After practicing in 100-plus degree heat the last three days, the Southern football team decided to stay indoors Tuesday.
The Jaguars canceled what was scheduled to be a 100-plus play scrimmage at the Louisiana Leadership Institute. Instead the players attended meetings, studied film and prepared for the start of classes Monday.
Southern is expected to return to practice at Louisiana Leadership Institute on Wednesday. Preseason camp ends Saturday.
The Southern volleyball team was picked to win the West division in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll released Tuesday morning.
It’s the first time the Jaguars have been picked first in 20 years. They received 67 points, nine more than second-place Texas Southern. Alabama State (78 points) was picked to win the East.
Southern’s Diamond Williams was named the preseason defensive player of the year and teammate Leilani Lealaimatafao was named to the All-SWAC second team.
The Jaguars open the season Aug. 28-29 at the Southern Miss tournament in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Here is the news release on the SWAC preseason poll and teams:
Southern U. will begin preseason football practice at an off-campus location Monday because the Jaguars new practice facility is not ready.
The university announced Sunday morning as players were reporting for camp that practice would begin at the Louisiana Leadership Institute on Hooper Road, a short drive from campus.
“Due to elevated water levels of the Mississippi River, Army Corp of Engineers have restricted construction to install the football practice field light poles as a part of the Jaguar Park project until the river recedes,” Southern said in a statement. “SU athletics anticipates practice returning to campus once clearance for the project’s continuation is received and the light poles have been installed.”
The Jaguars practiced at Louisiana Leadership late last season after the expiration of daylight savings time caused the end of practice to occur after sunset. The exisiting practice field has no lights.
Southern coach Dawson Odums was scheduled to have a news conference late Sunday morning.
Here’s a link to the news release: http://www.gojagsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=28100&ATCLID=210245193
Two Southern football games will be televised nationally, according to the Southwestern Athletic Conference television schedule released Tuesday.
The Jaguars game at Mississippi Valley State at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 will be shown on ESPNU and their annual Bayou Classic game against Grambling on Saturday, Nov. 28 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be televised by NBC.
Southern’s home game against Jackson State at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 will be available live on ESPN3 and shown within 24 hours via tape delay on ESPNU.
Addtionally, the SWAC Championship game on Dec. 5 will be shown on an ESPN network and two weeks later the Celebration Bowl featuring the champions of the SWAC and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will be shown on ABC.
Here’s the entire news release and schedule regarding nationally televised games featuring SWAC teams:
Southern and Tulane will meet in 2016 in Yulman Stadium, the Green Wave announced Thursday.
It will be the third meeting between the two schools. Tulane won the previous meetings in the 2001 and 2002 season openers for both schools in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Green Wave also announced a home-and-home series with Massachusetts. Tulane and the Minutemen will meet in Gillette Stadium, home of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, in 2016 and they will meet again at Yulman Stadium in 2022.
Dates and times for the games will be announced later.
The Southern baseball game against McNeese State at Lee-Hines Field has been moved from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday because of severe weather that hit Southeast Louisiana on Monday.
The Jaguars are 13-21 after being swept in a doubleheader at Texas Southern on Sunday. The Cowboys are 24-20 after a 5-4 victory Sunday gave them a series win against Nicholls State.
Southern beat McNeese State 5-4 on March 31 in Lake Charles.
The Southern women’s basketball team signed three recruits Thursday.
The lone high-school recruit is Courtney Parson, the starting point guard and a captain on the Dillard High School team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which was the national runner-up this past season. Parson, 5-foot-5, averaged eight points, five assists and five rebounds.
The other two are junior-college transfers — Deja Clay, a 6-3 center from Atlanta who averaged eight points and six rebounds at Pensacola Junior College, and Tashi-ana Thompson, a 5-8 guard from Lithonia, Ga., who averaged 13.8 points, 2.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds for East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.
The Southern baseball series against Arkansas-Pine Bluff this weekend at Lee-Hines Field has been shortened to no more than two games because of continuing rain forecast into the weekend.
No game will be played Saturday, but the teams hope to play one or two games Sunday. A decision is expected Friday on whether the Golden Lions will travel on Saturday in hopes of playing Sunday.
The Jaguars’ mid-week home games against Baton Rouge Community College and UNO, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, were canceled due to rain. The field was unplayable Thursday and coach Roger Cador said the forecast calls for a 90 percent chance on rain Friday and 100 percent for Saturday, when rain could be heavy.
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 game last season and won the conference title two years ago, will be ineligible for the game unless the NCAA lifts the postseason ban that it placed on the program more than a year ago because of inadequate reporting of student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates.
The Southern women’s basketball team was elevated to the top seed in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament and will face eighth-seeded Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Toyota Center in Houston.
The change was made in the wake of regular-season champion Texas Southern withdrawing from the tournament Monday after SWAC-imposed suspensions for a fight against Southern last Saturday left the Lady Tigers without enough players to field a team.
Each of the remaining eight teams had their seed increased by one and the opening game between Valley and Alabama A&M scheduled for Tuesday night was canceled.
The tournament will now begin with a game between No. 2 Jackson State and No. 7 Alabama A&M at noon Wednesday.
On Thursday, third-seeded Alabama State will play sixth-seeded Grambling, which was originally scheduled to face the Jaguars, at noon. Fourth-seeded Prairie View and fifth-seeded Alcorn State will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday and the winner of that game will meet the winner of the Southern game in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday.
The championship game will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is not participating in the tournament because of NCAA probation.
The Jaguars are expected to dress just six players Wednesday because six were suspended for their role in Saturday’s brawl and a seventh – reserve guard Keonia Parrish – was dismissed from the team by Southern for her involvement.