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Southern defensive backs Kevin King, D’Andre Woodland and Dionte McDuffy remain ineligible to play in games, but the Jaguars are hopeful they can return.
Whether any resolution occurs before Southern’s game at Prairie View on Saturday is anyone’s guess.
The three starters were cleared to play in the first two games of the season, but uncertainty about their eligibility arose late last week and they were pulled from the lineup a few minutes before the start of the Jaguars 51-27 loss to Northwestern State in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Athletic director William Broussard addressed the certification situation prior to coach Dawson Odums’ weekly news luncheon Tuesday afternoon.
Here’s a university statement that was released in conjunction with Broussard’s remarks:
SU responds to questions concerning certification
Southern University athletics has issued the following statement regarding the department’s ongoing certification process.
“The ongoing certification process reflects the severity of the unusable data findings which surfaced as a result of the NCAA inquiry. Every available resource is being expended on clearing up problems with certifying documentation and expediting the reinstatement waiver process for those student-athletes affected.
The three students held out of play for further review were first flagged 48 hours before Saturday’s game. We determined that there was insufficient data to determine their continuing eligibility and so until further review this week they are being withheld from competition. University certification staff reviewed documents Friday and Saturday and worked until the last possible minute to find relief for those students.
The University remains committed to not allowing ineligible student-athletes to compete.
We will continue to focus our attention on fulfilling the compliance demands of the NCAA. As we continue our work, we will defer all further questions to the University media relations office.”
Tackle Reginald Redding will make his season debut and start for Southern against Northwestern State on Saturday night.
Redding missed the first two games while recovering from a concussion and awaiting academic certification. He was cleared physically more than a week ago and academically earlier this week.
Meanwhile, RB Jamarcus Jarvis, who scored two touchdowns in a 56-14 victory against Central Methodist last week, will not play because of a sore knee, but he is expected back next week.
Defensive back Jaleel Richardson is still awaiting academic certification.
Redding’s return means the starting line will be comprised of him at left tackle, Jamal Boulden at left guard, Terrell Lee at center, Zach Brown at right guard and Dewayne Houston at right tackle.
C Brandon Thibodeaux (ankle), WR Randall Menard (toe), NT Justin Woods (leg) and PK Greg Pittman (knee) did not dress.
Kickoff is 6:07 p.m. and the game will be televised live on CST. Southern is 1-1 and NSU is 0-2.
The Demons beat the Jaguars 55-14 last season in Natchitoches.
Southern ventures out of state for the first time this season when it visits Prairie View for its Southwestern Athletic Conference opener next Saturday.
Bus trips to that game, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, and other road games are available from a variety of groups.
The Blue & Gold Fan Club is sponsoring a bus trip that will return immediately after the Prairie View game. The cost is $110 per person and includes tailgate food, refreshments and game ticket.
The club is also offering a bus trip to AlcornState on Sept. 27. That trip costs $80 per person.
For information, contact Craig Pierre at 225-324-7234 or Robert Square at 225-931-4052
The SU Quarterback Club has trips planned to Prairie View, Alcorn, Alabama A&M on Oct. 11, JacksonState on Oct. 25 and to the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29 in New Orleans. The cost of the Prairie View trip is $185 for a single hotel room and $260 for a double; the cost for Alcorn is $80; Alabama A&M is $210 (single) or $285 double; Jackson State is $100 and Grambling is $40 (does not include game ticket).
For information, visit http://southernuniversityqbclub.com or call Jonathan Dearbone (225-572-5878), Reginald Jarvis (225-939-6722) or Robert Brown (225-287-8385).
LW EXPRESS is offering bus trips to AlcornState and to JacksonState.
Tickets for the Alcorn game are $80 per person and include ticket, food and snacks. Tickets for the JacksonState game cost $100 each and include breakfast, ticket, food, souvenir cup and snacks.
For information call Lisa White at 225-408-9928.
Six Southern players awaiting academic certification missed their second consecutive game Saturday and five of them are likely to miss the season.
Preseason All-Southwestern Athletic Conference guard Anthony Mosley, linebackers Daniel Brown and Detrane Lindsey, defensive back Renaldo Thomas and wide receiver Nico Talbert are sidelined “as of right now, for the season”, Jaguars athletic director William Broussard said.
Defensive back Jaleel Richardson was withheld against Central Methodist, but could be reinstated, Broussard said. Two players who were withheld from the season-opening 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette last week – running back Malcolm Crockett and offensive lineman Terrell Lee – were certified in time for Saturday’s home opener.
Broussard said the five players facing the stiffest penalty might have the opportunity to chance to sit several more games or redshirt in hopes of gaining a full season next year. Also, Southern could seek an NCAA waiver to reduce the penalties. But the most likely scenario is that they miss the entire season.
Meanwhile, tackle Reginald Redding, who has been cleared to play after recovering from a concussion, was added to the 2-deep, but did not start. Neako Jones started and Redding was listed as his backup.
Wide receiver Randall Menard did not dress because of a toe injury suffered in the opener.
Two of the eight Southern football players awaiting academic certification have been reinstated for the Jaguars home opener against Central Methodist at 6 p.m. Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Running back Malcolm Crockett and offensive lineman Terrell Lee are eligible to play against the Eagles. The other six players – linebackers Daniel Brown and Detrane Lindsey, offensive lineman Anthony Mosley, wide receiver Nico Talbert and defensive backs Renaldo Thomas and Jaleel Richardson will be out for a second consecutive week.
Tackle Reginald Redding, who has been sidelined due to a concussion, could see his first action of the season. Southern opened the season with a 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette last week.
The final score wasn’t an accurate reflection of Southern’s performance in its 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday.
At least that’s the way Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth sees it.
Hudspeth went to the Jaguars locker room after the game to congratulate the team on the way it competed under adverse conditions.
Southern was nearly two hours late leaving campus and didn’t arrive at Cajun Field until 45 minutes before kickoff. The delay happened because university officials were trying to certify that several players were academically eligible. Eventually time ran out and five Jaguars who would have started had to be left behind.
Odums said on the Southwestern Athletic Conference coaches conference call Monday morning that he learned of Hudspeth’s visit when he returned to the locker room after doing his post-game interviews.
“The players and assistant coaches said he came in and really encouraged them,” Odums said. “If you know coach Hudspeth, you know he’s a great guy and his heart is always in the right place.
“He told them they have a chance to be a really good team. He said, “from watching interviews I know (Odums) talks about a process and a mindset and you displayed that with the show that you put on. You competed and you didn’t fold your tent in the face of adversity. You gained the respect of a lot of people around here with the way you handled yourselves.””
Odums said he was “really appreciative” for what Hudspeth said about his players.
Southern still has not completed the certification process.
Odums said he and his staff will evaluate quarterbacks Deonte Shorts and Austin Howard throughout the week before deciding how to use them in the home opener against Central Methodist on Saturday.
Shorts started against UL-Lafayette, but completed just 2-of-9 passes for 21 yards. Howard played most of the game, including the entire second half. He completed 18-of-31 for 181 yards and a touchdown.
Odums said wide receiver Randall Menard was having an MRI on his left big toe, which was injured Saturday when Menard’s cleat got stuck in the turf. Odums said he didn’t think the injury was serious.
Southern was late leaving Baton Rouge for its season opener at Louisiana-Lafayette as it tried to certify the academic eligibility of several players Saturday.
Despite leaving nearly two hours late and arriving just 45 minutes before the 6 p.m. kickoff, the Jaguars had to leave five starters behind.
Dorsey Bindon, a redshirt junior from Capital High, was a late addition to the starting lineup at strongside linebacker, replacing senior Daniel Brown..
Safety Renaldo Thomas, a transfer from Tulane, was replaced by freshman Bryan Anderson of Edna Karr High School.
Southern shuffled its starting offensive line. Dewayne Houston moved from right tackle to left tackle to replace Reginald Redding.
Zach Brown moved from left guard to right tackle to replace Houston and Terrell Lee was scheduled to move into the starting lineup at left guard, but was a late scratch and was replaced by Jamal Boulden. Center Brandon Thibodeaux and right guard Anthony Mosley started in their customary spots.
Jamarcus Jarvis started at running back as Malcolm Crockett, a transfer from Pitt, was not certified.
John West was listed as the primary backup to fullback Brian McCain, replacing Josh Perry, who quit the team.
Kyle Yonke, a late arrival after camp started, was listed as the starting place-kicker, ahead of Matt Hill. Starter Greg Pittman has been sidelined due to knee surgery.