along as it was at this time last year. Either way, the Jaguars’ 114-50 victory against the outmanned Tigers on Tuesday night in the F.G. Clark Activity Center wasn’t of the record-setting variety, like… Continue reading →

Southern women finally back home

The Southern women’s basketball team will play at home for the first time in 33 days when it hosts Florida A&M on Wednesday. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. It’s the first time the Jaguars have played at home since they opened the season with an 85-50 victory against Mobile College on Nov.… Continue reading →

After last year’s 104-point rout, Southern welcomes Champion Baptist again Tuesday night

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Southern's Tre Lynch flies to the basket between Champion Baptist defenders Evan Gattin, left, and Stephan Hurst as he scores Dec. 30, 2013, at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Southern won 116-12.

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks figures a lot of opponents are looking forward to playing the Jaguars this season. After losing four seniors and seeing its top two returning big men transfer from last season’s Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season champions, Southern (2-8) is going through a transition. “I expect a lot… Continue reading →

Southern trio earns All-America honors

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard celebrates in the end zone with teammate Justin Morgan after Howard ran for the touchdown against Texas Southern on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern quarterback Austin Howard was named Rookie of the Year and two of his teammates were named All-Americans by BOXTOROW on Monday. Howard, a freshman from West St. John High School, helped lead the Jaguars to the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title. He passed for 2,334 yards, completing 52 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern's football success could make other schools interested in their coaches

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern University Jaguars head coach gets fitted for a cowboy hat as he and players celebrate their 52-45 win over the Grambling State Tigers the Bayou Classic Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. In this week's "Advocate Sports: Southern University podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East talk about if any Southern football coaches may or may not be on the move for next year, the football facility improvements, the men's basketball team playing host to Champion Baptist College on Tuesday and the… Continue reading →

Iowa State holds off Southern 88-78

Iowa State guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, center, shoots between Southern University's Adrian Rodgers, left, and Keith Davis, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State looked nothing like the team that blasted rival Iowa on the road 48 hours earlier. But the Cyclones won anyway — and soon they’ll have star transfer Jameel McKay at their disposal. Georges Niang and Bryce Dejean-Jones each scored 18 points and 14th-ranked Iowa State held off Southern 88-78… Continue reading →

Southern’s facilities upgrades are moving slowly

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn (25) carries the ball before the stop by Mississippi Valley State's Terrance Hudson (29) and Le'Trey Jones (31), Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The Southern football team’s first practice of preseason camp was moved to the Seymour gymnasium because of thunderstorms. It was a signal of the nomadic nature that awaited the Jaguars throughout the season. Coach Dawson Odums tried to work inside of A.W. Mumford Stadium to avoid the uneven surface on the adjacent practice field, but there’s only so… Continue reading →

Southern on road at Iowa state

Southern head coach Roman Banks calls a play against Minnesota from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

The first month of the 2014-15 season did not go well for the Southern men’s basketball team after dropping seven of nine contests, but it will have to find a way to right the ship before Sunday night when it faces No. 14 Iowa State on the road. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. at the Hilton… Continue reading →

No NCAA update on Southern’s status yet

The NCAA reviewed Southern’s efforts to have its postseason ban lifted but did not provide the Jaguars with any updates Thursday. The Subcommittee on Data Collection and Reporting covered Southern’s case as part of its weekly conference call. It discussed information that was gathered during a visit to the Jaguars’ campus a week earlier. The subcommittee will make… Continue reading →

SU women fall by 11 at Arizona

TUCSON, Arizona — The Southern women held Arizona to 44.9 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers but still fell 56-45 on Thursday night at the McKale Center. The Jaguars (1-6) trailed 28-23 at halftime but couldn’t rally past their Pac-12 foes. Guard Kendra Coleman led all scorers with 14 points, but she shot 5-of-18. Southern finished… Continue reading →

NCAA to discuss Southern case

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG. Southern Athletic Director William Broussard confirmed Wednesday that Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins is no longer a candidate to be the Jaguars' next football coach.

The NCAA will discuss Southern’s ongoing attempt to have a postseason ban lifted during a conference call Thursday, but no announcement of the Jaguars’ status is expected. Southern’s case is on the agenda for the Subcommittee on Data Collection and Reporting for its weekly Thursday conference call. The group is expected to discuss information that was gathered during… Continue reading →

Southern women wrap up rough road trip

The Southern women’s basketball team finishes a long, difficult journey when it plays at Arizona at 7 p.m. Thursday. It will be the last of six consecutive road games, mostly against teams from power conferences, before the Jaguars come home to face Florida A&M next Wednesday. Southern (1-5) has lost five straight. After a 79-76 loss at Southeastern… Continue reading →

Andre Hollins leads Minnesota to 85-57 victory over Southern

Associated Press photo by Hannah Foslien -- Minnesota guard Andre Hollins defends Southern guard Trelun Banks during the first half of the Gophers' 85-57 win Wednesday in Minneapolis. Hollins scored 24 points, and Banks had 15.

MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins scored 24 points as Minnesota defeated Southern 85-57 in men’s college basketball Wednesday night. Mo Walker and Carlos Morris each scored 11 points while DeAndre Mathieu added 10 points and five assists for the Gophers (8-2), who shot 54.7 percent from the field and led by as many as 37 points in… Continue reading →

Southern brings recruits to campus

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

Now that the season has ended, Southern football coach Dawson Odums and his staff can focus on building next year’s team. The Jaguars are expecting somewhere from seven to 10 prospects to visit campus as they ramp up their recruiting efforts this week. Though Southern came up short in its quest to win a second consecutive… Continue reading →

Southern men visit Minnesota

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern coach Roman Banks talks to his team during a time out against Dillard.

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks is having to be patient. As the non-conference games dwindle and the Southwestern Athletic Conference season creeps closer, he’s trying to finalize players’ roles and get ready to hit the ground running come January. The Jaguars ended a five-game losing streak — all of which took place on the road… Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard sits on the Jaguars' bench during the fourth quarter against Alcorn State in the SWAC Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

Advocate sportswriter Les East is on hand to answer your questions and take your opinions on all of the Southern University athletic teams in this chat on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern builds a solid football program despite SWAC championship loss to Alcorn State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Martin Henry (32), Rhaheim Ledbetter (20), and De'Andre Woodland (5) stand on the field in the final moments of the SWAC Championship against Alcorn State, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx. Alcorn beat Southern 38-24.

In this "Adovcate Sports: Southern University Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East review Southern's loss to Alcorn State, talk about potential movement with the university in its NCAA sanctions and talk about its men's and women's basketball teams's games this week. Click here to listen to… Continue reading →

SU football program continues growth

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard runs along the Jaguar sideline for the first down against Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The 2014 Southern football season can best be appreciated in a context that extends beyond the 13 games it comprises. The numbers show the season was a success: nine wins, four losses, a second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title. The 38-24 loss to Alcorn State in the title game Saturday denied the Jaguars their primary goal,… Continue reading →

East: Jagaurs appreciative of journey this season

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Greg Pittman (18) celebrates with Jamal Jenkins (35) and Ki-Jana Curtis (8) after tackling Alcorn State's Jarvis Turner (8) on the opening drive of the SWAC Championship game.

HOUSTON — Before this season began, Southern coach Dawson Odums invited reporters to look up the fate of recent teams defending a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. As the Jaguars began a season as reigning conference champions for the first time in 10 years, Odums knew the enormous challenge facing his team. This was before he knew… Continue reading →

Alcorn set tone with big plays

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs, Jr. (3) is brought down by Southern's Donald Phillips (56) and Demetrius Carter (39) in the SWAC Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

HOUSTON — Alcorn State set the tone for the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game right away Saturday. On the first possession of the game, Braves quarterback John Gibbs Jr. ran left on an option play, saw an opening, cut upfield and sprinted 50 yards for a first down at the Southern 16.… Continue reading →

Southern women face tough road test at No. 4 Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the task put in front of the Southern women’s basketball team this week. The Jaguars (1-4) take their four-game losing streak on the road to Austin, Texas, where they will face off with the No. 4 Longhorns (6-0) at 11 a.m. Monday. To make matters… Continue reading →

Southern falls to Alcorn State 38-24 in SWAC title game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard (7) stands on the field following Alcorn State's 38-24 win over Southern, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx. Howard suffered an on field leg injury following a sack in the final minutes of the SWAC Championship game.

HOUSTON — A lot changed in the 10 weeks between the first game between Southern and Alcorn State and the rematch in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game Saturday in NRG Stadium. The Jaguars had regained the services of 10 players and gone on a seven-game winning streak to repeat as West Division champions. The… Continue reading →

East: Just like the first meeting, Alcorn State was the better team in Saturday’s SWAC title game vs. Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State players celebrate their 38-24 win over Southern in the SWAC Championship Game on Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON — If you’re looking for reasons why Southern failed to repeat as Southwestern Athletic Conference on Saturday, you can find plenty. The Jaguars instinctively will look inwardly first as they assess the 38-24 loss to Alcorn State in the SWAC title game in NRG Stadium. They’ll cite an inability to run the ball… Continue reading →

Alcorn State slows down Southern receivers at SWAC Championship Game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn runs along the Alcorn State sideline on his way to the end zone on an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the SWAC Championship Game.

HOUSTON — Southern’s offense struggled Saturday afternoon against Alcorn State. Especially the wide receivers. While Willie Quinn made a few plays — his biggest on special teams — the rest of the Jaguars receivers spent the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference game at NRG Stadium as an nonfactor. Quinn’s 59 yards on six catches, a… Continue reading →

Video: For the second time this season Alcorn State was a better team than Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Pointing to the sky while the Human Jukebox plays the alma mater, LeMar Martin (41) and Greg Pittman (18) leave the field following Alcorn State's 38-24 win over Southern in the SWAC Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

Advocate contributor Gary Estwick and Advocate sportswriter Les East review Alcorn State's 38-24 victory against Southern in the SWAC championship game in Houston, Texas on Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Southern coach Dawson Odums says the Jaguars are building a successful program despite loss in SWAC championship game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Murphy Nash III kneels dejected on the sidelines during the final seconds of the SWAC Championship game against Alcorn State, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx. Alcorn beat Southern 38-24.

Southern coach Dawson Odums says he is rpoud of the way his players worked hard this season and played hard in their 38-24 loss to Alcorn State in the SWAC championship game. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Alcorn State clutch on third down — again — in SWAC title game

Associated Press photo by ERIC CHRISTIAN SMITH -- Alcorn State wide receiver Brandon Vessell runs down the sideline on a 51--yard touchdown catch as Southern defensive back De'Andre Woodland looks on in the fourth quarter Saturday in NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON — Trailing Alcorn State by seven points in the fourth quarter, Southern forced the Braves into a third-and-long from their own territory. With momentum swinging in their favor, the Jaguars were one stop away from getting the ball back and going for a potential tying or winning drive. Instead, Alcorn State quarterback John… Continue reading →

By MATT SAMUELS Special to The Advocate HOUSTON - Trailing Alcorn State by seven points in the fourth quarter, Southern forced the Braves into a third and long from their own territory. With momentum swinging in their favor, the Jaguars were one stop away from getting the ball… Continue reading →

SWAC Championship: Alcorn State 38, Southern 24 — Four downs (How good is Braves quarterback John Gibbs Jr.?)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums, left, and Alcorn State coach Jay Hopson meet after Alcorn's 38-24 win over Southern for the SWAC title Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

John Gibbs Jr. is a really good quarterback. He can run and he can throw, but as his coach, Jay Hopson, properly noted, his biggest strength is how he operates the offense. Gibbs’ calm demeanor and astute decision-making elevated his outstanding dual talents to an even higher level all season long. He was named… Continue reading →

Alcorn State quaraterback John Gibbs Jr. right at home in title game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs, Jr., scrambles for an open receiver against Southern in the SWAC Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

HOUSTON — Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. played Saturday afternoon at the NRG Stadium like he was at home, the way he maneuvered around Southern’s defense, passing and rushing the Braves to a 38-24 win in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game. That’s because Gibbs was home. The home stadium proved to be sweet for… Continue reading →

Photos: SWAC championship game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums, left, and Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson embrace following Alcorn's 38-24 win over Southern, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

Southern faces the Alcorn State Braves in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game in Houston Saturday Dec. 6, 2014.… Continue reading →

As the SWAC title game arrives, Southern and Alcorn State both feel up to the challenge

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Moore (60) ignites the crowd during the final seconds of the 41st annual Bayou Classic against Grambling, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

HOUSTON — Southern and Alcorn State enter Saturday’s Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game at NRG Stadium from different backgrounds. But both 9-3 teams have reason to believe they’re up to the challenge. The defending champion Jaguars (8-1 in the SWAC) are making their second appearance in the title game in 365 days. The Braves (7-2 in… Continue reading →

Southern ‘ready to go’ at SWAC title game

Advocate photo by MATT SAMUELS -- From left, Southern linebacker Brian McCain, coach Dawson Odums and offensive lineman Zachary Brown answer questions during a news conference Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, before the SWAC title game against Alcorn State.

HOUSTON — Five minutes before the SWAC news conference at NRG Stadium was set to begin, Southern football coach Dawson Odums grabbed the microphone and told everyone to take their seats so they could get started. Despite conference officials and Alcorn State representatives not yet entering the room, Odums got everyone’s attention and made… Continue reading →

Four downs: Alcorn State vs. Southern in SWAC title game (find out why third-down conversion will be a big factor)

Associated Press photo by ERIC GAY -- NRG Stadium in Houston, site of Saturday's SWAC football championship game.

1. Sacks hard to come by These are the best teams in the SWAC at protecting the quarterback, each having allowed just seven sacks. If either has a decided edge there, it could tilt the game. Alcorn’s big, experienced offensive line had its way with Southern’s front the first time, but the return of Jaylen Jordan and the recent… Continue reading →

Lynch’s 24 points carry SU to 68-55 win

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Frank Snow blocks a shot attempt by Dillard's Jarrain Jenkins on Friday at the F.G. Clark Activity center.

After spending the first few weeks of the season watching from the bench, Southern senior guard Trey Lynch made sure his return to the F.G. Clark Activity Center was one to remember. Lynch — who missed almost a month after suffering a sprained ankle before the start of the season — dropped 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting… Continue reading →

Now healthy, Mike Jones gives Southern another weapon

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Mike Jones (89) makes the catch on a 55-yard pass touchdown reception in the second quarter from quarterback Austin Howard as Grambling's Mike Roach (6) can't keep up in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Mike Jones puts on a show when he’s healthy. The Southern University redshirt junior caught three passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday against Grambling in the Bayou Classic. Last season against Alabama State, Jones finished with six catches for 211 yards and three touchdowns in place of then-starter Lee Doss. Jones’ ankle… Continue reading →

Video: Can Southern defeat Alcorn State and win the black college national title?

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

Advocate sportswriter Les East previews Saturday's SWAC championship game between Alcorn State and Southern in Houston, Texas, which would give Southern the black college national title with a victory. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Southern hoping to learn from first encounter with Alcorn State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State's Devon Francois (23) carries the ball after intercepting a pass thrown by Southern's Austin Howard, Saturday, Sept. 27, in Lorman, Ms.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game between Southern and Alcorn State appears to be a pretty even matchup. Both teams won their divisions outright, the Jaguars finishing 8-1 and the Braves finishing 7-2, and neither has any glaring weaknesses. But when these teams met Sept. 27 in Lorman, Mississippi, the game was a mismatch in which… Continue reading →

Southern seeks to end Alcorn streak

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums walks the sideline against Northwestern State on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern has reached significant milestones in Dawson’s Odums two-plus seasons as head coach. It won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 10 years last season. It repeated as West Division champion this season for the first time in that same time frame. Now it has a chance to win its first black college national… Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Grambling defensive back Tyree Hollins blocks a field goal attempt by Southern's Greg Pittman during the fourth quarter.

Share your views and get the latest news on Southern as it prepares for Saturday's SWAC championship game against Alcorn State. Can the Jaguars win the game and claim the black college national title? Ask Advocate sportswriter Les East, Wednesday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →