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Southern and Grambling baseball teams look to pull out of their funk

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 baseball series between Southern and Grambling this weekend at Lee-Hines Field could go a long way in determining those teams’ fates for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. It begins with a doubleheader at noon Saturday. The Tigers (4-18) and the Jaguars (3-15) are tied for fourth in the Western Division with 2-6 league records. Grambling… Continue reading →

William Broussard on his new job at Southern: 'I’m not looking to jump ship next week'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern University head men's basketball coach and now newly appointed SU Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks addresses media members during a press conference in the A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse Friday afternoon. Banks' appointment to the post of interim athletics director was approved earlier Friday during a Southern University System Board of Supervisors meeting, after it was announced Thursday afternoon that Athletic Director William Broussard will be temporarily reassigned to the Southern University System Office on April 1, and Banks will serve in a dual capacity starting at that time.

A temporary shakeup of the Southern athletic department became official Friday, though the cause of it remained unclear. The Southern Board of Supervisors approved the university’s plan to reassign Athletic Director William Broussard to the Southern System Presidents Office for four months beginning April 1. It also approved men’s basketball coach Roman Banks taking over Broussard’s duties… Continue reading →

Southern names basketball coach Roman Banks as interim athletic director after reassigning Dr. William Broussard for four month period

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern University head men's basketball coach and now newly appointed SU Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks addresses media members during a press conference in the A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse Friday afternoon. Banks' appointment to the post of interim athletics director was approved earlier Friday during a Southern University System Board of Supervisors meeting, after it was announced Thursday afternoon that Athletic Director William Broussard will be temporarily reassigned to the Southern University System Office on April 1, and Banks will serve in a dual capacity starting at that time.

Southern basketball coach Roman Banks said Friday that his goal as interim athletic director is to continue “the good work” that Dr. William Broussard had done before being reassigned. The university announced Thursday that it was reassigning Broussard, who has been athletic director for three years, to the Southern System President’s Office for four months beginning April 1. Banks was chosen… Continue reading →

Southern Athletic Director William Broussard reassigned temporarily, men's basketball coach Roman Banks takes over for now

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern University Athletic Director Dr. William Broussard answers questions regarding the university's NCAA postseason eligibility on five winter teams, including basketball, on Thursday at Southern's A. W

Southern has temporarily reassigned athletic director William Broussard without explanation. The university announced in a statement Thursday afternoon that Broussard will move to the Southern University System Office on April 1 with the expectation that he will return to the athletic department Aug. 1. Men’s basketball coach Roman Banks will double as athletic director during that time.… Continue reading →

Jackson State baseball team erupts early, handles Southern 11-5

JACKSON, Miss. — Southern pitcher Tyler Robinson put on a show against No. 1-ranked LSU. His follow-up didn’t go nearly as well. One week after he sparkled in seven innings at home, Robinson was roughed up at Jackson State, allowing four runs on five hits in the first inning alone as the Tigers erupted for an 11-5 victory. The… Continue reading →

Southern visits Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE - -  Southern pitcher Tyler Robinson pitched 7 innings against LSU.

Southern visits Jackson State on Tuesday in a mid-week game that’s not a typical mid-week game. Though the schools are both members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, this game will not count as a conference game, nor will their meeting April 7 at Lee-Hines Field. Because the schools are in different divisions, they will not face… Continue reading →

Texas Southern baseball team sweeps Southern

Texas Southern put Southern’s offense to rest midway through the first game of Friday’s doubleheader and things pretty much stayed that way until the end. The Tigers swept the Jaguars 7-3 and 4-1 at Lee-Hines Field as Southern totaled just 11 hits for the day. “I’m hurting for these kids,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “I… Continue reading →

The SWAC, MEAC champions to meet in the new Celebration Bowl on Dec. 19 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Reggie Travis (81) will see you in Houston following the Jaguars' 52-45 win over Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

. The champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will meet in the newly created Celebration Bowl beginning next football season. The inaugural game will be played Dec. 19 in the Georgia Dome and will be televised on an ESPN Network. Southern, which lost to Alcorn State in the SWAC championship… Continue reading →

Southern hopes ban ends in fall

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

The end date for Southern’s NCAA postseason ban is still unknown, but Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard said Monday that he hopes it will come before the end of the current probationary period. In January, the NCAA extended the Southern postseason ban through Nov. 1, but said it could be lifted earlier if the… Continue reading →

Alabama State routs Southern women 73-55

Associated Press photo by Pat Sullivan -- Southern's Cortnei Purnell tres to steal the ball from Alabama State's Brittney Wright during the first half of the SWAC women's tournament championship game Saturday in Houston. Wright scored 17 points in the Lady Hornets' 73-55 win.

HOUSTON — Southern women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh told her staff before Saturday’s Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title game what it was going to take for Alabama State to beat the Jaguars. “I said, ‘The way to beat us today is to have at least four players in double figures,’” Pugh said.… Continue reading →

Southern baseball to play doubleheader at UAPB on Sunday, will give freshman pitcher Tyler Robinson a start

Advocate photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern baseball coach Roger Cador

The start of the Southern baseball team’s season has been bumpy, to say the least. The Jaguars are 2-9 and near the bottom of most Southwestern Athletic Conference statistical categories. Southern coach Roger Cador thinks he’s found the answer. Cador called his decision to move freshman Tyler Robinson and senior James Fontenot into the starting rotation… Continue reading →

Southern, UAPB to play Sunday doubleheader in Arkansas in rain-delayed, -shortened SWAC series

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Southern baseball coach Roger Cador

The Southern baseball team will have to wait another day before opening its Southwestern Athletic Conference road schedule at Arkansas-Pine Bluff this weekend. The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader has been canceled because of bad weather, and the second game has been moved to Sunday to create a new doubleheader between the programs. Jaguars coach Roger… Continue reading →

Southern guards take out A&M

Alabama A&M was able to slow the tempo and keep Southern under control for the first half of their quarterfinal game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Thursday afternoon in the Toyota Center. But coming out of a two-point deficit at halftime, the Jaguars guards increased the defensive pressure and started attacking the… Continue reading →

Southern men advance in SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars guard Trelun Banks (3) drives past Alabama State Hornets center Wendell Lewis (00), Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Southern's F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge, La.

HOUSTON — Guards Tre Lynch, Trelun Banks and Adrian Rodgers combined to score 44 points as third-seeded Southern defeated sixth-seeded Alabama A&M 64-60 in the quarterfinals of the Southwesten Athletic Conference tournament Thursday afternoon in the Toyota Center. Lynch came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points, making 6-of-9 field goals and Banks… Continue reading →

Southern women face Prairie View

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Lady Jaguars forward/center Jasmine Jefferson (15) gets the layup against the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes, Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

HOUSTON When Southern coach Sandy Pugh called for her starting lineup at practice before the Jaguars first game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament, it hit home. Forward Jasmine Jefferson, a four-year starter, and three teammates wouldn’t be in the Toyota Center when Southern played Mississippi Valley State in a quarterfinal game… Continue reading →

Southern men to start final run

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Joell Hopkins knocks the ball away from Alcorn's Marquis Vance earlier this season. Coach Roman Banks says that defense will be key to the Jaguars success in the SWAC tournament this week in Houston.

HOUSTON — The key to success for the Southern men’s basketball team this season has been its scoring defense. The Jaguars have had the stingiest defense in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, allowing just under 60 points per game. But in their last two regular-season ,games they yielded their two highest point totals… Continue reading →

East: Southern women don’t let obstacles keep them down

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Lady Jaguars head coach Sandy Pugh speaks to her players during a timeout against Alabama State, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Southern's F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge, La.

HOUSTON — The Southern women’s basketball team very nearly didn’t make the trip to the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. After the Jaguars decided to participate despite being shorthanded for their first game, they very nearly found themselves headed home after one game. But after a gutsy 62-57 victory against feisty Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday night… Continue reading →

Southern women rally to upend MVSU 62-57

HOUSTON — With her team already limited to eight players because of suspensions, Southern captain Kendra Coleman was forced to watch a good chunk of the first half from the bench with two early fouls. The Southern senior sure made up for it in the game’s final minute Wednesday at the Toyota Center. Coleman led the… Continue reading →

Southern women get two starters back, No. 1 seed

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Lady Jaguars head coach Sandy Pugh speaks to her players during a timeout against Alabama State, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Southern's F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Southern’s position in the Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s tournament got a lot stronger Tuesday. First, the Jaguars were elevated to the top seed and will face eighth-seeded Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Toyota Center in Houston. Secondly, and more importantly, two of the three starters who were among the seven… Continue reading →

Southern seniors Kendra Coleman and Jasmine Jefferson hope for a special finish

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Kendra Coleman drives for a layup earlier this season.

Kendra Coleman and Jasmine Jefferson have combined to be one of the most successful tandems in the history of Southern women’s basketball. Coleman is a dynamic shooter whose scoring ability exceeds what her 5-foot-7 frame might suggest. Jefferson is a forward whose athleticism allows her at 6-1 to be as effective away from the basket as she… Continue reading →