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Miller, Godfrey receive national honor

Southern forwards Malcolm Miller and Calvin Godfrey have been named second-team All-Americans by Boxtorow.

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The Southwestern Athletic Conference had one player on the first team in Aaric Murray of Texas Southern. Jamel Waters of Alabama State joined Miller and Godfrey on the second team and LeAntwan Luckett of Alcorn State, Antwan Scott of Grambling and Brandon West of Jackson State made the third team.



Jaguars try to avoid sweep

Southern will try to avoid a sweep when it plays Paririe View at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Lee-Hines Field. The game will be televised by CST.

The Jaguars are 4-15 and 1-8 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West after being swept in a doubleheader by the Panthers (9-12, 5-5) on Saturday.

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Here are the starting lineups:

Prairie View (9-12, 5-5)

1. LF Robert Cossey (.298)

2. RF Cody Den Beste (.353)

3. 2B Jeff Sealy (.273)

4. 1B Dominiq Harris (.333)

5. 3B Greg Salcido (.329)

6. DH Christian Krushall (.214)

7. C Grant Dougherty (.209)

8. SS Walter Wells (.221)

9. CF Colby Hines (.229)

SP — RH Jonathan Mata (2-3, 3.49)

Southern (4-15, 1-8)

1. CF Lance Jones (.347)

2. 2B Marcus Tomlin (.157)

3. C Jose De La Torre (.304)

4. RF D.J. Wallace (.338)

5. 1B Brian Rowry (.302)

6. 3B Robinson Mateo (.321)

7. DH Harley Wiltz (.114)

8. LF Gavin Webster (.216)

9. SS Phillip Williams (.227)

SP — LH George J’Markus (0-1, 7.20)


Jenkins in 100 final at Texas Relays

Southern sprinter Devin Jenkins ran a 10.25 and qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash at the Texas Relays on Friday in Austin, Texas.

The finals will be held at 3:35 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on The Longhorn Network.

Jenkins, a sophomore from Hawaii, ran a 10.21, which at the time was the fastest 100 in the NCAA this season at the Texas Southern relays last Saturday.

During the indoor season, Jenkins set a Southwestern Athletic Conference record in the 60 meters with a time of 6.66.

NCAA visit set for April 14-15

NCAA officials will visit the Southern campus April 14-15 to evaluate the university’s attempt to bring its records on student-athletes’ academic progress up to date.

The NCAA had said two weeks ago that it would make a visit in April and Jaguars athletic director William Broussard confirmed the dates Friday.

All Southern teams are banned from NCAA postseason play due to unusable academic data.  The university has been providing the NCAA with updated paperwork for months in attempt to get its records complete and accurate.

Broussard said he’s confident that a resolution to the situation will occur before the NCAA postseason begins for spring sports, though some sanctions are expected.


Southern tries to catch Prairie View

The Southern and Prairie View A&M baseball teams are battling each other to qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

That battle continues with three head-to-head match-ups this weekend at Lee-Hines Field. The Jaguars (1-6) are in last place in the West Division, 1½ games behind the Panthers (3-5). The last-place teams in each division do not qualify for the conference tournament.

The series begins with a doubleheader at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and concludes with a single game at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, which will be televised by CST.

The other West division series has first-place Arkansas-Pine Bluff (7-1) hosting second-place Texas Southern (5-2). Grambling (5-7) hosts a non-conference series against Georgetown.

In the East, second-place Jackson State (5-4) visits fourth-place Alcorn State (3-6) and third-place Alabama A&M visits last-place Mississippi Valley State (1-9). First-place AlabamaState (12-1) hosts a non-conference series with North Carolina Central.



Southern drops to last in SWAC West

The Southern baseball team has some catching up to do if it’s going to qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

There’s a lot of baseball still to be played, but after getting swept at Grambling over the weekend the Jaguars (1-6) are in last place in the West Division. The last-place teams in each division do not qualify for the conference tournament.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which began conference play by sweeping three games from Southern at Lee-Hines Field, leads the West with a 7-1 record, followed by Texas Southern (5-2), Grambling (5-7) and Prairie View (1-6), which visits Southern this weekend, and the Jaguars, who are 4-12 overall.

AlabamaState (12-1) leads the East, followed by JacksonState (5-4), Alabama A&M (4-5), AlcornState (3-6) and MississippiValleyState (1-9).

Southern, which still has 15 league games remaining, has a tall order on its hands in the mid-week before getting back into conference play as it visits fourth-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday.

Here’s the midweek schedule in the SWAC:

Tuesday (March 25)

Texas Southern vs. Houston Baptist

Alabama A&M at GeorgiaState

Louisiana Tech at Grambling

AlcornState at UNO

JacksonState at Southeastern Louisiana

MississippiValleyState at Arkansas

Wednesday (March 26)

Southern at UL-Lafayette

Rust at JacksonState

Alabama A&M and GeorgiaState

AlcornState at UNO

MississippiValleyState at Arkansas

Prairie View A&M at Incarnate Word

Grambling and AlabamaState will play non-conference series this weekend as the Tigers host Georgetown and the Hornets host North Carolina Central. The other eight teams play SWAC series.

Here’s this week’s schedule of conference games with doubleheaders on Saturday and single games on Sunday:

Prairie View A&M at Southern

Texas Southern at Arkansas-Pine Bluff

JacksonState at AlcornState

Alabama A&M at MississippiValleyState



NCAA officials to visit Southern in April

NCAA officials will visit Southern next month to evaluate the university’s efforts to provide complete and accurate data on student-athletes’ Academic Progress rates.

It’s expected that the Jaguars attempt to have an NCAA postseason ban will be resolved by the end of the spring semester in May. The ban was instituted in December and already impacted the men’s and women’s indoor track and basketball teams as well as the women’s bowling team.

It’s likely Southern will be unable to fully satisfy the NCAA demands, which would lead to additional sanctions along with the establishment of an end date for the indefinite ban.

“If sanctions are introduced, we want to be able to mitigate them as much as possible,” Jaguars athletic director William Broussard said. “Ultimately something has got to happen that allows us to finally hit the reset button as we enter a potential next phase. We’ve got to get out of the mire we’re in right now.”

Southern is trying to demonstrate that it has made a good-faith effort to provide as much of the missing data as it was capable of and demonstrate that it has made changes to avoid similar snafus going forward.

An NCAA spokesperson responded Tuesday to an email requesting an update on Southern’s case by saying, “Southern’s teams remain unable to participate in championships until their data is complete and accurate. We continue to work with the school toward that goal.”