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Southern football keeps it fast and fun as camp begins

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Joe Davis (48), Daniel Brown (98), and Demetrius Carter (39), on the field during Southern's first day of fall practice at the Louisiana Leadership Institute on Hooper Road, Monday, August 3, 2015.

The Southern football team took the first baby steps of preseason camp Monday afternoon. It was just a workout in helmets and shorts, but it was the first full-squad practice since December and the first gauge of how well the players handled their conditioning and unsupervised summer workouts. The team was unable to conduct spring practice because of… Continue reading →

Bayou Classic moving to 4 p.m. start time, will air on NBC Sports Network

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The Southern University band performs during halftime of the Bayou Classic.

The Bayou Classic has a new network and a new kickoff time. The annual football regular season-ending game between Southern and Grambling will move to NBC Sports Network and will kick off at 4 p.m. instead of the traditional 1:30 p.m. under terms of a one-year contract announced Monday. The 42nd Bayou Classic will be played Nov. 28… Continue reading →

Southern University: William Broussard won’t return as athletic director, Roman Banks to remain on interim basis

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

William Broussard will not be returning as Southern athletic director. His four-month reassignment as an assistant to the president for institutional advancement became permanent Monday. The permanent assignment wasn’t surprising after the SU Board of Supervisors abruptly and without explanation reassigned Broussard in March for the period from April 1-Aug. 1. Broussard, though, said late… Continue reading →

Southern football team to start preseason practice off campus

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE  --  Cornerback Danny Johnson carries in belongings Sunday, August 2, 2015 into the Felton Grandison Clark Hall football dorm rooms.

The Southern football team reported to campus Sunday to get ready for the start of preseason camp. But the Jaguars will be heading off campus for the first several practices beginning Monday afternoon. A delay in the construction of the Jaguar Park practice facility has forced Southern to practice at the Louisiana Leadership Institute on Hooper Road,… Continue reading →

East: Things looking up for Southern — yes, really

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern players take selfies on the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after their 52-45 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29.

As the Southern football team reports Sunday for the start of preseason camp, things are looking up around campus. Yeah, several players are academically ineligible. Yeah, it’s unclear who will be in the athletic director’s office when the first practice takes place Monday. And, sure, it’s not certain where that first practice will be. But things really are… Continue reading →

Southern football camp begins Sunday as players report

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern linebacker Daniel Brown takes down Arkansas-Pine Bluff wide receiver Cody Swain during a 29-21 win in 2013. Brown is among several players who missed last season because they weren't academically certified.

Football season has arrived at Southern. The Jaguars report Sunday afternoon for the start of preseason camp. They’ll check in, pick up their equipment and take physicals in preparation for the first practice Monday afternoon. Coach Dawson Odums said there are “not many” starting positions in doubt entering camp, but that can always change. “We have a… Continue reading →

William Broussard ready to return as Southern AD

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

The saga at the top of the Southern athletic department continues. The Southern System Board of Supervisors voted in March to reassign athletic director William Broussard for a four-month period beginning April 1. The board offered no explanation for the unusual move and no one from the board has spoken publicly about it. The reassignment was announced… Continue reading →

The SWAC’s football coaches are well-aware that Southern’s Anthony Mosley is back

Photo by Edison Hogan -- Southern's Anthony Mosley and Demetrius Carter pose at 2015 SWAC Media Day.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference’s football coaches haven’t forgotten about Anthony Mosley. They voted the Southern offensive lineman a first-team preseason All-SWAC player for the second consecutive year Friday even though he sat out last season as an academic casualty. “I’m glad to have him back,” Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said. “I think (the… Continue reading →

Southern picked second in SWAC Western Division; eight Jaguars land on All-SWAC teams

Photo by Edison Hogan -- The Southern contingent answers questions at 2015 SWAC Media Day on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern was not picked to win a third consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division title, even though the Jaguars placed four players on both of the preseason all-conference teams. The coaches and sports information directors of the 10 SWAC schools selected four Southern players each to the first and second teams, though they picked Grambling… Continue reading →

SWAC Media Day 2015: Scott Rabalais’ Four Downs

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alabama A&M coach James Spady speaks with his team during a timeout against Southern, Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lewis Crews Stadium.

1. APR CLOUDS CLEARING SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp knew his league was in for a painful transition when the NCAA unveiled its Academic Progress Rate standards. Six schools, including Southern and Grambling, came up short of the APR requirements, leading to sanctions. But now five of the SWAC’s six schools… Continue reading →

SWAC Media Day 2015: A team-by-team look at the league

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs

SWAC WEST: ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF Coach: Monte Coleman Players: Junior WR Willie Young and junior LB Willie Duncan III Easy to answer: Coleman is in his eighth season and has the experience to rejuvenate the Lions, who tied TSU for last in the West last season. Tough to say: Whether UAPB can… Continue reading →

SWAC Media Day 2015: Five questions, five answers

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State's Jarvis Turner (8) is stopped by Southern's Jamar Mitchell (29) in the SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 6 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

1. Can anyone unseat Alcorn State to become SWAC champion? Yes. The Braves were dominant in winning their first conference title in 20 years last season, beating Southern 38-24 in the championship game. They dominated the Eastern Division, wrapping up the title in early November, and quarterback John Gibbs Jr., the Offensive MVP of the… Continue reading →

Dawson Odums’ Southern team something of an unknown — even to him

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks to his players before kickoff against Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

HOOVER, Ala. — When Southern coach Dawson Odums takes his turn on the podium during Southwestern Athletic Conference Media Day on Friday, he’ll have a little less offseason information to provide on his team than normal. The Jaguars were unable to conduct spring practice because of a lingering sanction from an Academic Progress Rates-related penalty levied prior to… Continue reading →

Mickles: For affable Avery Johnson, life is all about timing

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Former Southern University and NBA player Avery Johnson addresses the crowd in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Feb. 2, 2013 for the ceremonial naming of 'Avery Johnson Court.' Johnson, who was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, will begin his first season as Alabama's coach.

NATCHITOCHES — Upon being fired by the Brooklyn Nets two days after Christmas in 2012, Avery Johnson knew one thing: He was going to coach basketball again. He just didn’t know where or when. Actually, he sort of knew the when part of the equation. With son Avery Jr. entering the final year and a half of… Continue reading →

Former Southern coach Pete Richardson to enter Winston-Salem State sports hall of fame

Advocate file photo by Mark Saltz -- Former Southern coach Pete Richardson

Former Southern football coach Pete Richardson is going into another hall of fame. Richardson, who already is in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Dayton Hall of Fame, has been selected for induction to the Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame at Winston-Salem State University. He’ll be inducted with six… Continue reading →

Avery Johnson: ‘My roots are still in Louisiana’

New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Basketball courts dotted the city, spread in points from the Lafitte Projects in New Orleans like uneven spokes on a bicycle wheel. Tonti Courts. Lemon Playground. Treme Center. Hike it to Algiers or City Park or Lawrence Square. Any place with a net and a hoop and a game. And that’s all Avery Johnson and his friends… Continue reading →

Tulane adds Southern, UMass to 2016 football schedule

Tulane completed its 2016 football schedule Thursday with the addition of a home game against Southern and the opening game of a home-and-home series against Massachusetts. The Green Wave and the Jaguars will play each other for the third time when they meet at Yulman Stadium at a date and time to be determined. Tulane won the… Continue reading →

SWAC returning to seven-game format for football

The Southwestern Athletic Conference is reverting to a seven-game conference football schedule. That was among the changes announced by the league, whose annual spring meetings were held this week. Since 2009, member teams had played a nine-game conference schedule, meaning that each of the 10 members played each other during the regular season. The SWAC… Continue reading →

Southern APR in holding pattern

Southern APR in holding pattern When the NCAA released the latest Academic Progress Rates for student-athletes nationwide Wednesday, Southern was essentially given an incomplete grade pending the completion of summer school. The Jaguars learned earlier this month that an 18-month ban on NCAA postseason play because of the submission of unusable… Continue reading →

Foster makes presence felt with homer in second

When LSU needed someone to spark a comeback Wednesday night, it went to Jared. Jared Foster, thought to be academically ineligible just two weeks ago, smashed a two-run homer in the second inning and led off the Tigers’ six-run fifth with a double to play a huge role in a dramatic 9-8 victory over… Continue reading →

Texas Southern blanks Southern for SWAC tournament title

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Texas Southern outfielder Zach Howell (28) beats the throw to second base before Southern University infielder Robinson Mateo (L) can put the tag on him during the SWAC baseball championship game at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Through its first three games in the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament, the Southern Jaguars were a poised team that performed well in all facets of the game. All that went by the wayside in Sunday’s championship game against Texas Southern. The Jaguars were undone by six errors and a lack… Continue reading →

Southern ready to face Texas Southern for the SWAC tournament championship

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks his players in a game against UNO last month.

The Southern Jaguars lost each of the five games they played against Texas Southern this season. But coach Roger Cador said he believes the Jaguars won’t be denied when they play the Tigers at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tounament championship at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The game will be broadcast… Continue reading →

SWAC tournament: Alabama State and Alcorn State head home

Jackson State rallied late against Alabama State on Friday, earning a 4-1 win and knocking out the top team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament. JSU (32-24), the two-time tournament champion, advanced to face Southern later Friday for a chance to defend its title. Alabama State’s season ended with a 31-19 record. The Hornets were the No. 1… Continue reading →

Southern makes it to SWAC championship game after rallying past Jackson State to win 6-5

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Southern University infielder Robinson Mateo (2) signals an out after tagging Jackson State infielder Gary Thomas, II (17) while trying to steal second base during the SWAC Baseball Tournament at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans Friday, May 15, 2015.

It was an ugly start but a beautiful ending. Southern catcher Jose de la Torre’s fly ball to deep left field dropped in, scoring Tyler Kirksey from third base in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday against Jackson State, giving the Jaguars a 6-5 victory and sending them to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game at Wesley Barrow… Continue reading →