Southern down to nine scholarship men's basketball players

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks announced the hiring of a new assistant coach and the school released its schedule for the upcoming season Wednesday.

But as is par for the course nowadays, the school’s ongoing ban from NCAA post-season play and its effect on the Jaguars program stole much of the attention.

Banks confirmed that forwards Calvin Godfrey, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year last season who was expected to be a cornerstone of this year’s team, and Damien Goodwin have left the program. Godfrey is expected to transfer to Memphis and Goodwin is expected to land at South Carolina Upstate.

Their departure leaves Southern with nine scholarship players, though Banks and his staff hope to bring in multiple recruits for the start of the fall semester Monday. Six of the returnees played last season – Trelun Banks (the coach’s son and the SWAC Freshman of the Year last year), Tre Lynch, Chris Hyder, Mike Harrell, Frank Snow and Cameron Monroe.

Keith Davis is a transfer from Texas A&M who sat out last season, Chris Thomas played at Glen Oaks and was a part-time student at Southern last season and Jared Sam is a freshman from Scotlandville.

Banks announced the addition of former Nicholls State and Prairie View assistant Jethro Hillman to his staff.

The Jaguars, defending SWAC regular-season champions, open the season Friday, Nov. 14 against Louisiana Tech in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Southern's 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule

Fri, Nov 14 Louisiana Tech F.G. Clark Activity Center | Opening Night 8:00 p.m.

Mon, Nov 17 LSU-Alexandria F.G. Clark Activity Center 7:00 p.m.

Emerald Coast Classic

Thu, Nov 20 Ole Miss Oxford, Miss. TBA

Sat, Nov 22 Middle Tennessee State Murfressboro, Tenn. TBA

Tue, Nov 25 Tulane New Orleans, La. TBA

Emerald Coast Classic

Fri, Nov 28 Northern Arizona Niceville, Fla. TBA

Sat, Nov 29 North Carolina Central or Eastern Illinois Niceville, FL TBA

Fri, Dec 05 Dillard F.G. Clark Activity Center 7:00 p.m.

Wed, Dec 10 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. TBA

Sun, Dec 14 Iowa State Ames, Iowa TBA

Tue, Dec 16 Champion Baptist College Baton Rouge, La. TBA

Sat, Dec 20 Wyoming Laramie, Wy. TBA

Mon, Dec 22 Baylor Waco, Texas TBA

Mon, Dec 29 Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii TBA

Sat, Jan 03 Prairie View A&M * Baton Rouge, LA 5:30 p.m.

Mon, Jan 05 Texas Southern * F.G. Clark Activity Center 8:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan 10 Grambling State * Grambling, La. TBA

Mon, Jan 12 Jackson State * Jackson, Miss. TBA

Sat, Jan 17 Arkansas-Pine Bluff * F.G. Clark Activity Center 5:30 p.m.

Mon, Jan 19 Mississippi Valley State * F.G. Clark Activity Center 8:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan 24 Alabama State * Montgomery, Ala. TBA

Mon, Jan 26 Alabama A&M * Huntsville, Ala. TBA

Sat, Jan 31 Alcorn State * Lorman, Miss. TBA

Sat, Feb 07 Grambling State * F.G. Clark Activity Center 5:30 p.m.

Mon, Feb 09 Jackson State * F.G. Clark Activity Center 8:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb 14 Arkansas-Pine Bluff * Pine Bluff, Ark. TBA

Mon, Feb 16 Mississippi Valley State * Itta Bena, Miss. TBA

Sat, Feb 21 Alabama State * F.G. Clark Activity Center 5:30 p.m.

Mon, Feb 23 Alabama A&M * F.G. Clark Activity Center 8:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb 28 Alcorn State * F.G. Clark Activity Center 5:30 p.m.

Thu, Mar 05 Prairie View A&M * Prairie View, Texas TBA

Sat, Mar 07 Texas Southern * Houston, Texas TBA

2015 Toyota SWAC Tournament

Tue, Mar 10 2015 Toyota SWAC Tournament * Houston, Texas | Toyota Center TBA

* Conference Games