Southern falls 49-29 to Prairie View in a Shreveport Smashing

By Mike McCall

For the second week in a row, Southern wound up on the wrong side of a huge offensive performance, falling to Prairie View 49-29 in the Shreveport Classic, whose tagline is being revised to “Where defense goes to die.”

Southern’s offense looked pretty good, posting its highest yardage output of the year (407) and taking the lead twice via a third-quarter comeback. The Jaguars were up 29-28 going into the fourth, but that was as far as they got. Continue reading

Last Call: Southern vs. Prairie View in the Shreveport Classic

By Mike McCall

We’re a day away from Southern’s 4 p.m. kickoff against Prairie View in the Shreveport Classic. After squandering a shot at first place in the division last week, the Jaguars (3-4, 2-3 SWAC) are mostly playing for pride at this point, and the Panthers (2-5, 2-3 SWAC). are in a similar situation, though their chances of catching Arkansas-Pine Bluff are better since they haven’t played the Golden Lions head to head yet.

To get you ready, here’s a roundup of the key storylines heading into this contest. Check them out and click the links for more details:

– That butt-kicking by UAPB last weekend really put a damper on Southern’s season. As interim head coach Dawson Odums said, they missed “a golden opportunity,” and without that win, the Jaguars now need to win out while having the Golden Lions lose three of four. Continue reading

Midnight Madness gives fans a first look at Southern hoops squads

By Mike McCall

Just got back from the Southern hoops Midnight Madness in the F.G. Clark Activity Center and wanted to hit you with some highlights. First off, it began at 7 p.m., as what I can only assume was an homage to the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, where the clock was then striking midnight.

The new court in there is beautiful, as you can see by the very amateur iPhone photography work here. Nice way to give both the men’s and women’s programs a fresh new look before the season gets started.

It was a pretty relaxed, fun evening with lots of music, dancing and a few games that involved both teams.

First, they squared off in a three-point shooting contest, during which G Yasmin Fuller and G Kendra Coleman beat their male counterparts, G Derick Beltran and G Tre Lynch, in the final. Obviously, this isn’t really a WHAT DOES IT MEAN?! moment for these teams’ respective seasons, but it was nice to see Coleman (the top returning scorer) and Fuller (a newcomer who could provide a big spark) shoot well. Fuller is an absolute killer from the right corner. Continue reading

Highlights from Southern coach Dawson Odums’ press conference

By Mike McCall

Another Tuesday, another time Dawson Odums puts up with us media folks and talks Southern football. This week, the topics included Saturday’s crushing loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the chance for redemption against Prairie View, the sputtering offense and the rash of injuries plaguing the Jaguars.

Here are some key points:

– On staying motivated after losing a shot at first place… “I believe we have some good players still on this football team, we have a football team that still believes, and we’re just looking forward to getting back on the field because the only way you can erase that is by going out, playing better and winning the next football game.” Continue reading

Southern football chat with Advocate sportswriter Mike McCall

Southern’s SWAC hopes all but dashed in smackdown loss to UAPB

By Mike McCall

Well that wasn’t what anyone had in mind.

No, not even Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach Monte Coleman expected his Golden Lions to come out and stomp Southern 50-21 in A.W. Mumford Stadium. UAPB jumped out to a 21-0 lead, then went up 41-6 at halftime, a sequence Coleman called “kind of a blur.”

The Jaguars didn’t play well, but this was more about getting flat-out beaten. Coaching, play-calling, injuries, officiating, weather, bad Gatorade, unusual barometric pressure — all the excuses you could think of don’t make up for one simple fact: the Golden Lions were a better team, and they played like it. Continue reading

The Foreign Exchange: Five questions with Pine Bluff Commercial sports editor I.C. Murrell

By Mike McCall

Welcome to the fourth installment of our Foreign Exchange series, where we examine Southern’s upcoming game through a different perspective. This week, I.C. Murrell, the Pine Bluff Commercial sports editor who also covers Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was kind enough to put up with my badgering and answer a few questions about the Golden Lions.


Q: Just how good is this team? There are no eye-popping stats, but they’re consistently doing enough to win.

  • I.C. – This team has all the capability in the world but they’re not as consistent or disciplined in their play as they should be. Continue reading

Last Call: Southern vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

By Mike McCall

We’re a day away from Southern’s 6 p.m. showdown against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where the Jaguars (3-3, 2-2 SWAC) have a chance to take over first place in the West division from the Golden Lions (4-2, 3-1 SWAC).

To get you ready, here’s a roundup of the key storylines heading into this contest. Check them out and click the links for more details:

– First off, this is the biggest game of the year for Southern. Traditional rivalry matchups like Jackson State and Grambling are big, but it doesn’t get more crucial than facing the team the Jaguars are going head-to-head with for the West title for the rest of the year (not to mention the impact of last year’s fight between these two squads — more on that in Saturday’s paper). After a long championship drought, SU is right in the thick of things, and this is the best chance to get a leg up. Continue reading

Highlights from Dawson Odums’ Press Conference

By Mike McCall

Southern interim coach Dawson Odums held his weekly press conference on Tuesday, discussing his team’s 34-7 homecoming win over Texas Southern and previewing Saturday’s clash with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where first place in the SWAC West will be up for grabs.

Highlights below. Continue reading

Southern football chat with Mike McCall