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89rabbit
06-19-2004, 10:42 AM
Looks like it is offical. Here is a story from WBRZ in Louisiana:

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/061904/spo_sufoot001.shtml

Southern's football schedule finally set


By RANDY ROSETTA
rrosetta@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter

Southern University's 2004 football schedule finally came into clear focus Friday, with one unfamiliar opponent plugging a nagging hole and another familiar foe still left off.
The Jaguars and South Dakota State officially signed contracts Friday to square off in Baton Rouge on Sept. 25. That addition allows Southern to play a full 11-game slate after a scheduling problem with Southwestern Athletic Conference opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff left the Jaguars with only 10 games. . .

Southern and UAPB were originally slotted to play Sept. 25 in St. Louis in the Gateway Classic. Southern balked because of travel costs. UAPB offered to move the game to Oct. 2 in Pine Bluff -- the game in St. Louis would have been a Lions home game -- but Southern declined because of a previous commitment to play Alabama State on that date.

The only other common open date was Nov. 20, and Southern shot down that possibility because it falls right before the Jaguars' annual battle against Grambling State in the Bayou Classic at the Superdome. . . .

When Southern and UAPB couldn't find an acceptable solution, the Jaguars were left scrambling to fill an open date. Kerr said there was no pressure from the SWAC to force Southern into playing UAPB on Nov. 20.

Kerr said there was no other feasible resolution.

"In terms of not playing them this season, that's not something we wanted, but it was something we found that we just couldn't get done," Kerr said. "We've accepted that and we're comfortable with the decision. It's time for us to move on."

Which is what Southern did by convincing South Dakota State to make a 1,316-mile trip south for a nonconference game.

Kerr said he relied on an NCAA service on the Internet to spread the word that Southern needed an opponent. With a few phone calls, Kerr connected with SDSU officials and quickly hammered out a deal.

The Jackrabbits will earn $50,000 for their trip, which Kerr called a very healthy payout and one that is "at the top of (Southern's) scale that we can pay somebody to come down here."

South Dakota State will play at the NCAA Division I-AA level this season after operating in Division II the last several decades. The Jackrabbits were 7-4 a year ago.

Kerr said part of the agreement with SDSU includes Southern considering the negotiation of a return trip to Brookings, S.D.

"We're very grateful that they are coming," he said. "I was really kind of surprised that anybody responded to the call we put out."



That ought to lock our schedule as well. :) I hope we can get Southern to make the return trip, I'm not sure I like the sounds of "Southern considering the negotiation of a return trip to Brookings, S.D." but I do like the $50,000 payout. I'm sure we will hear more from our end soon. No matter what happens I am glad we got the game with Southern.

Go State! ;D

SDSUFAN
06-19-2004, 12:38 PM
Thats a good guarentee. I believe we got $40,000 when we played Montana 11 years ago. If we recipocate in guarentee money, I sure Southern will consider and then too, they may need to fill a schedule next year or the year after. I think in being willing to play we have shown some sincerity which means a great deal.

It would be great for SU team and fans to find out what life is like in the upper midwest.

Earle
06-19-2004, 05:30 PM
Indeed it would be great for SU fans to find out what life is like in the upper midwest. One thing is for sure, SU people know very very very little about South Dakota. Myself, I know that S.D. is the sister state to North Dakota and is located just south of the Canadian border. A city called Sioux (or is it Fargo) is your largest city. I am not familiar with the city of Brookings. I know absolutely nothing else abour S.D.

bluedog
06-19-2004, 05:38 PM
Well howdy there Jackrabbits it was a hard road here but thanks to AC and 89 I made it.

Looking forward to having some great dialogue with you guys and learning as much as I can about the "Great" city of Brookings.

SDSUFAN
06-19-2004, 07:58 PM
SU Fans

Brookings is located about 58 miles straight north of Sioux Falls on I-29 that runs north to Canada. Population is about 20,000 without the students, and maybe 30,000 with the students. Our student enrollement was a little over 10,000 last fall. Air service is to Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls is the large one with maybe 170,000 people. We are very much still an agriculture state. US Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle is one of our alums and has worked hard for SDSU, including the large Sun Grant noted in my Signature.

One other alum that SDSU is very proud of is Cleveland Abbott, the legendy coach at Tuskegee University from 1923 to his death in 1955. Cleve graduated from SDSU in 1916. I would suspect there was a time when SU played Tuskegee. Tuskegee is still D2 but from what I understand has given their old rival Alabama State a run for their money and have won some years in their annual Turkey Day Classic on Thanksgiving Day. I believe Alabama State is on SU schedule for this year and maybe its an annual conference opponent.

This as you may know is SDSU first year at D1AA. We have a plan in place, but for this year we will offer only 38 scholarships for football. SDSU recently has had more sucess in men and women Basketball than we have had in football. We have NCAA National championships in both men and women. Frost Arena had a seating capacity of 9500 before any back chair seating was installed and that had decreased the capacity for comfort.

Coughlin Alumni Staduim was built in 1962 and we have gotten as many as 16,000 in the staduim. From what I gather SU may have a superior facality for football in that you have nearly 30,000 capacity. I for one am looking forward to coming to your campus.

. There are people in South Dakota who feel SDSU should not go D1AA, but we are in the process of having one of q1963 national championship Basketball players lead a campaign to raise 20 million for endowed scholarships. To date he has committments for 10 million and this is a five year campaign. Year one is 2004. We will have the funds and are committed to being competitive at the D1 and D1AA levels of competition.

Recipocating with a $50,000 guarentee for SU for next year or the following year should not be a problem and our Adminstration will do that if that is requested.

We have had a few NFL players starting with a couple in the 1930's and in the late 1950's into the 1960's Pete Retzlaff played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Doug Eggers played on the 1958 championship team Baltimore Colts.
Jim Langer is a NFL Hall of Famer and played for the Miami Dolphins. The current NFL players are Adam Viniteri with New England Patriots. Adam Timmerman with the St Louis Rams and Steve Heiden with the Cleveland Browns.

Its a much slower pace of life especially in Brookings. I think you will enjoy your visit if it happens. Even if it not a SU football game in Brookings, you are still welcome.

89rabbit
06-19-2004, 08:09 PM
Indeed it would be great for SU fans to find out what life is like in the upper midwest. One thing is for sure, SU people know very very very little about South Dakota. Myself, I know that S.D. is the sister state to North Dakota and is located just south of the Canadian border. A city called Sioux (or is it Fargo) is your largest city. I am not familiar with the city of Brookings. I know absolutely nothing else abour S.D.

Hey Earle,

Welcome to the board. You are right we are the Sister state of North Dakota and as the name implies they are North of us. They boarder with Canada. We boarder with them to the North, Iowa and Minnesota to the East, Nebraska to the South and Montana and Wyoming to the West. Our biggest City is Sioux Falls (about 45 min. South of Brookings) and the State Capitol is Pierre.

I found this web site that might interest you.

http://www.state.sd.us/state/sdsym.htm


Isn't it fun how college football can bring folks together. I am learning a ton about Louisiana and Baton Rouge. ;D Hope the return trip happens and you get a chance to visit our Great State!

Go State! ;D

Earle
06-19-2004, 10:44 PM
Thanks Jackrabbit and SDSUFAN for the crash course on the great state of South Dakota. It certainly would be good to visit your part of the country. For a moment, I had forgotten that Senator Tom Daschle comes from S.D.

We welcome you to Louisiana and to its capital city of Baton Rouge on 9/25 and always. Come and experience the sights and sounds that make this region great. The food, culture, and people of the Gulf South will be cause for return visits with great frequency.

Baton Rouge is a large city with a population of 230,000 in the city proper and nearly 700,000 in the four-parish metropolitan area. Louisiana call its political subdivisions "parishes" as opposed to "counties." A bustling city with a colorful past, Baton Rouge sits high above the banks of the Mississippi River just 60 miles up river from New Orleans, queen city of the Gulf South. The BR can be accessed by way of its regional airport, which is served by several major airlines, or by New Orleans International located 55 miles to the south.

Southern University-Baton Rouge is the main campus of the 3-campus Southern University system. Branch campuses are located at New Orleans and Shreveport. SUBR has an annual enrollment of 9000 students upwards and a system enrollment of more then 15,000. We enjoy one of the largest and most rabid fan bases in the country in 1-AA football with a per-game average of more than 22,000. Our stadium (Mumford) currently seats about 27,000 and is about to be expanded to nearly 30,000 seats.

Again, we welcome to Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and Southern University.

SDSUFAN
06-20-2004, 07:38 AM
Earle:

Thanks too for your description of Southern and Baton Rogue. I suspect if I visit your campus and community, I will hear some zideco and Cajun music something I really enjoy.

Some of the spicy food I am not so sure about.

I have a very close friend that is an alum of SU and he lives in Virginia, and I cant wait to tell him about this game. My friend knows I am a big Jackrabbit fan and it seems every Sunday there was a email from him telling me about the SDSU score he saw in the paper and if we lost he was full of questions.

So SU is not totally foreign to me. Also have watched the Bayou Classic last year and other years too. Both teams have exciting offenses, so I hope our defense can step up to the plate. If we dont it will be a long night in Baton Rogue.

We have beefy lineman and hope they can show the needed quickness to stay in the game. This year being our first in D1AA, as others on this board have said, our guys had better strap the helment on be ready to play football. ;)

Jagster
06-21-2004, 02:44 PM
All Jaguar and SDSU fans:

Our new scoreboards for basketball, baseball and football comes from a rather large contributor to SDSU, Daktronics, Inc., so many SDSU grads have been to SU over the last two years for those installations.

bisonguy
06-21-2004, 07:04 PM
One word of advice for any Rabbits that might make the trip: Nexium. ;D Enjoy the food, just be prepared for the consequences.

Texas_Jacks_Fan
06-21-2004, 08:16 PM
For all who are planning on attending this game-book your rooms now, I called my LSU friends today-They have Mississippi St. in Death Valley the same night. Lots of fans from Starkville, MS. and New Orleans' LSU fans will stay overnight. I'm getting my accomodations this week. I'm already looking forward to tailgating in the Bayou (something I've done lots of times before but never with MY TEAM in the game).

bluedog
06-21-2004, 11:28 PM
Baton Rouge Metro Airport (http://www.flybtr.com/)
hotels.com (http://www.hotels.com/process_search.jsp;jsessionid=2TARMQQUZ0K5LLAQEY1S CAVMCATDMH20?destination=ebb0b8aa-db12-49de-a5ed-25922832b5ff%7Cdfb65436-6f3f-4772-ad02-15844c5bbe32%7CBaton+Rouge%2C+LA%2C+USA%7C1&PSRC=G 38&SSRC=&MSRC=null)

The Hilton Gardens are right down Harding Blvd. which goes directly to the campus.


American food (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|American)
Barbecue or see bluedog ;) (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|Barbecue)
Italian food (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|Italian)
Mexican food (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants)
Seafood (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|Seafood)
Cajun food (http://www.switchboard.com/bin/cgidir.dll?MEM=44&PR=109&CID=2465&S=LA&T=Baton+Rou ge)
and one of my favorites J Alexander of Baton Rouge (http://www.jalexanders.com/)

Jagster
06-22-2004, 08:47 AM
Baton Rouge Metro Airport (http://www.flybtr.com/)
hotels.com (http://www.hotels.com/process_search.jsp;jsessionid=2TARMQQUZ0K5LLAQEY1S CAVMCATDMH20?destination=ebb0b8aa-db12-49de-a5ed-25922832b5ff%7Cdfb65436-6f3f-4772-ad02-15844c5bbe32%7CBaton+Rouge%2C+LA%2C+USA%7C1&PSRC=G 38&SSRC=&MSRC=null)

The Hilton Garden Inn is located about 2 miles down Harding Blvd. which goes directly to the campus.


American food (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|American)
Barbecue or see bluedog ;) (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|Barbecue)
Italian food (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|Italian)
Mexican food (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants)
Seafood (http://batonrouge.cox.net/cci/entertainmentrestaurants/restaurants?_mode=view&view=RestaurantsCategoryVie w&pagerfilter_restaurants=cuisine|Seafood)
Cajun food (http://www.switchboard.com/bin/cgidir.dll?MEM=44&PR=109&CID=2465&S=LA&T=Baton+Rou ge)
and one of my favorites J Alexander of Baton Rouge (http://www.jalexanders.com/)

Those are some good restaurants that bluedog mentioned, these are my personal favorites.

Cajun/Creole/Seafood

BOUTIN'S ($)
8322 BLUEBONNET BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70810
Phone: (225) 819-9862

DONS SEAFOOD & STEAK HOUSE ($)
6823 AIRLINE HWY, BATON ROUGE, LA 70805
Phone: (225) 357-0601

JUBANS RESTAURANT ($$$)
3739 PERKINS RD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 346-8422
Must have dish: HALLELUJAH CRAB, fried seafood stuffed softshell crab topped with sauce creolaise

MANSUR'S ON THE BOULEVARD ($$$)
5720-A CORPORATE BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 923-3366
Must have dish: Cream of Brie & Crabmeat Soup

MIKE ANDERSON'S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR ($$)
1031 W. LEE DR, BATON ROUGE, LA 70820
Phone: (225) 766-7823

PARRAINS SEAFOOD ($$)
3225 PERKINS RD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 381-9922

RALPH & KACOOS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT ($$)
6110 BLUEBONNET BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 356-2361

Barbeque/Steaks

DREAMLAND BBQ ($)
4385 PERKINS RD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 381-8282

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE ($$$)
4836 CONSTITUTION AVE, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 925-0163

SULLIVAN'S OF BATON ROUGE ($$)
5252 CORPORATE BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 925-1161

TJ RIBS ($$)
2324 S. ACADIAN THWY, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 383-7427

jax1906
06-22-2004, 06:45 PM
Those are some good restaurants that bluedog mentioned, these are my personal favorites.

Cajun/Creole/Seafood

BOUTIN'S ($)
8322 BLUEBONNET BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70810
Phone: (225) 819-9862

DONS SEAFOOD & STEAK HOUSE ($)
6823 AIRLINE HWY, BATON ROUGE, LA 70805
Phone: (225) 357-0601

JUBANS RESTAURANT ($$$)
3739 PERKINS RD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 346-8422
Must have dish: HALLELUJAH CRAB, fried seafood stuffed softshell crab topped with sauce creolaise

MANSUR'S ON THE BOULEVARD ($$$)
5720-A CORPORATE BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 923-3366
Must have dish: Cream of Brie & Crabmeat Soup

MIKE ANDERSON'S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR ($$)
1031 W. LEE DR, BATON ROUGE, LA 70820
Phone: (225) 766-7823

PARRAINS SEAFOOD ($$)
3225 PERKINS RD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 381-9922

RALPH & KACOOS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT ($$)
6110 BLUEBONNET BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 356-2361

Barbeque/Steaks

DREAMLAND BBQ ($)
4385 PERKINS RD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 381-8282

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE ($$$)
4836 CONSTITUTION AVE, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 925-0163

SULLIVAN'S OF BATON ROUGE ($$)
5252 CORPORATE BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 925-1161

TJ RIBS ($$)
2324 S. ACADIAN THWY, BATON ROUGE, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 383-7427

Jax is in the house!!


Definitely some very good choices for some good eating.

Another must try is Memphis Bar B que at the Embassy Suites.

Copelands as well as Ralph and Kakoos(sp).

Copelands has good Cajun food as well as Ralphs.

Also...The Chimes.

SDSUFAN
06-23-2004, 02:42 AM
Here is the Sioux Falls Argus Leader feature on the SU game.

http://www.argusleader.com/sports/Wednesdayfeature.shtml


Jacks to play I-AA power Southern
Chris Solari
csolari@argusleader.com

published: 6/23/2004

Addition of Jaguars completes schedule

South Dakota State added some spicy Southern flavor to finalize this fall's football schedule.

What's missing, though, is a heaping of home cooking.

SDSU agreed to travel to Baton Rouge, La. in September to face Southern University. It was the 11th and final game needed for Jackrabbit Coach John Stiegelmeier and Athletic Director Fred Oien to complete this year's slate.

In its first year playing in Division I-AA for football, the NCAA's second-highest classification, SDSU will host four games and hit the road for seven. But four of those road opponents finished in the final ESPN/USA Today I-AA Top 25.

"The level of competition is tremendous," Stiegelmeier said. "The only wish is that we'd have one or two more at home. But in the first year (of the transition to Division I-AA), we're not able to dictate a lot. The kind of people we're playing are not going to come to our place in our first year because they are quality, quality programs."

When Saint Mary's disbanded its football program after announcing the Great West Football Conference, the remaining schools' schedules needed a little tweaking. The Jacks' new docket includes:

A Sept. 4 season-opener to kick off the Great West Football Conference at UC Davis, in its second year of the transition to Division I-AA.

The Sept. 25 game against Southern, a historically Black university. That game is the same day in Baton Rouge that defending I-A Bowl Championship Series national champ Louisiana State hosts Mississippi State.

A contest with perennial I-AA powerhouse Georgia Southern, slated for Oct. 30 in Statesboro, Ga.

The inaugural battle for the Dakota Marker trophy against North Dakota State on Oct. 9 at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings.

Hobo Day on Nov. 6 against former North Central Conference foe Augustana. The Vikings are one of just three Division II opponents on SDSU's schedule.

Seven of SDSU's eight I-AA opponents were ranked in the top 40 of last season's Gridiron Power Index (GPI), an unofficial, computer-generated ranking system which determines teams that are playoff-worthy.

"We were hoping to get into a conference, and we did," Stiegelmeier said. "Then, to be honest, I initially thought we'd have more Division II schools on our schedule. Not because it was what we wanted, but because of what we thought we'd get."

The only I-AA opponent not ranked in the GPI is NDSU which - like SDSU - enters its first season in I-AA.

"I really applaud our coaches. They really understand that we're not doing this just to win games," Oien said. "We're doing this to show the state and the region that we are serious about being a Division I school. That means we're going to play the best we can possibly find that will play us."

Erin Breczinski, SDSU's athletic ticket manager, said a season ticket for games at Coughlin-Alumni will cost $48. Last year, with six home games, the package cost $72.

"It fluctuates every year, depending on how many home games we have," Breczinski said.

Individual game tickets remain the same - reserve seats for $12, adult general admission for $10 and students K-12 general admission for $5.

In heading to Baton Rouge for some cajun food and zydeco music, the Jackrabbits will pick up a $50,000 guarantee for the game on the bayou. Stiegelmeier said it won't fully cover travel costs, but added that last year's trip to Western Oregon - with a limited travel roster - ran about $42,000.

Oien said SDSU will earn about $100,000 in guarantee money this year. That will go toward chartering flights to away games, on which the athletic department will sell seats to fans and players' families on a regular-fare basis to help recoup some of the costs.

"One of our concerns is missed class time," Oien said. "What these guarantees do is obviously allow us to travel, but also to travel so we can get the kids home on Saturday (after games)."

Round trip, the Jackrabbits will fly more than 14,000 miles this year from Brookings to games. Last year, they logged just over 4,000 miles with five road games, most within driving distance.

Southern Athletic Director Floyd Kerr told The Advocate in Baton Rouge that the $50,000 payout is, "at the top of (Southern's) scale that we can pay somebody to come down here."

The Jaguars are coming off a 12-1 season under Coach Pete Richardson, who has led them to the Black College National Championship three times since 1993. Southern was ranked 14th in the final I-AA poll in 2003.

SDSUFAN
06-23-2004, 02:46 AM
Here is the remainder of the article:
Jacks to play I-AA power Southern
Chris Solari
csolari@argusleader.com

published: 6/23/2004

Addition of Jaguars completes schedule

Part 2
Georgia Southern has won six national championships at the I-AA level since its inception in 1978. The Eagles finished 25th in I-AA at 7-4 last year, the same record the Jackrabbits had in their final season in Division II.

SDSU's game at Montana State, typically a big player in the Big Sky, was changed. It will now be played on Oct. 23, because the Bobcats scheduled a game with I-A Colorado State for Sept. 25. MSU was ranked 21st in last season's final I-AA poll.

Having a Hobo Day game against Augustana is a rare occurence. Since its inception in 1912, the Jacks and Vikings have only met seven other times for SDSU's homecoming, the last time in 2001.

"I'm a sentimental guy. It's going to be unique to have Hobo Day against one of our foes we've played for so many years," Stiegelmeier said. "It adds a little more interest to the game."

2004 SDSU football schedule




Date Opponent Time
Sept. 4 at UC Davis* 8 p.m.
Sept. 11 WINONA STATE 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 WESTERN OREGON 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Southern (La.) 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Cal Poly* 8 p.m.
Oct. 9 NORTH DAKOTA ST.* 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 OPEN
Oct. 23 at Montana State 2:05 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Georgia Southern Noon
Nov. 6 AUGUSTANA (Hobo Day) 2 p.m.
Nov. 13 at Southern Utah* 4 p.m.
Nov. 20 at Northern Colorado* 1 p.m.
* Great West Football Conference game



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89rabbit
07-06-2004, 11:12 AM
For those who plan to go to the Southern game (still thinking about it myself) save up your pennies. Southern Football tickets just took a price increase. They range from $28 - $38. :o Makes Jackrabbit tickets look pretty affordable. I guess that is how they can afford to pay SDSU $50,000 for the game. ;)

Go State! ;D

89rabbit
07-16-2004, 06:54 AM
Southern got approval to make improvements to their facilities.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/071604/new_mumford001.shtml

SU wins approval for projects worth $50 million, mostly in BR


Capitol news bureau


A project is planned to add 2,500 seats to A.W. Mumford Stadium at Southern University.
The Southern University system got the go-ahead Thursday to spend $50 million mostly at its Baton Rouge campus for athletic, dormitory and other improvements.
The State Bond Commission approved a cooperative endeavor between Southern and Millennium Housing LLC, a subsidiary of the Southern University System Foundation, to do the construction.

Southern's Baton Rouge campus is due $34.4 million worth of improvements, and the Southern campuses in New Orleans and Shreveport will split the rest.

The largest project, costing $10 million, will enclose the north end of Mumford Stadium and add 2,500 seats to the football arena.

Other projects include:
Dormitories to house 376 students, which is budgeted for $16.4 million.
An intramural sports facility, costing $5.7 million.
Improvements to the field of Mumford Stadium, which is estimated to cost $883,667.
A $1 million baseball field house.

Higher student fees, dorm rent and higher ticket prices will pay for the work, said Curtis Lee, executive director of the Southern University System Foundation. . . .


That explains the Ticket price jump. ;) Seriously good for them, looks like they are spending some money to improve their product. Can't wait for this game!

Go State! ;D

89rabbit
07-17-2004, 10:52 AM
Story about the Jag's Offense. Looks like they have a little work to do:

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/071704/spo_sufoot001.shtml

SU rebuilding passing game


By JOSEPH SCHIEFELBEIN
jschiefelbein@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter


The Southern University passing game -- so feared last season -- is being rebuilt during free-flowing summer afternoons on its practice field.
Soon, there will be escalating tests for the virtually new passing game, headed by senior quarterback Thomas Ricks, a first-year starter: Preseason practice starts Aug. 13, with the season opener Sept. 4. . . .

With first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference receiver Alfred Ard signing with the Cleveland Indians organization earlier this month, Southern is without its top four receivers from last year's record-setting offense. . . .

Last season, the Jaguars replaced the top three receivers -- 1,695 yards and 14 TDs -- from the 2002 season.

The key difference is that the receivers who broke out for career years last season -- Ard, Chris Davis, Drayton Bridges and Lionel Joseph -- all had experience. They had 41 catches, 490 yards and three TDs, in 2002 and 31 catches, 483 yards and one TD in 2001. . . .

LSU transfer Junior Joseph, a freshman who practiced in the spring, takes over at Ard's spot. Walk-on Emile Bryant drew raves from the staff in the spring. And junior Antonio Overstreet, who returned punts but did not catch a pass last season, also excelled in the spring.

With Justin Plummer, a freshman who redshirted last season, not expected to be eligible this season, the offense could possibly rely heavily on its three incoming true freshmen: Gerard Landry, Edward Robinson and Rogers Taylor. Plus, Darren Coates, who did not practice as a nonqualifier last season, could also help out, either at running back or wide receiver.

"Those guys have to step up and integrate themselves into the offense," Oliver said. "We signed those guys expecting to come in and compete for playing time, and we're going to hold them to that."

The concern is the experience factor.

"The main thing I'm concerned about is developing the chemistry with the quarterback and the wide receivers," Southern coach Pete Richardson said. "I think we've got enough talent there. It's just a matter of them getting enough experience they need."

The worry of having a new hand running a no-huddle offense is lessened by Ricks having soaked up Oliver's system the last two seasons, plus three springs.

For his part, Ricks said he is comfortable as far as getting the timing down, after the spring and now with the volunteer throwing sessions this summer. . . .

"We spread it around, which makes us hard to defend. But to achieve that, everybody has to make the defense react like it should. If one guy takes a defender where he's not supposed to be, it's a recipe for disaster.

"The thing about our offensive system is you're almost more important with what you do when the ball's not in your hands. That's a tough lesson to learn for a young receiver. Sometimes, you're the clearout guy for someone else. . . .

"People are going to challenge us early, see if they can rattle the receiving corps, see if they can get some heat on the quarterback and see if he can handle the blitz like we did last year," Oliver said. "To face that challenge, it's nicer to have a line that's talented and deep coming back to lead your offense.

"We're going to build the team around that core of players: the offensive line, the running backs and the tight end. That takes a lot of pressure off your quarterback and young receivers. That's frankly the way I'd rather do it."


Young Defense for us, young offense for them, anything could happen. Should be a good game!

Go State! ;D

OKC_Poke
07-17-2004, 01:51 PM
Howdy, y'all

Adding Southern U-Baton Rouge to your 2004 schedule will gain SDSU more national word-of-mouth.

However, I'm surprised that none of you told the fan from SU-Baton Rouge about the Black Hills and and world-famous Mount Rushmore.

Speaking of which, how far is Brookings from Mt. Rushmore and have any of you visited it?

I'll be rooting for the Jacks in 2004 just as long as you all root for Wyoming when we host Ole Miss in Laramie, WY this fall.

JackJD
07-17-2004, 03:55 PM
Brookings is about 6-7 hours from Mt. Rushmore...and, sure, we've all been there a few times...it seems I'm in the Black Hills once or twice a year at a minimum for business and some pleasure. The Black Hills are one of the real gems in the USA.

Texas_Jacks_Fan
07-20-2004, 11:15 AM
I was in Baton Rouge this morning and thought I would check out Mumford Stadium. very,very nice..... The pictures don't do it justice. It is big, and impressive. I cant wait for our game with the Jags. That stadium would make a lot of D1A schools envious. One question for the Jag fans... Where is tailgating permitted? there doesnt seem to be much open space. I may have missed it somewhere - as I didnt go around the North side of the stadium. Jack Fans... try to attend this game, Games like this are why we moved up to D1 (AA)
I for one am counting the days (66) until we rumble with the Jags in the bayou....

LIL_JAG
07-20-2004, 12:27 PM
u can tailgate just about anywhere on campus. U will know what area u should not be in because it will be rope off. My advice get there early to get a good spot. The people who have RV's has the best spots. After the work is finish to the endZone area. The stadium will look wonderful. sept 25 is just around the corner. ARE U READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL.

89rabbit
08-02-2004, 08:20 AM
The SWAC held it's media day. Looks like Southern should be strong again, picked #1 in the West.

http://www.swac.org/04-05/football/04pof-team.htm


Go State! ;D

89rabbit
08-08-2004, 09:32 PM
Story from Jagland. Here are some highlights.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/080804/spo_sufoot001.shtml

Richardson pleased with team

Southern starts practice Friday



By JOSEPH SCHIEFELBEIN
jschiefelbein@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter

Southern University football coach Pete Richardson said he isn't worried about his team losing its step or failing to have its wind when practice starts. He has that feeling despite, because of the calendar, the break from the voluntary conditioning program and preseason practice is the longest the Jaguars have had in his tenure.
"The maturity level of the team is starting to come through," Richardson said. "I'm pleased.

"We did a good job as far as getting them ready, if the conditioning tests are any indication."

Southern, 12-1 and the black college national champion last season, reports Thursday and has its first practice Friday. . . .

On the importance of the strength and conditioning program, Richardson said, "That's when we think we build our football team." . . .

The task for addressing Richardson's mandate fell to strength and conditioning coach Daniel Morris . . .

This summer, the team got up and ran at 5:30 a.m. There was a fifth day added to the workout week. Martial arts sessions, a new facet, helped increase flexibility and hand movement. . . .


Sound very similar to a Story that Chris Solari wrote about the Jackrabbits "Acceleration Program".

Go State! ;D

89rabbit
08-12-2004, 07:57 AM
Southern loses star players and camp opens today.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/081104/sou_sufoot001.shtml

Southern's Peoples, George ineligible for entire season


By JOSEPH SCHIEFELBEIN
jschiefelbein@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter


Senior running back Lashun Peoples and sophomore free safety Jarmaul George, two first-team all-conference selections, will not play for the Southern University football team this season.
Peoples is academically ineligible, SU head coach Pete Richardson said, while George has been ruled ineligible to play by the NCAA.

Richardson said the NCAA "questioned," then disapproved, George's ACT score, which originally was approved by the Clearinghouse prior to last season.

Because George, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2003, was cleared by the NCAA last season, Richardson said, the Jaguars will not have to forfeit the 10 wins in the 11 games he played. . . .

George will, in effect, be a nonqualifier this season. He will not be able to practice in the fall or in spring drills, Richardson said. George can rejoin the team as a junior next season.

Peoples and George aren't the only players who won't be back when the defending black-college national champion reports Thursday and starts practice Friday.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Justin Plummer, senior strong safety Gabe LaFrance, sophomore offensive guard Seth Rooks and junior offensive guard Keidrin Davis will not play this season either.

Plummer and Rooks are academically ineligible, Richardson said. LaFrance is also academically ineligible, secondary coach Henry Miller said. And Davis has left the team, offensive coordinator David Oliver said.

Those losses are in addition to the departure of All-SWAC first-team wide receiver Alfred Ard, who signed with the Cleveland Indians last month, and backup tight end Fred Perkins, who left for personal reasons after never catching a pass in his one and only season at SU, Richardson said.

Plus, in another blow, Arnold Sims, a black college All-American at right tackle, has a stress fracture in his leg, Oliver said, and could be out up to six weeks. Sims is on campus, receiving treatment.

"Losing three All-SWAC players in less than a month is tough," Richardson said. "You don't lose that many quality players without it affecting your program. Whether we're strong enough to overcome that ... hopefully, we have some young individuals who I think have some athletic ability. Now, it's just a matter of putting them in position to get the experience they need." . . .

For Peoples, losing this season means his career is over.

With 1,780 career rushing yards in two seasons, Peoples ranks fifth on the school's career totals.

A two-time All-SWAC first-team selection, Peoples was the 2002 SWAC Newcomer of the Year after leading the conference in rushing with 780 yards as a sophomore. He was a nonqualifier as a freshman after spending the previous year in a prep school.

Peoples ran for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also caught 18 passes for 52 yards.

Without Peoples, senior Gerald Holmes is the leading returning rusher, after running for 267 yards and one TD last season. He also caught 10 passes for 38 yards. . . .

Holmes, at 5-foot-5, 165 pounds, is a scatback, like walk-on sophomore Jamaal Huff (5-10, 165), who worked out at quarterback last season before having a spring that impressed the offensive staff.

"(Holmes) is not the big-type back Peoples (5-11, 210) is, but we just have to do the things who utilize him best," Richardson said. "Of course, we have some others who are large. Hopefully, they can supplement that role." . . .

"I still feel we can have a pretty good team," Richardson said. "Experience-wise, you lose some guys who meant a lot to your program, but it opens up to give a younger individual an opportunity. Hopefully, we have some individuals who can step forward and play well for us.

"We have some young individuals who have a lot of skills. Experience-wise, that's what's going to kill them (early in the season). Hopefully, we'll be able to get through it."

SDSUFAN
08-12-2004, 08:22 AM
Wow, I thought SDSU was having problems with off season attrition, but SU has more than their share. I think with a solid program, you can regroup and some other person in the depth chart is going to get a shot that he would not otherwise have. I think Coach Richardson is a class guy and will have a very tough team for the Jacks to face on Sept 25. If for not getting my house in order for resale, I would attend this game.

If Texas Jack says Mumford is a real deal, it is. ;D ;D

Jack
08-12-2004, 06:08 PM
Just a thought on this game. I'm wondering if the young men on the team are disappointed to be playing in front of 25,500-30,000 fans or would they rather play in front of 936 people in St. Cloud on the same day? Can anyone help me ... bigjake do you understand the question? If not I'll try to draw some pictures (I'm really good at sketching stick men running the statue of liberty play) and send PDF files.

SDSUFAN
08-13-2004, 04:46 PM
Here is an interesting paragraph in today Baton Rogue paper.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/081304/spo_sufoot001.shtml



SU runs a no-huddle offense. In that scheme, signals from the sideline dictate where players line up and what formations to run. Plus, there are adjustments based on how the defense is lined up.

I can see this as a way to wear our defense down. It could be a long night if we cant make our defensive substitutions.

89rabbit
08-15-2004, 02:50 PM
SU's "little engine that could" got interviewed at Jags media day.

http://2theadvocate.com/stories/081504/sou_sufoot001.shtml?session=ZoeGmTw8UlD1tUpaLEVt0x pmDt

Holmes up to challenge as starting tailback at SU

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By JOSEPH SCHIEFELBEIN
jschiefelbein@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter


The smallest of the Southern University football team, Gerald Holmes, stands to have the biggest impact this season.
The 5-foot-5 Holmes, a former walk-on now on scholarship, is taking on the role of No. 1 tailback in place of the ineligible Lashun Peoples, a two-time All-Southwestern Conference pick.

"I've been ready to go since last year," said Holmes at the school's media/picture day on Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. "Of course, I'm ready to go.

"Give me that weight. Put it on my shoulders. Let's roll with it."

The shoulders may seem small for that load. But the body is ready. . . .

Not since the 5-7 Ryan Lewis blazed through the 1999 season (1,105 yards) will the Jaguars have such a small tailback.

The advantage of a Holmes is he can be a home-run hitter in the spread offense, something Southern really hasn't had since Lewis either. . . .

"The offense, ideally, is suited to a guy who is what the NFL calls a third-down back, a guy who is equally dangerous catching the ball as he is running," Oliver said. "Gerald has great versatility, good hands and is pretty dangerous in the open field after he catches the ball."

Holmes said he played tailback and slot receiver at Carver High in New Orleans.

Holmes overtook Peoples by the end of last season. Now a fifth-year senior, Holmes started the last three games of last season.

He finished with 267 yards and one touchdown on 55 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry (better than Peoples' 4.6). . . .

Apparently, the big void left by Peoples will be filled by a smaller -- in size only -- man.

"We always grade our players on three criteria: effort, toughness and knowledge of assignments. None of those grade talent," Oliver said. "That's where I think he personifies what we're looking for. He gives great effort. He has great toughness. He always knows what to do.

"He's a little guy, but you'd never know it in the way he plays."


Go Jacks! :)

89rabbit
08-18-2004, 08:48 AM
Southern is ranked #1 in SBN Sports Black College Football Poll.

http://www.i-aa.org/article.asp?articleid=59178&session=fN54jKocEg7Koq 4x7NXNL78BjR

Preseason Poll

School Mascot Points #1 Votes)
1. Southern* Jaguars 228 (13)
2. North Carolina A&T Aggies 202 ( 5)
3. Grambling State Tigers 188 (11)
4. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 146
5. Hampton Pirates 134
6. Albany State Rams 124 ( 1)
7. Alabama State Hornets 87
8. Fayetteville State Broncos 75
9. South Carolina State Bulldogs 55
10. Alcorn State Braves 46
*2003 Black College Football National Champions!

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Alabama A&M, Florida A&M, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State, Miles College, Morgan State, Shaw, Tuskegee, Virginia State, Winston-Salem State.


I am really looking forward to this game!

Go State! ;D

Jagster
08-18-2004, 05:47 PM
A little more information for you guys.

Southern displaying depth on defensive line


By JOSEPH SCHIEFELBEIN
jschiefelbein@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter

The one thing that's becoming evident quickly -- and, keep in mind, there have been only five practices -- is that the Southern defensive line is developing into a force.

The group is deeper, faster and in better shape than last season at this time, and perhaps in a long time. There's a focus and a palpable sense of energy that wasn't there a year ago. All told, this could be SU's best defensive front since the dominant one of 1999 (though still not in that class).

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/081804/spo_sufoot001.shtml



Southern Notebook: Kick returns progressing well


By JOSEPH SCHIEFELBEIN
jschiefelbein@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter

Southern has taken the time the last few days to solidify its kickoff returns, and the head man has been pleased with the work so far.

The strongest of Pete Richardson's teams have been well-rounded, with great special teams. In going 12-1 last season, the Jaguars scored twice on kickoff returns, including Ezra Landry's jaunt to jump-start the season, and twice on punt returns, including Lenny Williams' crucial game-winner against Texas Southern.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/081804/spo_sunotes001.shtml

bluedog
08-21-2004, 08:27 AM
Jones doing what it takes to succeed at center

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If you want to know why Brandon Jones is such a good center for Southern's football team, why he's overcame so much and why he's the consummate team leader, then all you have to know is this:

The guy didn't miss an offseason workout and he's having to make all the snaps in practice, so he's pretty much in the best shape of his life, yet he's focusing on getting in better game shape.

"You have a little more weight on you with the pads," Jones said. "Being in playing shape is all about being in shape in the fourth quarter. Late in the game, you have to stick it out." http://2theadvocate.com/lsu/images/icons/document.gif Read the story (http://2theadvocate.com/stories/082104/sou_sufoot001.shtml)

bluedog
08-22-2004, 07:32 AM
Jaguars offense flexes muscles at scrimmage

http://2theadvocate.com/images/082204/11340_256.jpgSouthern's first scrimmage of preseason camp packed plenty of powerful pops.

Power running. Solid hitting. Thuds. Whacks. Grunts.

As expected, the Jaguars worked the running game extensively during an 82-play workout at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

"We're developing an attitude of being a physical, tough football team with a little hard-nosed edge to us," offensive coordinator David Oliver said. "Just because we spread people out and use multiple formations, that doesn't mean we can't be tough. We stressed that point, and you saw some of that today." http://2theadvocate.com/lsu/images/icons/document.gifRead the story (http://2theadvocate.com/stories/082204/sou_sufoot001.shtml)

bluedog
08-23-2004, 11:44 AM
You can lead a horse to water...............anyway


Saulsby gives O-line boost

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The Southern University offensive line got a boost Sunday afternoon (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/082304/sou_saulsby001.shtml) when senior guard Thomas Saulsby returned to practice.

Saulsby had missed all of last week after hyperextending his left knee early in preseason camp.

"It's going to help," Southern head coach Pete Richardson said. "It's going to be a slow process to try to get him back and get that leg stable. Hopefully, that will add some depth over there." His return helps two spots: center and guard. Sophomore Lance Gerard had worked at right guard in Saulsby's absence. Now, he can return to center, backing and giving a rest to junior Brandon Jones. And Gerard can also play guard, giving Southern depth because senior Nick Price left the team after the first practice and sophomore Seth Rooks is ineligible.
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Jagster
08-23-2004, 10:17 PM
Hey check out the WAFB football special on the Jaguars of Southern.

http://www.wafb.com/Global/category.asp?C=4183&nav=0aWW

Click on: Featured Videos

2004 Southern Football "Quest for Perfection"

bluedog
08-24-2004, 11:28 AM
Wallace bridging gap in Southern secondary

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Southern has taken all kinds of transfers in Pete Richardson's 12 seasons. There were plenty of guys (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/082404/sou_wallace001.shtml) looking to get out of bad situations, from doghouses to a simple lack of playing time. Guys who had traveled the back roads of college football, and some who had gotten off the road and were all but forgotten.

But one coming to graduate school? Not until Gabe Wallace came.

And the timing -- for Wallace and Southern -- couldn't have been better. Wallace, who came to Baton Rouge in July after graduating from Mississippi State in May, immediately fills the loss of Jarmaul George at free safety. On review, the NCAA threw out the ACT score (approved last season) for George, making last season's Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year ineligible for this season.
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bluedog
08-25-2004, 11:36 AM
Tailback Steel adds strength to Southern backfield

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His first name fits his body (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/082504/sou_su001.shtml). Steel.

Perhaps appropriately enough, Steel is written on the back of his jersey instead of his last name, Adams.

Clearly, the benefits of having a bodybuilder for a father have been sown into Southern tailback Steel Adams, who carries a rock-solid 225 pounds over his 6-foot-2 frame.

"He's a big power back with speed that we haven't had in the last couple years," Southern head coach Pete Richardson said. Adams, a junior, transferred from Southern Miss a year ago, after two carries for 11 yards in 2002. Unhappy with a fulltime move to fullback, a position which, at the start of preseason camp, had only two plays in the Golden Eagles playbook, he came to SU instead.
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bluedog
08-26-2004, 11:42 AM
Ricks shines in scrimmage

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Just like any quarterback would, Southern's Thomas Ricks liked what he heard when Jaguars head coach Pete Richardson said Wednesday's scrimmage would highlight the passing game (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/082604/sou_su001.shtml).



Richardson was true to his word, and Ricks didn't let the opportunity go by unnoticed.

After shaking off an interception on the second snap of the scrimmage -- that SU's Denard Duhart returned for a touchdown -- Ricks was dominant as the Jaguars went through a 2-hour scrimmage at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Facing the second-team defense for the most part, Ricks completed 22 of 32 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns, with all six scoring strikes going to different receivers.
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bluedog
08-27-2004, 09:29 PM
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Thierry ready to contribute

As freshmen go, Jacobi Thierry doesn't fit the bill.
After all, he's been on Southern University's campus for two school years. There's no need for orientation meetings or to buy a campus map.

Redshirted as a true freshman in 2002, Thierry missed all of last season, getting a medical redshirt, after having right shoulder surgery. So, he's still listed as a freshman.

Healthy again, Thierry will be expected to contribute immediately when the Jaguars have their home and season opener against McNeese State on Sept. 4.
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bluedog
08-29-2004, 04:23 PM
Frederick's roles small, vital

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How rarely used is a fullback in Southern's spread offense? The designation has been pulled from the Jaguars roster. Mark Frederick, for his senior season, is simply a running back, an RB, no longer an FB. You have to be patient. You have to be laid-back. And Frederick, who has 10 carries and one catch in three seasons, has both qualities in ample quantities. "He's a great kid. I think he's probably the team comedian," Southern offensive coordinator David Oliver said. "He keeps everyone light around him, but at the same time when it's time to go to work, he really buckles it up and does a solid job for us. He's a fun kid to be around." http://www.2theadvocate.com/lsu/images/icons/document.gifRead the story (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/082904/sou_fredsu001.shtml)

89rabbit
08-29-2004, 05:46 PM
Bluedog,

I must say I am impressed with the amount of coverage your paper gives you. Looking forward to meeting you before the game.

Go State! ;D

bluedog
08-30-2004, 04:42 PM
Focus drives SU to opener
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Practice will look much the same (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/083004/sou_jaguars001.shtml) for Southern University's football team as all the periods in the previous two-plus weeks.

Then again, this is game week, with the Jaguars readying for the home and season opener against McNeese State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Change will be subtle, but sure. "The mental focus of playing an opponent and the challenge of that as opposed to lining up against the same people day in and day out will be stimulating," offensive coordinator David Oliver said. "We expect so see a little more hop in their step (today)."
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bluedog
08-31-2004, 11:54 AM
SU looks for momentum

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The season opener is only one game. Not make or break (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/083104/sou_southern001.shtml).

Right?

To an extent. Then again, there's no denying the fact Southern has gotten some serious momentum from winning the first one. Last season's 12-1 mark, with Southwestern Athletic Conference and black college national titles, began with Ezra Landry's electrifying kickoff return for a touchdown to spark a 29-0 win over Mississippi Valley State.
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bluedog
09-01-2004, 04:43 PM
SU, Grambling to rule SWAC

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Well, while that's true enough for Alcorn, that sentiment is also the feeling of the entire Eastern Division.

Louisiana powers Southern and Grambling have dominated the Southwestern Athletic Conference for the last seven seasons. Southern wrested the label of the team of the 1990s from Jackson State, by winning the SWAC crown in 1997, '98 and '99. Then Grambling started the new decade with three straight SWAC titles before the Jaguars returned to dominance with Bayou Classic, SWAC and black college national titles in a 12-1 run in 2003.
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bluedog
09-01-2004, 04:43 PM
Bluedog,

I must say I am impressed with the amount of coverage your paper gives you. Looking forward to meeting you before the game.

Go State! ;D

So do I Dude ;)

bluedog
09-02-2004, 09:40 PM
McNeese tickets move slow

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A long-anticipated marquee matchup between two south Louisiana football powers has been greeted, perhaps oddly enough, with slow ticket (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/090204/sou_tickets001.shtml) sales.



As of Wednesday afternoon, Southern University's home and season opener with McNeese State had drawn sales of only 9,800 tickets, Southern Athletic Director Floyd Kerr said. A.W. Mumford Stadium seats 28,400 fans. The sales numbers could be slightly higher, because Kerr said, McNeese, which has "a couple thousand tickets," had not reported sales of its allotment. According to the Lake Charles American-Press, McNeese had sold 1,100 of its 1,400 tickets as of Tuesday.
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bluedog
09-04-2004, 04:46 AM
Little more on line for Ackley

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Even the kicker is amped for this one, with two small-college football powers, Southern University and McNeese State, playing each other for the first time in a long-anticipated, long-debated duel at 7 p.m. today in A.W. Mumford Stadium. "For me, it's going to be a pretty major game," Southern sophomore kicker Breck Ackley, hailing from LaGrange High School in Lake Charles, said. "I know the feeling when I go out there on the field. It's going to be a rush of emotions. I'm just going to have to keep it down a little. Like I learned in the Bayou Classic last year: just to keep it down and channel it toward kicking."
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bluedog
09-04-2004, 04:57 AM
SU-McNeese game matchup


By JOE SCHIEFELBEIN
jschiefelbein@theadvocate.com
Advocate sportswriter

SOUTHERN OFFENSE VS. McNEESE STATE DEFENSE
Advantage: McNEESE

Quarterback Thomas Ricks gets his first start against one of the toughest opponents SU has faced in the Pete Richardson era. We'll find out about Ricks in a hurry. Ricks is going to need help, having his new 1-2 punch at running back, Gerald Holmes and Steel Adams, produce and block well; have the right side of his offensive line answer the call; and have his untested set of wide receivers grow up in a hurry. SU's best, most-proven playmaker is slippery, quick WR James Vernon. McNeese is two-deep in Division I-A transfers at the ends and has preseason All-American John Paul Jones at tackle. The left side of SU's line is the most experienced, with tackle Myniya Smith, so keep an eye on McNeese trying to exploit the right side.

McNEESE STATE OFFENSE VS. SOUTHERN DEFENSE

Advantage: SOUTHERN

McNeese's strength is in fifth-year senior Scott Pendarvis, a graduate student who is 24-5 as a starter, a hulking offensive line with four returning starters and a punishing attitude for running the ball. The Cowboys have to replace their backfield, but there's a lot of confidence in the replacement candidates, Chris Thomas and Steven Whitehead. Southern's line and linebackers are the best SU has had since 1999. Deep and speedy, that front seven will have to stand tall. Southern's secondary lost its top four players from a year ago. Though McNeese isn't a pass-oriented team like SU will face in the SWAC, the Cowboys will take their shots.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Advantage: EVEN

Southern sophomore K Breck Ackley went 10-for-13 on field-goal tries, making his last eight, as a freshman. A Lake Charles product, he'll have to show some cool tonight. The Jaguars don't have Ezra Landry to return kicks, but KR Kevin Moffett, with 4.3 speed, and PR James Vernon are as dangerous as they come. ... McNeese senior K John Marino is a preseason All-American, making 16 of 21 FGs last season. P Jason Cook averaged a solid 38.2 yards per punt last season.

SOUTHERN WILL WIN IF:
The Jaguars protect the football. Ricks has to be steady, because McNeese will bring the house to test him, and get the ball to his playmakers. That's where SU was successful last season. If James Vernon is making plays, Southern has a chance to win. The defense, especially the secondary, has to avoid giving up the big play.

McNEESE STATE WILL WIN IF:

Pendarvis can control the game. The Cowboys' front lines have to be better and more consistent than the Jaguars'. Meanwhile, they have to get to Ricks and force turnovers. Plus, their blitz has to be more effective than the ones Southern faced last season, because that's an area SU exploited all year.

PREDICTION
Southern is playing for the pride of the SWAC. McNeese has beaten SWAC kingpin Grambling the last two seasons (52-20 and 31-20). And the Division I-AA clique says SWAC teams aren't in the class of Southland teams. Both coaches have said all week that this one will be physical, especially with the teams strong on both front lines.

SOUTHERN 21, McNEESE STATE 20

89rabbit
09-04-2004, 06:27 AM
Good luck Jags!

bluedog
09-05-2004, 01:50 AM
Cowboys' power defeats SU

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Southern's football team is going to wake up a little sore (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/090504/sou_sumain001.shtml) this morning.

There's a bruise to the ego, falling 35-17 to eighth-ranked McNeese State on Saturday night in the first meeting between the two Division I-AA powers. And there's the bruising the Jaguars took from the constant pounding by the Cowboys at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Southern might be a little sore at itself for its own inconsistent play.
http://www.2theadvocate.com/lsu/images/icons/document.gifRead the story (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/090504/sou_sumain001.shtml)

SDSUFAN
09-20-2004, 04:35 AM
This game is now the center of our focus. Lets hope for a real good showing. A win would be big. This team has talent and we need to play perfect to win. Its going to be a challenge without a home crowd, so those attending need to cheer loud. ;D

89rabbit
09-20-2004, 11:13 AM
Well, it is finally here. It is SU game week and I am fired up. I have been looking forward to this game since it was announced. I can't wait to get to Baton Rouge and cheer on the Rabbits! Should be a fun one!

Go State, beat the Jaguars! ;D

SUjagTILLiDIE
09-21-2004, 09:04 AM
How many Jackrabbits are making the trip to Baton Rouge. For those that come make sure you tailgate.

89rabbit
09-21-2004, 09:25 AM
Just a guess, but I would say between 300 and 500. I will be there and am planning on getting the full SU experience. Texas_Jacks_Fan and I are even going to head over to the LSU tailgate before the SDSU-SU tailgate. Looking forward to a really fun day! ;D ;D ;D

Go State! ;D

bluedog
09-21-2004, 10:51 PM
Southern coaches enjoy switch in game-week routine

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Sunday is no longer a day of rest for the Southern University football team.

The Jaguars went back on the practice field Sunday afternoon, as the team has flipped its day off, now taking off Mondays instead. Southern changed its game-week routine because an abundance of players had class conflicts with practice on Monday afternoon.
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JBNJBQ
09-22-2004, 05:17 AM

Sunday is no longer a day of rest for the Southern University football team.

The Jaguars went back on the practice field Sunday afternoon, as the team has flipped its day off, now taking off Mondays instead.


God won't like it! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

bluedog
09-23-2004, 04:19 AM
Southern shuffling secondary after early-season struggles

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Southern University will have a new-look secondary when the Jaguars take the field (http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/092204/sou_sufoot001.shtml) Saturday.

Junior strong safety Darwon Hammond, who started the first three games, is now a backup.

Senior Gabe Wallace, who transferred from Mississippi State in August, moves from free safety to strong safety, the most crucial spot because that's the one that makes all the calls for the secondary. Also, senior Victor Phillips moves from right cornerback to free safety, where he played during the spring. And senior Ahmad Treaudo moves up to take Phillips' starting spot at right corner.
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BHSSDSUFAN
09-23-2004, 10:47 AM
Well I wish the boys a safe trip to Southern, hope they can stay injury free :o. (We well need everyone healthy if we want to beat the Bison). Southern will just be to much for the Rabbits this time around.

SU 65 - SD State 10 ???.

On a side note, for those of you that are against the high school playing on our home turf. It's rained here all week and if the Jacks were to be home this weekend it would prove your point.

Coach Stig said there is about a 1/2" of standing water on the practice field and wasn't sure how much they were going to be able to practice on it.

89rabbit
09-23-2004, 11:41 AM
Here is a link to the Southern web site. Some good info here:

http://www.jagsports.net/SU_Site/database/2004_game_4__South_Dakota_State.pdf

Go State! ;D

Jacks99
09-23-2004, 12:08 PM
I'm going to predict (hope?) for a 38-17 loss for the Jacks. If they do this or anything better I will be pleased.

The stats for both teams seem to be pretty even, but I don't the competition has been. Hopefully they can get off to a good start, otherwise, might be another like the UC Davis game.

BHSSDSUFAN
09-23-2004, 12:37 PM
Thanks Jacks99, for not making me look like Mr. Negative 8). If it wasn't for all those Rabbit fg's against WO, I would have been pretty close for the final score.

let's not all forget about the "DAKOTA MARKER" that's at stake in a few weeks ;D

89rabbit
09-23-2004, 12:38 PM
I am going to raise the bar and predict a Jacks victory in a close game.

Go State! ;D

Jacks99
09-23-2004, 01:10 PM
Agreed the NDSU game will likely be the biggest of the year for many reasons, but hopefully they are focusing on this week. So far no big injuries, if we keep that up and improve every week, we should have a shot at any game.

JBNJBQ
09-23-2004, 02:49 PM
If the players were to go into the game with the attitude that some on this board have, they would certainly get trounced. Thank goodness none of you will be playing the game. Maybe the team should just stay home and save the money!

Jacks 28
Jags 14

Go rabbits!

OK_Jackrabbit
09-23-2004, 07:11 PM
I'm afraid I'm with Jacks99 and SDSU/BHS Fan. We can root for our team and I for one always will, But we shouldn't kid ourselves. I'm expecting that Southern will have a significant advantage in speed and athletic ability. Granted the Jacks didn't play well at Davis, but I'm thinking the Aggies' advantage in team speed had something to do with that. We're not playing Winona or Western Oregon this week. And we're not at home.

I'll go 42-21 and will take that as a very good showing on the road in a very hostile environment against a solid 1AA program.

Yes, JBNJBQ, it's a good thing those of us posting here aren't playing in the game. I am pitifully weak and slow, I bruise easily, and I burst into tears at the drop of a hat. So clearly, I couldn't play for the Jacks.

I could probably start for USD, though.

JBNJBQ
09-23-2004, 07:24 PM
I agree you probably could!

They are 4-0 right now but I venture to say they will find it hard to finish in the top half of the NCC even with the absence of NDSU and SDSU.

UNO 28

USD 7

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


JBNJBQ

Rabbit_FB_Alum
09-24-2004, 03:28 PM
Yea, I am so sick of reading in the Argus about how good USD is this year. They haven't played anybody good yet! If they beat UND or UNO, then write all you want about how good they are but until then I don't want to hear it. GEEESSSHHHH!!! :-X

JBNJBQ
09-25-2004, 07:09 AM
Has USD played the school for the blind yet? I know it's on their schedule!

SDPTV is televising the USD at UNO game. They really think they have a winner this year. They obviously believe all the hype that has been thrown around so far.

UNO 28

USD 7

Jagster
09-25-2004, 01:47 PM
Who is UNO?

JBNJBQ
09-25-2004, 02:00 PM
Who is UNO?

It's a card game they like to play in Nebraska during the long cold winters. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


JBNJBQ

JBNJBQ
09-25-2004, 02:03 PM
Has USD played the school for the blind yet? I know it's on their schedule!

SDPTV is televising the USD at UNO game. They really think they have a winner this year. They obviously believe all the hype that has been thrown around so far.

UNO 28

USD 7

I was wrong! Final score:

UNO 20

USD 13


Obviously UNO is worse than I thought this year!

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


JBNJBQ

JBNJBQ
09-25-2004, 08:41 PM
If the players were to go into the game with the attitude that some on this board have, they would certainly get trounced. Thank goodness none of you will be playing the game. Maybe the team should just stay home and save the money!

Jacks 28
Jags 14

Go rabbits!

I was wrong on the score, a little. Obviously the team thought they could win the game. Thank goodness.

Go Jacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tony
09-25-2004, 09:03 PM
Congratulations guys! Way to do the Dakotas proud.

bluedog
09-26-2004, 04:42 AM
Jaguars can't hold lead

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How precious is the football? Lose the ball, and you can lose the game. Even if the only cost is surrendering momentum.

Southern paid that steep price with a fumble 20 minutes into a game the Jaguars controlled. Instead of extending a two-touchdown lead early in the second quarter, quarterback Thomas Ricks and tailback Gerald Holmes failed to connect on a handoff, with South Dakota State defensive end Gabe Koenigsfeld pouncing on the ball at the Jackrabbits 22-yard line with 10:19 before halftime. From there, SDSU took control, Holmes went out for good with a bruised right shin late in the first half and the Jackrabbits scored their program's first win over a Division I-AA program, winning 31-24 Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
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SDSUFAN
09-26-2004, 04:57 AM
bluedog:
Thanks for posting the story. SDSU fans are going to be very high for the next few days. Most of us worried about a blow out and it almost happened. I proud that we were able to capitalize on the turnovers. Our coach was escorted to the WNAX broadcast booth by a Police escort, which is very common in the south, but was kind of a first for a former D2 school.

SU is a very classly institution in my opinion and your team is going to rebound and win rest of your game or maybe most of them. Coach Stiglemeire said Mumford Staduim was a fun place to play and he enjoyed the enthusiasm of the crowd.

This win is huge and may only be shadowed by a 1935 win over the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big 10.

filbert
09-26-2004, 05:44 AM
Some post-game comments from Baton Rouge:


SU's new-look secondary fades
http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/092604/sou_susider001.shtml

By CHARLES SALZER
Special to The Advocate

Southern University's new look secondary stood tall, but eventually wilted Saturday night against a veteran South Dakota State passing attack. . .


RETURN TRIP?

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/092604/sou_sunotes001.shtml

. . . Southern Athletic Director Floyd Kerr did not rule out the possibility the Jaguars would make a return trip to South Dakota State -- in Brookings, S.D. -- in the future.

The contract, put together in June, called for only Saturday's game to be played. The deal only required to consider a return trip to Brookings.

"That's a qualitative consideration," Kerr said. "It's not something that has to be consummated or confirmed. That leaves the door open for the future, which I think is a good reciprocal agreement. . .

"It's open-ended, because they know they have some things to do to move into the depths of I-AA."

bluedog
09-26-2004, 05:58 AM
It was a good atmosphere and I got to meet 89rabbit and texasjackrabbit .(I think )

Hopefully we will be able to come to Brookings in "06". Good luck with the rest of the season I think you guys are definitly on the right track and those guys have a right to be proud.

Treyman,89rabbit,texJackFan & bluedog (http://members.cox.net/joyfulwoman/SDSU.jpg)

SUjagTILLiDIE
09-26-2004, 09:52 PM
congrats on your team victory. We were out played and out coached. Good luck on the rest of your season.

Jacksmom
09-27-2004, 05:21 AM
We were at the Southern Game, and I have to say that I have NEVER been treated so well by the home team in my life! Everyone was so kind and helpful, and they went out of their way to make us feel at home, even though it was obvious that we were So. Dakota fans. The players also said the same thing, from all the people that they encountered on their trip.

Thanks Louisiana! I hope we can return the kindness someday!