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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.”

 

Southern University athletics chat with Les East

Southern women face PVAMU at 6 p.m.

HOUSTON — If the Southern women win the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title, the Jaguars season will end as their conference season began — with victories against Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern in the Houston area.

Top-seeded Southern will play fourth-seeded Prairie View at 6 p.m. Friday in a semifinal game in the Toytoa Center. The Panthers reached the semis by beating No. 5 Alabama State 71-61 on Thursday. The Jaguars were off Thursday after beating seventh-seeded Alabama A&M 80-66 on Wednesday.

Southern won both regular-season meetings against PVAMU, prevailing 88-74 in the conference opener on the road Jan. 4. The Jaguars beat the Panthers again 69-56 on March 6 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The winner of the Southern-PVAMU game will play secod-seeded Texas Southern in the title game at noon Saturday. The Tigers advanced with a 79-77 overtime victory against No. 3 Jackson State on Friday afternoon.

The Jaguars beat TSU in both regular-season meetings, prevailing 70-68 in overtime on Jan. 6 in Houston, then claiming the regular-season title with a71-66 victory in the regular-season finale March 8 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

A Southern victory against PVAMU would put the Tigers in the NCAA tournament regardless of Saturday’s outcome because the Jaguars are ineligible for NCAA postseaosn play.

A Panthers victory Friday would create an all-Texas showdown for the NCAA bid on Saturday.

 

SWAC honors six Jaguars

Six individuals from Southern’s Southwestern Athletic Conference championship basketball teams were honored Monday.

Roman Banks and Sandy Pugh were named the SWAC coaches of the year.

Banks led the men’s team to a 15-3 conference record as it clinched the regular-season title with two games left in the regular season.

Pugh led the women’s team to a 16-2 record, which included a title-clinching 71-66 victory against Texas Southern in the regular-season finale last Saturday.

Forward Calvin Godfrey was named to the All-SWAC first team and also was named Newcomer of the Year. Forward Malcolm Miller joined him on the first team and guard Trelun Banks, son of coach Banks, was named Freshman of the Year.

Jaguars forward Jasmine Jefferson was named to the All-SWAC women’s first team.

Both team have first-round byes in the SWAC tournament, which begins Tuesday in Houston. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and the men will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Southern University athletics chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East

SWAC basketball bracket set

The Southern men’s basketball team will play its first game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.

The Jaguars are the regular-season champions and top seed. They will play the winner of the game between the eighth seed and the ninth seed, who meet at 8 p.m. the day before.

The SWAC released the bracket Monday afternoon, but the seedings won’t be complete until the regular season concludes Saturday.

The Southern women, who are in first place, could be seeded No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3. Their first game could be played at 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on March 12 or at 10 a.m. March 13, depending on their seeding.

Both teams are ineligible for NCAA postseason play.

The entire bracket can be found at www.SWAC.org. Both Jaguars teams are 14-2 in league play as they prepare to host Prairie View A&M on Thursday.