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After picking Southern for its close location to his family, Danny Johnson is coming up big for the Jaguars

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Danny Johnson (10) runs an interception back to the 10-yard line before being pushed out of bounds against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Former and current coaches say the sky is the limit for Danny Johnson. He’s a father, electrical engineering major and freshman cornerback and punt/kick returner for the Jaguars. “I think he’s done a great job, stepping in as a freshman and playing college football for the first time,” head coach Dawson Odums said. “He’s made a… Continue reading →

Southern men look to snap three-game skid facing Northern Arizona in Emerald Coast Classic

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern Head Coach Roman Banks.

The Southern men’s basketball team is on a three-game losing streak heading into a matchup with Northern Arizona in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic this weekend, but coach Roman Banks is far from giving up hope on his team. The Jaguars (1-4) have been outscored 209-145 during the stint, having never surpassed the 60-point… Continue reading →

Southern bought in to coach Dawson Odums, and he has rewarded the Jaguars for that

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

Grambling’s unexpected and dramatic ascension from the Southwestern Athletic Conference cellar to championship contender in one year has left a lot of people scratching their heads. But not at Southern. “Yeah, it’s believable,” Jaguars receiver Justin Morgan said. It’s believable because Southern authored a similar (albeit less dramatic) turnaround just a year ago: It came off a 4-7… Continue reading →

Southern makes most of WR depth

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn (25) carries the ball on a kickoff return against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern lost its most productive wide receiver from last season when Lee Doss ran out of eligibility after having an All-Southwestern Athletic Conference year. The Jaguars lost one of their most productive returning receivers when Randall Menard suffered a season-ending toe injury on the first series of downs this season. Additionally, Southern has thrown the ball… Continue reading →

First-year coach Broderick Fobbs returns Grambling to traditional place as a winner

Grambling State head football coach Broderick Fobbs

Along with Grambling’s now infamous forfeiture, walkout and boycotts last season, Robert Bruno struck the biggest nerve with the venerable program. Speaking to WWL-TV in June, Bruno — then the commissioner of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District — suggested separating Southern and Grambling’s annual rivalry in the Bayou Classic, wary that Grambling’s struggles in… Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Anthony Clark  celebrates on the field following the Jaguars' 35-34 win over Alabama A&M Saturday, Oct. 11, at Louis Crews Stadium

How are preparations going on for Southern before Saturday's Bayou Classic against rival Grambling State? Can the Jaguars return to the SWAC championship game? Ask Advocate sportswriter Les East in this chat on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

East: Southern, Grambling happy to make Classic great (again)

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums praised the turnaround Grambling has made under first-year coach Broderick Fobbs.

There were enough dignitaries stretched across the dais on the floor of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to field one unit of a team Tuesday morning. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardene, business and civic leaders took turns at the microphone to tout the Bayou Classic game between Southern and Grambling on Saturday afternoon. They were… Continue reading →

After Bayou Classic, Southern awaits another NCAA visit, hopes for relief

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern University Chancellor James Llorens, left, listens as Athletic Director Dr. William Broussard answers questions regarding the university's NCAA postseason eligibility at Southern's A. W. Mumford Field House in February. Southern's one-year NCAA postseason ban expires Tuesday. A group of NCAA officials will visit the Southern campus next Thursday to determine what to do next, Broussard said.

The postseason ban the NCAA has placed on Southern will not prevent the Jaguars from participating in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game if they defeat Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Saturday. Soon, Southern hopes to be rid of the ban altogether. The one-year ban, which the NCAA instituted as punishment for inadequate reporting of student-athletes’ Academic… Continue reading →

Stark, Drye spark Tulane to 74-59 win over Southern

Jonathan Stark and Tre Drye led another balanced scoring effort for Tulane with 14 points apiece as the Green Wave cruised past Southern 74-59 on Tuesday night at Devlin Fieldhouse. Jay Hook added 12 points and Payton Henson contributed 11 for Tulane (3-1), which has not had a player score 20 through four games, but… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern coach Dawson Odums says Jaguars will have their hands full against Grambling State in the Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums reacts to a play on the field against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern coach Dawson Odums previews Saturday's Bayou Classic against Grambling State, cracks jokes with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and gets an extra two minutes in his weekly five-minute pregame podcast. Click here to listen to the podcast.Continue reading →

Podcast: Grambling State coach Broderick Fobbs never waivered in his faith in himself and his players this season

Grambling State coach Broderick Fobbs talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about how he always knew that the Tigers would one day be in the position to play for a SWAC championship one day and how the team turned its season around after last year's player revolt. Click here to listen to the… Continue reading →

Video: Southern coach Dawson Odums says the Bayou Classic has a big impact on the teams' recruiting

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

Southern coach Dawson Odums talks about the impact of the nationally-televised Bayou Classic on recruiting for both teams and what the Jaguars' have been trying to emphasize with their recruiting under his leadership the last two years. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Grambling defensive coach back in Bayou Classic

Photo provided by -- Grambling State University linebacker coach Terrence Graves addresses the media during the week 7 press conference.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Terrence Graves sat like many others, surrounded by his family and with food covering the table. “It was different,” Graves said Sunday. “First time in almost 16 years I had been able to go home.” Coaching is Graves’ calling. An intense competitor who refuses to let much hinder preparation for… Continue reading →

Southern offense a team effort

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterbacks coach Chad Germany speaks with William Nolan-Waddel during pre game warmups before kickoff against Central Methodist University, Saturday, September 6, in Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

There’s a lot of multi-tasking going on with the Southern football coaching staff. Head coach Dawson Odums doubles as the defensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Chad Germany and offensive line coach Chennis Berry share the offensive coordinator duties. Some programs divvy up the responsibilities for co-coordinators by having a running game coordinator and a passing… Continue reading →

Alabama State fires football coach Reggie Barlow

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow walks off the field after Southern beat the Hornets 28-21 on Nov. 1 at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama State has fired football coach Reggie Barlow two days after the Hornets completed a 7-5 season. Trustees voted Monday not to renew Barlow’s contract after he went 49-42 in eight seasons. The former Alabama State and NFL receiver led the Hornets to five consecutive winning seasons but had a four-game losing streak… Continue reading →

Austin Howard assumes big role for Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard carries the ball past Alcorn State's Corey Williams in Saturday's game.

Austin Howard has taken on a bigger role than was planned for his freshman season at Southern. He arrived on campus from West St. John High School as part of a four-man battle for the starting quarterback position. Deonte Shorts and Francis Kennah had a close battle in the spring before Howard and fellow freshman Jarrad Hayes… Continue reading →

Johnathan Williams settles in as starting quarterback for Grambling

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard carries the ball past Alcorn State's Corey Williams in Saturday's game.

By admission, Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams isn’t much of a talker. “That’s just never been me,” the chuckling redshirt junior said. “I always felt it was better to just show than talk.” So showing was his goal. Entering the season as a backup behind his senior roommate D.J. Williams and redshirt freshman Stephen Johnson… Continue reading →

Long dry spell dooms Southern women to 62-42 loss at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Southern women’s basketball team was held without a field goal for more than 11 minutes of the second half Sunday as Illinois rallied to a 62-42 victory at the State Farm Center. Illinois (4-0) used a 21-1 run during that drought to take command. Stretching it back to the first half,… Continue reading →

With Grambling improved, excitement grows for the Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  Southern players run onto the field prior to the start of their game against Grambling during the 40th annual Bayou Classic.

There was a time when conventional wisdom held that, when it came to the Bayou Classic, records didn’t matter. Fans would fill the Mercedes-Benz Superdome regardless. And they did, making Thanksgiving weekend in New Orleans a must for those wanting to both see and be seen — the model for such events around the country.… Continue reading →

Southern women begin challenging stretch at Illinois

There’s no avoiding the issue for the Southern women’s basketball team: The Jaguars have to get better. That’s the challenge Southern coach Sandy Pugh is putting forward as her team heads into the toughest part of its schedule, starting with a matchup at Illinois on Sunday. “Going into the Illinois game, one of the things I… Continue reading →

Middle Tennessee cruises past Southern, 66-48

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Marcus Tarrance scored 18 points to lead Middle Tennessee in a 66-48 victory over Southern in the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday. Middle Tennessee (2-1) which held a 38-26 halftime lead, came out hot in the second half as Edward Simpson Jr. hit two 3-pointers in a row to start an 18-7… Continue reading →

Season statistics project a competitive Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums coaches from the sidelines against Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Grambling doesn’t have the gaudy statistics one might expect from a team playing for a championship. The Tigers are tied with Southern for the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division lead heading into the teams’ showdown in the regular-season finale in the Bayou Classic. But they’re in the middle of the conference in most of the primary statistical categories.… Continue reading →

Southern men trek to Middle Tennessee

Three games into the season, Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks is still trying to figure out what kind of team his Jaguars will be. The Jaguars (1-2), coming off a 69-38 loss to Ole Miss on Thursday night, head straight into a 3:30 p.m. Saturday matchup with Middle Tennessee (1-2) in hopes of righting the ship. But… Continue reading →

Southern finally catches Grambling in SWAC West standings

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks to his players during a timeout against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 4 at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern finally caught Grambling. After the Jaguars lost at Alcorn State on Sept. 27 in their second Southwestern Athletic Conference game of the season, they spent six weeks behind the Tigers in the Western Division standings. The defending division and conference champions went from being the hunted to being the hunter. Grambling, which won just… Continue reading →

Faleru scores 29 points; Ole Miss defeats SU women

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss finished the game on a 15-2 run, as the Rebels (3-0) pulled away for a 91-68 win over Southern on Thursday night. Four players finished in double figures, paced by the senior forward duo of Tia Faleru and Danielle McCray. Faleru led all players with a season-high 29 points and… Continue reading →

Southern special teams pay off

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn (25) carries the ball on a 58-yard kickoff return against Texas Southern, Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern special teams coach Marty Biagi says he has just one restriction when he chooses players for his units — “I can’t use the quarterbacks.” Other than that, head coach Dawson Odums has given him carte blanche to put together the Jaguars return and coverage units, which has paid big dividends as Southern prepares to play Grambling… Continue reading →

Southern women visit Ole Miss

The Southern women’s basketball team doesn’t have much time to dwell on its first loss of the season. The Jaguars (1-1) visit Ole Miss (2-0) at 5 p.m. Thursday, less than 48 hours after they lost at Southeastern Louisiana 79-76. Southern, which beat Mobile College 85-50 in its opener Friday, will be looking to get off… Continue reading →

Southern men begin challenging road trip

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks said the early part of the Jaguars schedule presents the team with a variety of challenges. The Jaguars opened with two home games, losing to Louisiana Tech (85-76) in the season opener Friday and beating LSU-Alexandria (76-65) on Monday. The first game came against a well-regarded… Continue reading →