The Wild, Wild SWAC
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SWAC Volleyball Leaderboard--through 21 Sep:
|Shannon Lumpkin||Alabama A&M||Hitting Pct-.487
|Yolanda Brown||Grambling||Kills-3.48 pg
|Nalinya Davis||Southern||Aces-0.73 pg
|Shanna Barton||Mississippi Valley||Blocks-1.81 pg
|Sigele Overstreet||Alabama State||Assists-7.07 pg
|Chanan Newman||Southern||Digs-3.33 pg
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Jackson State will host Mississippi Valley
this Saturday at 5:30 p.m central time. The Tigers lead 39-5-2
in the series, which dates back to 1953. JSU has registered
a league leading 16 sacks on defense.
Tiger wide receiver Sylvester Morris has 16 catches for
281 yards through the first three games.
Teammate Destry Wright has rushed for 348 yards on 64 carries
in three games, just over five yards per rush.
THIS WEEK'S GUEST:
ALL-AMERICAN PUNTER MATT BUSHART OF SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
Matt Bushart has made a name for himself as one of the top punters to ever
don the blue and gold of Southern University. A two-time All-SWAC performer
and a SBN black college All-American, he hopes to go much farther than the
bayous of Baton Rouge. He's hopeful of becoming one of the few SWAC punters
to ever play in the National Football League. Lonza Hardy Jr., the associate
commissioner of the SWAC, conducts the interview.
SWAC: You are the SWAC special teams player of the week for this week
following a 44-yard punting average vs. Prairie View. What does receiving
such an honor mean to you personally?
Bushart: It's quite an honor any time you're elected for such an honor by the
conference. Hopefully, I'll keep it up and will be able to receive this
award more than once this season.
SWAC: How would you evaluate your performance so far this season?
Bushart: I feel that I've been engaged in more of a team performance. I
might not be performing up to the standards I set for myself, but I'm helping
the team, even though my average might not be that great.
SWAC: You've been named All-SWAC a couple of times since you've been at
Southern, what are the keys to your successes?
Bushart: I think it's just having an open mind about games and being relaxed.
SWAC: Oftentimes when fans think of football stars, they think of the
quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back, etc. Seldom is the
punter given that distinction. At SU, you're called one of the stars of the
Jaguar football team. Define "star."
Bushart: A star is anybody who does his job week-in and week-out and one who
continues to perform.
SWAC: Would you call yourself a football star?
Bushart: The Southern fans considered me a star since I stepped on campus.
SWAC: How did you get involved in competitive sports?
Bushart: I've been involved in competitive sports since the age of five as a
soccer player. Sports has always been part of my key interest in life.
SWAC: When did you give up playing soccer?
Bushart: I gave up soccer when I came to Southern because it didn't have an
organized soccer team.
SWAC: When you gained an interest in playing football, did you always want
to be a punter?
Bushart: Throughout high school I place-kicked and punted. When I got to
Southern, I decided that I needed to concentrate on just one of those, so I
decided to punt. I chose punting because of my background in soccer.
SWAC: Have you ever played any other positions?
Bushart: My senior year in high school (McKinley High in Baton Rouge) I
played tight end and received all-district honors.
SWAC: What makes a punter different from any other player on a football team?
Bushart: I think with kicking, it's just you. When a punter kicks the ball,
it's solely in his hands. There's not much the other players can do for him.
SWAC: How you to motivate yourself to perform well?
Bushart: I do a lot of different things. I remember my father used to
motivate me when I was young. He passed in 1993 and now that he's not
around, I still use him to motive me, knowing that he's watching me from
SWAC: With your dad playing such an instrumental role in your life, how
difficult was it to deal with his death?
Bushart: It wasn't as hard with me being an athlete and having other things
surrounding me. Athletics helped me through it.
SWAC: What one individual has had the most influence on your life?
Bushart: My youth leader from the ninth through the 12 grade -- John Ed
Harper. He shaped me as a human being and made me mature as a man much
faster than most kids do in high school because of the loss of my father. He
was like a father to me.
SWAC: What honors did you receive as a punter in high school?
Bushart: I made all-state three times, all-district all four years and
all-parish twice as a punter.
SWAC: What colleges recruited you?
Bushart: I was recruited by Southern, Grambling, Vanderbilt and Nebraska. I
chose Southern because I wanted to stay close to home.
SWAC: Not only is Southern an historically African American university, but
it's the largest one in the U.S. Being a Caucasian football player on a
predominately black college campus, what pressures, if any, have there been
Bushart: There was no pressure on me at all. The people at Southern have
been very accepting of me.
SWAC: For you, a punter on a football team, what would be the perfect game?
Bushart: The perfect game for me would be averaging over 50 yards a punt.
I've done it before it, last year against Alcorn State. It felt really good
and it was even better because the team ended up with a win.
SWAC: The SWAC is one of the nation's leading producers of talent for the
NFL, but there haven't been a lot of punters from the SWAC going on to play
in the NFL. What are your chances?
Bushart: If I continue having the kind of season I'm having now, I have a
very good chance. There have been a couple of different scouts come in to
look at the team.
SWAC: What's your major and how will you incorporate that major into your
future after college?
Bushart: My major is management. I plan on using that major to manage the
money I make at the next level.
SWAC: Five years from now, what do you envision Matt Bushart doing?
Bushart: Hopefully, I'll be playing on a pro team and making the Pro Bowl.
SWAC: Is there a favorite team that you'd like to play for on the
Bushart: I don't know who I'd like to play for. I just like playing
football so much that there's not an ideal team that I'd like to play for.
SWAC: What about your long-term ambitions?
Bushart: One day I'd like to have a family, open a sporting goods store,
live in a little town and be laid back. I want to live a real quiet life.
WEEK #4 FOOTBALL PREVIEW
SWAC TEAMS HOPE TO GET UPPER HAND AGAINST MEAC
NEW ORLEANS -- After three weeks of the 1999 football season, the scoreboard reads: SWAC 1, MEAC 1.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will clash in a pair of inter-conference games that could give one of rival NCAA Division I-AA leagues bragging rights after the first quarter of the season. The SWAC champion and a representative of the MEAC square off annually at season's end in the McDonald's Heritage Bowl. This year's bowl game is scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
In games played between the SWAC and the MEAC thus far this season, Jackson State of the SWAC toppled Howard of the MEAC, 35-21, in Jackson, Miss. on September 4. The MEAC evened the score on September 18 when Hampton doubled up on Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 26-13, in St. Louis, Mo.
On Saturday, September 25, the two conferences will have a pair of chances to gain the upper hand as the 2-1 Texas Southern Tigers of the SWAC face the 1-2 Bison of Howard at 1 p.m. (EDT) in Washington, D.C., followed by a 2 p.m. (EDT) confrontation between the 2-1 Grambling State Tigers of the SWAC and the 3-0 Hampton Pirates of the MEAC in the New York Urban League Classic in East Rutherford, N.J. On September 18, Howard won for the first time this season with a 31-27 victory over Bethune-Cookman while Grambling State lost for the first time with a 31-6 shellacking at the hands of Jackson State.
The lone conference game in the SWAC will be a 6:30 p.m. grudge match between in-state rivals Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss. The 2-1 JSU Tigers will be playing their inaugural SWAC Eastern Division contest while the MVSU Delta Devils will enter the game with records of 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Eastern Division.
The remaining non-conference schedule has Alcorn State (1-1) facing Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2) at 7 p.m. in Little Rock, Ark., Prairie View A&M (1-2) meeting Alabama A&M (2-1) at 6:30 p.m. in Huntsville, Ala. and Southern putting its 3-0 record on the line against winless Alabama State (0-3) in the 7 p.m. Gulf Coast Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Q U I C K F A C T S
ALABAMA STATE "Hornets" (0-2, 0-1 SWAC East) vs. SOUTHERN UNIV. "Jaguars" (3-0, 1-0 SWAC West): 7 p.m. at Ladd Memorial Stadium (40,000) in Mobile, Ala. EXPECTED CROWD: 25,000. SERIES RECORD: SU leads 14-4. LAST MEETING: 1998 in Montgomery, Ala. (SU won 34-27). RADIO: ASU Sports Network (WVAS-FM 90.7 in Montgomery with Robb Taylor, John Knight and Rennie Jones); SU Sports Network (KQXL-FM 106.5 in Baton Rouge with James Verrett and Bob Bennett). THE COACHES: ASU's Ron Dickerson (Kansas St., 1971) is 5-9 in two years at ASU and 13-56 in seven years overall; SU's Pete Richardson (Dayton, 1968) is 59-15 in seven years at SU and 100-29-1 in 12 years overall. NOTEWORTHY: This is the 26th annual Gulf Coast Classic. SU's Pete Richardson garnered his 100th career victory as his team defeated Prairie View A&M, 42-0, on Sept. 18.
ALCORN STATE "Braves" (1-1, 1-0 SWAC East) at ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF "Golden Lions" (1-2, 0-1 SWAC West): 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium (60,000) in Little Rock, Ark. EXPECTED CROWD: 15,000. SERIES RECORD: UAPB leads 13-9-2. LAST MEETING: 1998 in Alcorn State, Miss. (UAPB won 27-18). RADIO: ASU Sports Network (WPRL-FM 91.7 in Alcorn State with Charles Edmond and Emanual Barnes); UAPB Sports Network (KZBL-FM 99.3 in Pine Bluff with Kirk Clayborn). THE COACHES: ASU's Johnny Thomas (Alcorn St., 1978) is 6-7 in two years at ASU and overall; UAPB's Lee Hardman (UAPB, 1972) is 42-27 in seven years at the school and overall. NOTEWORTHY: ASU was idle last weekend while UAPB lost in the Gateway Classic in St. Louis, Mo. to Hampton, 26-13.
GRAMBLING STATE "Tigers" (2-1, 0-0 SWAC West) vs. HAMPTON UNIV. "Pirates" (3-0, 2-0 MEAC): 2 p.m. (EDT) at Giants Stadium (78,148) in East Rutherford, N.J. EXPECTED CROWD: 50,000. SERIES RECORD: HU leads 4-2. LAST MEETING: 1998 in E. Rutherford (HU won 28-15). RADIO: GSU Sports Network (KGRM-FM 91.5 in Grambling with Santoria Black and Ahmad Simmons). THE COACHES: GSU's Doug Williams (Grambling, 1978) is 7-7 in two years at GSU and 10-15 overall; HU's Joe Taylor (W. Illinois, 1972) is 65-18-1 in eight years at HU and 126-47-4 in 17 years overall. NOTEWORTHY: This game is billed as the New York Urban League Classic. GSU lost at Jackson State (31-6) last weekend as HU beat Ark.-Pine Bluff (26-13) in St. Louis, Mo.
*JACKSON STATE "Tigers" (2-1, 0-0 SWAC East) vs MISS. VALLEY STATE "Delta Devils" (0-3, 0-1 SWAC East): 6:30 p.m. in Miss. Veterans Memorial Stadium (62,512) in Jackson, Miss. EXPECTED CROWD: 25,000. SERIES RECORD: JSU leads 39-5-2. LAST MEETING: 1998 in Jackson (JSU won 45-7). RADIO: JSU Sports Network (Southern Urban Network in Jackson, Miss. with Bob Carpenter, Willie Richardson and Rob Jay); MVSU Sports Network (WVSD-FM 91.7 in Itta Bena, Miss. with Lee Hall and Dwayne Tanner). THE COACHES: JSU's Robert Hughes (JSU, 1967) is 2-1 in his first year at JSU and overall; MVSU's LaTraia Jones is 0-3 in his first year at MVSU and overall. NOTEWORTHY: Although played in Jackson, this is MVSU's home game. JSU handed Grambling its first loss on Sept. 18 (31-6) while MVSU lost for the third straight time in as many weeks this season, suffering a 26-19 defeat to Alabama A&M.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M "Panthers" (1-2, 0-2 SWAC West) at ALABAMA A&M "Bulldogs"(2-1, 1-0 SWAC East): 6:30 p.m. at Louis Crews Stadium (21,000) in Huntsville, Ala. EXPECTED CROWD: 10,000. SERIES RECORD: First meeting. RADIO: PVAMU Sports Network (KPVU-FM 91.3 in Prairie View, Tex. with Charles Porter and Charles McClelland Jr.); AAMU Sports Network (WJAB-FM 90.9 in Huntsville, Ala. with Ike Rooks and Tommie Lockhart). THE COACHES: PVAMU's Clifton Gilliard (Prairie View, 1960) is 1-2 in his first year at PVU and overall; AAMU's Ron Cooper (Jacksonville St., 1982) is 7-7 in two years at AAMU and 29-40 in seven years overall. NOTEWORTHY: This will be the first time the Panthers and Bulldogs have clashed on the football field. The Bulldogs are tied for the lead in the SWAC Eastern Division while the Panthers are in last place in the SWAC Western Division.
TEXAS SOUTHERN "Tigers" (2-1, 1-0 SWAC West) at HOWARD UNIV. "Bison" (1-2, 1-1 MEAC): 1 p.m. (EDT) at Alumni Field (10,000) in Washington, D.C. EXPECTED CROWD: 8,000. SERIES RECORD: TSU leads 1-0. LAST MEETING: 1998 in Houston, Tex. (TSU won 30-7). RADIO: TSU Sports Network (KTSU-FM 90.9 in Houston with Leonard Moon and Devin Wade). THE COACHES: TSU's Bill Thomas (Tennessee St., 1970) is 25-12 in six seasons at TSU and 61-50-3 in 11 years overall; HU's Steve Wilson (Howard, 1978) is 69-46 in 11 years at Howard and overall. NOTEWORTHY: In their first-ever meeting last year, TSU beat the Bison in Houston, 30-7. Last weekend, TSU beat Lane (38-15) while Howard beat Bethune-Cookman (31-27).
*SWAC Eastern Division game
Jackson MS(OTW)-Mark Washington and Destry Wright combined for 437
yards in total offense as Jackson State swamped Grambling 41-6 Saturday
night. JSU scored the game's first 17 points and were never threatened.
They held Grambling to a minus 41 yards rushing in the game.
Washington threw three touchdown passes, including a 12-yarder to
Sylvester Morris. Wright rushed for 163 yards a nd a TD for the
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Troy Williams passed for two touchdowns
and ran for another as Southern dumped Prairie View 42-0 Saturday
night. Williams threw for 166 yards in the game.
SU's Dain Lewis rushed for two TDs in the contest.
Beaumont, TX(OTW)-Texas Southern used two third quarter interceptions
to pull away from Lane, 38-15, Saturday night.
TSU's Ray Rubins and Waymond Steed rushed for over 100 yards in
the contest. Rubins ran for 155 yards and a TD, and Steed rushed for 128
yards and a score.
TSU held Lane to 59 yards rushing in the game.
St. Louis, MO(OTW)-Roy Johnson ran for two touchdwons and passed
for another as Hampton beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 26-13 Saturday. The Pirates
are 3-0 on the season. This was a non-league contest.
Johnson threw for 280 yards for the winners.
Kevin Williams had a one-yard TD run for the losers. Williams also
threw a TD pass.
Montgomery, AL(OTW)-Wayne Thomas and Brock Nutter scored second half touchdowns
as Troy State (2-0) survived a scare from upset-mindes Alabama State 27-20
The Hornets led at the half, thanks to backup quarterback AntonioJackson,
who ran for a score and threw a 27-yard strike to Damon Hodge, giving
ASU a 13-10 intermission lead.
Jackson threw for 238 yards in the contest.
In other scores, Alabama A&M beat Mississippi Valley 26-19.
Jackson State will play host to a much improved Grambling team this
Saturday. Last year JSU beat Grambling 68-35 at Grambling. Last
week Jackson State lost to Tennessee State 48-33.
The game will feature the SWAC's top two passers. Grambling's Lionel Hayes
has thrown for nine touchdowns and 599 yards in his first two games.
Jackson State's Mark Washington is second in the conference in passing
with 533 yards and five TDs.
Grambling's Scotty Robertson leads the league in receiving with 204
yards (15.7 yards per catch).
Jackson State's Destry Wright is second in the SWAC in rushing
with 185 yards total, and a 92.5 yard per game average.
The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. central standard time Saturday.
Elsewhere in the SWAC, Southern's Damarcus Miller was the 1-AA
player of the week. Miller, a 5-10, 285 pound defensive tackle had eight
tackles (five unassisted), and two sacks last week against Arkansas-Pine
SWAC LEADER BOARD--12 Sep
RUSHING (Min. 25.0 yards per game)
Player Team Cl G Att Net Yds/C TD Yds/G
THOMAS,Rodney.. ALCST SR 2 41 237 5.8 2 118.5
WRIGHT,Destry.. JSU SR 2 40 185 4.6 1 92.5
LEWIS,Ryan..... SU SR 2 49 183 3.7 1 91.5
STRONG,Marvin.. AAMU JR 2 23 111 4.8 1 55.5
STEED,Waymon... TSU SO 2 34 105 3.1 2 52.5
BIAS,Larry..... ALAST SO 2 18 97 5.4 0 48.5
KELLEY,DeMelvin PVAMU JR 2 24 91 3.8 0 45.5
WILLIAMS,Kevin. UAPB SR 2 13 89 6.8 0 44.5
HOLMES,Corey... MVSU JR 2 32 81 2.5 0 40.5
JOHNSON,Ron.... UAPB JR 2 14 78 5.6 0 39.0
DONNELL,Curtis. AAMU SO 2 11 74 6.7 0 37.0
TERRY,Damien... PVAMU SO 2 17 72 4.2 0 36.0
JACKSON,Antonio ALAST SR 2 12 70 5.8 1 35.0
KENNEDY,Darnell ALAST JR 2 22 70 3.2 0 35.0
BULLARD,Oscar.. UAPB SR 2 16 67 4.2 0 33.5
PASSING (Min. 10.0 attempts/game)
Player Team Cl G Att Cmp Int Yds Pct TD Effic Avg/G
HAYES,Lionel... GSU SR 2 59 33 1 599 .559 9 188.2 299.5
WASHINGTON,Mark JSU SR 2 63 25 2 535 .397 5 130.9 267.5
BELLAMY,Tony... AAMU JR 2 47 27 2 523 .574 6 184.5 261.5
WILLIAMS,Melvin MVSU JR 2 82 34 3 482 .415 2 91.6 241.0
WILLIAMS,Troy.. SU SO 2 59 27 2 356 .458 2 100.9 178.0
KENNEDY,Darnell ALAST JR 2 58 33 1 327 .569 2 112.2 163.5
FORD,Damion.... ALCST SO 2 41 27 0 291 .659 4 157.7 145.5
TAYLOR,Marcus.. ALCST SR 2 23 12 0 211 .522 2 157.9 105.5
SHELTON,Darryl. UAPB SR 2 33 15 4 157 .455 0 61.2 78.5
FOSTER,Jamaal.. PVAMU SO 2 21 9 0 133 .429 1 111.8 66.5
ZACHARIE,Trent. TSU SR 2 26 11 1 116 .423 1 84.8 58.0
BARNES,Josh.... PVAMU SR 2 24 8 0 102 .333 2 96.5 51.0
RECEIVING (Min. 3.0 catches per game)
Player Team Cl G Rec Yds TD Rec/G Avg/C
ANDERSON,Scotty GSU JR 2 13 204 4 6.5 15.7
JOUBERT,Al'trev SU FR 2 12 165 0 6.0 13.8
MORRIS,Sylveste JSU SR 2 11 217 1 5.5 19.7
HODGE,Damon.... ALAST JR 2 11 107 0 5.5 9.7
SOWARD,Kevin... UAPB SR 2 10 119 0 5.0 11.9
HOLBERT,Marcus. ALCST SO 2 9 144 2 4.5 16.0
HAMBRICK,Kenyon AAMU SO 2 8 190 2 4.0 23.8
WATSON,Kenneth. ALAST JR 2 8 111 1 4.0 13.9
WRIGHT,Yancy... ALCST JR 2 8 88 1 4.0 11.0
WALDER,Marco... ALCST JR 2 8 86 1 4.0 10.8
THOMAS,Marquez. ALAST JR 2 8 85 1 4.0 10.6
GASKINS,Ivery.. GSU SO 2 8 53 0 4.0 6.6
HOLMES,Corey... MVSU JR 2 7 145 1 3.5 20.7
WILSON,Deontay. PVAMU SO 2 7 117 3 3.5 16.7
THIGPEN,Torrey. JSU JR 2 7 107 1 3.5 15.3
TOTAL OFFENSE (Net for rush & pass; Min. 100.0 yards per game)
Player Team Cl G Plays Rush Pass Total Yds/G
WASHINGTON,Mark JSU SR 2 81 50 535 585 292.5
HAYES,Lionel... GSU SR 2 82 -32 599 567 283.5
BELLAMY,Tony... AAMU JR 2 70 35 523 558 279.0
WILLIAMS,Melvin MVSU JR 2 93 13 482 495 247.5
WILLIAMS,Troy.. SU SO 2 73 49 356 405 202.5
KENNEDY,Darnell ALAST JR 2 80 70 327 397 198.5
FORD,Damion.... ALCST SO 2 48 -41 291 250 125.0
THOMAS,Rodney.. ALCST SR 2 41 237 0 237 118.5
WILLIAMS,Kevin. UAPB SR 2 32 89 137 226 113.0
TAYLOR,Marcus.. ALCST SR 2 27 7 211 218 109.0
SCORING (Min. 6.0 points per game) Extra Points FG
Player Team Cl G TD KM-KA RU PA MA-AT Saf Pts Avg/G
ANDERSON,Scotty GSU JR 2 4 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 24 12.0
WILLIAMS,Walter GSU JR 2 3 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 18 9.0
WILSON,Deontay. PVAMU SO 2 3 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 18 9.0
RICHMOND,Lawr.. GSU JR 2 0 10- 8 0 0 3- 3 0 17 8.5
BELLAMY,Tony... AAMU JR 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
THOMAS,Rodney.. ALCST SR 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
WRIGHT,Destry.. JSU SR 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
HAMBRICK,Kenyon AAMU SO 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
COTTONHAM,Chris GSU JR 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
REYNOLDS,Brian. JSU JR 2 0 6- 6 0 0 2- 2 0 12 6.0
HOLBERT,Marcus. ALCST SO 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
GUY,Daniel..... JSU JR 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
STEED,Waymon... TSU SO 2 2 0- 0 0 0 0- 0 0 12 6.0
PUNTING (Min. 3.0 punts/game and 25.0 yards per punt)
Player Team Cl G Punts Yards Avg Long
BECKFORD,David. ALAST FR 2 8 334 41.8 53
WALL,Aaron..... UAPB FR 2 15 610 40.7 48
PAIGE,Kenny.... JSU SR 2 12 473 39.4 49
GRIFFITH,Russ.. MVSU SO 2 21 807 38.4 63
BUSHART,Matt... SU SR 2 17 644 37.9 51
HAIRSTON,Adrian GSU SR 2 7 260 37.1 45
McCOY,Ronnie... TSU JR 2 18 665 36.9 50
FRANKLIN,Jarrod PVAMU JR 2 15 512 34.1 60
SCHUGG,Travis.. AAMU SO 2 8 253 31.6 52
INTERCEPTIONS (Min. 0.3 per game)
Player Team Cl G Int Yds TD Int/G
CARR,Anthony... PVAMU JR 2 3 80 0 1.5
ANDERSON,Rashar JSU SR 2 2 0 0 1.0
MOORE,Marcus... MVSU SR 2 2 0 0 1.0
EVANS,Tyshun... SU JR 2 2 -1 0 1.0
GANT,Richard... SU SO 2 2 18 0 1.0
OVERTON,Sean... SU JR 2 1 0 0 0.5
DILLON,Donnie.. SU SR 2 1 0 0 0.5
HARPER,David... TSU FR 2 1 0 0 0.5
SMITH,Shannon.. SU JR 2 1 5 0 0.5
PEARSON,Kalvin. GSU SO 2 1 10 0 0.5
BROWN,Edreece.. SU SR 2 1 11 0 0.5
DARDEN,Brian... JSU SR 2 1 13 0 0.5
GRANT,Michael.. GSU SO 2 1 14 0 0.5
GREEN,Louis.... ALCST SO 2 1 20 0 0.5
COLLINS,Darrius UAPB SO 2 1 25 0 0.5
PUNT RETURNS (Min. 1.0 per game and 6 yds/return)
Player Team Cl G Ret Yds TD Avg Long
HOWELL,Markus.. TSU SR 2 2 41 0 20.5 40
JAMISON,Joseph. TSU SR 2 4 61 0 15.3 33
WILSON,Deontay. PVAMU SO 2 2 26 0 13.0 14
BAILEY,Frank... GSU SR 2 2 18 0 9.0 13
EVANS,Tyshun... SU JR 2 2 14 0 7.0 10
MOORE,Marcus... MVSU SR 2 6 38 0 6.3 15
THIGPEN,Torrey. JSU JR 2 5 30 0 6.0 11
KICK RETURNS (Min. 1.0 per game and 17 yds/return)
Player Team Cl G Ret Yds TD Avg Long
FIELDS,Kelly... AAMU SR 2 3 87 0 29.0 35
WILLIAMS,Ken... ALAST 2 5 123 0 24.6 39
THIGPEN,Torrey. JSU JR 2 9 199 0 22.1 44
JAMISON,Joseph. TSU SR 2 2 43 0 21.5 28
ADAMS,Terrell.. MVSU 2 5 98 0 19.6 34
WILLIAMS,Walter GSU JR 2 3 58 0 19.3 20
MOORE,Marcus... MVSU SR 2 2 36 0 18.0 24
HAMBRICK,Kenyon AAMU SO 2 6 102 0 17.0 27
TURNER,Marc.... AAMU SR 2 2 34 0 17.0 16
Player Team Cl G Pos UA A Total Sacks
HUDSON,Eric.... ALAST JR 2 LB 13 9 22 0.0
MACK,Leonard... TSU SO 2 LB 14 7 21 0.0
HEAD,Tommie.... JSU JR 2 LB 10 11 21 1.0
CLARK,Howard... ALCST JR 2 LB 9 9 18 0.0
WICKER,Scott... GSU SO 2 LB 8 9 17 0.0
SCOTT,Antonio.. PVAMU SR 2 DL 8 8 16 1.0
WARNER,Channing SU SR 2 LB 6 10 16 1.0
DANIELS,Chris.. ALAST JR 2 LB 10 6 16 0.0
REED,Warren.... TSU SR 2 LB 10 4 14 1.0
CARR,Anthony... PVAMU JR 2 DB 9 5 14 0.0
EDWARDS,Charlie UAPB SR 2 DE 7 6 13 0.5
WITHERS,Calvin. UAPB JR 2 FS 8 5 13 0.5
PARKER,Freddie. ALAST SO 2 SS 9 4 13 0.0
HARRELL,Scott.. TSU JR 2 DB 9 4 13 0.0
MILLER,Damarcus SU SR 2 DL 8 5 13 2.0
DUKES,Terrance. GSU SO 2 LB 8 5 13 0.5
PICKNEY,Michael AAMU SR 2 LB 7 5 12 0.0
BROWN,Edreece.. SU SR 2 DB 7 5 12 0.0
REESE,Edward... JSU JR 2 LB 4 8 12 0.0
BOYKIN,Jason... AAMU SO 2 DB 10 2 12 0.0
ALL PURPOSE (Min. 100.0 yards per game
Player Team Cl G Att Yds Rec Yds No Yds No Yds Net Avg/G
THIGPEN,Torrey. JSU JR 2 2 8 7 107 5 30 9 199 344 172.0
HAMBRICK,Kenyon AAMU SO 2 0 0 8 190 9 41 6 102 333 166.5
WILLIAMS,Walter GSU JR 2 14 56 3 182 0 0 3 58 296 148.0
THOMAS,Rodney.. ALCST SR 2 41 237 6 33 0 0 0 0 270 135.0
WRIGHT,Destry.. JSU SR 2 40 185 4 80 0 0 0 0 265 132.5
WILLIAMS,Kevin. UAPB SR 2 13 89 5 55 3 11 5 81 236 118.0
HOLMES,Corey... MVSU JR 2 32 81 7 145 0 0 0 0 226 113.0
ADAMS,Terrell.. MVSU 2 0 0 6 124 0 0 5 98 222 111.0
MORRIS,Sylveste JSU SR 2 0 0 11 217 0 0 0 0 217 108.5
ANDERSON,Scotty GSU JR 2 0 0 13 204 0 0 0 0 204 102.0
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Troy Williams threw touchdown passes
of 12 yards (second quarter), and 46 yards (third quarter) to Michael Hayes,
(2-0) upended Arkansas Pine-Bluff 17-9 Saturday night.
UAPB's scores came on three field goals by Richard Pena, the
longest being 36 yards.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Lionel Hayes threw for 325 yards and three
touchdowns as Grambling outscored Alabama A&M 36-31 Saturday.
Tiger field goal kicker Lawere Richmond kicked field goals
of 38(2) and 45 yards in the contest.
A&M's Tony Bellamy threw for 274 yards in the game.
Montgomery, AL(OTW)-Alcorn's Rodney Thomas rushed for two
touchdowns, and quarterback Malcolm Taylor threw for two more
scores, as the Braves beat Alabama State 38-27 Saturday night.
Alabama State scored first on an eight-yard TD pass by Darnell
The Braves, down 14-0, scored 17 straight points in the second quarter
to take a lead they never relinquished.
Thomas rushed for 189 yards in the game.
Macomb, IL(OTW)-Mark Zanders threw first halftouchdown passes of 41 an
25 yards to Charles Tharp to lead Western Illinois to a 77-7
pasting of Mississippi Valley Saturday. The Leathernecks led 56-7
at the half.
The Delta Devils were limited to 34 yards on the ground in the
Prairie View, TX(OTW)-Josh Barnes threw two touchdwon passes
(30, 8 yards) to Deontay Wilson, as Prairie View beat Howard
Payne 21-7 Saturday night.
Springfield, MO(OTW)-Texas Southern was held to 87 yards of
total offense, losing to Southwest Missouri State 37-7 Saturday
night. SMSU's Jason Ringena rushed for 179 yards and a TD for the
TSU's only score came on a one-yard TD run by Waymond Steed in
the first quarter.
In other scores, Jackson State lost to Tennessee State 48-33 and
Alcorn defeated Alabama State 38-27 Saturday.
Sylvester Morris of Jackson State University is regarded as one of the
premiere wide receivers in the collegiate ranks in the entire country,
division notwithstanding. His blazing speed (4.2 forty) coupled with his
sure-handed catching skills make him the prototype receiver. The New
Orleans, La. native (McDonogh 35 High) reaped SWAC offensive player of the
year honors in 1998 after a banner season that saw him make 62 receptions for
1,258 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was the top choice to capture that honor
again. He's high on the NFL draft charts. Here, Morris is interviewed by
Lonza Hardy Jr., the associate commissioner of the SWAC.
SWAC: Sylvester, how would you evaluate your performance in the Tigers'
opening game against Howard (JSU won 35-21)?
Morris: It was okay for a first game. I had a nice performance. The team
SWAC: What were you most pleased about in that game and what were you most
Morris: I was most pleased that we won. I was disappointed that I didn't
catch a couple of balls that I should have caught.
SWAC: Most experts have you listed as one of the prime prospects for next
year's NFL draft. How would you assess your chances?
Morris: I try not to assess my chances or worry about the NFL. I just
concentrate on our games and let the rest take care of itself.
SWAC: Why are scouts raving so much about you?
Morris: I guess it's just the numbers I put up last year and my ability to
get open, catch the ball and make things happen.
SWAC: Of all of your talents, what's the one thing that sets you apart from
Morris: I'd probably say speed. I have a style of my own. I never try to
pattern myself after anybody else.
SWAC: Is there any other player on the JSU team who comes close to being as
fast as you are?
Morris: I run a 4.3 forty with a couple of high 4.2's. There are two or
three other guys on the team who've run 4.3's but not in the 4.2's.
SWAC: Who's your sports idol?
Morris: I don't have one.
SWAC: Who's had the most influence on your life?
Morris: My mom and dad have had the most influence on me. I say that because
of their support and their encouragement.
SWAC: How old were you when you first gained an interest in playing
Morris: I was at a real young age, but I never played competitively until
high school. The desire to want to play led me to trying out at McDonogh 35.
SWAC: What was your best season in high school?
Morris: My first year was my only year on the team. I only played my senior
year and I had 13 catches for about 300 yards and one touchdown.
SWAC: Considering the fact that you only played one year of high school ball,
how heavily recruited were you out of high school?
Morris: I wasn't heavily recruited at all. In fact, Jackson State was the
only school that recruited me.
SWAC: With JSU being the only school that recruited you, did you have any
doubts about being college material?
Morris: I had doubts at first, but once I got here, started participating in
practices, etc., I felt I could play at this level.
SWAC: How did the veterans on the team at that time help you mature as a
Morris: The veterans mostly helped me with the little things. They helped me
with weightlifting, how to read defenses and things like that.
SWAC: What part of New Orleans did you grow up in?
Morris: I grew up in the Ninth Ward, in East New Orleans.
SWAC: New Orleans has a reputation as being a tough place for a young person
to grow up in. How have your experiences growing up in New Orleans affected
your perspectives of life and your determination to succeed?
Morris: My parents tried to keep me out of most of the (bad) things that were
going on, so I didn't get into that stuff. However, I saw all of those
things happening on television. That helped motivate me to come here and do
SWAC: Looking back on your college career, what has been your most memorable
moment in sports?
Morris: My most memorable moment was when I broke the school record for
touchdowns in a game against Grambling last year. I had five touchdowns in
SWAC: What single game would you most rather forget about?
Morris: The Howard game last year. I played terribly. I dropped balls, was
off in my timing, etc. This year against Howard, I wanted to show that it
wasn't just the SWAC that I could play well against. I wanted to show that I
could play well against any team in the nation.
SWAC: What team in the conference has presented the most problems for you as
Morris: Arkansas-Pine Bluff. I never had a great, standout game against
them. I think it's because they try to take away the outside receiver.
SWAC: James Carson was your head coach at JSU for the past three seasons.
He's sidelined now as he
recuperates from an illness. When you think of Coach Carson, what immediate
thoughts come to mind?
Morris: Coach Carson has always been a strict disciplinarian. He always says
you have to cover your tracks and keep yourself out of trouble. I just wish
the best for him and I keep him in my prayers.
SWAC: For the first time ever, this year the SWAC is broken down into two
divisions and will have a championship game to determine its champion and
representative to the McDonald's Heritage Bowl. What do you think about this
Morris: I like it. It's a great way for the conference to get additional
SWAC: You played in the NCAA Div. I-AA playoffs a couple of times while
you've been at JSU. Either of those times, did you ever prefer to be in the
McDonald's Heritage Bowl?
Morris: At that time, our focus was on trying to win the (I-AA) national
championship. That was our goal. In the back of our minds, however, we said
the Heritage Bowl would be nice.
SWAC: What were your goals entering this season?
Morris: My goals are to win the conference championship, go to the Heritage
Bowl and do my part to help the team win.
SWAC: Barring injury, you appear destined for a career in the NFL. Once your
football career is over, what are your ambitions?
Morris: I want to be a teacher and a coach. I want to try to help kids stay
on the right path and make it.
Jackson State and Tennessee State will square off this Saturday in
the tenth annual Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, Tn. Game time is set
for 6 p.m. central, at the Liberty bowl. The game will be aired live on
Black Entertainment Television (BET). Jackson State quarterback Mark
Washington threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in his first game win
of the 1999 season against Howard.
Tennessee State QB Leon Murray threw for three TDs in his squad's opening
season defeat of Alabama State.
The series started in 1949, and Tennessee state holds a 33-21 edge in
the matchup. TSU's victory of J-State last season snapped a seven-game
losing streak to the team from Jackson.
Jackson State has an 11-5-1 record on BET since 1985.
Air SWAC Saturday
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Lionel Hayes threw six touchdown passes, three
to Scotty Anderson (30, 12, 10 yards), as Grambling outgunned
Brave quarterback Damion Ford threw four TD passes in the tilt,
the longest to Ronald Gilmore.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Jackson State quarterback Mark Washington
threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Tigers held
of Howard 35-21 Saturday.
Jermaine Hutchinson had TD runs of five and 17 yards for the Bison
in the non-league clash.
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Ryan Lewis rushed for 102 yards and one
touchdown to lead Southern by Northwestern Louisiana State Saturday.
Justin Mattingly had field goals of 33 and 26 yards for the
Little Rock, AR(OTW)-Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored two fourth
quarter touchdowns to avoid an upset bid by Mississippi Valley,
winning 13-9. Kevin Williams had a 19-yard TD catch,
and Obie McKinney an eight-yard run for the winners.
Melvin Williams tossed a 17-yard TD pass to Aquarius
Winston for MVSU's only touchdown.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Juluis Davis threw two TD passes to Goldy
Jackson as Texas Southern blew by Prairie View 34-0 Saturday.
Jacksonville, AL(OTW)-Tony Bellamy threw three TD passes, one of
81-yards to Marc Turner, as Alabama A&M erased Jacksonville State
SWAC Football Report
TIGERS' YOUNG BLOOD THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
GRAMBLING, La. — In the waning days before Grambling State's season
opener against Alcorn State, the Tigers look to solidify the defensive line.
With the addition of new talent and depth, the Tigers should create a
formidable line of defense. Although the line will feature one true freshman
and three sophomores in the starting lineup, the coaches believe this could
be the best talent in the past four years.
"We've been fine on the corners , it's has just been in the middle where
we were weak," said defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. "We're still young
but we will be okay. Dante Newell and Freddie Hostler have done a tremendous
job of improving."
Having had a year together, Newell's and Hostler's styles of play
compliment each other so well that they appeared to be natural choices to
solidify the interior line. At the left end position, the Tigers will start
freshman Antwan Lawrence. With good speed and great hands, the coaches
believe Lawrence can do a good job of securing the position.
"They all work togther exceptionally well, " said defensive line coach
Ernest Sterling. "Dante has the quickness and the moves, while Freddie is
the power man. Freddie is the strongest person on the squad and will demand
double team blocks from the opponents. One-on-one, Dante is one of the best
in the conference."
LINEBACKERS "HEART AND SOUL" OF GSU'S DEFENSE
GRAMBLING, La. — "Adapt and overcome is our motto," said Grambling‘s
linebacker coach Michael Roach. With an assortment of injuries plaguing an
already young Tiger defense, Grambling State's linebackers have managed to
remain healthy and focused on Saturday's season-opener.
"We push these guys very hard physically and mentally every time out on
the field," said Roach. "These guys have made a great commitment. They
spend a tremendous amount of time in the weight room and have adopted a
no-nonsense, take care of business attitude."
Paving the way for the Tigers' linebacking corps is junior George Guidry
and sophomore Terrance Dukes. A Univeristy of Nebraska transfer, Guidry is
considered by the coaches to be the spark plug of the defense. Dukes, a
former strong safety, has added 4.3 speed to the middle of the Tigers'
defense. With an aggressive style and winner take all attitude, the Tigers'
linebackers look to control the game.
Head coach Doug Williams will hold his first weekly press brunch on
Tuesday, September 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the press box of the Eddie G. Robinson
Stadium. Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend.
MISS. VALLEY PREPARES FOR UAPB GOLDEN LIONS
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Goal line defense and a quick scoring package were the
main items for the Mississippi Valley State football team in Wednesday's
"We are trying to put together our total package," said head coach LaTraia
Jones. "We don't want to overlook anything."
The Delta Devils will be without linebacker Sam Dickerson and offensive
lineman Clarence Dillard, both with injured knees.
Mississippi Valley will open its season against the University of
Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Last year, the Golden Lions defeated Miss. Valley
38-21. Jones feels that this year his club is better prepared for the Golden
"We have gone over everything we feel that may happen," added Jones.
"Our players are ready to play."
JSU TOPS DIV I-AA POLLS
JACKSON, Miss. — The Jackson State University Tiger football team is
among the top teams in the nation in several Division I-AA preseason polls.
The team is ranked fifth in the SBN Black College poll, 18th in the
Sporting Network poll, fifth in the Sports Illustrated Division I-AA poll and
first in the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Eastern Division media and
coaches polls. Last year, JSU finished second in league play with a 7-1 conference record.
The Tigers also led the SWAC in practically every offensive category.
The Tigers were ranked first in total offense, scoring offense, first downs,
pass efficiency, third down conversion, pass offense and second in rushing
offense. Nationally, the Tigers were ranked 15th in rushing offense, 20th in
passing offense and sixth in both total and scoring offense.
ALABAMA A&M PREPARES FOR OPENER
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama A&M University football team will open
its 1999 season against Jacksonville State University Saturday, September
4th. This also marks the first trip for head coach Ron Cooper back to his
alma mater as a coach. The Bulldogs will be hoping to avenge a 19-13 loss
last year against the Gamecocks.
Coach Cooper said he's feeling pretty good about the progress of his
"I'm real excited about our first game Saturday night," Cooper said. "I
think the kids are ready to get the season started. The players are really
getting after it and hitting their assignments pretty good."
Cooper is still cautious about his old alma mater's team. "Jacksonville
State is an experienced club with a lot of key people back. Their defense is
talented and their offense has the capabilities of being one of the most
explosive offenses that we will face this season."
GSU LOOKS TO OVERCOME INJURIES ON DEFENSE
GRAMBLING, La. — When the Grambling State football team takes the field
Saturday night, they will have more than the Alcorn State Braves to deal
The Tigers must also deal with several nagging injuries plaguing their
defensive line and backfield. Defensive linemen Seneca Knight (hamstring),
Ananias Johnson (big toe) and defensive back Kalvin Spears (hamstring) are
among the injured on the team. Knight, who has yet to practice with the
Tigers, will sit out this weekend's season opener, while Johnson and Spears
are listed as probable. With other players suffering from day-to- day nicks
and bruises, the young Tiger players will look to compete for considerable
"Our defensive backs are pretty beat up. We haven't had all our starters
in together at a practice yet," said defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. "As
a unit we are now going to have to do a great job of preparation. We are
going to have to make sure we pay attention to details. We will have to read
our keys, stay mentally alert and communicate with each other. With so many
young guys out there, communication will be the key to our success."
HUGHES SAYS TIGERS ARE READY FOR FIRST GAME
JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State University ‘s interim football coach
Robert Hughes is sure that the Tigers are headed in the right direction.
"The offensive had to catch up with the defense," Hughes said. "Last
week we had a little trouble, but it is corrected and the players are now
working as a team."
As for the season opener against the Bison of Howard University, Hughes
added, "We are finalizing everything and focusing on important plays this
week. Everything is going well. We will be ready."
Wide receiver Leroy Fields has a stiff back, but is expected to play in
the Tigers' first game.
CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW
COACHES TAB GRAMBLING TO WIN SWAC TITLES
NEW ORLEANS -- A year ago, Grambling State University did what all of the
other teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference did.
They were on-lookers as the potent Jackson State Tigers cruised to a
second straight league men's cross country championship.
This time around, the coaches of the conference believe the G-Men have
what it takes to rise from their second place finish of a year ago and
supplant JSU as conference titlists.
Fate dealt the GSU women a better hand last year. The Lady Tigers
managed to tie Jackson State at the league's championship team at Alcorn
State. Both teams finished the 5,000-meter run with 59 points.
In 1999, the SWAC coaches feel that Grambling State's women's team will
also be the team to beat in cross country action in the league.
Bertram Lovell, who coaches both the GSU men's and women's teams, is
optimistic yet cautious about his teams' prospects.
"Our men's team has started early in putting in more miles than last
season and the runners' spirits are up higher than ever," stated Lovell.
"Placing second last year has made them hungry to win the championship this
"With the addition of four good runners and their eagerness to run, we
should fare really well this season," added Lovell. "We should be the
favorite with the departure of Jackson State's best three distance runners."
Leading GSU's charge this season will be the duo of Carlos Robinson and
Robinson, a 6-8 senior from Shreveport, La., has finished in the top 15
at the SWAC championship for each of the last three seasons. Last year, he
came in sixth with a time of 26:45.0.
Beharry, a 5-8 sophomore from Trinidad, Tobaggo, had a banner rookie
season in 1998. His year was capped with a 12th place finish at the league
championship meet with a time of 28:13.0.
While Grambling is the coaches' choice to win the 1999 SWAC crown, many
feel that upstart Prairie View A&M will likewise be in contention to unseed
the JSU Tigers.
"Prairie View has a very impressive group of young men," said Alcorn
State head coach Alecia Shields. "Plus, they'll be on their home territory
for the conference championship."
The Panthers finished third at last year's championship with 85 points,
15 points behind second place finisher Grambling State and 35 points out of
first. Solid depth should be the team's strength.
What about defending champ JSU?
The loss of star runners David Rop (first at 24:22), Victor Tanui (second
at 25:24.0) and Justus Nyamweya (fifth at 26:04.0), coupled with an NCAA
investigation into the school's track and field program, including the cross
country program, has dimmed the team's prospects for a possible "three-
peat." But not everyone has counted the Tigers out.
"They're still hungry to be champions again," said Alabama A&M head coach
In the women's division, last year's championship proved to be a heated
three-team race between Grambling State, Jackson State and Alcorn State. GSU
and JSU tied for the title with 59 points apiece but host Alcorn State was
just two points back with 61 points. Because of the turmoil in JSU's
program, most coaches don't give the Lady Tigers much of a chance of
retaining a piece of the title but they feel that ASU could be a serious
"At Grambling, Coach Lovell takes extra pride in preparing for the cross
country season," stated ASU's Shields. "His teams are always strong, year-in
Lovell, in return, uttered praise for Shields' squad at ASU.
"They (ASU Lady Braves) have almost all of their team returning," said
Lovell. "Shields lost only one member of her team from last year and she had
a good recruiting season."
Grambling State's prospects rest with the return of such stellar
performers as 5-4 junior Christiana Brown and 5-3 sophomore Shaunticia
Crawford. Brown, a Lake Charles, La. native, has finished in the top five at
the conference championships both of her first two years at GSU, including a
fourth place finish in 1999 with a time of 20:13.0. Crawford, a native of
Decatur, Ga., was clocked at 20:55.0 at last year's league championship meet,
good enough for ninth place.
In addition to the returnees, GSU will be bolstered with the addition of
several rookies with impressive credentials. Dianna Lee, a 5-3 freshman from
Decatur, Ga., finished in the top 20 at last year's Georgia state
championships while Donna Simms, a 5-7 freshman from Starkville, Miss.,
finished in the top five at the Mississippi high school championships.
"I think we'll give it our best shot," stated Lovell. "As champions, we
have to defend our title with dignity and honor.
"I'm very optimistic, but with so many young students, you just don't
know," added Lovell. "I believe they can be just as good or better than
In assessing her women's team's chances, Shields said staying healthy
plus experience should be the keys.
"I think we're capable of contending for the title," said Shields. "Last
year, we lost by two points and we only lost one lady from that team."
The key runners back for ASU are 5-5 junior LaKesha McDonald of
Heidelburg, Miss., 5-3 junior Samantha Pollard of Houston, Tex. and 5-8
senior Leaha Thomas of Houston. A year ago, McDonald finished fifth at the
SWAC championships with a time of 20:27.0 while Pollard came in 18th at
21:48.0 and Thomas 38th with a time of 26:45.0.
For the first time in a decade, the SWAC men's and women's cross country
championships will return to Prairie View, Tex., where Prairie View A&M will
serve as hosts for the event.
SWAC VOLLEYBALL POLL
COACHES SELECT PRAIRIE VIEW TO WIN THE WEST,
ALABAMA A&M FAVORED IN THE EASTERN DIVISION
NEW ORLEANS --With the 1999 volleyball season close at hand, the coaches
of the 10 member institutions have picked Alabama A&M University to be the
winners of the league's Eastern Division, while Prairie View A&M University
was predicted to win the Western Division. The coaches preseason volleyball
poll was released on Monday.
Prairie View finished second in the conference with a 7-1 SWAC record,
and a 18-14 overall record last season.
"Prairie View has put together a team that is comfortable with SWAC
opponents and has been playing together for three years," said Texas Southern
head coach Dwalah Fisher.
Southern University, the 1998 SWAC champion, beat Prairie View to gain
the title. It was also the first time ever that the SWAC tournament champion
received an automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs. The coaches selected them
to come in second in the conference.
"The Lady Jaguars have a tremendous work ethic," said Arkansas-Pine Bluff
head coach Betty Hayes. "They utilize the special talents of individual
players, which creates a high intensity of play."
This year will be Alabama A&M's first year to compete in the SWAC
tournament. Last season, the Lady Bulldogs went 23-3 and 15-1 against SWAC
teams, although their games didn't count in the conference standings.
Alabama A&M also won every tournament it competed in during the 1998 season.
"Alabama A&M had a very talented team last year and they were young,"
said Mississippi Valley State head volleyball coach Jessie Harris.
THIS WEEK'S GUEST:
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH LATRIA JONES OF MISS. VALLEY STATE UNIV.
BACKGROUND: LaTraia Jones of Mississippi Valley State is one of three new
head football coaches in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. All of them
will make their season and head coaching debuts this weekend. Here, Jones
gives insights into the calm before the storm of the opening weekend of the
season. Not only will he start a career as a collegiate head coach, but
he'll be kicking off his initial season against the school where he formerly
served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach -- the University of
Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
SWAC: How does it feel, heading into your first season as a head coach?
Jones: "I'm like Muhammad Ali. I have butterflies but when the ball kicks
off on Saturday, those butterflies will have to go.
"As I look forward to opening my first season as a head coach, I'm somewhat
nervous but the only pressure that's on me is the pressure that I've put on
myself. I've tried to not let it show to the players, however."
SWAC: You were an assistant coach for a number of years. What did you learn
from those experiences that should help you as a head coach?
Jones: "As an assistant coach, you don't have to worry about a lot of things
other than just coaching. When I became the assistant head coach at UAPB,
then I got a glimpse of what a head coach has to go through. I had to do a
lot of things that the other assistant coaches didn't have to do, such as
watering the field, etc. As the head coach, you're at the top and a lot of
major responsibilities come with that. You have to worry about handling the
alumni, handling the student- athletes, etc. There are a lot of pressures on
you, but you can't let it show."
SWAC: Not only will you begin your first season this weekend as a head coach,
but you'll also kick off your inaugural season against the school that you
were formerly employed by -- Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Does that add to the
anticipation of opening day?
Jones: "I look forward to this weekend, especially since we open up with
Arkansas-Pine Bluff. From listening to Coach (Lee) Hardman talk at the press
conference the other day, I know that UAPB's stronger and bigger than we are.
But we just have to go out and execute. If we do that, we'll be okay. Of
course, I want us to go out, play well and win the ball game. If, by chance,
that doesn't happen, then I still want us to execute and play well."
WEEK #1 FOOTBALL PREVIEW
SWAC TEAMS GEARED UP FOR OPENING WEEKEND
NEW ORLEANS -- A breakdown of the conference into two divisions, a
first-time contender for the conference championship, a first-ever
championship game to determine who'll represent the league in the McDonald's
Heritage Bowl, an inaugural conference television package and the
introduction of three new head coaches will all make the opening weekend of
the college football season for Southwestern Athletic Conference teams an
All of the SWAC's 10 schools will open their respective seasons on
Saturday, September 4. The seven-game slate will include six non-conference
games and just one league match-up, that a Western Division battle between
in-state rivals Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern in the Labor Day Classic
in Houston, Tex. PVAMU's new interim head coach, Clifton Gilliard, said he's
eager get things rolling.
"I'm real eager and that stems from the attitude of the kids," said
Gilliard, who actually was contemplating retirement before being called upon
to take the helm of the football program. "The kids came to camp in good
shape, perhaps the best shape that I've ever seen kids come to camp in. That
attitude has inspired me.
"This team is motivated with the fact that they know they can win," added
Gilliard. "Their idea now is to concentrate on having a winning season.
There would be no better way to begin my season by starting off and winning
against my archrival, Texas Southern. It'll be a thrill for the fans too.
The PVAMU-TSU contest, which is being played at the Astrodome, will mark
the debut of the new SWAC football television package. The game will be
carried live on College Sports Southeast, a Birmingham, Ala. based network
will televise a total of four SWAC football games this season. Additionally,
four games involving SWAC teams will appear on Black Entertainment Television
(BET), three on Street and Smith's Productions national syndication and two
on NBC Sports, including the season-ending McDonald's Heritage Bowl.
Besides PVAMU's Gilliard, the other two coaches who'll be making their
debut as SWAC head coaches are Robert Hughes at Jackson State and LaTraia
Jones at Mississippi Valley State. Hughes, JSU's former running backs and
assistant head coach, is serving as JSU's interim head coach while James
Carson takes a year off due to health reasons. Jones replaces Larry Dorsey,
who was fired following last season. He comes to MVSU from Arkansas-Pine
Bluff, where he served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for
The other games on tap for Saturday include a 6 p.m. clash between Alcorn
State and Grambling State at the Chicago Classic in Chicago, Ill, 6:30 p.m.
games between Alabama A&M and Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala. as
well as Howard at Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. and Northwestern (La.)
State at Southern and a 7 p.m. contest featuring Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena, Miss. On Sunday, September 5, Alabama
State will tangle with Tennessee State at 6 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn.
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ALABAMA A&M "Bulldogs" (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) at JACKSONVILLE STATE "Gamecocks"
(0-0. 0-0 SFL) at): 6:30 p.m. at Paul Snow Stadium (15,000) in Jacksonville,
Ala. EXPECTED CROWD: 15,000. SERIES RECORD: JSU leads 18-1-2. LAST
MEETING: 1998 in Huntsville, Ala. (JSU won 19-13). RADIO: AAMU Sports
Network (WJAB-FM 90.9 in Huntsville, Ala. with Ike Rooks and Tommie
Lockhart); JSU Sports Network (WLIS-AM in Jacksonville Mike Parris, Joe
Whitmore and Ray Hammett). THE COACHES: JSU's Mike Williams (Troy St., 1977)
is 8-14 after two seasons at JSU and overall; AAMU's Ron Cooper (Jacksonville
St., 1982) went 5-6 in his first year at AAMU in 1998 and is 27-39 after six
years in his career. NOTEWORTHY: AAMU's Ron Cooper a graduate of
Jacksonville State, this week's foe. This season marks the Bulldogs' first
year as a full-fledged member of the SWAC. The school is eligible for SWAC
championships this season after serving as an affiliate member of the SWAC
during the past year. JSU had the fourth best turnaround record in the
nation a year ago, rising from a 1-10 record in 1997 to a 7-4 mark last year.
GRAMBLING STATE "Tigers" (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) vs. ALCORN STATE "Braves" (0-0, 0-0
SWAC): 6:00 p.m. (EDT) at Soldier Field (66,944) in Chicago, Ill. EXPECTED
CROWD: 40,000. SERIES RECORD: GSU leads 30-15-3. LAST MEETING: 1998 in
Grambling, La. (GSU won 11-0). RADIO: ASU Sports Network (WPRL-FM 91.3 in
Lorman with Charles Edmond and Emannuel Barnes); GSU Sports Network (KGRM-FM
91.5 in Grambling with Santoria Black and Ahmad Simmons). THE COACHES: GSU's
Doug Williams (Grambling St., 1978) is starting his second year at GSU after
a 5-6 record in 1998. He holds a two-year career record of 8-14, including
one year at Morehouse; ASU's Johnny Thomas (Alcorn St., 1978) is starting his
second year as a college head coach after a 5-6 debut at ASU in 1998.
NOTEWORTHY: This is the third annual Chicago Football Classic. The Braves
played in this classic a year ago, defeating Virginia State 30-24
HOWARD "Bison" (0-0, 0-0 MEAC) at JACKSON STATE "Tigers" (0-0, 0-0 SWAC):
6:30 p.m. at Miss. Veterans Memorial Stadium (62,512) in Jackson, Miss..
EXPECTED CROWD: 40,000. SERIES RECORD: JSU leads 1-1. LAST MEETING: 1998 in
Washington, D.C. (HU won 34-8). RADIO: JSU Sports Network (WKXI-AM 1300 in
Jackson, Miss. with Bob Carpenter and Stan Branson). THE COACHES: HU's Steve
Wilson (Howard, 1979) is 68-44 after 10 years at HU and overall; JSU's Robert
Hughes (Jackson St., 1967) is serving as the school's interim head coach
while head coach James Carson takes a year off to recuperate from an illness.
NOTEWORTHY: JSU's Robert Hughes was the Tigers' assistant head coach prior
to being named the interim head coach. Carson had led the Tigers to two SWAC
championships and to three appearances in the Div. I-AA playoffs during the
past seven years.
MISS. VALLEY STATE "Delta Devils" (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) at ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
"Golden Lions" (0-0, 0-0 SWAC): 7:00 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium (56,000) in
Little Rock, Ark. EXPECTED CROWD: 20,000. SERIES RECORD: MVSU leads
18-10-1. LAST MEETING: 1998 in Itta Bena, Miss.. (UAPB won 38-27). RADIO:
MVSU Sports Network (WVSD-FM 91.7 in Itta Bena with Sam Brown and Lee Hall);
UAPB Sports Network (KZBL-FM 99.3 in Pine Bluff with Kirk Clayborn). THE
COACHES: MVSU's LaTraia Jones (Wyoming, 1979) is entering his first season as
a college head coach; UAPB's Lee Hardman (UAPB, 1972) is 41-25 in six years
at the school and overall. NOTEWORTHY: MVSU's LaTraia Jones is one of three
new head coaches in the SWAC. He formerly served as an assistant coach for
Lee Hardman at UAPB.
NORTHWESTERN STATE "Demons" (0-0, 0-0 SFL) at SOUTHERN UNIV. "Jaguars" (0-0,
0-0 SWAC): 7 p.m. at A.W. Mumford Stadium (24,000) in Baton Rouge, La.
EXPECTED CROWD: 24,000. SERIES RECORD: SU leads 4-2. LAST MEETING: 1998 in
Natchitoches, La. (NWSU won 28-7). RADIO: NWSU Sports Network (KZBL-FM 95.9
in Natchitoches with Doug Joubert, Richard Ware and Lynn Rollins); SU Sports
Network (KQXL-FM 106.5 in Baton Rouge with Gerald Kimble and Henry
Baptiste);. THE COACHES: NWSU's Sam Goodwin (Henderson St., 1966) is
98-81-3 after 18 years at the school and overall SU's Pete Richardson
(Dayton, 1968) is 55-13 after five years at the school and 96-29-1 after 11
years overall;. NOTEWORTHY: In the Sports Network's preseason I-AA poll,
NWSU is ranked No.7 while SU is ranked No.14. SU is the two-time defending
*PRAIRIE VIEW A&M "Panthers" (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) at TEXAS SOUTHERN "Tigers" (0-0,
0-0 SWAC): 7 p.m. at the Astrodome (59,969) in Houston, Tex. EXPECTED
CROWD: 40,000. SERIES RECORD: TSU leads 35-18-1. LAST MEETING: 1998 in
Houston (TSU won 24-13). RADIO: PVA&M Sports Network (KPVU-FM 91.3 in
Prairie View, Tex. with Charles Porter and Charles McClelland Jr.); TSU
Sports Network (KTSU-FM 90.9 in Houston with Leonard Moon and Devin Wade).
THE COACHES: PVA&M's Clifton Gilliard (Prairie View, 1960) is beginning his
first season as a head college coach; TSU's Bill Thomas (Tennessee St., 1970)
is 24-10 after five seasons at the school and 59-49-3 after 10 years
overall;. NOTEWORTHY: This game is called the Labor Day Classic. Prairie
View's last win over TSU was a 13-10 victory in 1988. The College Sports
Southeast telecast of this game marks the debut of the SWAC's new football
SUNDAY, SEPT. 5
ALABAMA STATE "Hornets" (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) at TENNESSEE STATE "Tigers" (0-0, 0-0
OVC): 6:00 p.m. at East Bank Stadium (67,000) in Nashville, Tenn. EXPECTED
CROWD: 30,000. SERIES RECORD: TSU leads 8-1. LAST MEETING: 1983 (TSU won
52-19). RADIO: ASU Sports Network (WVAS-FM 90.7 in Montgomery with Robb
Taylor, John Knight and Rennie Jones); TSU Sports Network (WVOL-AM 1470 in
Nashville, Tenn. with Ernie Allen and Albert Dawson). THE COACHES: ASU's Ron
Dickerson (Kansas St., 1971) is entering his second year at ASU after going
5-6 last season. He's 13- 53 overall in six years as a college head coach;
TSU's L.C. Cole (Nebraska, 1980) is 17-17 after three years at TSU and
overall. NOTEWORTHY: This game is dubbed the Big John Merritt Classic. TSU
went 9-3 last season, earning national rankings in both the various black
college polls as well as the NCAA Div. I-AA polls.
*SWAC Western Division game
SWAC Football Report
GSU GETS READY FOR BRAVES
GRAMBLING, La. — Focus, focus, focus is the Tigers' key to success as
they prepare for this weekend's season opener. The Tigers will face the
Braves of Alcorn State in the Chicago Classic in Chicago, Ill. at 7:00 p.m.
With a large number of young players having to play, the Tigers are working
on repetition, consistency and concentration.
"We have a team that did a great job training and conditioning over the
summer," said head coach Doug Williams. "The young guys have shown a lot of
promise...the older guys are being what we need them to be."
Offensively, the Tigers will look to stretch the field, while they hope
to set the tempo of the game and control the ball. Defensively, they must
overcome some nagging injuries in the backfield. With what is considered one
of the best linebacking corps in the country behind them, a young defensive
line looks to grow up quickly as they will face a tough Braves offensive
"Our secondary is somewhat banged up," said defensive coordinator Todd
Bowles. "It's going to be a real challenge for our linemen. Alcorn probably
has the biggest and toughest offensive line we will face all year. We're
young but we'll be okay."
SU'S FIRST PRESS LUNCHEON SET FOR WEDNESDAY
BATON ROUGE, La. — Jaguar head football coach Pete Richardson, in
conjunction with the Southern University Quarterback Club, will renew his
commitment to the weekly media luncheons beginning Wednesday, September 1.
The luncheons will take place in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on the
second floor of the University's Administration Building.
On hand at the luncheons will be Coach Richardson to discuss the 1999
Jaguar season outlook, including the season-opening contest versus
Northwestern State on Sept. 4th at Mumford Stadium on Southern's campus.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
In addition, SU head volleyball coach Nathaniel Denu will be on tap to
discuss his team's chances of defending its'1998 SWAC championship.
ASU LINEMAN AWARDED EXTRA YEAR BY NCAA
ALCORN STATE, Miss. — Jabari Thomas, one of Alcorn State's top offensive
linemen, will be returning for his senior year on the school's football team.
That has delighted head coach Johnny Thomas during preseason drills.
Jabari Thomas, a 6'7, 350-pounder from Dallas, Tex., has been granted a
fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA due to a medical redshirt early in his
career. He suffered a broken leg prior to the start of the 1994 season and a
dislocated shoulder during the 1995 season.
"Jabari Thomas' return is going to be a huge plus for us," said Thomas.
"It goes to show you that God has his way of balancing things out. You lose
one guy and then you're able to gain another one (speaking of the loss of
wide receiver Rennard Reynolds)."
GSU EXCITED ABOUT OFFENSE, LOOKS TO HAYES TO LEAD
GRAMBLING, La. — If "defense wins ball games and offense excites the
crowd," then Grambling State fans should look forward to a very exciting 1999
With the first two weeks of practice dedicated to conditioning and
fundamentals, the Tigers will begin to focus on their game plan for their
season opener against Alcorn State in the Chicago Classic on September 4th at
Solider Field in Chicago, Ill. The Tigers look forward to making use of what
the coaches believe to be one of the best receiving corps in the country.
With veteran quarterback Lionel Hayes in place as the starter, offensive
coordinator Melvin Spears plans to use world class speed and exceptional
height to stretch the field and defenses this fall.
"We will basically be a 50-50 team but our strength will be in throwing
the football," said Spears. "Lionel is the man. He has the touch to throw
Hayes, a somewhat reserved senior quarterback, will not only be called upon
to guide a potentially explosive Tiger offense, but also to emerge as one of
the team's leaders.
"He really is a laid back, easy-going guy, but when the time comes, he
always rises to the occasion," said Spears.
JSU HITS BOOKS, THEN TAKE TO THE FIELD
JACKSON, Miss. — The first day of classes was a small inkling that the
gridiron season is fast approaching for Jackson State as the Tigers began
their regular practice routine with one thing on their minds --
season-opening opponent Howard. JSU will use this week to work on game-like
situations in preparations for their opening contest.
"Since classes have started, we thought that the players would be a
little sluggish for practice, but they weren't," said interim head coach
Robert Hughes. "The players have been very spirited, especially before
practice. They're highly motivated and are concentrating on working towards
their goal of winning the first game."
The Tigers will use the remainder of the week to work on blitz pickup
drills and the red zone defense.
MISS. VALLEY DELTA DEVILS ENJOYING COOLER WEATHER
ITTA BENA, Miss. — The Mississippi Valley State football squad enjoyed
the cooler weather on Tuesday as head coach LaTraia Jones sent his squad
through positioning scrimmaging.
Jones said, "We are now working on the UAPB game. We began putting in
our game plan and today we worked on some of our offensive plays."
The injury bug has hit the Delta Devils and Jones is holding out some of
his key players so that they can be ready for the opener. The team will work
under the lights this week.
"We've got to get used to the lights and we'll do that this week," said
QUARTERBACK RACE HEATS UP AT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—Josh Barnes and Jamaal Foster are two Prairie View A&M
football players aiming for the same target during fall camp. Both want to
be the Panthers' starting quarterback.
"Right now, Barnes and Foster are leading the pack," said interim head
coach Clifton Gilliard. "Both of these individuals are talented. There are
some things that Foster is better at and other things Barnes is better at.
At this point, I'd give a slight edge to Foster."
As a freshman last year, Foster, a 6'2, 195-pound sophomore from Houston,
Tex., led the team in total offense with 1,119 total yards (362 rushing and
757 passing). Barnes, a 5'9, 170 senior form San Antonio, Tex., finished
second in total offense with 921 total yards (-41 rushing, 962 passing).
Foster was the better rusher, averaging 3.9 yards a carry, while Barnes led
in passing with 96.2 yards per game.
TSU WIDE RECEIVERS MAKE UP FOR INEXPERIENCED OFFENSE
HOUSTON, Tex. — The Texas Southern offensive line and quarterbacks may be
young and inexperienced, but the team's wide receivers are stacked with five
talented and experienced individuals who on any day should be able to step up
to the challenge.
The Tigers return two-time All-American punter Joey Jamison and seniors
Theo Henley, Goldy Jackson and Marcus Howell along with freshman Cortez
Hankton. Assistant coach Harold Smith said that any of these can start for
the Tiger offense.
"You can't go wrong with any these guys," said Hankton. "They're all
talented. They are real good at reading coverages, they are quick and they
all have good hands. We have a great battle going on for the starting
Jamison, a 5'9 Jacksonville, Fla. native, led the NCAA Division I-AA and
set a SWAC record for kickoff returns with an average of 36.3 yards per
Jackson, a 6'1 Houston native, is the most experienced receiver on the
squad. He had nine catches for 177 yards with a long of 54 yards.
Howell, a 5'11 Winnipeg, Canada product, was the team's second-leading
receiver with 12 catches for 142 yards while averaging 20.3 yards per game.
Hankton, a 6'2 New Orleans native, scored one touchdown on a 25-yard
reception last season before being redshirted.
HORNETS FINISH TWO-A-DAYS, COACH HIGH ON FRESHMEN
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- On the last day of two-a-day workouts, the Alabama
State Hornets went through their morning session with high spirits and
intensity as they look forward to another scrimmage on today and the last of
the preseason on Saturday.
"I'm generally pleased with the way camp went. We put them through a lot
and worked them hard. They responded like we thought they would," says Ron
"We also have some young guys that we need to step and play for us,"
added Dickerson. "Right now, the young guys are a little behind the pace
that we would have liked them to be, but there are a few that look hungry and
want playing time early."
ASU could see freshmen get playing time in a number of positions from
running back to defensive end.
SWAC FOOTBALL CAMP REPORT
HORNETS INCREASE INTENSITY ON FIELD
MONTGOMERY, Ala.- After a less than enthusiastic scrimmage on Saturda=
the Alabama State coaching staff began Monday morning's practice with some
high intensity drills and lots of contact.
"I am extremely pleased with the way we bounced back today," said head
coach Ron Dickerson. "We were able to get a lot of things done today, and
the intensity was there for the entire practice."
Saturday's scrimmage was marred by turnovers and missed assignments
had the coaching staff seeing red through the weekend.
"We put the ball on the ground entirely too much, and we just didn't
concentrate like we should have," said Darnell Kennedy, preseason All-SWAC
quarterback. "We were able to come back this morning and redeem ourselves."
The Alabama State Hornets will compose themselves and gear up for anothe
scrimmage on Wednesday, August 25.
JACKSON STATE OFFENSE WORKS TO SHAPE UP
JACKSON, Miss- Jackson State University's interim head coach Robert
Hughes plans to concentrate on offense on the first day of the regular
After the Tigers' first preseason scrimmage, Hughes was impressed with the
"The defense showed a lot of tenacity Saturday," said Hughes. "Last wee
I said I was looking for 11 angry men and I found them on the defensive
unit. The defense exposed our weakness on offense, which is inexperience.
We are going to use this week to do some extra work on the offense getting
The Tigers will work on the offense from now until the first game.
Hughes believes the extra work will help the offense shape up for its
opener against Howard on September 4th.
BRAVES FACE CLASS AND PRACTICE SCHEDULES
ALCORN STATE, Miss.- The Alcorn State University Braves started their
first day of classes Monday, which means they're getting used to combining
classes and practice after ending two-a-day workouts over the weekend.
"Actually we are coming along pretty good," said head coach Johnny
Thomas. "Our basic concern right now is getting the guys used to mixing
school and practicing at the same time. We initiated that process Monday and
the guys went to class."
The team will continue to work on fundamental drills this week.
COACH SEES IMPROVEMENT IN PRAIRIE VIEW OFFENSIVE LINE
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.- Douglas Fowlkes, Prairie View A&M University's
offensive coordinator, has been pleased with the progress of the offensive
"Our passing attack looks good. In our first scrimmage, the offensive
line only gave up two sacks," said Fowlkes. "Although we threw the ball
well, we need more work on our run blocking. We need to do a better job at
attacking the post and getting off the ball."
Fowlkes believes the great physical condition and mental attitude that
the players brought to camp are the biggest contributing factors to these
TSU DEFENSE UP TO PAR, OFFENSE NEEDS WORK
HOUSTON, Tex- The Texas Southern University football squad began its
first day of classes and regular practice Monday.
Over the weekend, the Tigers football team held its annual preseason
scrimmage and head coach Bill Thomas feels that his team has more work to do.
"Our defense looked pretty good, but we have a ways to go on offense,"
On the defensive side, preseason All-SWAC selections defensive end Carl
Davis and linebacker Lonnie Phillips performed well. Fullback Elijah
Williams, running back Jeff Kirklin and offensive lineman Mike Brown were the
standouts on offense.
HEAT TAKES TOLL ON JAGS, MEDIA DAY APPROACHES
BATON ROUGE, La. —The Southern University Jaguars, fighting the heat and
battling strenuous work in two-a- days, have their entire offensive and
defensive packages installed and now look to improve on the execution of
"The installation of our offensive and defensive packages are complete,"
said head coach Pete Richardson. "What we ‘re looking for now is to get the
guys the necessary reps that it takes for them to become fully comfortable
with what we're trying to do."
Though the intensity picked up in Thursday's morning session, the SU
coaching staff noted that the players were becoming ‘leg weary,' and that the
heat was beginning to take its toll.
"We have a lot of guys giving 100 percent," noted Richardson, "but I
think the heat and the two-a-day sessions are beginning to take its toll on
some of our athletes. A lot of the guys are fighting fatigue, which affects
the level of concentration."
SU will be put through a 120-play scrimmage on Saturday, August 21, at
8:30 a.m., with team photo and media day activities to follow at 1 p.m. The
scrimmage will be open to the public, but fans are being asked not to attend
the media day festivities. Fan appreciation day is scheduled for Saturday,
August 28 at Iberville Motors in Plaquemine.
GSU'S DEFENSE TIGHTENS UP TEAM STRATEGY
GRAMBLING, La. — The Grambling State University Tigers are looking to
concentrate on the team effort.
Defensively, the Tigers continue to show improvement, particularly in the
linebacking corps and the defensive backfield. Head coach Doug Williams
believes if junior linebacker George Guidry plays up to his potential,
Grambling will have one of the best linebacking units in the country. Making
waves in the defensive backfield is cornerback Travis Massey. Massey, a
5'10, freshman from Brunswick, Ga., is challenging heavily for starting the
role in the Tigers defense.
"I'm real pleased with the defensive back situation," Williams said.
"Travis Massey is a pleasant surprise, he has shown his ability to cover,
especially in the one-on-one. Don't be surprised if you see him starting on
The GSU Tigers will hold a 80-play scrimmage on Saturday, August 21 at 2 p.m.
in Old Memorial Stadium. Media and fans are encouraged to come out and get a
preview of the 1999 GSU Football Tigers.
HARDMAN EXCITED ABOUT PROGRESS OF OFFENSE
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff continued to
focus on the offensive unit during Thursday's practice session and head coach
Lee Hardman was pleased with the receivers.
"I'm really excited about the leadership that our veteran receivers are
showing," Hardman said. "They're really setting a good example for some of
Senior wide-out Kevin Williams, who led the Golden Lions in receiving last
season, has been impressive since the start of two-a-day practices. "Kevin
knows that he's going to be our go-to guy," Hardman said. "He reported in
great condition and he's working extremely hard."
BRAVES MAKE PROGRESS
ALCORN STATE, Miss.—The Alcorn State coaching staff looked at Thursday
morning's practice as a step up from yesterday.
"I think basically everyone is learning and getting adjusted to the
system offensively, defensively and on special teams, stated head coach
Johnny Thomas. "We are somewhat tired at this particular point, so we gave
them the afternoon off and hit it strong in the Friday morning."
With an off-day, the Braves participated in Media Day, which was held in
the Willie Mae Latham Park on the campus of Alcorn State University.
PRAIRIE VIEW FINISHES FIRST PRACTICE IN FULL GEAR
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Prairie View A&M University Panthers had their
first practice in full gear on Thursday and interim head football coach
Clifton Gilliard was pleased with what he witnessed.
"We've seen a lot of great things in practice," said Gilliard. They seem
to be in such great shape and their enthusiasm and overall attitude is
"The offensive line has really surprise us with their performance," added
Gilliard. That might just end up giving us the added depth we need so
Today the Panthers' morning session will be spent going through running
plays and special teams in helmets and shorts. The evening practice will
continue with three-on-three drills in full-gear.
JSU'S UNDERCLASSMEN TENDING TO BUSINESS
JACKSON, Miss.—The Jackson State Tigers underclassmen are holding their
own weight. All have made their presence known with their performances and
eagerness to play.
"The freshmen DL's (defensive linemen) are showing a lot of tempo," said
interim head coach Robert Hughes. " I'm real impressed with the effort they
display during practice. They are hungry and they're going to help us out
Offensively, freshman linemen Kali Horner (6'4, 295) and Kenneth Hurt
(6'3, 285) have caught Hughes' eye. He believes if they continue to work
hard and learn the plays, they will receive some playing time this season.
SWAC RELEASES FINAL 1999 FOOTBALL TV PACKAGE
NEW ORLEANS -- For the first time in its history, the Southwestern
Athletic Conference will not only have a football television package, but
also one which calls for every team in the 10- member league to appear on
television at least once during the 1999 season.
Commissioner Rudy Washington stated that a total of 11 games will be a
part of the inaugural SWAC football television package, a package that'll
include games on Black Entertainment Television (BET), College Sports
Programming Network Southeast (CSPN-SE) and Street and Smith's National
Syndication. The 11 televised games will be played between the opening
weekend of the season on September 4 and the SWAC championship game on
"We've worked very hard to make sure that all of our teams were a part of
this inaugural television package," stated second-year commissioner Rudy
Washington of the SWAC. "This is huge for our conference. The local,
regional and national exposure our member schools will receive will be
outstanding. The good thing is that this is just a beginning. It'll get
bigger and better each year."
The SWAC's television slate will kick off on the opening weekend with the
big Labor Day Classic featuring Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern on
September 4 at the Astrodome in Houston, Tex. The 7 p.m. contest will be
carried over the CSPN Southeast network.
The next two weekends, September 11 and 18, will also include CSPN
Southeast broadcasts. The September 11 contest will feature a battle between
Alabama A&M and Grambling State in Grambling, La. at 7 p.m. On September 18,
Alabama A&M will battle Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena, Miss., also at
The first of three BET games will certainly be one of the marquee games
of the year when league divisional favorites Jackson State and Southern
tangle on October 16 in Jackson, Miss. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
On October 23, Arkansas-Pine Bluff will face Grambling State in the Red
River Classic in Shreveport, La. in a Street and Smith's Productions
nationally syndicated ball game at 2 p.m.
BET will then air the annual Magic City Classic between in-state rivals
Alabama A&M and Alabama State in Birmingham, Ala. on October 30. Kickoff is
set for 3 p.m.
Both Alabama State and Prairie View A&M will make their second CSPN
Southeast appearance when they square off at 1 p.m. in Montgomery, Ala. on
November 13. On that same date, Grambling State will meet non-conference foe
Winston-Salem State in the Gold Coast Classic in San Diego, Calif, a Street
and Smith's Production nationally syndicated game at 4 p.m.
Rivals Alcorn State and Jackson State will close their respective
regular-seasons when they go head-to-head in the annual Capital City Classic
in Jackson, Miss. on November 20. The 1 p.m. contest will be another of the
nationally syndicated games of Street and Smith's Productions.
The last regular-season contest will be aired coast-to-coast when NBC
Sports again airs the State Farm Bayou Classic featuring Grambling State and
Southern. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
The inaugural SWAC championship game, featuring the winners of the new
SWAC Eastern and Western divisions, will air live on BET at 1 p.m. on
December 11 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
In addition to the live game telecasts, CSPN Southeast will also produce
and air a weekly highlights show entitled the "SWAC Weekly Magazine." It'll
run each Thursday for 12 weeks starting on September 9.
The SWAC football television package is the initial component of the
newly-formed SWAC Communications Network. The network will also be comprised
of a basketball television package for this school year and a radio network
in the near future.
SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
1999 FOOTBALL TELEVISION PACKAGE
DATE GAME SITE TIME NETWORK
Sept. 11 Alabama A&M vs. Grambling Grambling, La. 7:00
Sept. 11 Ark.-Pine Bluff vs. Southern Univ. Baton Rouge, La. 6:30
Sept. 18 Alabama A&M vs. Miss. Valley Itta Bena, Miss. 7:00
Oct. 16 Southern Univ. vs. Jackson State Jackson, Miss. 7:00 S&S
Oct. 30 Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State Birmingham, Ala. 3:00 BET
Nov. 13 Grambling vs. Winston-Salem St. Winston-Sal., N.C. 4:00 S&S
Nov. 13 Prairie View vs. Alabama State Montgomery, Ala. 1:00 CSPN-SE
Nov. 20 Alcorn State vs. Jackson State Jackson, Miss. 1:00 BET
Nov. 27 Grambling vs. Southern Univ. New Orleans, La. 1:00 NBC
Dec. 11 SWAC Championship Game Birmingham, Ala. 1:00 BET
Dec. 18 McDonald's Heritage Bowl Atlanta, Ga. 1:00 NBC
Additional televised games that are not a part of the SWAC football
Sept. 11 Jackson State vs. Tenn. State Memphis, Tenn. 6:00 BET
Oct. 2 Southern Univ. vs. Hampton Indianapolis, Ind. 4:00 BET
Dec. 18 McDonald's Heritage Bowl Atlanta, Ga. 1:00 NBC
WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS SHOW: "SWAC FOOTBALL WEEKLY" -- 12 WEEKS ON CSPN-SE
BET - Black Entertainment Television
CSPN-SE - College Sports Productions Network Southeast
S&S Affiliate - Street & Smith's (likely a Fox Sports affiliate)
MISTAKES PLAGUE BRAVES
ALCORN STATE, Miss. —The Alcorn State Braves entered Wednesday's morning
practice sluggish, much to the dismay of head coach Dr. Johnny Thomas.
"Yesterday, morning practice was not good," Thomas said. "There were
entirely too many mistakes, which we need to have extra work on. We are
looking for better concentration to minimize on the mental mistakes."
The Braves are also battling near 100-degree temperatures. The team,
Coach Thomas said, is still adjusting to the heat and the conditions that are
presented to it.
UAPB CONCENTRATES ON QUARTERBACK POSITION
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff football team
spent the majority of yesterday's practice session concentrating on the
offensive unit, especially the quarterback position.
"We're really concerned with the offensive unit's timing," said head
coach Lee Hardman. "We've got a new quarterback and he's got to get adjusted
to running the offense."
Darryl Shelton, a 6'1, 190-pound senior, has been working at the top
signal-calling position since spring practice. For the past two seasons,
Shelton was a backup to Rod Robinson, who graduated last May.
JAGUARS' OFFENSE FALLS, DEFENSE TAKES UP SLACK
BATON ROUGE, La.—Only one day after receiving high praise from the
Southern University coaching staff, the Jaguars' offense received the brunt
of the coaches' ire after a disappointing showing in a 52- play scrimmage in
yesterday's morning session.
"I thought the offense was a big disappointment, lamented head coach
Pete Richardson. "They made too many mental mistakes. They put the ball on
the ground too much, didn't execute the plays like we had hoped and basically
didn't play together as a unit."
Of the offensive positions, the quarterback slot received the most
scrutiny as both quarterbacks, Troy Williams and Terrence Levy, faltered in
their decision-making and execution of plays.
"The defense I think played well," said Richardson. "They were
aggressive and they went out and made plays. They seemed to be coming along
at a much better pace than what the offense is right now."
JSU SEEKING ‘A FEW GOOD MEN' FOR SPECIAL TEAMS
JACKSON, Miss. — The Jackson State University Tigers used Wednesday's
practice to work on drills that will help them in their upcoming scrimmage
scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday morning, August 22.
Interim head coach Robert Hughes is impressed with how hard place kicker
Brian Reynolds and punter Kenny Paige have worked on their kicking game.
Both have developed strong legs over the summer and are ready to show JSU
opponents what makes the special teams so "special."
"Brian's range has improved tremendously," said Hughes. "Brian told me
that he is prepared to kick a field goal at the 50- yard line, and I believe
him, judging by his efforts in practice. He also kicks-off for us and his
leg is so strong that he has no problem kicking the ball into the end zone."
Hughes is on a quest to find a few good men to head up the special teams.
"I'm looking for 11 angry men to be on special teams. I need those guys who
can run, block and hit well."
THREE PRAIRIE VIEW PLAYERS MAKE POSITION CHANGES
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—Following the second day of fall camp, three Prairie
View A&M University Panthers have been moved to new positions.
Chris Fasasno (6'2, 305, Sr.) was moved from the offensive line to
defensive line and Dezra Shaw (5'11, 230, Sr.) was moved from running back to
defensive tackle. Antonio Scott (6'0, 275, Sr.) was also switched from
defensive tackle to defensive end.
"Fasasno and Shaw will add a tremendous amount of stability to our
defensive line," said defensive coordinator Rory Barnett. "They possess that
sheer athletic ability and they're the two strongest individuals on our team.
"Scott is one of our leaders. He is among our top 10 players in strength
and agility," added Barnett. We had to move him to replace a key loss at
Fasasno, a junior college transfer last season from Independence Community
College, was moved to the offensive line due to the lack of personnel. Shaw
garnered 104 yards on 31 carries as a running back. Scott, a 1998 second
team All- SWAC performer, registered 50 tackles a year ago, including 10
stops for a minus 34 yards.
GSU'S BAILEY MAKES STRONG IMPACT ON SPECIAL TEAMS
GRAMBLING, La.—Last year, junior Frank Bailey made a name for himself
around the Southwestern Athletic Conference as Grambling's leading punt and
kickoff return leader. This year, Bailey is giving newcomers and GSU coaches
an eyeful of the awesome speed and bruising return style that carried him to
a team-leading 1,367 all-purpose yards. He averaged 11.8 yards on punt
returns and 23.5 on kickoff returns.
"He is a big play athlete with a bruising style," said Heishma Northern,
the special teams coach. "He can control field position with kickoffs and
Northern also has been pleased with the punting of Adrian Hairston, who was
second in the SWAC with a 39-yard average. Lawrence Richmond, who also plays
baseball, will handle the place-kicking duties.
"Richmond has hit from 50 yards out," said Northern. "Right now we're
working on consistency with him. We'll spend Friday and Saturday working on
MVSU CONTINUES TWO-A- DAYS, PENDLETON BACK
ITTA BENA, Miss.—LaTraia Jones, Mississippi Valley State's head coach,
put his team through a regular 11-on-11 scrimmage yesterday.
"With the weather conditions much cooler, we let our players go 11-on-11
for 20 minutes and quarterback Melvin Williams was impressive along with our
running back," said Jones. "The defensive units seem to be ahead of the
offense, now--but I am pleased with the overall progress."
Jones also pointed out that defensive end Lawrence Pendelton seems ready
to play now. Valley will continue with two-a-day practice this week and has
a full scrimmage Saturday, August 21, 1999.
TSU'S HARRELL SETS PACE FOR REST OF THE SECONDARY
HOUSTON, Tex.—The Texas Southern University football team continued
two-a-day practices Wednesday, concentrating on the red zone area and
Assistant coach Ray Bonner feels that junior defensive back Scott Harrell
continues to perform strongly. He stated, "Harrell looks very impressive
right now. He is healthy and strong and he is working real hard," said
Bonner. "Much like last season, he is setting the pace for the secondary."
Harrell is a 1999 preseason All-SWAC selection who led the conference in
tackles for loss (18) and was second in forced fumbles (2). The 6-0
Livingston, Tex. native led the Tigers in interceptions (3) and was one of
the league's top ten tackles leader with 64 tackles.
BN SPORTS 1999 BLACK COLLEGE PRESEASON FOOTBALL POLL RANK
RANK TEAM POINTS(#1 VOTES) 1998 RECORD
1 Florida A&M 262 (16) 11-2
2 Hampton 235 (3) 9-3
3 Southern 199 (1) 9-3
4 Tennessee State 152 (4) 9-3
5 Jackson State 149 (3) 7-4
6 Bethune-Cookman 114 8-3
7 Albany State 102 9-2
8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 75 8-3
9 Fort Valley State 69 11-2
10 Tuskegee 55 9-2
SWAC FOOTBALL REPORT #5
JAGUAR OFFENSE ‘AHEAD OF SCHEDULE'
BATON ROUGE, La. —Southern University's football team took the field for
morning practices under a steamy Baton Rouge heat. The Jaguars were put
through "pass skeletons", offensive coordinator Mark Orlando's terminology
for 7-on-7 drills, in the morning session with the offensive unit receiving
high praise for their progress in picking up the offensive package.
"The offense is a little bit ahead of schedule," noted Richardson.
"We'll go into our first scrimmage with most of our offense in. That's
probably the first time that's happened since I've been here."
The Jaguars will take the field for their first full-squad scrimmage
Saturday, August 21.
BLACK OF EXECUTION TROUBLES BRAVES
ALCORN STATE, Miss. — The Alcorn State football team did not have a good
showing during yesterday's workout, which has head coach Johnny Thomas
"We didn't have a very good day, we didn't execute well, it just looked
like we came out sluggish and lethargically," said Thomas. "It was one of
those days and I am hoping we do a much better job."
In spite of the bad workout, the team is having a good showing on special
teams. Junior Eric Newman (5'11, 186) is expected to handle both the
placekicking and punting duties during upcoming season. Newman connected on
27 of 29 extra point attempts along with two of five field goal attempts and
had 13 punts for an average 33.9 yards per kick in 1998.
"Our special teams are coming along pretty good, although we have to iron
out some wrinkles in our punting game, kickoff and punt returns," said Thomas.
ASU'S KENNEDY READY FOR UPCOMING SEASON
MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The ASU Hornets donned full gear Tuesday morning for the
first time this fall.
Several players on both sides of the ball looked good, although none
stood out. Quick whistles kept defenders away from Darnell Kennedy, who has
performed well so far in camp.
"I came into camp with the right frame of mind and with our system under
my belt for a year and a spring, so I'm ready to go," said Kennedy, an
All-SWAC preseason first team member. "We're ready to really turn this thing
around and get some serious wins this season. I just wanted to make sure I
was in shape and ready to do my part. I'm bigger and stronger and my
throwing seems to be on point."
TIGERS CONTINUE CONTACT WORKOUTS
HOUSTON, Tex. — The Texas Southern football team continued two-a-day
practices and held its second day of contact workouts yesterday at the old
Houston Oilers practice facility.
"It's good to be able to see the guys going at it in full gear," said
head coach Bill Thomas. "We have a lot of young talent on the offense, but
with each day they are improving, and I'm sure we'll get where we need to be."
The Tiger team will focus more on special teams in the days ahead.
JSU TIGERS CONTINUE TWO-A- DAYS--DESPITE HEAT
JACKSON, Miss.— The blistering heat and a few nagging injuries have made
the second day of contact two-a-day practices a challenge. However, coach
Robert Hughes has not let those things hamper the overall atmosphere of
yesterday's practice session.
Split-man Brian Darden (RB/DB) was scheduled to practice yesterday after
missing all of last week. Darden had been out nursing a sprained toe he
suffered in spring drills. Wide receiver Sylvester Morris will also return
to practice after missing Monday because of a muscle pull.
"I'm pleased with the overall attitudes of the players," said Hughes.
"Despite minor setbacks, like the heat, minor injuries and field conditions,
the players are hanging in there. They are overlooking these obstacles
because they know we are here to do a job."
The weather may be hot, but the Tigers are even hotter. JSU is blazing
in the polls. The Tigers are ranked No. 18 in the division I-AA poll and No.
5 in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Preseason Poll.
COACH SEES POSITIVE THINGS IN PVU DRILLS
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Prairie View A&M University Panthers worked out in
shoulder pads and helmets yesterday evening, concluding their first day of
two-a-day practices in preparation for the upcoming season.
"After three practices, I'm pleased with this group," said head coach
Clifton Gilliard. "It seems as though this group dedicated themselves to
returning to camp in great shape and good physical condition."
The Panthers are expected to continue with the installation of plays in
shorts and helmets this morning and helmets and shoulder pads in the evening
VALLEY'S JONES PLEASED WITH PROGRESS
ITTA BENA, Miss.:—Mississippi Valley State head coach LaTraia Jones was
pleased with the progress made in yesterday's practice.
"I was very pleased with the workout, especially with the quarterback,
Melvin Williams, and running back, Corey Holmes," said Jones. "They seemed
to be catching on the offensive schemes quickly."
The Delta Devils' first game will be against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on
September 4 in Little Rock, Ark.
GSU RECEIVERS ARE LOOKING POLISHED
GRAMBLING, La.—Grambling State University's wide receivers don't have a
wealth of college experience, but the talent level that the youthful Tigers
are showing is creating excitement in camp.
"Late Monday night, the receivers probably had their best practice this
season," said wide receiver coach Sammie White, a former star receiver for
Grambling and the Minnesota Vikings. "And again yesterday morning they
were sharp. Overall, I think they are looking great. Even the young players
we had last year have a year under their belts and are looking real polished."
The leading receiver from 1998, Scotty Anderson (54 catches, 874 yards, 9
TDs), will be returning this season. GSU lost senior Silas Payne and
third-leading receiver David Thompson, who transferred to Holy Cross College
in Massachusetts. Ivery Gaskins of Rivera Beach, Florida (14 catches, 161
yards) is currently the leading candidate to replace Thompson, who started
GSU'S YOUNGSTERS SHOWING "EYE OF THE TIGER"
GRAMBLING, La. — With the first full week of practice behind them,
Grambling State's freshmen proved to be a breath of fresh air. Head coach
Doug Williams, looking to add depth to a veteran team, has brought in what he
considers a fine group of young men.
"The young guys have shown a lot of promise," said Williams. "We still
have to put some puzzles together. However, we have added depth and quality,
especially to our receiving core as well as the offensive and defensive
Donning full pads for the first time, the Tigers will continue
concentrating on conditioning and fundamentals. In the final week of
two-a-day practices, the Tigers will also look to solidify their depth chart.
With so many players showing promise, this is a problem Williams welcomes.
"Coming into camp, most of our starters were in place," said Williams.
"We have added plenty of depth, but also inexperience. The youngsters will
have to grow up quick, which means they will have to do it while receiving
plenty of playing time. They all seem to be very decent athletes, which will
make up for the inexperience."
HORNETS RESUME PRACTICE AFTER MEDIA AND FAN DAY
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama State football team returned to work
yesterday after two practices on Saturday and media/fan day activities on
"We had a great day Sunday, but it's time to go back to work," said head
coach Ron Dickerson. "We have a long way to go before September 5th."
Media and fans were greeted by happy Hornets who gave out free ASU Hornet
Football T-shirts and signed autographs for all who attended. A few hundred
fans came out and braved the warm temperatures to get a look at the 1999
MISS. VALLEY STATE INTO SECOND WEEK OF PRACTICE
ITTA BENA, Miss.—The players and coaches from Mississippi Valley State
took Sunday off, but got back to two-a-day drills yesterday.
Senior quarterback Melvin Williams continues to handle the newly
installed West Coast-style offense. He stated, "I'm enjoying learning this
Head coach LaTraia Jones said, "This week we have increased the drills,
going some seven-on-seven, working on our kicking game and maybe we'll have
some scrimmages. I've seen some improvement after watching films on our
TEXAS SOUTHERN HOLDS FIRST CONTACT PRACTICE
HOUSTON, Tex.— The Texas Southern football team continued two-a-day
practices yesterday and held its first contact workout last night at the old
Houston Oilers practice facility.
Last night's workout gave head coach Bill Thomas a chance to evaluate his
team in "live" situations. This is especially important on the offensive
side of the ball where only two starters from last year's 6-5 team return.
Thomas said it's difficult to assess practice. "It's tough to know how
it's going when you're installing new players," Thomas said. "Our guys are
learning the system and it's going to take some time."
BRAVES PERFORM WELL IN FIRST DAY OF DRILLS IN PADS
ALCORN STATE, Miss. — The Alcorn State Braves worked in pads yesterday
and head coach Johnny Thomas was pleased with the performance of his players
during the workout.
"We had a real good hitting session this morning," said Thomas. "The
guys came out really fired up and ready to hit each other. We were able to
get a lot of things accomplished."
The team worked on their timing on offense, defense and special teams
during the evening practice. In Tuesday's workouts, the Braves will work on
the fundamental aspects of their game.
"We are going to work on the things that we need to improve on and we are
going to work a little bit more on inside drills, tackling and recognition,"
Media Day has been scheduled for Thursday, August 19th, at the park on
campus. It will take place from 2- 3:30 p.m.
JSU TIGERS PUT ON PADS
JACKSON, Miss.—The Jackson State Tigers began two-a-day workouts in full
pads Monday afternoon. The team changed its practice schedule from 8:30 a.m.
and 3:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. because of faculty and staff
seminars on yesterday morning.
The Tigers will continue with their two-a-day practices in full pads for
the remainder of the week. One- a-day practices will begin on Monday, August
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M ENDS PHYSICALS, TWO-A-DAYS SET
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—Prairie View A&M interim head coach Clifton Gilliard
announced Monday that all of the players on his team have completed their
physicals in preparation for the 1999 camp. The players also participated in
the team's first practice session Monday afternoon. Two-a-days will start
today with workouts slated for 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
"We'll use our first few practice sessions as a gauge to see where we are
in terms of our physical condition before we really get into the nuts and
bolts of our practice program," said Gilliard.
Spirits are high and everyone's excited about the new season.
SU JAGUARS PICK UP PACE, INTENSITY AT HIGH LEVEL
BATON ROUGE, La.—Southern head coach Pete Richardson was delighted in the
pace of his team's practice yesterday as he watched the Jaguars prep in full
gear for the first time this preseason.
"The intensity and the pace of the practice picked up this morning," said
Richardson. "I think it was because of the presence of the kids in
Richardson and his staff continue to focus on instilling the basics of SU
football, with the majority of the morning session consisting of alignment
drills, areas of responsibility and simple play formations.
"We'll continue to work on formations and alignments for as long as we
have to," Richardson said. "Right now, the kids are going full-speed, but we
won't go full-contact until probably Wednesday."
The Jaguars will be put through a mini-controlled scrimmage, in efforts
to better gauge the progress of preseason camp. The first scrimmage will be
held on Saturday, August 21.
SWAC MAKES DIVISIONAL FORMAT "USER FRIENDLY"
NEW ORLEANS -- Fearing that the elaborate system of determining
representatives for this fall's inaugural Southwestern Athletic Conference
football championship game was too complicated for novice fans to fully
comprehend, league commissioner Rudy Washington has abandoned the original
method of determining which games will count towards qualification for the
game and replaced it with a simpler one.
The original system called for teams in both the Eastern and Western
divisions to play the four teams in their respective divisions plus three
from the opposite division for a total of seven conference games. The three
games from the opposite division would have rotated on two-year intervals.
The new plan calls for only the four games within a team's respective
division to count as conference games. League commissioner Rudy Washington
said this simpler plan would be much easier for fans to remember.
"After further review of the seven-game format, we believed that the
average fan would just not have been able to keep track of which games were
being counted as conference games," stated Washington. "The simpler the
plan, the less problems we'd face as the season develops."
In the SWAC's divisional format, which takes place starting this fall for
all sports except men's and women's basketball, the Eastern Division will
consist of Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State
University, Jackson State University and Mississippi Valley State University.
For football, only games played among those schools will count in the
league's Eastern Division standings.
The Western Division will consist of the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff, Grambling State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern
University and Texas Southern University. Only games played among those
schools will count in the league's Western Division standings.
In cases of ties, the following tiebreaker plan will be implemented:
A) In cases of two-team ties:
1. Head-to-head competition
B) In cases of ties involving three or more teams:
1. Head-to-head record in games between teams involved in the tie;
2. Overall conference record (divisional games plus the three
3. Total points scored in divisional play;
4. Coin flip by the commissioner.
The inaugural SWAC football championship game will be played on December
11, 1999 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
Football Camp Report No. Three
JSU COACH LAYS OUT TIGERS' THREE RULES FOR SUCCESS
JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State interim head coach Robert Hughes shared
with his players on Friday his three requirements for a successful season —
be on time, follow instructions and use common sense. With those words of
encouragement, the Tigers breezed through their drills.
"I'm starting to see a change in the players' attitudes," stated Hughes.
"What I've implemented is starting to work and the players are grasping my
style of coaching."
On Friday, JSU mainly concentrated on conditioning and repetition drills
without pads. Saturday's schedule will include Media Day festivities
starting at 8:30 a.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The team
will don pads for the first time starting on Monday.
TSU TO START TWO-A-DAY ROUTINE AT OILERS' SITE
HOUSTON, Tex. — The Texas Southern football team spent most of Friday in
team meetings before hitting the gridiron for the first time at 7 p.m.
The offensive players met with new coordinator Eddie Williamson, who came to
TSU after serving as the offensive coordinator at Baylor. The defensive unit
took to the classroom to go over strategies as well.
The Tigers will start two-a-days Saturday with two-hour sessions being staged
at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. The team's workouts are being conducted at the
old Houston Oilers' practice facility.
HEAT DOESN'T HAMPER ASU'S FIRST FULL PRACTICE FRIDAY
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama State Hornets practiced together for the
first time as a full unit Friday morning, getting introduced not only to the
rigors of practicing but to the extreme heat as well.
"I didn't think we looked too bad, especially for the first practice in this
kind of heat," said offensive coordinator Guy Holiday.
ASU head coach Ron Dickerson said his initial practice afforded him the
opportunity to judge which players actually worked hard over the off-season.
"We conditioned them hard after practice today in the heat and everybody made
their times and kept up quite well," said Dickerson. "That just goes to show
that these guys are taking upon themselves to step up and be leaders, not
The Hornets will practice again twice on Saturday before holding Media Day
activities on Sunday in the Cramton Bowl at 2:30 p.m.
MVSU WORKS ON THE BASICS
ITTA BENA, Miss. — The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils continued
non-contact drills on Friday, for the first time walking through basic
formations and concentrating on fundamentals.
"I'm pleased with the players' attitudes and condition," said head coach
LaTraia Jones. "They seem ready to work."
Saturday's schedule calls for a 5-6 p.m. non-contact practice at the MVSU
GSU'S TALL MEN EYE SLOTS, TIGERS FOCUS ON OFFENSE
GRAMBLING, La. — Seven-on-seven drills pitting the offensive line and
running backs against the defensive line and linebackers highlighted
Grambling's Friday morning practice while the team started implementing its
passing game during the evening session.
Four freshman receivers coming in at 6'3 or taller look to challenge for
starting roles during the preseason.
"All of the receivers can run and catch," said assistant coach Heishma
Northern. "You normally get the big guys, but they can't run or catch. It's
rare to get this many receivers with the entire package."
Meanwhile, with no definite starter in place in the offensive backfield,
the Tigers focused on assignments in the running game, recognition and
picking up blocks.
"Fullback Jason Arrington is working his way back into shape," stated
Northern. "He's getting back to what we expected of him."
Fan and Media Day is on tap for GSU on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Eddie G.
Robinson Stadium with a Doug Williams press conference slated for 2:30. Fans
are encouraged to attend. Food, drinks, giveaways, door prizes and
entertainment will be provided.
ALCORN EXPANDS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE 7-ON-7
ALCORN STATE, Miss. — The Alcorn State Braves worked on one-on-one drills
during Friday's morning workouts and focused on seven-on-seven drills in the
"We went one-on-one for the first time and we had some bright spots and
some things that we need to correct," said head coach Johnny Thomas.
Thomas expanded his team's workouts by adding the seven-on-seven drills
in addition to the customary one-on-one routine. The Braves will work on
basics in their final session without pads on Saturday before donning full
gear for the first time on Monday.
INAUGURAL SWAC FOOTBALL
EASTERN DIVISION WINNER
WESTERN DIVISION WINNER
Saturday, December 11, 1999
1:00 at Legion Field
SWAC Training Cam Report
HORNETS PUT TO THE TEST
MONTGOMERY, Ala.--In the blistering heat and humidity, the Alabama State
veterans players took the field yesterday ready to push things to a new level
in their conditioning tests.
According to head coach Ron Dickerson, the Hornet upperclassmen came into
camp in the right frame of mind and in shape.
"The guys looked good out there today," said Dickerson. "Everyone made
their times and we are excited to have everyone together. Now we must
concentrate on the things we need to do to get ready for September 5th.
The team held its first full practice this morning.
GSU VETERANS HIT THE FIELD
GRAMBLING, La.--Grambling State University head football coach Doug
Williams gave his veteran players a chance to return to the field yesterday
morning. The team held its first full workout for the whole team later that
The upperclassmen were limited to conditioning and time tests. Senior
linebacker Demorrio Hamilton, junior wide receiver Scotty Anderson, and
junior running back Walter Williams all turned in top times in the 40-yard
dash with a 4.4.
"Overall we looked pretty good, all of linemen completed drills and we
had some great times," said defensive line coach Ernest Sterling. "We're
very pleased at the shape our guys came back in."
DEVILS START TWO-A-DAYS
ITTA BENA, Miss. -- The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils started
two-day-day practices on Thursday with 70 players hitting the field.
According to head coach Latraia Jones, 20 freshman have reported to
campus with three awaiting the green light from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
The Delta Devils will concentrate on basic fundamentals today as well as
SWAC Football Camp Report
HORNETS WELCOME ROOKIES & VETERANS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama State University's head football coach Ron
Dickerson has welcomed 49 newcomers in addition to his upperclassmen back on
campus. The rookies reported to campus on Tuesday and the veterans reported
Alabama State will hold its annual media/fan appreciation day on Sunday,
August 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl.
ALCORN BEGINS TWO-A- DAYS
ALCORN STATE, Miss. -- The Alcorn State University Braves football team
was issued its equipment and began two-a-days on Wednesday. The players
worked-out in shorts.
Media day is scheduled for Thursday, August 19th, at the park on campus.
It takes place from 2-3:30 p.m.
GSU BEGINS TWO-A-DAYS
GRAMBLING, La. -- The Grambling State University Football Tigers will
begin regular two-a-day practices today, August 12. A total of 35 lettermen
and approximately 28 freshmen and newcomers will be on the field.
Grambling is also holding its annual Fans & Media Day from 2-4 p.m. on
Saturday, August 14 inside the Eddie G. Robinson Stadium. Fans will be able
to take pictures and receive autographs. Head coach Doug Williams will hold
a short press conference at 2:30 p.m.
JSU TIGERS COMPLETE PHYSICALS
JACKSON, Miss.-- Medical screenings and examinations were on the
agenda Wednesday for the Jackson State University Tigers football team. The
annual two-mile conditioning run took place at 6:30 p.m. The athletes
arrived on campus Tuesday.
JSU's Media Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 14, at 8:30 p.m. at
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Grambling's freshmen footballers are scheduled
to report Sunday, August 8th. They will have two-a-day practice sessions
on 9-10 August. Upperclassmen will report on August 10th with practices
on 12-14 August. Media Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 14 at 2 p.m.
in Eddie G. Robinson stadium. The team will continue two-a-day practices
from August 15-August 23, then will start one-a-day practices. More later...
Black Coaches Victims of Money Scam
New Orleans, LA(OTW)-SWAC Commissioner Rudy Washington is putting
out a warning for all black coaches to beware of a money scam that has
been taking place.
Apparently, a male has been using prominent individuals' names to swindle
money out of black college coaches. The person poses as an individual
of the sports world and claims to be in transit on an airplane. He
says that he has a nephew who needs money for an emergency. Since he can't
wire the money himself, he asks the coaches to wire the money to
his nephew, and he will give the money back when his plane lands. However,
this is not the case.
The money is picked up from the wire service immediately. Western Union
has been the only wire company used in the scam. Some of the names that
have been used by the con artist are Billy Hunter, NBA Players Union,
Kellen Winslow, pro football Hall-of-Famer, George Raveling, former collegiate
basketball coach, and Rudy Washington, SWAC Commissioner, and others. The
scam has occurred dozens of times, and an estimated $100,000 has been lost
in the scam.
It is possible that the person picks up the money, or has an accomplice.
What makes the con artist so convincing is that he has some kind of knowledge
of the targeted coaches and the person requesting the money.
New Orleans, LA(OTW)-Southern has been picked to win the West and
Jackson State the East in the 1999 edition of SWAC football caoches and media
poll. The winners of the respective divisions will meet at the SWAC
championship game in Birmingham, at Legion Field. The game will decide
who will go to the McDonald's Heritage Bowl.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND DIVISIONAL PLAY
MAJOR TOPICS FOR 1999 SWAC PRESS TOUR
NEW ORLEANS -- The Southwestern Athletic Conference will hold its
20th annual Football Press Tour on Tuesday, July 13, through Friday, July 16.
The tour will begin on July 13 in Baton Rouge, La. From there, it'll
move on to Pine Bluff, Ark. on Wednesday, July 14, Jackson, Miss. on
Thursday, July 15 and Huntsville, Ala. on Friday, July 16.
The annual tour promotes upcoming SWAC football seasons to the fans
and media. This year's tour, as last year's, brings in a few new changes.
This is the first year that the conference has split the schools into two
divisions, Eastern and Western. The conference will also have its first-
ever football championship game on Saturday, December 11 in Birmingham, Ala.
The winner of the championship game will play in the McDonald's Heritage
"The combination of the championship game and the new divisional
breakdown will add a whole new level of excitement to a conference where
football is already king," SWAC associate commissioner Lonza Hardy Jr. said.
"This year, the focus will not be on just one team, but on the two top teams."
Top returning student-athletes from the Western Division schools will
participate in the tour's stops in Baton Rouge and Pine Bluff, while the
Eastern Division student-athletes will join the tour in Jackson and
Huntsville. The stop in Jackson is sure to be one of the highlights of the
tour since the festivities will be held at the Mississippi Sports Hall of
Fame and Museum.
"We're looking to accomplish a lot of things in Jackson," Mississippi
Valley State athletics director and SWAC wagonmaster Charles Prophet said.
"The mayor of Jackson and members of the City Council will be in attendance.
It could be one of our biggest stops."
Another big topic during the football tour will likely be the
relocation of the SWAC
headquarters from New Orleans to Birmingham, Ala.
"I think we're in for a good tour this year," Prophet said. "It
should prove to be very exciting."
20th ANNUAL SWAC FOOTBALL PRESS TOUR
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1999--BATON ROUGE, LA
6:30 p.m.--Press Conference (Southern University)
Dinner (Smith-Brown Memorial Union)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1999--PINE BLUFF, AR
7:00 p.m.--Press Conference (Pine Bluff Convention Center)
8:30 p.m.-Dinner (Western Sizzlin Steakhouse)
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1999--JACKSON, MS
7:00 p.m.--Press Conference (MS Hall of Fame and Museum)
FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1999--HUNTSVILLE, AL
3:00 p.m.--Meet the Press (Marriott-Huntsville)
6:00 p.m.--Banquet (Marriott-Huntsville)
9:00 p.m.--Reception (Marriott-Huntsville)
1999 SWAC SPRING MEETINGS
DAILY NEWS RECAPS
BILOXI LIKELY TO HOST SWAC BASKETBALL TOURNEY
BILOXI, Miss. -- The big news coming out of the initial day of the
1999 Southwestern Athletic Conference Spring Meetings was the fact that the
league's annual postseason basketball tournament will likely have a new home
in the year 2000.
In the athletics directors' meeting on Monday, commissioner Rudy
Washington informed the group of his pending recommendation to the SWAC
Council of Presidents on Wednesday to move the tournament from Baton Rouge,
La., where the 1999 tourney was hosted on Southern University's campus, to
Biloxi. If approved, the tournament will be played at the Mississippi Coast
Coliseum next March 9-11.
"I've looked at the SWAC basketball tournament over the years and
have been disappointed in the level of local support it=s gotten from the
various cities that have hosted it," stated Washington. "In Biloxi, I
believe we have a city which will throw its support behind the tournament to
ensure its success. Also, Biloxi is one of the rising cities in the South
and it has an active community of locals and tourists yearning for different
modes of entertainment, especially sporting events. They'll have an
excellent entertainment choice with the SWAC basketball tournament."
Chuck Prophet, the athletics director at Mississippi Valley State
University and the chairman of the SWAC Athletics Directors Committee, said
the initial day of the SWAC Spring Meetings was a very productive one.
"Our meetings were very beneficial on Monday," stated Prophet. "As
for the athletics directors, we had a real good discussion about the
conference headquarters move to Birmingham. In light of what the city=s
planning on doing for the conference, it's surely a positive move for us.
"I was happy to receive the report from Street and Smith=s about our
new television package," added Prophet. "From the sponsorships they=re
lining up, I=m confident that Street and Smith=s will be able incorporate all
of our schools into the television package this fall."
Besides the athletics directors, several other committees also met on
Monday, including the league's alumni affairs directors, athletic trainers,
band directors, equipment managers, financial aid directors and registrars.
The SWAC Spring Meetings continue today with 9 a.m. to 12 noon
meetings of the coaches from the sports of baseball, bowling, golf, softball,
tennis, track and field and volleyball in addition to the league=s senior
From 1-3 p.m., meetings will be held involving the SWAC=s athletic
business managers, basketball coaches, compliance coordinators, faculty
athletics representatives, football coaches and sports information directors.
From 2-6 p.m., the athletics directors will receive committee reports.
The SWAC meetings will conclude on Wednesday with a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
meeting of the SWAC Council of Presidents. The conference=s basketball
coaches will also meet with game officials during that same time frame.
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SWAC BASEBALL COACHES WANT TOURNAMENT FIELD EXPANDED, SOFTBALL COACHES CONCUR
BILOXI, Miss. -- If the head baseball and softball coaches of the
Southwestern Athletic Conference have their way, the league's postseason
tournaments will expanded in the year 2000 from their traditional four-team
formats to fields of six teams.
The coaches' recommendations were just one of many issues discussed
during day two of the 1999 SWAC Spring Meetings, which are being held in
Biloxi at the Beau Rivage Resort Hotel.
The baseball and softball coaches unanimously recommended increasing
their respective SWAC tournament fields by allowing the top three teams from
the league's Eastern Division and the top three teams from the Western
Division to make the tournament. Concurrently, they're recommending making
the tournaments four-day events rather than their normal three-day affairs.
"We've discussed this issue among ourselves for the past couple of
years and we believed that now was the appropriate time to present our
recommendation to the athletics directors," stated Wilbert Ellis, chairman of
the SWAC Baseball Coaches Committee. "With the level of competition
increasing in our conference, we think more teams should have a shot at
winning our championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament."
Another key recommendation made to the athletics directors on Tuesday
came from both the men's and women's basketball coaches. In separate
meetings, the two groups recommended that the league abandon the satellite
format it implemented a year ago for the conference's postseason basketball
tournament. The men's coaches' recommendation came on a 6-4 vote while all
10 of the women's coaches were in favor of returning to the old format.
Last year, the league's top four men's teams and top four women's
teams hosting first round games of their respective tournaments on their
campus sites. The winners advanced to Baton Rouge, La., where the semifinals
and finals were played on Southern University's campus. In previous years,
all of the teams eligible to compete in the tournament competed at the one
Several other significant recommendations were presented to the SWAC
athletics directors as well on Tuesday, including one from the football
coaches to alter this summer's SWAC Football Press Tour. The tour, as
scheduled previously, called for the head coaches, sports information
directors and top returning players to travel to four cities over a two-week
span for their annual preseason media conferences. The coaches recommended
consolidating the tour to a consecutive four-day swing through Jackson,
Miss., Pine Bluff, Ark., Baton Rouge, La. and Huntsville, Ala.
Meanwhile, the SWAC sports information directors recommended adopting
a plan for improving the sports information offices of the SWAC-member
universities. The plan calls for the hiring of full-time assistants and a
secretary in each sports information office, bringing the staffers' salaries
up to par with other NCAA Division I schools, hiring of qualified personnel
when job vacancies occur encouraging and assisting with on-going training.
The annual SWAC Spring Meetings will conclude today with a meeting of
the SWAC Council of Presidents as well as meetings of the SWAC's men's and
women's basketball coaches with their respective game officials. The
sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
* * *
ALA. A&M ACCEPTED AS FULL-MEMBER OF SWAC,
LEAGUE SETS BILOXI AS SITE OF HOOPS TOURNEY
BILOXI, Miss. -- Alabama A&M University, which was accepted as an
affiliate member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference a year ago, has now
been ratified as a full-member of the league effective on September 1, 1999.
Located in Huntsville, Ala., Alabama A&M's full-membership in the SWAC
is contingent upon the university fulfilling all of the requirements
necessary for full Division I status in the NCAA no later than September 1.
Should that happen as expected, the school will be immediately eligible for
all of the privileges that go with full-membership in the SWAC, including
eligibility for championships and individual postseason honors. However, the
school won't be eligible to participate in the SWAC's postseason basketball
tournament until it becomes eligible for an automatic berth to the NCAA
The action on Alabama A&M came during the SWAC Council of Presidents'
meeting, the final session of the 1999 SWAC Spring Meetings, which were held
in Biloxi at the Beau Rivage Resort Hotel. A meeting of the league's
basketball officials and head coaches was also held on the final day of the
Another major action of the SWAC presidents was the acceptance of
commissioner Rudy Washington's proposal to bring the conference's basketball
tournament to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi next March 9-11. The
tournament had been held in Baton Rouge, La. in 1999 and in Dallas, Tex. in
1997 and 1998.
Additionally, the presidents voted to abolish the satellite format
for the SWAC tournament that was used in 1999, whereby the top four highest
seeded teams hosted first round games on their respective campuses. Starting
in 2000, the conference will return to its previous format of inviting all of
the eight eligible teams to the designated tournament site.
A large portion of Wednesday's presidents' meeting was devoted to
financial matters, including preliminary discussions on meeting the
conference's obligation to pay its share of the recent NCAA court settlement
with restricted earnings coaches, devising a sharing formula for revenue
earned from the new SWAC football championship game and the creation of a
Finance Committee to help oversee the SWAC's operations budget.
SOUTHERN WINS ALL OF SWAC'S ALL-SPORTS AWARDS
NEW ORLEANS - A banner year that resulted in the winning of three
men's and five women's championships were all it took for Southern University
to capture all three of the Southwestern Athletic Conference's all-sports
awards for 1998-99.
In the process, Southern recaptured the coveted SWAC Commissioner's
Cup which it failed to win for the first time in seven years last season.
Last season, Grambling State won the cup by a scant margin of just one-half
point. Additionally, the SU men's athletics program regained the C.D. Henry
Men's All-Sports Trophy for the first time in three years, dethroning
two-time champion Jackson State, while winning the Barbara Jacket/Sadie Magee
Women's All-Sports Trophy for the first time in two years, dethroning
"We are extremely proud of this achievement," said SU athletics
director Marino H. Casem. "It represents the broad-based support that our
overall program receives from the entire Southern University family. It also
continues our domination in the nineties and serves notice to the rest of the
conference as we move into the 21st century."
Southern garnered a high 134 points en route to capturing the SWAC
Commissioner's Cup. Following Southern were Jackson State, 104 points,
Grambling State, 101.5, Alcorn State, 95, Alabama State, 88, Prairie View
A&M, 80.5, Texas Southern, 73, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 58, and Mississippi
Valley State, 40.
The race for the C.D. Henry Men's All-Sports Trophy saw the Jaguars
pick up a high 64 points after winning championships in the sports of
baseball, football and indoor track and field. Second places were tabbed in
basketball and outdoor track and field while ties for third places were
landed in golf and tennis. SU's lowest finish was in cross country, where
the Jaguars came in fifth.
"Winning the men's all-sports trophy really shows the greatness of
our coaching staff in getting the very most out of each individual athlete,"
noted Casem. "It also shows the greatness of our student-athletes, in that
they responded so well to the competition."
Following Southern in the men's all-sports standings were Jackson
State, 58 points, Grambling State, 46, Alcorn State, 44.5, Prairie View A&M,
38, Texas Southern, 36.5, Arkansas- Pine Bluff, 29.5, Alabama State, 28, and
Mississippi Valley State, 17.5.
In the race for the Barbara Jacket/Sadie Magee Women's All-Sports
Trophy, Southern clinched a high 70 points after winning championships in
five of the nine women's sports sponsored by the SWAC. SU won titles in
bowling, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, softball and
volleyball. The Lady Jaguars finished second in tennis, fifth in cross
country, sixth in golf and seventh in basketball.
Casem said winning the women's all-sports award was particularly
"I'm extremely proud of the women `s program because they had to
overcome a lot of obstacles," noted Casem. "It's a tribute to the overall
esprit-de-cor. of our women's program."
After a stellar career as an athletics director at both Southern and
Alcorn State, and after gaining a reputation as one of the nation's premiere
athletics administrators, Casem is set to retire on June 30, 1999.
Consequently, he said going out on top means a lot to him personally.
"It's especially pleasing that I close out my career with Southern
University atop the conference and doing well in all aspects," said Casem,
who's also served stints as head football coach at Alcorn State and Southern.
"That was my goal when I came to this institution in 1986, to restore the
luster to Southern's glorious and proud tradition in athletics. I'm
extremely pleased with the hard work and dedication of my entire staff."
LSU Eliminates Southern
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BATON ROUGE, La. – Ben Saxon pitched a complete game, allowing LSU to recover from a 2-0 deficit to take a 6-3 win over Southern Saturday night in an elimination game of the NCAA Regional here in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU (39-22-1) advances to the championship round against East Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Saxon, a seldom-used junior from Albany, Ga., struck out eight and walked none in pitching his first career complete game, and LSU’s seventh this year. After allowing a go-ahead home run to Robert Primus to lead off the fourth, he mowed down the last 18 batters he faced in improving to 2-0 on the season.
Southern, who fell to 0-33 all-time against their cross-town rivals, finishes its season 29-16.
The Jaguars looked good early, though, grabbing a 2-0 lead through three, scoring single runs in the second and third on Jerel Johnson’s sacrifice fly in the second and Franco Blackburn’s homer in the third.
Aided by three Jaguar errors in the fourth, LSU tied the game in the fourth. The third error of the inning (all consecutive) was by Mike Woods, allowing Blair Barbier to score. Brad Cresse then slapped a single through the left side to tie the game.
Brad Hawpe, who homered in LSU’s earlier loss to East Carolina, hit another one just inside the right-field foul pole to tie the game in the sixth, and Josh Dalton’s single later in the frame gave LSU the lead for good.
The Tigers scored two more insurance runs in the seventh on Hawpe’s double and a bases-loaded walk to Cedrick Harris.
Gabe Ashford (5-5) took the loss for Southern, giving up seven hits and six runs (four earned) in 6 2/3 innings.
Southern Eliminates Northeast Louisiana
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BATON ROUGE, La. - Jerel Johnson's RBI single in the 10th inning allowed Southern overcome a 7-3 deficit and shock Northeast Louisiana, 8-7, in an elimination game of the NCAA regional here at Alex Box Stadium.
The Jaguars (29-16), in winning their second NCAA tournament game ever, survive to face the loser of this afternoon's LSU-East Carolina game at 7:30.
NLU finishes its year 36-22. Southern's last NCAA tourney win was a 1-0 shocker of Cal St. Fullerton on May 21, 1987.
The Jaguars are the only Southwestern Athletic Conference school to win a NCAA tourney game. In the 10th, Kione Thompson and Chris Atwell led off with back-to-back singles. NLU reliever Kevin Orga (6-8) fanned Robert Primus, but Johnson dropped Orga's first pitch in front of Shane Russell for the winning run.
"After we played last night, I'm pretty sure nobody expected us to come out and win," Jaguars coach Roger Cador said. "The guys fought back, and just found a way to win the game."
Trailing 7-3 entering the eighth, Southern had two on with one out, and a wild pitch by NLU's Mike Wombacher put runners on seoncd and third.
After Mike Woods struck out and Franco Blackburn walked to load the bases, Thompson doubled off the right-center field fence to plate Melvin Anderson and Antijuan James to cut the lead to 7-5. Woods' sacrifice fly in the ninth tied the game.
NLU led 2-1 after three, and after trading runs in the fourth, seemed to have the game in hand with a four-run fifth, aided by Josh LaRue's RBI double and Jason Shelley's two-run homer. "There is no question Southern wanted the game more than we did," NLU coach Smoke Laval said.
"They played to win the game, and the team that wants to go home first usually does."
East Carolina Breezes by Southern
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BATON ROUGE, La. John Williamson hit for the cycle and East Carolina
slammed five home runs to cruise past Southern, 13-2, Friday night in the
NCAA regional at Alex Box Stadium.
The top-seeded Pirates (45-14) face LSU Saturday at 3 p.m., while Southern
(28-15) takes on Northeast Louisiana at 11 a.m.
Williamson started off his big night with a single, then homered in the third,
doubled in the fourth and tripled in the eighth to complete the rare feat. The
triple was WilliamsonÝs first of the season.
ECU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first with the help of a pair of Southern
errors and a three-run homer by Lee Delfino, the first of two for him on the
The teams endured a 66-minute rain delay between the second and third
before the Pirates continued their barrage, scoring single runs in the third and
fourth before jumping out 9-0 on DelfinoÝs RBI double and a sacrifice fly by
Southern scored its only runs on Franco BlackburnÝs two-run homer in the
Brooks Jerningan (9-4) worked 7 1/3 innings and allowed four hits to pick up
the win for the Pirates.
Southern University will play East Carolina in regional action
of NCAA Baseball competition. The game will take place at Louisiana
State University in Baton Rouge, La, Friday May 28 at 2 p.m. local.
East Carolina is the number one seed in the regional.
Southern Gone From NCAA Tourney
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Long Beach State used a five-run second inning
to help pave the way to an 8-0 victory over Southern, in an elimination
game in the NCAA softball tournament regionals.
Christina Zepada keyed the five-run outburst with a two-run single for the
SU was held to one hit in the game (a first inning single by
Latecha Young), and had only three hits in two games.
LSU Pounds Southern In NCAA Softball Action....
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-
The host LSU Tigers made quick work out of cross-town rival Southern University 12–0 behind the strength of a nine run first inning and a combined two-hit, thirteen strikeout pitching effort.
It was the opener for both teams in the NCAA Softball Regionals. LSU's Britini Sneed and Julie Stasko combined on the shut-out.
SU TO FACE LSU IN NCAA SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
NEW ORLEANS - The Southern University Lady Jaguars, winners of the
1999 Southwestern Athletic Conference Softball Championship two weeks ago,
will play the Louisiana State University Lady Tigers in the first round of
the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, May 20. The SU vs. LSU contest is part of a
regional triple header which begins at 1 p.m. at LSU's Tiger Softball Park.
Southeastern Conference Champion LSU, 54-8 overall, is the No. 1 seed and SU,
31-12 overall and 26-2 in the SWAC, is the No. 6 seed.
SU becomes the first SWAC team to earn a berth into the NCAA
Tournament. The sport of softball has been an official part of the
conference's ledger since 1997. Getting to the tournament is something SU
head coach Nancy Marshall has been attempting to do for quite some time.
"Since 1997 our goal was to win the conference championship and go on
to compete for the national title, and now we have an opportunity to do just
that," said Marshall. "We can't concentrate on who we're playing; we just
have to go out and play our game and hope for positive things to happen for
After winning its SWAC tournament opener versus Jackson State by the
score of 5-3, SU faced defending champion Prairie View A&M and lost 10-5.
The Lady Jaguars then won a loser's bracket game versus Alabama State 10-4,
and earned a berth to face PVAMU in the championship game.
SU beat PVAMU 13-4 and did so again in the tie-breaker by a 12-4
margin. SU's Myesha House, a junior catcher, was named the tournament's most
valuable player and junior pitcher Bridgette Partee won most valuable
Other teams participating in the NCAA Tournament Regional at LSU
include Long Beach State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Southern Mississippi.
CADOR COACH OF THE YEAR
SOUTHERN WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT SWAC BASEBALL TITLE
NEW ORLEANS -- Winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball
championship has become routine business for Southern University, as
evidenced by the Jaguars winning a fourth consecutive league title here at
Kirsch-Rooney Stadium this weekend.
Southern, 28-13, ran past rival Grambling State University 13-8 in
Sunday's championship game of the league's annual tournament, capturing a
fourth straight title in the process. The Jaguars will receive the
conference's automatic berth to one of the NCAA tournament's regionals, which
are slated for May 28-30.
Roger Cador, Southern's head coach, was named the SWAC coach of the
year by virtue of his team winning the SWAC tourney. But he said winning the
championship was the biggest honor.
"This is a great group of young men who believed in what I tried to
team," stated Cador. "They understood what needed to be done and they came
out and did it.
"I'm so happy they allowed me to coach them," added Cador. "People
wouldn't believe how much fun it's been. They (the players) listened to
everything I had to say."
The Jaguars made it clear right from the start that they didn't want
to play a second game on Sunday by jumping on the Tigers early and answering
every challenge they got from Grambling.
After a scoreless first inning, Grambling struck first in the top of
the second inning after designated hitter Chris Cottonham walked and later
scored off a Joseph Williams single to leftfield.. That 1-0 lead would be
the Tigers' first-and-only lead of the day.
The Jaguars answered with a furious rally in the bottom of the
second, scoring five runs after collecting three hits and still leaving three
men on base. GSU helped Southern's cause by committing three errors.
Southern's hits came from lead-off hitter Chris Atwell, who singled and later
scored, Antijuan James, who singled and later scored, and Atwell again who
singled, driving in SU's fourth run.
Grambling then picked up its second run in the top of the fifth but
the Jaguars again answered, adding two in the bottom of the inning for a 7-2
The Tigers' scored three in the top of the sixth, but Southern
answered with their biggest inning, a six-run derby in the bottom of the
GSU closed out the scoring with three runs in the top of the eighth.
Despite struggling at stages during the game, Trammel Moore held on
for the complete- game victory, running his record to 5-0 on the year,
allowing seven hits, eight runs (six earned) and three walks while striking
out four. Starter Marcus Washington, who lasted only 1.2 innings, suffered
his loss, dropping to 2-3 on the year.
"For Trammel to finish was a wonderful thing," stated Cador. "I knew
his heart and that he was going to battle.
"All year, we didn't have a star," added Cador. "We had different
players do different things. It's going to be a lot tougher next year, but
we want to enjoy the moment for now."
Southern dominated the all-tournament team with five Jaguars winning
Making the all-tournament team from Southern were first baseman Chris
Atwell, second baseman Michael Woods, catcher Alva Thompson and pitchers
Torik Harrison and Jason Anderson. Harrison also was tabbed the tournament's
most outstanding pitcher while Thompson captured most valuable player honors.
GSU was represented on the all-tournament team by third baseman Juan
Alexander, outfielder Tony Coleman and designated hitter Chris Cottonham.
Lanoix won most outstanding hitter honors.
The other two slots on the all-tournament team went to Jackson State
outfielders Chris Hills and Boris Ivy.
SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
1999 BASEBALL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
1B: Chris Atwell, Southern University
2B: Michael Woods, Southern University
3B: Juan Alexander, Grambling State University
SS: Gilbert Lanoix, Grambling State University (unanimous choice)
OF: Tony Coleman, Grambling State University (unanimous choice)
OF: Chris Hills, Jackson State University (unanimous choice)
OF: Boris Ivy, Jackson State University
DH: Chris Cottonham, Grambling State (unanimous choice)
C: Alva Thompson, Southern University (unanimous choice)
P: Torik Harrison, Southern University
P: Jason Putman-Anderson, Southern University
Most Valuable Hitter: Gilbert Lanoix, Grambling State University
Most Valuable Pitcher: Torik Harrison, Southern University (unanimous choice)
Most Valuable Player: Alva Thompson, Southern University
SOUTHERN DETHRONES PV, WINS SWAC SOFTBALL TITLE
NEW ORLEANS -- Prairie View A&M University's bid to win back-to-back
Southwestern Athletic Conference softball championships was right on target
through two days of play here at the City Park Softball Complex, but the
Pantherettes' aspirations came to a crushing halt as Southern University
topped the defending league champions twice on Sunday.
Prairie View entered the final day of competition at the SWAC
softball tournament in the winners' bracket and needing only one win against
the SU Lady Jaguars to claim their second straight SWAC title. That wasn't
to be, however, as Southern won the first do-or-die game 13-4 and followed
with a similar thrashing in the decisive contest, winning 12-4. SU pitcher
Bridgette Partee won both contests for the Lady Jags.
In Sunday's first game, Southern jumped out to a two-run lead in the
top of the first inning after starting the game with back-to-back singles by
shortstop Tamara Square and centerfielder Christina Lymos. Square later
scored after a wild pitch and Lymos scored off an error by PVAMU third
baseman Lawanna Amey.
The Pantherettes responded with one run in the bottom of the first.
Centerfielder Latresha Williams began the inning by reach base after getting
hit by a Partee pitch. She then stole second, advanced on a ground out and
scored on a sacrifice fly by leftfielder Rae Lynn Gaut.
After both teams added one run in the third inning, Southern struck
twice in the top of the fourth for a 5-2 lead before putting the game out of
reach in the fifth after scoring eight runs for a commanding 13-2 margin.
PVAMU added two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
In her complete-game victory, Partee allowed eight hits, four runs
(all earned) and one walk while striking out three.
The decisive title game that was forced by Southern's victory was
nearly a microcosm of Sunday's initial game.
After winning 13-4 in the first game, the Lady Jaguars followed with
a 12-4 win in the final game. As was the case in the first game, Square and
Lymos both started the game with back-to-back singles and both later scored.
And, as was the case in the first game, Partee picked up the win for the Lady
Jaguars while Partee suffered another defeat.
Southern scored four runs in the first and led 4-1 after the opening
inning. Then, after adding three runs in the second, the Lady Jags led 7-1
before PVAMU added two in the bottom of the third and one in the bottom of
the fourth, narrowing SU's lead to 7-4.
The Lady Jaguars then closed out the ball game with five unanswered
runs in the fifth for their title-winning 12-4 victory.
Partee, 8-2 on the year, pitched the first three innings of the final
contest, allowing three hits, three runs (all earned) and two walks while
striking out one batter. Thomas, 17-11 on the year, went 1.1 innings,
allowing seven hits, seven runs (two earned) and no walks while striking out
Following the game, Southern dominated the all-tournament team with
five players among the 10 honorees. SU's contingent consisted of Pam
Willliams at first base, Latecha Young at third base, outfielder Taleshae
Harris, catcher Myesha House and pitcher Partee. House was named the
tournament's most outstanding hitter, Partee the most outstanding pitcher and
House the most valuable player.
PVAMU placed three players on the all-tourney team, those consisting
of Alicia Harrison at shortstop, Williams at outfield and Thomas at one of
the pitcher's slots.
Alabama State landed two players on the all-tournament team. Second
baseman won second base honors while outfielder Shay Fields also made the
The Lady Jaguars will now go on to become the conference's first-ever
representative to the NCAA softball tournament later this month.
SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
1999 SOFTBALL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
1B: Pam Williams, Southern University
2B: Jennifer Evans, Alabama State University
3B: Latecha Young, Southern University
SS: Alicia Harrison, Prairie View A&M University
OF: Shay Fields, Alabama State
OF: Latresha Williams, Prairie View A&M University
OF: Talesha Harris, Southern University
C: Myesha House, Southern University
P: Kim Thomas, Prairie View A&M University
P: Bridgette Partee, Southern University
Most Outstanding Hitter: Myesha House, Southern University
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Bridgette Partee, Southern University
Most Valuable Player: Myesha House, Southern University
PVMEN, SU WOMEN WIN SWAC TRACK & FIELD TITLES
NEW ORLEANS — The Prairie View A&M Panthers won back-to-back SWAC
men's outdoor track and field titles back in 1969 and 1970 and were coached
by Hoover J. Wright. It has taken the Panthers twenty-nine years to win
another men's title who are still coached by Wright. PVAMU captured the
men's crown here on the final day of competition during the 1999 SWAC Outdoor
Track and Field Championships which were contested at City Park's Tad Gormley
Stadium for the fourth consecutive year. Meanwhile, the Southern University
Lady Jaguars won their third straight title.
PVAMU led the men's division with 229 total points, upsetting
five-time defending champion Southern University which totaled 212 points.
Rounding out the men's division were Grambling State (169 points), Alcorn
State (79), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (37), Texas Southern (36), Alabama State
(29), Miss. Valley State (8) and Jackson State (6).
"We returned the favor," said Wright. "Last year, they (SU) snatched
it from us. This year we snatched it. Overall, the competition between all
of the teams, especially facing Southern, brings out the best in everyone.
It was a great victory."
The Panthers were led by Conor Marsh, whose second place finishes in
the 1,500 meters (4:06.80), 5,000 meters (16:33.55) and the 10,000 meters
(33:48.68) helped him earn a tie for high-point track performer's honors (32
points) with SU's Brent Clay. Clay won first place in both the 5,000 meters
(16:02.89) and the 10,000 meters (33:25.99). Grambling State's Juan Womack
captured his second consecutive high-point field performer's award with 28
points, capturing a first-place win in the shot put (55-08.50) and second
place finishes in both the discus (152-07-00) and hammer (115-08.00).
The SU Lady Jaguars dominated the women's division with a total
218.50 points. Grambling State was second with 110.50. Rounding out the
women's competition were Alcorn State (108 points), Alabama State (97.50),
Prairie View A&M (50), Jackson State (38), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (28), Texas
Southern (25.50) and Miss. Valley State (23).
Representative of SU's dominance were veterans Erica Burrell and
LaChina Clay. Burrell defended both her 100 meter (11.52) and 200 meter
(23.93) titles. Clay finished second in both the 100 meters (11.82) and 200
meters (24.15). Trudy Bihm successfully defended her 100 meter high hurdle
crown (13.87) with teammate Shakeetha Payne finishing second (14.13) in the
"This feels great," said SU head coach Johnny Thomas. "Anytime you
win one, it feels really good. We felt coming in that we had the better
team. We knew about the Erica Burrells and the LaChina Clays, but I was very
surprised at the performance of Ariane LaCoq. She scored points in places
she never scored before."
LaCoq's best performance during the meet was a third place finish in
the heptathlon (4,233 points). Alcorn State's Millicent Sylvan, the SWAC
record holder in the heptathlon (4,737), won the event again this year with
4,679 points. She also posted first place victories in the long jump
(19-05.25) and high jump (5-09.75), capturing high-point field performer's
honors (32 points) for the second consecutive year. Jackson State's Natasha
Beaumont won high-point track performer's honors (29 points) which included a
victory in the 1,500 meters (4:40.29).
No conference records were broken or tied at this year's
SWAC BASEBALL TOURNEY
JAGUARS AND TIGERS TO DUEL FOR TOURNEY CROWN
NEW ORLEANS -- After a hard-fought 7-6 win over Alcorn State in the
opening round of the 1999 SWAC baseball tournament here at Kirsch-Rooney
Stadium, the Southern University Jaguars had an easier time of disposing of
their second obstacle to a fourth consecutive league title, surging to a 12-3
win over rival Jackson State in Saturday's winners' bracket game.
The Grambling State Tigers earned a berth opposite Southern in
today's title game after ousting Jackson State in Saturday's nightcap, 8-4.
The victory came after the Tigers had earlier eliminated Alcorn State, 15-2.
The winner of today's 2 p.m. championship game will receive an automatic
berth to an NCAA regional on May 28.
Southern, 33-19, jumped out to a 10-0 lead over Jackson State in
Saturday's winners' bracket game before the Tigers scored their first run in
the top of the fifth inning when Hubert Bradberry scored off an error after
reaching base on a single.
The Jaguars then answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh
before yielding two to JSU in the top of the ninth.
Jason Putman-Anderson went the distance for Southern, running his
season record to 5-0. He allowed 14 hits, three earned runs and one walk
while striking out four.
JSU ace Demetrius Mitchell suffered the loss, falling to 8-4 after
lasting two innings and allowing three hits, five earned runs and seven walks
while striking out three.
Grambling State, a 14-13 loser to Jackson State in Friday's opening
game, eliminated Alcorn State, 15-2, in Saturday's first losers' bracket
contest before eliminating JSU in the nightcap.
Against Alcorn State in Saturday's first game, GSU jumped ahead 10-0
over the first six innings of play before the Braves spoiled the Tigers'
hopes of a shutout by scoring one run in the top of the seventh and ninth
innings. However, GSU added two runs in the bottom of the seventh and three
in the eighth for its 13-run victory margin.
Roy Foster picked up the win for the Tigers while Mark Phillips
suffered the loss for the Braves. Foster went the distance and allowed 13
hits, two earned runs and no walks with four strikeouts while Phillips went
5.2 innings, giving up seven hits, nine earned runs and five walks with four
To reach the title game, GSU then had to face a Jackson State team
which had just lost to Southern in winners' bracket action. Behind a 4-for-5
night from SWAC player of the year Gilbert Lanoix, GSU stormed out of the
blocks quickly with two runs in the top of the first inning, a lead that
they'd never relinquish. GSU led 4-1 after three innings, 7-3 after six and
8-5 entering the scoreless ninth inning.
The victory upped GSU's SWAC-best overall record to 37-13 while JSU
finished its season at 33-19.
Enrique Vilanueva picked up the win for Grambling, registering a
complete-game 10- hitter with three earned runs, three walks and nine
strikeout. Johnny Bell was the loser for JSU, pitching 6.1 innings and
allowing five hits, five earned runs, five walks and seven strikeouts.
Today's championship game between Grambling and Southern will mark
the teams' first meeting in a SWAC baseball tournament championship game in
over a decade.
SWAC BASEBALL TOURNEY
JSU AND SU ADVANCE IN DRAMATIC FASHION
NEW ORLEANS -- The first two games of the 1999 SWAC baseball
tournament both resulted in dramatic finishes.
In the opening game, the Jackson State Tigers saw a 7-1 lead
evaporate but held on for a dramatic 14-13 victory over Grambling State in
the opening game here at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, winning the ball game in the
bottom of the ninth inning.
JSU, the top seed from the SWAC Eastern Division, advances to the
winners' bracket of the tourney, where they'll met three-time defending
champion Southern University, which overcame deficits of 4-0 after one inning
and 6-1 after five inning before finally turning back Alcorn State, 7-6, in
Friday's second game.
The JSU Tigers, 33-18 on the season, struck for five runs in the
bottom of the first inning to
take a 5-1 lead before adding one run in the second and one in the third.
The GSU Tigers then went on a tear, outscoring JSU 12-6 over the next five
innings to knot the score at 13-13 entering the bottom of the ninth inning.
With the bases loaded in the ninth, junior first baseman Kelvin Goss
singled in the winning run, Boris Ivy, who had reached base on a single to
Ken Smith picked up the win for JSU while Charles McClendon took the
loss for GSU, which dropped to 35-13.
For the game, JSU had 14 runs, 17 hits and five errors while GSU
settled for 13 runs, 12 hits and two errors.
In the nightcap, the Alcorn State Braves came close to pulling off
the early surprise of the tournament, jumping out to a 4-0 lead over Southern
before faltering in the game's final four innings, as they gave up six
unanswered runs, including the decisive eighth, when Southern scored four
runs en route to taking their first lead of the ball game.
Trailing 6-3 going into the bottom of the eighth, Southern, 26-13,
started off the inning with first baseman Brian Banks reaching base after
getting hit by a Carl Moore pitch. He then advanced on an Alva Thompson
single. After Jerel Johnson reached base on a fielder's choice when advanced
Banks and Thompson, the first two base runners scored on a Robert Primus
single. Johnson later scored off an error and right fielder Marcus Chandler
singled in Primus.
The loss dropped the Braves, 22-21, into today's 12 noon losers'
bracket game opposite Grambling. Jackson State and Southern will square off
30 minutes later with that game's loser facing the winner of the GSU-ASU game
in the nightcap.
Sunday's championship game is slated for 2 p.m.
SWAC SOFTBALL TOURNEY
PV AND SOUTHERN ADVANCE TO WINNERS' BRACKET
NEW ORLEANS -- Defending champion Prairie View A&M advanced to the
winners' bracket of the 1999 Southwestern Athletic Conference women's
softball tournament here on Friday along with Southern University.
Prairie View A&M, the number two seed from the SWAC Western Division,
pulled off a 5-2 upset over Alabama State, the Eastern Division's top seed,
in the opening game on Friday. Southern, the Western Division's number one
seed, followed with a 5-1 victory over Jackson State, the Eastern Division's
number two seed, in the nightcap.
In the opening game, the PVAMU Pantherettes upped their season record
to 27-18 as they struck for two unanswered runs in the bottom of the first
inning and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead which they never relinquished.
The Pantherettes added one run in the fourth inning and one in the sixth.
The ASU Lady Hornets scored one of their runs in the top of the third
inning and one in the fourth.
For the game, PVAMU totaled five runs, six hits and two errors while
the Lady Hornets tallied two runs, six hits and seven errors.
In the nightcap, Southern increased its season record to 29-11 after
its come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Jackson State Lady Tigers. The Lady
Jaguars trailed 2-0 before scoring their first run in the bottom of the third
inning. Trailing 2-1, SU then had a 4-0 fifth inning to go ahead, and for
good, at 5-2. The Lady Tigers added one run in the top of the sixth inning.
On today, Alabama State will face Jackson State in a losers' bracket
contest at 12 noon. Prairie View A&M will meet Southern in a winners'
bracket game 30 minutes later. Then, the winner of the ASU-JSU game will
face the loser of the PV-SU game in the nightcap.
Sunday's championship is slated for 2 p.m.
New Orleans, LA(OTW)-The Prairie View Pantherettes
will defend their SWAC Softball Title Friday, May 7, when
they play No. 1 East seed Alabama State. PV (26-18, 23-5)
is seeded No. 2 in the SWAC West.
The Lady Panthers come into the tournament on a 15-game winning
streak. Kimberly Thomas, a pitcher, leads PV with
a .264 earned run average.
Alabama State is led by pitcher Shondalette Chatfield, who
leads the SWAC in doubles (0.37 pg) and saves (3).
New Orleans, LA(OTW)-Brent Clay (1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters,
3,000 meter steeple chase), Cortrell Davis (pole vault), and Craig
Geter (high, long,and triple jumps) will lead Southern after its
quest for a seventh straight outdoor track and field championship May
7-9 at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La.
The Southern women will go after their third straight title, led by the
likes of Ebony Chavis (hurdles and relays), Shakeetha Payne,
(hurdles, jumps, and javelin), and Erica Burrell (100 and 200 meters).
Events will begin Friday, May 7 at 3 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and
Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (All times are local).
BIRMINGHAM WINS RIGHTS TO SERVE AS HOME
TO SWAC OFFICES AND TITLE FOOTBALL GAME
BIRMINGHAM -- The 15-year stay of the Southwestern Athletic Conference
in the city of New Orleans may soon come to an end.
In a press conference here on Tuesday, league commissioner Rudy
Washington announced that the SWAC has agreed in principal to Birmingham as
the new headquarters of the 10-member conference as well as the home for the
inaugural SWAC football championship game.
Birmingham won the right to both entities after battling Baton Rouge,
La., Houston, Tex., Memphis, Tenn. and New Orleans for the same rights.
Washington said "The Magic City" was selected for several reasons.
"Our visits to the city, our conversations with key city officials and
the many correspondences exchanged between our offices left little doubt in
my mind that Birmingham is the right city for us,"stated Washington, who's
nearing the end of his first year as commissioner of the SWAC. "The interest
level we've received from key members of the Birmingham community is
something we have longed for. This will obviously be a perfect marriage."
Washington indicated that while Memphis made an impressive offer to host
the SWAC football championship game, which will make its debut at Legion
Field on Saturday, December 11, Birmingham went "the extra mile" in assuring
the game's success by offering to assist the conference in garnering
corporate sponsorships, offering use of the stadium at little costs to the
conference and agreeing to assist with the championship week ancillary
events. The decisive factor, however, was Birmingham's offer to provide
office space and space for the SWAC Hall of Fame at the soon-to-be-renovated
A.G. Gaston Building in the Civil Rights District.
"We were looking for an office site that would be accessible to the
local community," said Washington. "Our current headquarters at the
Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans is definitely not readily accessible to
the local community. In turn, we haven't really been able to reach out and
positively touch the lives of the youths in our community. We'll be able to
do that here in Birmingham."
Mayor Richard Arrington of Birmingham expressed jubilation over the
SWAC's decision to bring its headquarters and football championship game to
"From an economic development perspective, the SWAC championship game
will result in over $7 million a year to this community," stated Arrington.
"That is real and tangible. It will continue to add value to the
revitalization of downtown."
Dr. Larry Lemak, chairman of the Alabama Sports Foundation, said having
the SWAC headquartered in Birmingham should be a perfect fit.
"Given our city's sports and cultural heritage, we believe the SWAC is a
perfect fit," noted Lemak. "Commissioner Washington is committed to academic
and athletic excellence at SWAC schools as well as making a significant
contribution to this city and its youth. We are extremely excited about this
"The Alabama Sports Foundation remains committed to fostering
relationships with reputable and distinguished organizations like the
Southwestern Athletic Conference," added Lemak. "Securing the SWAC football
championship and conference headquarters is a major coup for this community."
The Southwestern Athletic Conference is comprised of historically
African-American universities in the states of Alabama, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. The league's new Eastern Division consists of
Alabama A&M University (Huntsville), Alabama State University (Montgomery),
Alcorn State University (Lorman, Miss.), Jackson State University (Jackson,
Miss.) and Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, Miss.). The
Western Divisison is comprised of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
(Pine Bluff, Ark.), Grambling State University (Grambling, La.), Prairie View
A&M University (Prairie View, Tex.), Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.)
and Texas Southern University (Houston, Tex.).
Some of the most noted SWAC graduates are football greats Eddie
Robinson, Walter Payton, Doug Williams and Jerry Rice, baseball Hall of Famer
Lou Brock, basketball sensations Patricia Hoskins, Willis Reed and Bob Love
and Olympic track and field gold medalists Rodney Milburn, Willie Davenport
and Mildrette Netter.
While renovations are being done to the A.G. Gaston Building, the SWAC
is contemplating either moving into temporary office space in Birmingham or
delaying relocation of its offices until the renovations are complete.
FAMILIAR LINEUP SET FOR
SWAC BASEBALL TOURNEY
NEW ORLEANS -- When the first pitch is thrown out to start the 1999
Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament here on Friday, the
lineup of participating teams will be a very familiar one.
The SWAC tournament will feature the top two teams from the league's
Eastern Division, Jackson State University and Alcorn State University, as
well as the top two teams from the Western Division, Southern University and
Grambling State University. The double-elimination tourney is slated for May
7-9 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on the campus of Delgado Community College.
Tickets will be available at the gate at the cost of $6 for individuals age
12 and over and $3 for children under 12 years of age.
The initial game of the tournament will feature Jackson State, the
perennial top seed from the Eastern Division, against Grambling State, the
number two seed from the Western Division and a team seeking its first SWAC
crown since 1985. This contest will have a 3 p.m. start.
"If my team plays with the same intensity they had against Alcorn
State (May 1-2), I know we'll do well at the tournament this year," said JSU
head coach Robert (Bob) Braddy. "But the team to beat this year will be
Southern, because they've won the tournament the past three years.
"Right now, Southern's not feeling any pressure from the other teams
because of their previous wins," added Braddy. "In order to break Southern's
trend, we'll have to play some good ball in the tournament."
The JSU Tigers well enter tourney play on Friday as one of the
conference's hottest teams, division notwithstanding. The Tigers sport
records of 32-19 overall and 20-4 in the Eastern Division. They've won 10 of
their last 11 games and 32 of 40 games since a horrible 0-10 start. JSU's
star performers are batting aces Damion May (.394, 11 doubles, 5 home runs),
Kareem Smith (.378) and Lavon Beard (.357, 12 doubles, 37 RBI) along with
pitching stars Demetrius Mitchell (8- 3, 4.06 ERA), Otis Seaberry (7-2, 6.26
ERA) and Clinton White (7-4, 6.58 ERA).
Grambling State, meanwhile, owns the conference's best overall record
at 35-12. GSU led the Western Division for much of the season before
settling for second place with a 23-9 divisional record. GSU's championship
hopes rests upon the shoulders of such performers as batting leaders Gilbert
Lanoix (.427, 47 RBI, 6 home runs), Chris Cottonham (.421, 14 home runs, 62
RBI) and John Navarro (.406, 7 home runs, 35 RBI) and pitches leaders Roy
Foster (7-1, 3.81 ERA), Rashad Washington (6-1, 2.50 ERA) and Marcus Morrison
(4-0, 2.58 ERA).
In the opposite bracket, three-time defending SWAC champion Southern
will again be the Western Division's top seed and it'll face the Eastern
Division's number two seed, Alcorn State, 30 minutes following the opening
game on Friday. The Southern Jaguars are seeking a fourth straight SWAC
title and a seventh title of the 1990s. Southern owns a record of 25-13
overall and 23-7 in the Western Division. Alcorn State is 22-20 overall and
11-8 in the Eastern Division.
"It appears that we're peeking at the right time," stated Roger
Cador, SU's head coach of 15 years. "The tournament is obviously a shortened
season, so it'll be who can put it all together for one weekend.
"The key for us in the tournament will be good defense and pitching,"
added Cador. "We'll need to continue getting timely hitting. The backbone
of our team this year has been everyone stepping up. With so many injuries,
it hasn't been one person pull us through."
Southern's leading performers this season include batters Michael
Woods (.409, 39 RBI, 17 doubles), Chris Atwell (.382, 32 RBI, 5 home runs)
and Alva (Kione) Thompson (.361, 24 RBI, 6 home runs) as well as pitchers
Jason Putman-Anderson (5-0, 3.35 ERA), Trammel Moore (4-0, 5.76 ERA) and
Torik Harrison (6-3, 3.90 ERA).
The Alcorn State Braves, meanwhile, are gunning for their very first
SWAC championship. ASU has been led this season by batters Dario Rosa (.381,
44 RBI, 6 triples), Devontae Carter (.358, 34 RBI, 18 stolen bases) and
Nathan Kennedy (.343, 28 RBI) and pitchers Mark Phillips (6-4, 7.93 ERA) and
Alejandro Carrasquillo (5-3, 7.22 ERA).
Following Friday's opening round action, the three-game Saturday
schedule will include a losers' bracket game at 12 noon, a winners' bracket
game 30 minutes later and the semifinal contest 30 minutes following the
second ball game.
Sunday's championship game is slated for 2 p.m.
WILSON BECOMES OFFICIAL GAME BALL OF SWAC
NEW ORLEANS -- The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced today
that Wilson Sporting Goods has agreed to a pact to become the supplier of
official game balls for the league in men's and women's basketball, baseball,
football, softball and volleyball.
According to Rudy Washington, the commissioner of the SWAC, the
contract with Wilson Sporting Good commences on July 1, 1999 and runs through
June 30, 2004.
"We're certainly happy to have the involvement of Wilson Sporting
Goods in our athletics programs," noted Washington. "Our long-term
association with Wilson will assure our continued use of top-quality
products. The conference office, our member schools and Wilson Sports Goods
will all benefit from this association."
In addition to providing the official game balls for all of the
SWAC's championship events, Wilson Sports Goods will give the league's member
schools substantial discounts on the purchase of game uniforms and other gear.
Southern University by taking three of four games from Grambling
last weekend moved into first place in the SWAC West. Jackson State
remained on top in the SWAC East.
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
BATTER OF THE WEEK
Armand Hill, Prairie View A&M (6-2, So., RF/P, Port Arthur, Tex.): In Prairie View A&M's
doubleheader with Paul Quinn on April 24, Hill blasted three home runs while batting .667. He went
4-for-6 with three runs batted in and five runs scored. He had two homers in the Panthers' initial
game followed with another homer in the nightcap.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Lonnie Shelton, Southern Univ. (5-8, Jr., Lefty, Pine Bluff, Ark.): In a weekend stand against
Western Division-leading Grambling State, Shelton registered two huge wins in one day that helped
catapult the Jaguars into first place. In a 7-6 win on April 24, Shelton allowed no runs or hits with
two walks while in a 12-11 win later, he allowed no runs with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.
Alabama State remained on top in the SWAC East. As of 25 Apr, the Lady Hornets had a
17-0 conference record. Prairie View was first in the SWAC West.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
BATTER OF THE WEEK
Latasha McNeal, Prairie View A&M (5-10, Fr., OF, Houston, Tex.) -- Batted .667 during the
past week. Went 6-of-9, scored 4 runs, had 5 RBI, 1 double and 1 homerun.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Kimberly Thomas, Prairie View A&M (5-9, So., Righty, Houston, Tex.)--In two wins versus
Ark.-Pine Bluff, Thomas game up 4 runs, 4 hits and struck out 20 batters.
FORMER PRAIRIE VIEW FOOTBALL COACH BILLY NICKS SLATED
FOR INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
By Stefann Robinson
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex. -- The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of
Fame has revealed its 1999 Class of Inductees for the College Football Hall of Fame. Among
the seven inductees is former Prairie View A&M University coaching legend William J. "Billy"
Nicks, who served as the head football coach in 1946 and from 1951-65, is the winningest
coach in the history of Prairie View A&M University football. In 16 years as the head coach at
Prairie View, he recorded a 5-2-2 mark in 1946 and a 114-28-4 record from 1951-65. In his 24
years of coaching football, he compiled an impressive career record of 189-55-6, including a
70-22-5 record at Morris Brown College.
While at Prairie View, Nick's teams won five national championships, eight Southwestern
Athletic Conference titles and produced five undefeated seasons. His teams produced
back-to-back national championships in 1953-1954 and 1963-1964. In addition, Prairie View
compiled a 11-1 record in bowl games under Nicks.
In the process, he received coach of the year honors in 1953, 1958 and 1964 by the Houston
Informer, in 1963 by the NAIA, in 1958 by the Pittsburgh Courier, in 1959 by the Pigskin Club
of Washington, D.C., in 1964 by the Southwestern Athletic Association and the 100% Wrong
Club, and by the Atlanta Daily World in 1959 and 1964.
Among those who played under the athletic tutelage of Nicks are Pro Football Hall of Famer
Kenny Houston and Otis Taylor, the 1971 AFC Player of the Year. Also, former AFL All-Pro
running back Clem Daniels, defensive back Jim Kearney of the Kansas City Chiefs and tight end
Alvin Reed of the Houston Oilers received their college training under Nicks.
Nicks is the only college coach to produce a national championship in all three decades he
coached (1930s, 1940s and 1950s). He had a winning record against every SWAC school,
including Eddie Robinson at Grambling State, who's college football's all-time winningest coach.
Before his arrival at Prairie View, Nicks coached at Morris Brown College in Atlanta from
1930-42. He led his MBC teams to three black college national championships and four
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crowns.
Nicks has also been inducted into the NAIA, Helms, Prairie View A&M, Morris Brown, the
Atlanta University Center and SWAC halls of fame. In 1986, the athletic and intramural
complex at Prairie View A&M was named in his honor and in 1995 the athletic field was graced
with his name.
In addition to his football duties, Nicks has served as athletics director and coached basketball
and baseball. His basketball and baseball teams won several conference championships.
A native of Griffin, Ga., Nicks received his undergraduate degree form Morris Brown and his
M.S. degree from Columbia University. In addition to his profession in collegiate athletics, he
served as director of the USO Club at Fort Stewart, Ga., director of the USO Club at Tuskegee
Army-Air Field in Tuskegee, Ala. and Parks Director with the City of Houston Parks and
Coach Nicks will be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies
scheduled for August 13-14, 1999 in South Bend, Ind.
Now 93 years of age, the legendary Nicks resides in Houston, Tex. with his wife, the former
Lillie Bell Jackson.
"ASU" CAPTURES SWAC TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
JACKSON, Miss. -- "ASU" won the Southwestern Athletic Conference men's tennis
championship here on Saturday, April 17, 1999. Alcorn State University, that is.
"ASU" also won the league's women's tennis crown. In this case, the winner was
Alabama State University.
Both Alcorn State and Alabama State will now go on to become the SWAC's first-ever
representatives in next month's NCAA tennis championships.
The SWAC men's and women's tennis championships were contested on April 15-17 at
Tennis Center South in Jackson. The championships were hosted by Jackson State University,
which failed in its bid to defend both titles which it won a year ago in New Orleans, La.
"I feel that winning the SWAC championship was a real positive accomplishment for our
tennis program," said Alcorn State head coach Anthony Dodgen. "I think that it'll be real helpful
in helping us maintain a quality program.
"This is the first year that I had any of my own recruits," added Dodgen. "I suppose that
it's a fairly good accomplishment in itself and I'm pretty happy about it."
After a first round bye, the Alcorn State Braves, who entered the tournament as the
number one seed, lived up to their billing by advancing to the championship match following a
semifinal victory over Southern on April 16.
In the opposite bracket, the JSU Tigers, the defending champion, tallied wins over Texas
Southern and Alabama State en route to gaining its spot in the title match, where they'd meet the
only SWAC team to defeat them during the regular-season.
The Braves dethroned J-State in the championship match, winning 4-2. The title is
Alcorn State's first-ever in the sport of tennis.
In women's action, Alabama State was the top seed and it, like Alcorn State, lived up to
pre-tournament expectations, following a first round bye with wins over Prairie View A&M and
Alcorn State to reach to title match.
Southern, the number two seed, registered a walkover victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
in round one action and followed with a win over Jackson State.
In the women's championship match, Alabama State upended the Lady Jaguars, 5-2.
"By the grace of God, that's how we won," said Alabama State head coah Bernard
Sewell, who was named the SWAC coach of the year. "We came close to winning it last year but
it didn't happen. It was like the operation was a success (last year) but the patient died.
This year, there was a lot of anxiety coming into the finals because you can have a
successful season and get to the final game and lose," Sewell continued. "That fear is terrifying.
So the team and myself rallied on that fear and used it to our advantage."
The women's championship is Alabama State's second of the 1990s. The Lady Hornets
were also victorious in 1995.
1999 INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
Men's Singles: Robert Blum, Alcorn State
Men's Doubles: Fred Lay/Jedidiah Dade, Alcorn State
Women's Singles: Kim Nabors, Southern Univ.
Women's Doubles: Nicole Syms/Tracey Harris, Alabama State
SWAC FORMS NEW COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
NEW ORLEANS -- Months of labor have resulted in the formation of a new sports
broadcasting arm of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Rudy Commissioner, who's nearing the conclusion of his initial year as SWAC
commissioner, announced on Tuesday the formation of a SWAC Communications Network. This
new entity will consist of a television network as well as a radio network. Both will include the live
broadcasts of numerous football and basketball games involving teams from the SWAC.
Additionally, Washington has announced that the first project for the SWAC
Communications Network is an extensive four-year, 55-game television package for football and
basketball. This project is slated to kick off this fall.
"This is huge for us," stated Washington. "The exposure that the conference will get will be
extensive. The SWAC has needed something like this for a long time. We're finally beginning to
make some headway in our quest to showcase the SWAC and its viable athletics programs."
The SWAC television package will kick off this fall with the broadcast of five football
games, including the Jackson State vs. Southern game on October 16 in Jackson, Miss., the
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State game on October 23 in Shreveport, La. (The Red River
Classic), the Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State game on October 30 in Birmingham, Ala. (The
Magic City Classic), the Alcorn State vs. Jackson State game on November 20 in Jackson, Miss.
(The Capital City Classic) and the inaugural SWAC championship game, which is slated for
December 4 at a site to be determined. The conference is working on finalizing two additional
games which would include Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.
The initial football broadcasts will be followed by the televising of four games of the 2000
SWAC basketball tournament. Three of last year's tournament games were televised.
For the 2000 football season, a total of seven games will be televised followed by nine in
2001 and 10 in 2002.
Four regular-season and four tournament games will be televised in basketball in 2001
followed by four regular-season and eight tournament games in 2002.
Washington said the SWAC isn't stopping with its new television package.
"We're currently working on a similar broadcast package for radio," noted Washington. "In
the future, we'd like to produce a weekly highlights show. We're just beginning to scratch the surface."
The question is, which broadcast medium will carry these events.???
JACKSON STATE WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT WOMEN'S GOLF TITLE
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Jackson State University Lady Tigers, winners of the 1996,
1997 and 1998 Southwestern Athletic Conference women's golf championships, captured the title
for a fourth straight year here at the par 72 Shady Oaks Country Club on Friday, April 15.
JSU's Rachel Wallace won her first SWAC championship individual medalist title by
leading the field with a two-day total 152. She shot a 74 on April 14 and a 78 on April 15.
Rachel's twin, Naomi, had won three consecutive individual medalist titles prior to this year.
Rachel says that she wasn't going out to specifically beat her sister.
"We are always competitive but always wish each other well," said Rachel, a junior from
West Point, New Zealand. "The weather was quite windy today, so it was pretty tough on
everyone. I think I just hit my drives better today."
Ironically, Rachel's two-day total 152 was the identical score Naomi posted at the 1998
Other two individual scores were turned in by JSU's Naomi Wallace (154) and Jill Sivley
(158), Alabama State's Mary Jo Smith (168) and Texas Southern's Gina Lee (172).
Rounding out the top 10 leader board were Texas Southern's Lynette West (176),
Grambling State's Nia Wesley (177), Alabama State's Shuantell Wilson (181), Southern's
Elizabeth Hughes (182) and Texas Southern's Tamala Johnson (186).
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
BATTER OF THE WEEK
Franco Blackburn, Southern Univ. (6-0, So, OF, Huntsville, Ala.): In Southern's four-game sweep
over Ark.-Pine Bluff, Blackburn was the Jaguars' offensive catalyst, tallying a .666 batting average
while going 8-for-12 with two home runs, one triple and three doubles. He scored six runs and batted
in 11 runs.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Gabe Ashford, Southern Univ. (6-0, Jr., Righty, Starkville, Miss.): In a 12-0 victory over Ark.-Pine
Bluff, Ashford earned his way into Southern's records book by throwing the first perfect game in
school history. Not only did he earn his second no-hitter of the year, but he also didn't allow a single
base-runner while recording four strikeouts.
AS of Monday, Jackson State led the SWAC East and Grambling led the SWAC
The 1999 NFL Draft
Chris Akins of Arkansas-Pine Bluff--picked sixth in round seven:
Notes: University of Arkansas transfer. Started at Pine Bluff in 1997 and '98. Has also run track as a sprinter. All-Southwestern Athletic Conference defensive back in '97, when he was in on 52 tackles, picked off six passes and returned both an interception and a fumble for scores.
Positives: Has good speed for a safety and can run with most backs, some wide receivers and just about every tight end he faces. Makes some plays and some big plays.
Negatives: Is not as big and physical as scouts would like a safety to be. Average instincts.
Summary: Will need a great offseason workout to be drafted.
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Donald Driver of Alcorn picked 7th in seventh round:
Notes: Tremendous track-and-field athlete who has qualified for and competed in the Olympic trials. Has won the Southwestern Athletic Conference decathlon championship and been named the SWAC's outstanding track athlete. Has also high-jumped 7 feet 6 inches and long-jumped 25-5. Has shown great improvement on the football field the past three years. Caught 12 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown in '96, 21-556-6 in '97 and 55-1,128-10 as a senior. Averaged 26.5 yards per reception in '97 and 20.5 per grab in '98.
Positives: Superb athlete with outstanding speed and rare jumping ability. Improving hands and ball skills. Big-play maker. Gets deep and runs by people.
Negatives: Lacks experience. Missed spring practice for track. Needs work on running pass routes. Is not as quick into and out of his cuts as he needs to be. Hot-and-cold catcher who still drops too many.
Summary: Improving player with the speed and athleticism to develop into a home-run threat, but he is also still a developmental prospect who will need a lot of fine-tuning before he is ready to hum.
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Chris White--defensive lineman-Southern-40th pick in seventh round
by Jacksonville..no report.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-The Jackson State men and women's golf
teams will defend their SWAC titles starting on 14 Apr in Jackson,
Miss. The men will start at 8 a.m. central time at the Castlewoods
Country Club in Jackon, Ms. The women will start at 12 noon central
at the Shady Oaks Country Club in Jackson, Ms.
Junior Chris Register will lead JSU's men's squad.
Senior Naomi Wallacewill seek her fourth straight
individual title for JSU.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Texas Southrn improved it's record to 20-11, 13-7
(SWAC West) by whipping Prairie View twice (16-1, 12-0).
An 11-run fourth inning sealed PVs fate as Delvon Matthews was
three-for three for PV with a three-run homer in the contest. Freshman
hurler Marcus Winder of Las Vegas, got the win, improving his
record to 5-1, tying teammate Ricardo Salazar for the league
lead in wins.
Sophomore picture Terry Burel threw a two-hitter as TSU rolled
12-0. It was Burel's fourth win and second complete game on the
Once again, Delvon Matthews went three-for-three at the
plate, scoring three runs.
SWAC Softball Players of the Week
BATTER OF THE WEEK
Keneshia McKee, Alabama State (5-7, Fr., SS, Columbus, Ga.) Went 9-for-18 in six games
(.500 avg)., posting 4 RBI and 9 runs, 9 hits, 1 double and 1 triple.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Bridgette Partee, Southern U. (5-10, Jr., Righty, Memphis, Tenn.) In a 5-4 win versus Texas
Southern, Partee gave up 4 runs, 1 earned run, 7 hits and recorded 4 strikeouts.
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (Mar 30)
BATTER OF THE WEEK
Stephen Cotton, Texas Southern (5-8, Fr., OF/1B, Beaumont, Tex.): In the Tigers' four-game sweep
over SWAC Western Division foe Grambling State, Cotton batted .583 while going 7-for-12 with
five runs scored and three runs batted in. He added one double while drawing two stolen bases and
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Torik Harrison, Southern Univ. (5-10, So., Righty, Houston, Tex.): In the Jaguars' 16-2 win over
Prairie View on March 27, Harrison went the distance while allowing just one hit, one earned run and
two walks. He garnered a season-high 10 strikeouts.
As of 30 Mar, Texas Southern led the SWAC West and Jackson State led the
Houston, TX(OTW)-Texas Southern swept Grambling in a doubleheader
for the second consecutive day, moving into a first-place tie in the
SWAC West. TSU won the opening game 12-4, and the second one
In the first tilt, Texas Southern scored in every inning but the
third. John Moore was two for two with a homer, three runs
scored, and a pair of RBI. Terry Burel (3-0) got the win.
Grambling's John Navarro had three hits and two RBI.
Enrique Villanueva took the loss for the G-Men.
In game two, TSU's Elliot Gould keyed a nine-run first inning
with a gram-slam home run as the Tigers beat Grambling 15-9.
Dwayne Pharue had a double and a three-run homer for the
winners. Pharue had six RBI in the contest.Derrick Earthly
got the win.
Jimmy Giles had two hits, including a home-run, and three
RBI for Grambling.
Houston, TX(OTW)-David Bell was two-of-three in the first game
and freshman pitcher Marcus Winder allowed four runs in 6.1
innings in the second game, as Texas Southern swept western division
leading Grambling 6-3 and 6-4.
In the first game, TSU snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the
sixth when Bell doubled in two runs. The winning pitcher
was Ricardo Salazar who pitched his second complete game of the
season, and improved his record to 4-1.
Joseph Williams had a hit and two RBI for Grambling, and John
Navarro had two hits and one RBI for GSU (20-6, 10-4). Grambling
had four errors in the contest.
In the second game, Aulston Taylor had a sacrifice fly in the
bottom of the fifth, giving TSU a lead they never relinquished on their
way to the sweep.
Williams doubled and Navarro homered for Grambling in the nightcap.
TSU (15-10, 8-6) moved to within two games of Grambling with the
Grambling's Charles McClendon took the loss in the nightcap.
Rashad Washington was the loser in game one.
SWAC Players of the Week: Baseball (Through Mar 21):
BATTER OF THE WEEK
Alberto Campbell, Grambling State (6-2, 220, Fr., OF/1B, Bastrop, La.): In a
week in which the Tigers won three of four games vs. defending SWAC champion
Southern, Campbell batted .438 while going 7-for-16 with four runs batted in
and four runs scored. He also had one double and two home runs, including a
game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the 10th for an 11-10 GSU win on
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Rashad Washington, Grambling State (6-3, 218, So., Lefty, Houston, Tex.): In
GSU's series vs. Southern, Washington went six innings in recording a 7-6
victory. He garnered three strikeouts while allowing seven hits, four earned
runs and two walks.
No Media Guides?????
by Bryan Steven Follins
Atlanta, GA-According to the SWAC Office, consideration is being given
by the conference to discontinue hardcopy media guides and instead put the information
on the Internet. On the surface, this seems like a great idea. The information
would be readily accessible to media members with a computer, and it would
take up less bulk than hard copies. The decision is being pondered as
early as the 1999 football season.
First of all, the Internet is a great informational tool, especially
for conferences like the SWAC, who are virtually ignored by major media
outlets. It (Internet) can provide endless amounts of information to people interested
in their favorite schools. It is indeed a new way of life and a new way
of doing things.
But the situation here is not the Internet, but are people willing
to use it properly?? To maintain a web page with tremendous amounts of information
as being proposed can be a daunting task. It takes time to create the website
and it takes time to maintain it. On the other hand it may take time to put together
a hard copy media guide, but there is no maintnance involved in it. Once it
is done it is done. Speaking as a media member, a hard copy also allows
for a person to ALWAYS have the info right at their fingertips. It allows
for total control.
The Internet, while being an outstanding informational tool, does
not allow for total control. There are numerous things that can go wrong.
A server can crash, it can be hacked, there can be power failures (which will
be discussed in more detail later), a computer can have hardware or software
problems. These are just SOME of the problems the maintainer of the
page can encounter. The SWAC needs to ask itself, what would happen if these
problems occur, are we ready?? It may be cheaper at first glance to discontinue
hardcopy media guides, but preparedness must be flawless when dealing with
the Internet. If someone is NOT PREPARED they may wind up spending more money
than they think.
From the user's side, the SWAC has to assume everyone will have all the
tools to access this proposed sight. It's easy to assume this will not
be a problem, but one never knows.
Getting back to power failures. Has the SWAC considered what impact Y2K
would have on this decision? The fact remains that in the wake of all the
hype and hysteria of Y2K problems, nobody REALLY KNOWS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
But, rest assured, SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN. One of the possibilities
is severe power outages around the country as well as the world. If people
have no power (for however long), they can't flip a light switch,
let alone turn on a computer. So, they would not be able to access the Internet.
This scenario may not happen, but then again, it might happen. Is the SWAC
PRPEARED???? They better be. Not to prepare is fools play.
Once again even if this does not happen, will the page be maintained
and used properly. It seems easier, but so does the faxback system in place in
the SWAC. This was designed so media could readily access information on the schools,
but most sports information directors do not even update the faxbacks, and
most athletics directors don't seem to care. So, like the faxback, the Internet
seems easier, but will people have the initiative to take full
advantage of it???
Food for thought. Peace.
SU'S SMYLIE HEADS MEN'S ALL-SWAC HOOPS TEAM
NEW ORLEANS -- Adarrial Smylie, a junior center regarded as one of the
dominating basketball players in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, heads
up a list of versatile student-athletes named to the 1998-99 All-SWAC
The team, selected by a panel of league head coaches, sports information
directors and beat reporters, was released on Thursday, March 4, 1999, the eve
of the SWAC tournament's version of the Final Four. The unit consists of four
position players from Southern, two from Alcorn State, two from Jackson State,
one from Mississippi Valley State and one from Grambling State in addition to
the special category awardees and the all-rookie team.
Smylie, a 6-7, 220-pound junior center at Southern, was a near unanimous
selection as the first team All-SWAC center and he beat out Alcorn State guard
Reuben Stiff for league player of the year. Through regular-season play, the
Darrow, La. native led the SWAC in rebounding (8.9 pg) and field goal
percentage (.573) while ranking second in scoring (19.5 ppg), fourth in
blocked shots (1.71 pg) and 10th in free throw percentage (.729).
Smylie is joined on the first team by teammate Aaron Bates at forward and
by the Alcorn State duo of Stiff at guard and Eddrick Wheaton at forward. The
remaining first team selection is Mississippi Valley State's Faragi Phillips
During the regular season, Bates, a 6-5 senior from Toledo, Oh., ranked
fourth in the SWAC in scoring (16.7 ppg), third in steals (2.76 pg) and ninth
in free throw percentage (.737). He also contributed 5.0 rebounds per
contest, third best on the SU team.
A 5-11 senior from Jackson, Miss., Stiff was the key playmaker during
Alcorn State's return to the apex of the SWAC standings. He ranked 10th in
the conference in scoring (12.8 ppg), fifth in steals (2.38 pg), third in
assists (3.96 pg), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.355) and
eighth in free throw percentage (.741).
Stiff''s teammate, Wheaton, ranked fifth in the conference in three-point
percentage (.350) and eighth in blocked shots (1.04 pg). The 6-8 senior from
Bay Springs, Miss. also posted averages of 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per
After sitting out the entire 1997-98 season with a back injury and then
missing the start of this season with muscle spasms, MVSU's Phillips was
nearly unstoppable once he returned to action. He entered postseason play as
the SWAC's leader in scoring (20.7 ppg), steals (2.95 pg) and three-point
field goal percentage (.382). A 6-3 senior from Grenada, Miss., Phillips also
ranked second in the SWAC in free throw percentage (.770) and 10th in assists
Making second team All-SWAC are SU guards Dionte' Harvey and Devin Clark,
Jackson State center Vincent Jones, MVSU forward David Burks and Grambling
State forward Chris Thomas.
Harvey, a first team pick last season and the preseason SWAC player of
the year this season, finished the regular-season ranking sixth in the league
in scoring (15.7 ppg), eighth in steals (1.84 pg) and seventh in free throw
percentage (.741). A 6-4 senior from Flint, Mich.,
Harvey's 37 points against MVSU on January 11 tied Smylie's 37 points versus
Prairie View A&M on February 25 as the most points scored in a single-game by
a SWAC player this season.
Although he didn't put up the points like teammates Harvey and Smylie
did, Clark was vital in Southern's title chase this season nonetheless. A 6-0
sophomore from Baton Rouge, La., Clark has averaged just 7.6 points a game
but he has led the league in assists almost from day one, entering the
postseason with a SWAC-best average of 6.88 per contest. He also ranked
fourth in steals with 2.64 per game.
JSU's Jones was the Tigers' defensive ace this season, ranking second in
the SWAC in blocked shots (2.85 pg) and seventh in rebounding (6.5 pg). The
6-11 senior from Greenwood, Miss. led the Tigers in scoring with 12.6 points a
Burks, a 6-7 sophomore from Indianola, Miss., was the SWAC's fifth-
leading rebounder after the regular-season (7.7 pg) and ninth-leading field
goal shooter (.494). He also averaged 9.5 points a game, third-best on the
GSU's Thomas was the Tigers' scoring ace and the third-leading scorer in
the SWAC with 19.7 points before the postseason. A 6-7 junior from Karnack,
Tex., he also ranked third in the SWAC in field goal percentage (.547) and
second on the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards a game.
The special category awards were won by players from four different
Besides Smylie's player of the year honor, the defensive player of the
year award was captured by GSU center Thomas Dodd, freshman of the year was
won by Prairie View A&M guard Gregory Burks and newcomer of the year went to
MVSU's David Burks.
Dodd, a 6-10 senior from Bradley, Ark., ranked seventh in the SWAC in
scoring (14.3 ppg), second in rebounding (8.6 pg) and third in blocked shots
PVAMU's Burks, a 5-8 guard from Flint, Mich., finished the regular-season
ranking 10th in the SWAC in steals (1.67 pg), sixth in assists (3.33 pg),
second in three-point field goal percentage (.380) and third in free throw
The honorary all-rookie team picks included Burks in addition to GSU's
Jimmy Lawson (6-2, Fr., G, Oklahoma City, Okla.), Alabama State's Tyrone
Levett (6-5, Fr., F, Notasulga, Ala.), Alcorn State's Marcus Fleming (6-8,
Fr., F, Fayette, Miss.) and MVSU's James Nelson (6-5, Fr., F, Forest, Miss.).
Finally, after returning to Alcorn State as head coach three seasons ago
and then leading the Braves to their first SWAC championship since 1985-86
this season, the legendary Davey L. Whitney is the 1998-99 SWAC coach of the
year, an honor that now automatically goes to the coach of the league's
regular-season champion. This is Whitney's eighth SWAC coach of the year
honor and his team's ninth league crown.
GSU'S MITCHELL HEADS WOMEN'S ALL-SWAC TEAM
NEW ORLEANS -- Termika Mitchell of Grambling State University has been
selected the women's basketball player of the year in the Southwestern
Athletic Conference as well as a first team member of the 1998-99 All-SWAC
A 5-8 senior from Cleveland, Tex., Mitchell led the GSU Lady Tigers to a
perfect 16-0 record in conference play. At the conclusion of the regular
season, she led the SWAC in both scoring (17.6 ppg) and steals (4.00 pg) while
ranking second in assists (4.92 pg) and sixth in three-point field goal
Mitchell is joined on the All-SWAC first team by teammate and forward
Felicia James, guard Sherry Surney of Mississippi Valley State, center
Tameika Hill of Jackson State and forward Felecia Tarver of Prairie View A&M.
James, Surney and Hill were members of the 1997-98 All-SWAC second team.
James, a 5-11 senior from St. Croix, Virgin Islands, led the SWAC in both
blocks (1.69 pg) and field goal percentage (.545) and was seventh in scoring
(13.2 pg) during the regular-season.
Surney, a 5-6 senior from Ruleville, Miss., ranked third in the SWAC in
both scoring (16.2 ppg) and steals (3.20 pg), sixth in free-throw percentage
(.752), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.293) and tied for 10th in
rebounding (6.6 pg).
Hill, a 6-1 senior from Yazoo City, Miss., finished the regular-season as
the SWAC's second-leading scorer (16.5 pg). She also ranked second in the
conference in field goal percentage (.522), third in blocks (1.24 pg) and
eighth in rebounding (7.7 pg).
Tarver, a 5-8 senior from Houston, Tex., led the SWAC in rebounding (10.6
pg) the entire season. She also ranked eighth in field goal percentage (.456)
and was the only PVAMU player who ranked in the top 10 in the conference's
The All-SWAC second team consists of guards Nichole Miller (5-8, Fr.) of
Alabama State and Texas Southern's Sheila Pena (5-8, Sr.), center Nakesha
Jewell (6-2, Jr.) of Grambling State and forwards Felecia Arrington (5-11,
Sr.) of Alabama State and Tukeya Mackey (5-10, So.) of Alcorn State.
Members of the honorary all-rookie team include Alabama State's Zandra
Hall (5-8, Fr., G) and Miller, Grambling State's Natalie Thomas (5-9, Fr., G),
Jackson State's Demetria Richard (6-2, Fr., C) and Texas Southern's Kanesha
Randle (6-2, Fr., F).
Miller, who ranked fifth in the SWAC in scoring (14.6 ppg) and ninth in
three-point field goal pct. (.319), was also tabbed freshman of the year.
Newcomer of the year honors went to Southern's Starry Bady (5-7, Jr., G) and
Grambling State's Jewell was named the SWAC's defensive player of the year.
Grambling State head coach David Ponton won SWAC coach of the year honors
for the second straight season.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Olympic gold medalist Michael Marsh
and long jumper Dawn Burrell highlight a top-notch cast in
the 48th Annual Texas Southern Relays this Friday and Saturday
in Houston, Texas. Marsh won a gold metal in the 400 meter
relay and the 200 meter dash in Spain in the 1992 Summer
Olympics. Burrell is a two-time indoor national long jump
champion and holds the TSU Relays record in that
event. Former TSU track and field standout Yuan Hunt is
also expected to participate in the event. University of
Houston All-Americans John Davis (shot put) and Jenny
Adams (long jump) will compete. Texas Southern
All-SWAC sprinter Michael Martin will be on hand as well.
Martin is the SWAC's 55 and 200 meter indoor champion.
Chapel Hill, NC(OTW)-Dominique Canty had 19 points
and 13 rebounds as Alabama beat Grambling 80-68 in women's
NCAA Tourney action.
Grambling's Termika Mitchell had a 31 points and
seven rebounds. The Lady Tigers shot 28
percent from the field in the game.The loss eliminated Grambling from the
Seattle, WA(OTW)-Stanford, the second seed in the NCAA West Region,
made 10 of 11 free throws late in the ball game, to beat Alcorn 69-57.
The loss eliminated the Braves from the NCAA Tourney. The Braves
trailed by 14 at the half.
Alcorn put up
a good fight, coming back to tie the game at 53-53 on a Terrence
Cameron three-pointer with 4:47 left to play.
Mark Madsen led Stanford with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Wallace Harris led Alcorn, the 15th seed in the West,
with 17 points.
ALCORN TO FACE STANFORD IN NCAA TOURNEY,
BRAVES' POSTSEASON PLAY IS FIRST SINCE 1984
NEW ORLEANS -- The Alcorn State University Braves are set to go this week
where they haven't been in 15 years -- back to the NCAA basketball tournament.
The Braves, 23-6 overall (14-2 SWAC), will face Stanford in the NCAA
tournament's West Regional First Round at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash. on
Thursday, March 11 at approximately 2:15 p.m. ASU will enter as a 15th seed
while the Cardinal is a second seed with a record of 25-6 (15-3 PAC-10).
Alcorn State's appearance in the NCAA tournament will be their first since
1984, when they beat Houston Baptist (79-60) in what was called the "pre-
tournament" before falling by one point to Kansas (57-56). This week will
mark the team's first postseason contest altogether since 1985, when the
Braves lost to Louisville in the first round of the NIT, 77-75.
"Going to the NCAA tournament is something you dream about in high school,"
said ASU guard and Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament MVP Reuben
Stiff. "I think I'm more proud of the team because I didn't have a very good
tournament. I played alright during the year but in the tournament everybody
stepped up and Wallace (Harris) had a great game. That's what it's all about
-- team. No one person can take a team to the (NCAA) tournament. We have a
pretty good team that I'm proud of."
While returning to the NCAA tournament is in itself a huge accomplishment for
the Alcorn State program, how they got there is even more astonishing.
During their heyday in the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, head coach Davey "the
Wiz" Whitney orchestrated a program regarded as one of the best in all of
college basketball. In 1979, its first year as a Division I member of the
NCAA, ASU became the first historically black school to compete in and win a
game in the NIT, defeating Mississippi State, 80-78, before falling to
Indiana, 73-69, and finishing the season with a 28-1 record.
For an encore, in 1980 the Braves became the first team from an historically
black university to compete in and win a game in the NCAA Division I tourney,
beating South Alabama, 70-62, before falling to LSU, 98-88, and finishing at
The Braves would go on to compete admirably in NCAA tournaments in 1982 (lost
to Houston, 94-84), in 1983 (beat Xavier-Ohio 81-75 and lost to Georgetown
68-65) and in 1984. Following their 1985 NIT appearance, however, things
began to unravel for the Braves and a 16-13 finish in 1985-86 would be the
school's -- and Coach Whitney's -- final winning season until this year. In
fact, three consecutive losing seasons between 1986-87 and 1988-89 led to
Whitney's ouster as the team's head coach.
Following two head coaching changes, ASU officials rehired Whitney prior to
the 1996-97 season and the legendary coach made one simple promise -- to make
the program competitive again. In his third season back at the helm, and his
23rd year at the school overall, he's certainly gotten the program back on
The Braves went 11-17 in 1996-97 before improving to 12-15 last season. This
year's 23 victories are the team's most since an identical mark 15 seasons
ago. Their SWAC regular-season championship is the school's first since
1985-86 and the SWAC tourney crown is the Braves' first since 1984.
"I came back for us to be very competitive," said Whitney in January as his
team led in the SWAC standings by one game at the season's mid-point. "We're
more competitive now than we were two years ago. I didn't promise a
championship, I just promised to be competitive. If a championship comes,
then that's good."
Well, that championship came and the Braves didn't stop there. They went on
to cap the season with victories of 114-61 over Prairie View A&M in the first
round of the SWAC tournament, 73-61 over Mississippi Valley State in the
semifinals and 89-83 over Southern University in the title game on SU's home
court. Following the title game, Whitney said he felt all along that the
1998-99 Braves were a special group of players.
"We never had any doubts in our minds that we had good enough athletes who
were going to contend for the SWAC championship," said Whitney. "When they
picked us as co-champs (with Southern) in the preseason, I thought that the
team was going to make liars out of some people, that they'd just go on and
Following the SWAC tourney title game, Whitney said his emotions didn't run
"We took the kids out to eat and they had a lot of fun," said Whitney. "I
knew we had another game to play. I wasn't joyful too long.
"We don't know as much as we want to know about Stanford right now," Whitney
continued. "I do know that they're a big, physical team and a front court
team. They're one of the better teams in the country with the front court
"To be this far away from home, if we get a few fans for the game, that'll be
a big thing for us," added Whitney. "The place seats 15,000, so we won't be
heard very loud. But we've been getting a lot of media exposure. We're kind
of an unknown situation. I felt we deserved a 14th seed."
GSU TO FACE ALABAMA IN NCAA TOURNEY
NEW ORLEANS-- The Grambling State University Lady Tigers (25-4), winners of
three consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, will
face the University of Alabama (19-10) in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Women's
Basketball Tournament, Friday, March 12 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (U. of North Carolina). Tipoff is
slated for 6 p.m. EST (no television). GSU is the No. 12 seed in the Midwest, while Alabama is
the No. 5 seed.
GSU earned a record fourth consecutive berth (fifth appearance overall) to the NCAA
tournament by defeating Mississippi Valley State in the SWAC championship (80-60), March 6,
at Baton Rouge, La. The Lady Tigers also defeated Prairie View A&M (85-56) in the first-round
of the tournament on March 3 at Grambling, La., then beat Alabama State (100-60) in the
semifinals on March 5 at Baton Rouge, La.
The Lady Tigers are 0-4 in NCAA Tournament appearances, and as a conference the
SWAC is 0-7 overall. In 1994, the first year that the SWAC received an automatic berth, GSU
lost to Vanderbilt (95-85). The Lady Tigers also faced Stanford (82-43) in 1996, Tennessee (91-
54) in 1997 and Texas Tech (87-75) in 1998. The team was seeded No. 16 versus both
Vanderbilt and Stanford and No. 14 versus both Tennessee and Texas Tech. The No. 12 seeding
is the best ever for a SWAC men's or women's team.
"We were extremely happy to get the higher seed. We feel we are finally getting some
respect," said second-year head coach David "Rusty" Ponton. "With our record and our showing
in the past, we feel we deserved this seed or an even better seed. The most important thing is
we're glad we're playing on a neutral site and not on someone else's home court."
Currently on a 21-game winning streak, GSU went undefeated in conference play with a
16-0 record, accomplishing that feat for only the second time in both school and SWAC history.
The Lady Tigers posted a 14-0 record versus conference opponents in 1996-97. The team also
owns the nation's longest home-win streak with 55 consecutive games.
GSU is winless in four appearances versus Alabama; 1992-93 (117-51), 1993-94 (81-50),
1994-95 (90-70) and 1996-97 (70-67).
"They're a very good team and they're coached by a very good coach," said Ponton, who
won SWAC coach of the year honors for the second straight season. "We do have a history with
them. They know about us and we know about them."
Senior guard Termika Mitchell (5-8) leads the SWAC in both scoring (18.0 ppg) and
steals (3.90 pg). She also ranks second in assists (4.86 pg) and sixth in three-point field goal pct.
Junior center Nakesha Jewell (6-2) leads the conference in double-doubles (12) and ranks second
in rebounding (9.2 pg), fifth in field goal pct. (.478), sixth in blocks (0.97 pg) and eighth in free-
throw pct. (.728).
Senior guard/forward Felicia James (5-11) leads the SWAC in both blocks (1.76 pg) and
field goal pct. (.542). She's also fourth in steals (3.10 pg) and seventh in scoring (13.4 ppg). As
a team, GSU leads the SWAC in scoring offense (87.4 ppg), scoring margin (+18.8) and
rebounding margin (+7.4). The team is also second in the SWAC in field goal pct. (.419).
In addition to being named MVP of the 1999 SWAC Basketball Tournament, Mitchell
was earlier named the conference's player of the year. She was joined on the All-SWAC first
team by James. Freshman guard Natalie Thomas (5-9) was named to the honorary All-Rookie
team, while Jewell, an All-SWAC second team member, was named defensive player of the year.
Alcorn will battle Stanford Thursday, Mar. 11, in Seattle in the
NCAA Men's Tournament.
Grambling (women) will play Alabama at Chapel Hill, NC Friday, Mar. 12, at
6 p.m. in NCAA Women's Tournament action.
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Wallace Harris scored 22 points,
lifting Alcorn to an 89-83 win over Southern in the SWAC Men's
Tournament finals. The win qualified the Braves (22-6) as an
automatic entrant for the NCAA Tournament.
Alcorn had leads as big as 22 points in the game. Southern (21-7)
cut the lead to three late in the contest, but got no closer.
Dionte Harvey and Aaron Bates scored 16 points for SU.
In women's action, Grambling advanced to the NCAA Tournament
by beating Mississippi Valley 80-60 in the women's tournament
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Dionte Harvey scored 19 points as Southern
edged Jackson State 67-66. The Jaguars moved into Saturday's
championship game against Alcorn.
Tim Marks scored 16 for the Tigers
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Marcus Fleming scored 17 points as
Alcorn beat Mississippi Valley 73-61.
Faragi Phillips had 26 points for Valley.
Alcorn moves into the SWAC finals against Southern.
In women's action, Mississippi Valley beat Jackson State
61-44, and Grambling beat Alabama State 100-60.
Opening Round SWAC Men's Tournament Action
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Marcus Fleming scored 21 second half points
as Alcorn glided by Prairie View 114-61. The Braves advanced
to Friday's semifinals against Mississippi Valley State.
Alcorn jumped out to a 29-18 first half lead and never
Prairie View's Gregory Burks led all scorers with
28 points. PV was held to 27 percent shooting from the floor
in the contest.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Terry Bradley scored 14 points to lead
Jackson State by Texas Southern 73-49. JSU, the hottest men's
team in the SWAC right now, advances to play Southern in semifinal
Texas Southern's Roderick Beechem led all scorers with 18
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Aaron Bates scored 31 points as
Southern beat Grambling 92-83. The Jags advance to play Jackson
State in semifinal action Friday.
Thomas Dodd had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the G-Men.
Itta Bena, MS(OTW)-Faragi Phillips scored 20 points, and
Henry Jordan had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocked
shots, as Mississippi Valley beat Alabama State 71-58. The Delta
Devils will play Alcorn Friday in semi-final action.
Joey Ball scored 15 points for ASU.
In women's action, Jackson State beat Texas Southern 71-67
in overtime, Mississippi Valley dumped Southern 67-57, Alabama State
edged Alcorn 56-55, and Grambling demolished Prairie View 85-56.
PAIRINGS SET FOR SWAC HOOPS TOURNEY,
GRAMBLING AND ALCORN TAKE TOP SEEDS
After a very competitive
regular-season in the
Conference, it has all come
down to this.
On Wednesday, March 3,
the new format of the
SWAC tournament will be
debuted, as the top four
men's seeds and the top four
women's seeds host
quarterfinal games on their
respective campuses. The
winners will then advance to
Baton Rouge, La. for the
semifinals and finals on
March 5-6 on Southern
In the first round of the
men's tourney, Alcorn State
will enter as the No.1 seed
after winning the SWAC
regular-season title with
records of 20-6 overall and
14-2 in the league. ASU
will host Prairie View A&M
(6-20, 4-12) at 7:30 p.m.
Also at 7:30 p.m., No.2
Southern (19-6, 13-3) will
host No.7 Grambling State
(6-20, 5-11), No. 3 Jackson
State (15-11, 11-5) will host
No.6 Texas Southern (8-18,
6-10) and No.4 Mississippi
Valley (13-12, 10-6) will
host No.5 Alabama State
"I don't think that
(hosting the tourney) will be
a big factor," said SU head
coach Tommy Green. "The
other teams are there with
one thing on their mind.
Nobody really cares where
they are playing. They're
happy to be playing."
After cruising to their
third straight regular-season
crown with marks of 22-4
overall and 16-0 in the
SWAC, the Grambling Lady
Tigers will enter the tourney
again as the top seed.
They'll host No.8 Prairie
View (6-20, 2-14) at 7:30
"It's another stamp of
approval for our authenticity
for having a good program
here," said GSU head coach
Rusty Ponton. "Going 16-0
was a goal of the team. This
senior team we have were
members of the (1996-97)
14-0 team. We felt we had
the ability to do it. With the
blessing of God, it
Mississippi Valley (15-10,
13-3), the No.2 seed, will
host No.7 Southern (11-15,
5-11) at 5:30 p.m., No.3
Jackson State (17-8, 10-6)
will host No.6 Texas
Southern (11-18, 7-9) at
5:30 p.m., and No.4
Alabama State (14-12, 9-7)
will host No.5 Alcorn State
(15-11, 8-8) at 7:30 p.m.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Reuben Stiff scored 21 points as Alcorn (20-6,
14-2) beat Prairie View 81-63. The win clinched the SWAC
outright for Alcorn.
Jochquinn Arch scored 15 for PV.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Antwan McAfee scored 14 points as Jackson State
beat Alabama A&M 71-45. JSU (15-11) goes into the SWAC torunament
with a seven game winning streak.
Fidel Woods scored 14 for A&M.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Adarrial Smylie had 26 points and 14 rebounds
as Southern (19-6, 13-3) knocked off Texas Southern 90-74.
Leland Redmond scored 18 for TSU.
In other games, Mississippi Valley beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alabama State edged Grambling.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Eddrick Wheaton made a free throw with just
under six seconds to go, as Alcorn came from behind to edge Texas
Southern 71-70. The win clinched a tie for first for the Braves
(19-6, 13-2). Reuben Stiff scored 24 points for Alcorn, which
trailed 46-28 at the half.
Leland Robinson scored 20 for TSU.
Prairie View, TX(OTW)-Adarrial Smylie scored 37 points and added
15 rebounds as Southern beat Prairie View 94-81. Smylie was 15-of-20
from the floor on the night.
Aron Thompson scored 20 for PV.
Jackson, TX(OTW)-Deon Burns had 13 points and 13 rebounds as
Jackson State beat Alabama State 58-40. It was the sixth straight
win for the Tigers.
Corey Williams had 13 markers for ASU.
In other SWAC action, Grambling beat Alabama A&M 81-77.
SWAC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD TITLES WON BY SU,
JAGS TAKE MEN'S CROWN IN DRAMATIC FASHION
BATON ROUGE, La. -- From the outset, two things seemed reasonably sure about the 1999
Southwestern Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships.
For one, most people felt that Southern University would be an overwhelming bet to capture
a record seventh consecutive SWAC women's title. And that the Lady Jaguars did, finishing the
two-day meet with a conference record 186.5 points, 110.5 points ahead of second place finisher
Alcorn State University.
The other near certainty was that defending champion Prairie View A&M University and
perennial power Southern would battle it out for the men's crown. That, too, was the case as it
took the final event of the evening to determine the championship, which Southern secured by
just 4.5 points over the Panthers. The Jaguars took the crown with 150 points compared to
Prairie View's 145.5.
The 1999 SWAC championships were contested for the third consecutive year at the LSU
Field House on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on Saturday and
Sunday, February 20-21. A near capacity crowd witnessed the dramatic developments on the
final day of action.
"This was a great meet," said SU head coach Johnny Thomas. "The conference was
exceptionally competitive this year. We managed to win the meet on the last event."
Heading into the all-important last event of the men's competition, which was the 4x400
meter relay, Southern was atop the standings by just a half point. The Jaguars, however, picked
up 10 points in the event by virtue of a first place finish at 3:12.18, an NCAA qualifying
standard. Prairie View, meanwhile, settled for a third place finish with a mark of 3:18.99,
sealing their second place fate in the final standings.
"The competition was very tight," said PVAMU head coach Hoover J. Wright. "You
couldn't afford to make a mistake and we made a big mistake in the high hurdles. My jumper
jumped and he feels real bad about that. I'm just trying to make him feel better.
"Last year we won the indoors and Southern beat us in the outdoors," added Wright. "We'll
try to flip flop this time around."
Trailing Southern and Prairie View A&M in the final men's standings were Grambling State,
which finished third with 75 points, Jackson State, 62, Alcorn State, 57.5, Texas Southern, 36,
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30, Alabama State, 26, and Mississippi Valley State, 2.
David Rop, Jackson State's sensational distance runner, won the league's most outstanding
track performer award for a third consecutive year. He scored a meet high 40 points after first
place finishes in the 800 meters (1:50.88), the 1,600 meters (4:14.6), the 3,000 meters (9:15.4)
and the 5,000 meters (19:49.55).
Most outstanding field performer honors were landed by Ronald Nelson of Prairie View
A&M, who scored a meet high 27 points in the field. Nelson won the high jump (7'03.75) while
finishing third in the long jump (23'04), third in the pole vault (10'11.75) and fourth in the triple
In the women's competition, Southern entered the final day of competition with a 15-point
lead over Grambling State, outscoring the Lady Tigers 43.5 to 28.5. The Lady Jaguars then
added 143 points to their total during the final round, cruising to the title. The team won six out
of 14 events during the meet in addition to 10 second place event finishes.
Thomas, who doubles as SU's head women's coach, said he figured his women would have
an easier time capturing the SWAC crown than the men.
"After winning the championship six years in a row, I know that confidence and momentum
were on the side of our ladies," noted Thomas. "But there were a lot of quality teams out there,
so the team just had to go out and perform. I'm very proud of the way they met the challenge."
Alcorn State secured second place in the final women's standings with a total of 76 points.
The Lady Braves were sparked by 5-10 senior Millicent Sylvan, who captured most outstanding
field performer honors for the third straight year with a meet high 38 field points. The LaPlace,
La. native won the high jump (5'05.75), the pole vault (7'07.25) and the triple jump (39'01.75)
while finishing second in the long jump (39'01.75).
"I prayed about it and with the help of Jesus and my coach, I performed to my potential,"
Following Southern and Alcorn State in the final women's standings were Grambling State,
70.5 points, Alabama State, 41, Jackson State, 40, Prairie View A&M, 39, Texas Southern, 22,
Mississippi Valley State, 20, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11.
While Sylvan won most outstanding field performer honors, the most outstanding track
performer honors went to Natasha Beaumont of Jackson State, who scored a meet high 30 points
in the running events. Beaumont, a 5-4 junior from Kingston, Jamaica, won first places in the
800 meters (2:18.23), the 1,600 meters (5:18.75) and the 3,000 meters (11:13.34).
Besides the Southern men's team performance in the 4x400 meter relay, NCAA qualifying
times were garnered by SU's Robert Wilson in the 400 meters (46.94), SU's Erica Burrell in the
55 meters (6.84) and Texas Southern's Michael Martin in both the 55 meters (6.24) and the 200
meters (21.41). Wilson's 400 meter time is currently the ninth fastest time in the event this
1999 SWAC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
DAY TWO RESULTS - FEB. 21, 1999 - BATON ROUGE, LA
OFFICIAL DAY TWO MEN'S RESULTS:
POLE VAULT: 1. Cortrell Davis (SU), 11'05.75 (3.50m); 2. John Dimas (PV), 10'11.75 (3.35);
3. Ronald Nelson (PV), 10'11.75 (3.35); 4. Vincent Jones (ALC), 10'06.00 (3.20); 5. Jeuance
Cramiel (ALC), 10'00.00 (3.05) and Donald Driver (ALC), 10'00.00 (3.05); 7. Vincent Johnson
(ALC), 9'06.25 (2.90); 8. Tranton Harris (PV), 9'06.25 (2.90).
TRIPLE JUMP: 1.Craig Geter (SU), 51'01.00 (15.57m); 2. Anthony Austin (PV), 51'00.00
(15.54); 3. Donald Driver (ALC), 50'06.00 (15.39); 4. Ronald Nelson (PV), 49'06.25 (15.09); 5.
Marlin Hargrove (PV), 48'09.50 (14.87); 6. Kelly Galtney (TSU), 46'10.75 (14.29); 7. Duncan
Florence (PV), 46'02.00 (14.07); 8. Ed Odum (GSU), 45'06.25 (13.87).
55 METER: 1. Michael Martin (TSU), 6.24; 2. Lewis Turner (PV), 6.35; 3. Vernon Pitcher (SU),
6.39; 4. Ryan Lewis (SU), 6.52; 5. Ebony Brown (PV), 6.53; 6. Darrell Gillespie (ALC), 6.54; 7.
John George (SU), 6.57; 8. Terrance Blackwell (SU), 6.58.
1,600 METERS: 1. David Rop (JSU), 4:14.60; 2. Brent Clay (SU), 4:22.96; 3. Conor Marsh
(PV), 4:23.92; 4. Cedric Johnson (UAPB), 4:24.68; 5. Jason Webb (ALA), 4:25.55; 6. Victor
Tanui (JSU), 4:25.65; 7. Marvin Beharry (GSU), 4:28.69; 8. Earnest McClinton (UAPB),
400 METERS: 1. Robert Wilson (SU), 46.94; 2. Dedrick Evans (GSU), 47.48; 3. Nathaniel
Gross (PV), 48.01; 4. Jamal Jones (SU), 48.11.2; 5. Antwon Dussett (GSU), 48.11.6; 6. Jebreh
Harris (ALA), 49.12; 7. Michael Conley (PV), 49.52; 8. Antonio Johnson (GSU), 49.89.
55-METER LOW HURDLES: 1. Vernon Pitcher (SU), 7.33; 2. Horace Townsend (SU), 7.48; 3.
Ronald Landry (SU), 7.51; 4. Goldy Jackson (TSU), 7.51; 5. Sean Henry (ALC), 7.80; 6.
Devonte Taylor (TSU), 7.87; 7. Nick Brown (ALC), 8.18.
800 METERS: 1. David Rop (JSU), 1:50.58; 2. Jebreh Harris (ALA), 1:54.97; 3. Elton Ervin
(GSU), 1:55.16; 4. Melvin Landry (SU), 1:55.62; 5. David Houston (SU), 1:55.75; 6. Jason
Webb (ALA), 1:55.86; 7. Houston Watson (PV), 1:58.46; 8. Antonio Johnson (GSU), 1:58.50.
200 METERS: 1. Michael Martin (TSU), 21.41; 2. Nathaniel Gross (PV), 21.73; 3. Lewis Turner
(PV), 21.74; 4. Robert Wilson (SU), 21.84; 5. Dedrick Evans (GSU), 21.87; 6. Goldy Jackson
(TSU), 21.98; 7. Jamal Jones (SU), 22.07; 8. Lewis Edmonson (PV), 22.26.
5,000 METERS: 1. David Rop (JSU), 14:49.55; 2. Brent Clay (SU), 15:45.65; 3. Conor Marsh
(PV), 15:56.05; 4. Victor Tanui (JSU), 16:12.66; 5. Carlos Robinson (GSU), 16:22.15; 6. Marvin
Beharry (GSU), 16:29.44; 7. Justus Nyamweya (JSU), 16:29.51; 8. Earnest McClinton (UAPB),
4x400 RELAY: 1. Southern Univ., 3:12.18; 2. Grambling State, 3:14.47; 3. Prairie View A&M,
3:18.99; 4. Alabama State, 3:23.72; 5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3:24.52; 6. Alcorn State, 3:25.64; 7.
Texas Southern, 3:28.25; 8. Miss. Valley State, 3:40.30.
FINAL MEN'S STANDINGS: 1. Southern Univ., 150 pts.; 2. Prairie View A&M, 145.5; 3.
Grambling State, 75; 4. Jackson State, 62; 5. Alcorn State, 57.5; 6. Texas Southern, 36; 7.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30; 8. Alabama State, 26; 9. Miss. Valley State, 2.
OFFICIAL DAY TWO WOMEN'S RESULTS:
POLE VAULT: 1. Millicent Sylvan (ALC), 7'07.25 (2.32m).
55 METERS: 1. Erica Burrell (SU), 6.84; 2. LaChina Clay (SU). 6.91; 3. Angelina Edwards
(ALA), 7.01; 4. Tia Talley (PV), 7.14; 5. Maharlin Mesidor (ALA), 7.22; 6. Claudia Dumas
(PV), 7.23; 7. Samantha Pollard (ALC), 7.26; 8. Ashley Thompson (PV), 7.38.
1,600 METERS: 1. Natasha Beaumont (JSU), 5:18.75; 2. Cicely Pinkston (TSU), 5.23.98; 3.
Shaunticia Crawford (GSU), 5:28.41; 4. Christina Brown (GSU), 5:31.22; 5. Kenya Shields
(MVSU), 5:32.08; 6. Sahaja Pitre (SU), 5:32.27; 7. Ebony Anderson (GSU), 5:34.50; 8. Maranda
Holmes (ALC), 5:35.45.
400 METERS: 1. Ebony Chavis (SU), 56.88; 2. Tina Hull-Payne (SU), 56.92; 3. Samantha
Pollard (ALC), 57.71; 4. Maharlin Mesidor (ALA), 58.58; 5. Nicole Griffin (UAPB), 58.90; 6.
Ta'Meka Chopp (PV), 1:00.88; 7. Kera Walker (GSU), 1:03.15.
55-METER LOW HURDLES: 1. Noelle Salley (SU), 8:11; 2. Cassie Jackson (SU), 8.16; 3.
Millicent Sylvan (ALC), 8.16; 4. Trudy Bihm (SU), 8.17; 5. Shontell Moore (ALC), 8.24; 6.
Shakeetha Payne (SU), 8.28; 7. Erica Johnson (SU), 8.30; 8. Kia Callendar (SU), 8.36.
TRIPLE JUMP: 1. Millicent Sylvan (ALC), 39'01.75 (11.93m); 2. Kia Callender (SU), 38'05.00
(11.71); 3. Daniell Livingston (GSU), 37'06.00 (11.43); 4. Ariane LaCog (SU), 37'06.00 (11.43);
5. Erica Jones (SU), 37'00.50 (11.29); 6. Laura Bailey (PV), 36'07.00 (11.15); 7. Ursula Handy
(SU), 36'05.50 (11.11); 8. Shakeetha Payne (SU), 36'00.00 (10.97).
800 METERS: 1. Natasha Beaumont (JSU), 2:18.23; 2. Cicely Pinkston (TSU), 2:19.96; 3.
Claudia Anthony (SU), 2:20.43; 4. Kenya Warren (SU), 2:24.10; 5. Ebony Anderson (GSU),
2:24.30; 6. Meisi Monroe (SU), 2:26.35; 7. Kesha McDonald (ALC), 2:29.00; 8. Shaunticia
Crawford (GSU), 2:29.47.
200 METERS: 1. LaChina Clay (SU), 24.63; 2. Erica Burrell (SU), 24.85; 3. Tia Talley (PV),
24.87; 4. Ashley Thompson (PV), 25.52; 5. Ebony Chavis (SU), 25.57; 6. Maharlin Mesidor
(ALA), 25.63; 7. Samantha Pollard (ALC), 25.75; 8. Kera Walker (GSU), 26.19.
3000 METERS: 1. Natasha Beaumont (JSU), 11:13.14; 2. Leah Walker (SU), 11:15.84; 3.
Christina Brown (GSU), 11:21.71; 4. Ebony Anderson (GSU), 11:27.61; 5. Kesha McDonald
(ALC), 11:44.99; 6. Julie Swaney (JSU), 11:48.43; 7. Patricia Robinson (JSU), 11:48.88; 8.
Sahaja Pitre (SU), 11:52.74.
4x400 RELAY: 1. Southern Univ., 3:50.77; 2. Alabama State, 3:54.72; 3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff,
3:55.36; 4. Prairie View A&M, 3:59.32; 5. Grambling State, 4:01.05; 6. Alcorn State, 4:01.73; 7.
Texas Southern, 4:04.13; 8. Miss. Valley State, 4:41.90.
FINAL WOMEN'S STANDINGS: 1. Southern Univ., 140 pts.; 2. Prairie View A&M, 139.5; 3.
Grambling State, 67; 4. Jackson State, 62; 5. Alcorn State, 54.5; 6. Texas Southern, 14; 7.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 26; 8. Alabama State, 21; 9. Miss. Valley State, 1.
SU CAPS UNDEFEATED YEAR WITH BOWLING CROWN
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Southern University women's bowling team was the epitome
of a rags-to-riches story, rising from a 1-5 record and seventh place finish in the Southwestern
Athletic Conference a year ago to an undefeated season and the league's second-ever championship
The Lady Jaguars sport a 12-0 record after winning the SWAC title with a huge 321-pin
victory over Texas Southern University in Saturday's championship match, which was contested here
at the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union on SU's campus. Southern finished the title match with
a score of 2277 while TSU settled for 1956.
"They (Lady Jaguars) played their hearts out under tough conditions," said SU head coach
Karen Couvillon. "The lanes were difficult and the shots were tough.
"As a team, they played together real well," added Couvillon. "They supported each other."
Southern, which earned a berth to the championship after defeating Alcorn State on Friday
in first round action, topped Texas Southern in the singles (500-417) and doubles (993-886) before
winning the Baker's match, 784 to 653.
In Saturday's consolation match, Alcorn State defeated Alabama State 1984 to 1949. The
Lady Braves won the singles (476-448) and tied the doubles (828-828) before winning the Bakers
As has been the case much of the season, Dixie Melton, a freshman from San Diego, Calif.,
paced the Lady Jaguars, winning MVP honors with a two-day combined score of 1893. Four of her
teammates also made the all-tournament team, including Michelle Rangel (1886), Beverly Burns
(1874), Essence Harris (1861) and Twyla Joseph (1832).
The other members of the all-tournament team include Karla Moore (1850) and Temeka
Parham of Alcorn State (1850), Kristy Blevins of Texas Southern (1814) and Sonya Skinner (1712)
and Candace Stiger (1709) of Alabama State.
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Adarrial Smylie scored 21 points as
Southern edged Alcorn 67-66, and remain alive for the SWAC title.
Reuben Stiff scored 18 points for the Braves.
Itta Bena, MS(OTW)-Vincent Jones scored 21 points with 15
rebounds as Jackson State picked up a 71-63 road win at
Mississippi Valley State.
Marcus Metcalf scored 14 points for the losers.
Normal, AL(OTW)-Damien Crayton scored 19 points as Alabama
A&M beat Texas Southern 79-68.
Leland Redmond scored 18 points for TSU.
Montgomery, AL(OTW)-Corey Williams and Terrance Simmons
scored 15 points as Alabama State whipped Prairie View 88-75.
Jocquinn Arch scored 19 points for PV.
Pine Bluff, AR(OTW)-Thomas Dodd had 21 points and 11 rebounds
to lead Grambling by Arkansas-Pine Bluff 87-69.
PV AND SU HOPE TO RETAIN SWAC INDOOR CROWNS
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A year ago, the Prairie View A&M University Panthers were a
surprise winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference men's indoor track and field championship,
beating out favorite and three-time defending champion Southern University for the title. It was the
Panthers' first-ever league indoor crown.
In the women's championship, Southern's Lady Jaguars cruised to the 1998 crown, winning
by a comfortable margin of 42.5 points over second place finisher Alcorn State University. The title
was Southern's sixth straight.
On Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, 1999, the Panthers and the Lady Jaguars will be
out to prove that they're still the best in SWAC indoor track and field when the conference holds its
annual championships for the third consecutive year at the LSU New Field House here in Baton
Rouge. Field events get underway both days at 9 a.m. with running events starting at 10:30 a.m. on
Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Hoover J. Wright, Prairie View A&M's men's head coach, said his Panthers will have to
improve upon last year's performance this weekend if they plan to retain their championship.
"We'll need to score as many points as we did last year and improve on what we did at last
year's meet," said Wright, whose team scored 114.5 points in 1998, 15.5 points better than
Southern's runner-up total. "In careful observation and keeping up with the progress of the other
teams in our conference, some have made vast improvements. Just to do as well as we did last year
won't be sufficient."
Wright said several teams are capable of finishing where his team finished last year -- in first
place. He listed Southern, Grambling State, Alabama State and Alcorn State as teams all capable of
presenting the most serious threats to his team's defense of its championship.
"Southern has tradition and they don't like to lose the championship," said Wright.
"Grambling has vastly improved and Alabama State has made quite some improvements. Alcorn
State has come along likewise, but I think their women are a little stronger than their men."
Will "defending champion" status give the Panthers momentum going into this year's meet?
"We have to be very careful about that," noted Wright. "As a coach, you'd hope so, but
sometimes after you win a championship like we did last year with a lot of young people, they tend
to get a little complacent. They think that victories will just be handed to them. We're trying to keep
Southern's six straight women's SWAC titles are already a record. The Lady Jaguars are now
gunning to solidify that record as they eye a possible seventh straight league crown.
"Right now, I think our women can run with anybody in the SWAC, especially in the 55
meters, the 200 and the 400," said SU head coach Johnny Thomas. "But it's questionable after that
because we have a lot of freshmen and we don't know how they're going to react in their first SWAC
championship. Our jumpers haven't jumped up to par thus far either."
Thomas isn't as optimistic about his men's team's chances of regaining the SWAC
championship, but he's not ruling that out either.
"In that so many of our athletes haven't participated in a meet, I have no idea how they're
going to perform," stated Thomas. "The teams in the SWAC have improved greatly and with the
conference adding the 5,000-meter race to the men's championship, I think Jackson State would have
to be the favorite going in, because they dominate the distances with the excellent distance runners
that they have."
Willie McCoy, Jackson State's head men's and women's coach, said personnel numbers could
likely keep either of his teams from winning the title.
"Prairie View and Southern are favorites in the men's championship because they have full
teams -- 25 to 30 athletes," said McCoy. "They basically have the same teams back from last year.
They can place athletes in every event.
"I favor Southern or Alcorn State to win the women's championship for the same reason as
the men -- they have full teams," added McCoy. "Some schools can't put people in every event.
"We'll score all of our points in the distance events," said McCoy. "Unfortunately, there
aren't enough distance events to win the meet. We need sprinters and field events people."
This year, there'll be a few new wrinkles in the SWAC indoor championships. Added to the
women's schedule of events is the pole vault while the 5,000-meter run has been added to the men's
NEW CHAMP TO BE CROWNED AT BOWLING TOURNEY
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Defending champion Grambling State University won't be in the
field of teams competing for the second annual Southwestern Athletic Conference bowling
tournament, which will be held here on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 at the Southern
University Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union Lanes. Competition starts at 9 a.m. both days.
Also missing from the lineup will be Prairie View A&M University, last year's runner-up, as
well as Mississippi Valley State University, which finished fourth at last year's tourney in Vicksburg,
This year's tournament, which will again feature the top two teams from the SWAC Eastern
Division as well as the top two teams from the Western Division, will feature just one "oldtimer"
along with three new teams.
Alcorn State University, the lone returning team from last year's inaugural tournament,
sported an unblemished record before losing to Alabama State on February 12. The Lady Braves are
7-1 on the season, 5-1 against SWAC Eastern Division teams. Last year, ASU finished third at the
tournament, a position head coach Anthony Woolfolk hopes to improve upon this time around.
"Since we're the only returning team from last year, we should have the experience to go into
the tournament with a positive attitude," said Woolfork. "Southern wasn't in the tournament last
year and neither were Texas Southern nor Alabama State.
"I think our team has been doing real well this season," added Woolfork. "Karla Moore is
our top bowler and she should be able to win the singles title. With her and Tameka Parkham, who
was All-SWAC last year, I hope that we can do okay in the tournament."
The Eastern Division's top seed will be Alabama State University, which is 8-2 overall on the
season and 5-1 in conference play. The Lady Hornets edged Alcorn State for the top seed, based
upon point spread in the head-to-head matches which they split.
"I think my bowlers are ready for the challenge," stated ASU head coach Latonia Thirston.
"We're going to be prepared for the championships. This is what we have worked for all year."
The Western Division will be represented by Southern University and Texas Southern
University, which easily finished first and second, respectively, in divisional play.
Southern's Lady Jaguars are the conference's only undefeated team. The Lady Jaguars
posted a regular-season mark of 10-0 overall, 8-0 in the conference. Head coach Karen Couvillon
said she's excited about her team's chances but hopes her bowlers aren't overconfident.
"I'm excited about the championships and I'm confident the team will do well," said
Couvillon. "The girls are well-prepared and they're very good.
"I am concerned about overconfidence, but only because the girls seem to get a little more
lax facing SWAC competition after having gone against some of the best in the country," added
Couvillon. "But I'm thrilled to be a part of the championships. I think it's great for women's
The number two seed from the Western Division will be Texas Southern University, which
enters the tourney with records of 6-2 overall and in the conference. Head coach Rick Holden said
beefed up recruiting has helped his program as well as the others in the SWAC.
"This conference will be the most competitive bowling conference in America," said Holden.
"People around the country are calling in and inquiring about our program.
"We have three new young ladies who've come in and energized our team to the extent that
we feel we have a very good chance of either winning or competing well," added Holden. "Our
competitiveness level has increased a thousand percent. Kristy Blevins has provided leadership for
us and we've improved in our bowling and overall play because of her. With good luck, we hope to
win the entire thing this weekend."
1998-99 SWAC EASTERN DIVISION STANDINGS
(Through matches of Feb. 17, 1999)
- CONFERENCE - - OVERALL -
SCHOOL W L PCT STR W L PCT STR
Alabama State Univ.* 5 1 .830 W-4 8 2 .800 W-4
Alcorn State Univ.* 5 1 .830 L-1 7 1 .880 L-1
Miss. Valley State Univ. 1 4 .200 L-4 1 6 .140 L-6
Jackson State Univ. 0 5 .000 L-5 0 5 .000 L-5
1998-99 SWAC WESTERN DIVISION STANDINGS
(Through matches of Feb. 17, 1999)
- CONFERENCE - - OVERALL -
SCHOOL W L PCT STR W L PCT STR
Southern Univ.* 8 0 1.000 W-8 10 0 1.000 W-10
Texas Southern Univ.* 6 2 .750 W-1 6 2 .750 W-1
Grambling State Univ. 3 4 .430 W-1 3 4 .430 W-1
Prairie View A&M Univ. 2 6 .250 L-4 2 7 .290 L-4
Univ. of Ark.-Pine Bluff 0 7 .000 L-7 0 7 .000 L-7
*These teams have clinched berths to the second annual SWAC Bowling Tournament,
which will be hosted by Southern Univ. in Baton Rouge, La. on February 19-20, 1999.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Terrance Cameron scored 17 points as Alcorn
trashed Alabama State 78-53. The Braves shot 56 percent from
the floor in the game.
Terrance Simmons scored 14 points for ASU.
Alcorn finishes the regular season with three straight road
games (at Southern, Texas Southern, and Prairie View).
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Dionte Harvey scored 29 points
as Southern pounded Alabama A&M 97-65 to stay alive in
the SWAC title chase. Adarrial Smylie added 12 rebounds
for the Jags.
Steven Ward had 13 points for A&M.
Prairie View, TX(OTW)-Omari Traylor had 15 points and 19 rebounds,
and teammate Aron Thompson had 17 points and 18 rebounds, as
Prairie View whipped Arkansas-Pine Bluff 106-81.
Terrance Duncan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for UAPB.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Faragi Phillips scored 28 points as Mississippi
Valley State whipped Texas Southern 82-75 in overtime.
Ifey Anyanwu scored 18 for TSU.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Sherry Surney scored 39 points (8-12 on 3-pointers, 13-20 FGs in game))
to lead Mississippi Valley 13-9, 11-2) to an 85-79 overtime win over Texas Southern.
Texas Southern's Sheila Pena was almost identical to Surney,
scoring 39 points on 13-20 FGs overall. Pena was 7-10 on 3-pointers.
Texas Southern Takes Two From Alcorn
Game One-Alston Taylor had two hits (including a double) and three
RBIs as Texas Southern won the first game of a doubleheader from
Alcorn 12-6 Sunday. TSU erased a 5-4 deficit by scoring four runs
in the fourth inning. Ricardo Salazar got the win for the
Alcorn third-baseman Dario Rosa had three hits and two
runs batted in for the Braves. Carl Moore was the losing
Game Two-Michael Goodie socked a three-run homer in the
bottom of the fifth, breaking a 5-5 tie, and helped propel
Texas Southern to a 9-7 win over Alcorn. The Tigers swept
the doubleheader and the four-game series from the Braves.
TSU's Jason Roy had two hits and three RBIs in the
Lonnie Satcher, a shortstop for Alcorn, homered in the
TSU's Robert Heath picked up the win.
Brave Tilden Young took the loss.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Reuben Stiff scored 18 points as Alcorn edged
Alabama A&M 77-68.
Terrance Vanlier scored 19 for the losers.
Prairie View, TX(OTW)-Faragi Phillips pumped in 36 points,
(6-11 3-pointers) as Mississippi Valley buried Prairie View 84-63.
Omari Traylor scored 15 for PV.
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Adarrial Smylie had 20 points and
12 rebounds as Southern pounded Alabama State 71-54.
Tyrone Levett had 12 points for ASU, which shot only
29 percent from the floor in the game.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Derick Malone and Leland Redmond scored 17
points apiece as Texas Southern beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 84-68.
Terrance Duncan scored 14 for the Lions.
In other action, Deon Burns tapped in a missed shot at the
buzzer to give Jackson State a 65-63 win over Grambling.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Pashon Murrayhad 15 points as Texas Southern
defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60-43.
Cherbritta Scott was the only UAPB player in double figures
with 13 points.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Texas Southern head men's basketball coach
Robert Moreland will not be on the bench Saturday night, when
TSU hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Moreland was hospitalized after
Thursday's practice due to dizziness. Tests are being run to find out
the cause. Assistants Chris Parker and Kevin Adams will
coach the team Saturday night.
UAPB NAMES NEW DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Earl Buckingham, defensive line and special teams coach at the
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for the past six years, has been promoted to defensive
coordinator. He replaces LaTraia Jones, who resigned in January to become the head football
coach at Mississippi Valley State University.
Buckingham, a native of Pine Bluff, was a two-year starter at defensive tackle for Lou
Holtz and the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. After an impressive senior season with the
Razorbacks, he was chosen to the All-Southwest Conference squad and the Green Bay Packers
signed him to a free agent contract. He also had brief stints with the Cleveland Browns and
Hamilton of the Canadian Football League.
Before coming to UAPB, Buckingham coached the offensive linemen at Southern
Arkansas University from 1990-92. He also served as offensive and defensive line coach from
1988-89 at Northwestern (La.) State University.
"Earl has done an outstanding job over the past six years," said UAPB head coach Lee
Hardman. "He's one of the hardest working coaches on the staff. It's a great opportunity for him
and I feel that he's going to do an excellent job for us as defensive coordinator."
SU QUARTERBACK SAM GEORGE TO APPEAR IN OLIVER STONE FILM
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Southern University quarterback Stephen "Sam" George has
been selected to play football in a film directed by the acclaimed Oliver
Stone. The film is entitled, "On Any Given Sunday."
George will double for actor/comedian Jamie Foxx on the football field in a
film about a young black quarterback acclimating himself to life in the NFL.
Jamie Foxx, having seen George perform in the 1998 Bayou Classic, chose
George for the role after considering such talents as Doug Flutie and Kordell
George became the Jaguars' sixth-leading passer after only eight starts
during the 1998 season. The senior completed 133 of 261 passes for 1,935
yards, 20 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. George led the Jaguars to
a record of 9-3, an undefeated conference record of 8-0 and a 28-2 McDonald's
Heritage Bowl victory over Bethune-Cookman.
SWAC PRESIDENTS APPROVE FOOTBALL TITLE GAME
NEW ORLEANS -- A proposed football championship game for the Southwestern
Athletic Conference received a thumbs up from the league's Council of
Presidents here on Monday.
The SWAC presidents, convening here at the Louisiana Superdome in a special
session to discuss several important matters, gave the conference the go-ahead
to finalize plans for the title game, which will make its debut in December.
"We're happy that the Council of President share our sentiments that a
championship game in football will serve as the premiere sporting event in the
SWAC," said league commissioner Rudy Washington. "We envision this game being
more than just a football game. It'll mirror the pageantry of the biggest
classics we have in addition to pumping much needed dollars into the coffers
of our member institutions. We're convinced that this game will be
With membership in the SWAC growing to 10 after the addition of Alabama A&M
University, the league voted last fall go implement divisional competition in
every sport except for men's and women's basketball. Consequently, the new
football championship game will pit the winner of the SWAC Eastern Division
against the winner of the Western Division for the title and the ensuing berth
to the McDonald's Heritage Bowl.
The SWAC Eastern Division will consist of Alabama A&M University, Alabama
State University, Alcorn State University, Jackson State University and
Mississippi Valley State University. The Western Division will be comprised
of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Grambling State University,
Prairie View A&M University, Southern University and Texas Southern
Washington said the immediate tasks at hand will be to finalize a date for
the game as well as a site.
"Right now, our options are to play the championship game either the first or
second weekend in December," noted Washington, who's in his first year as SWAC
commissioner. "Three cities have expressed interest in possibly hosting the
game, those being Birmingham, Houston and New Orleans. We expect to make
decisions on those matters within the next few weeks."
The SWAC football championship game will be the first of its kind for an NCAA
Division I-AA conference. Several Division I-A conferences hold title games,
including the Southeastern Conference, the Big 12 and the Western Athletic
The Southern-Praire View band incident was cleared up at this
gathering. Nobody would go into any specifics, only to say the
situation had been rectified.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Vincent Jones had 21 points as Jackson State
edged Prairie View 75-72.
Jocquinn Arch had 22 points for PV.
Pine Bluff, AR(OTW)-Reuben Stiff and Terrance Cameron had
14 points each as Alcorn smothered Arkansas-Pine Bluff 92-70.
Itta Bena, Miss(OTW)-Faragi Phillips scored 18 points as
Prairie View routed Southern 86-58, putting a serious dent in SU's
Aaron Bates scored 14 for the Jags.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Thomas Dodd had 23 points and 11 rebounds
as Grambling beat Texas Southern 69-66.
Ifey Anyanwu scored 17 for TSU.
In a non-conference game, Belmont beat Alabama A&M 86-68.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Felicia James had 25 points and Nakesha
Jewell had 12 rebounds as Grambling pounded Texas southern 90-58.
Grambling extended its home winning streak to 52 games, longest
in the nation.
Elonna Britton and Shelia Pena had 11 points each for TSU.
Itta Bena, MS(OTW)-Karl Jones scored 15 points as Alcorn
State maintained a cushion on first place with a 79-74
win at Mississippi Valley.
Marcus Metcalf scored 24 points for Valley.
Pine Bluff, AR(OTW)-Dionte Harvey scored 25 points as
Southern beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 90-72, to maintain striking
distance of Alcorn.
Terrance Duncan scored 14 for UAPB.
Montgomery, AL(OTW)-Terrance Simmons scored 25 points with
14 rebounds as Alabama State beat Alabama A&M 97-86.
Miguel Smith led A&M with 21 points.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Deon Burns scored 14 points to lead Jackson
State by Texas Southern 59-54.
Ifey Anyanwu led TSU with 17 points.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Jochquinn Arch had 24 points as Prairie View
shocked Grambling 95-89.
Thomas Dodd added 20 points for Grambling.
Prairie View and Southern Schedule Meeting
PRAIRIE VIEW, SOUTHERN TO RECONCILE DIFFERENCES
NEW ORLEANS -- Officials of Prairie View A&M University and Southern
University are scheduled to meet here on Monday, February 8, 1999 to put to
rest the tensions between the two universities which have existed since the
schools' marching bands were part of an altercation during halftime of a
football game in Beaumont, Tex. last September.
This "reconciliation meeting" is slated for 12 noon at the Board Room at the
Louisiana Superdome. It'll be part of a larger meeting of all of the
Southwestern Athletic Conference presidents, who'll be in town to also discuss
a proposed SWAC football championship game for this fall as well as the
league's proposed television package. Only the reconciliation meeting will be
open to the media.
"We're extremely delighted that the president of Prairie View A&M and
chancellor of Southern are taking the steps necessary to bring this band
incident to a close," said William Harris, the president of Alabama State
University and the president of the SWAC Council of Presidents. "Last fall's
incident was an unfortunate one and now, perhaps, the healing process between
the two schools can begin."
Charles A. Hines, Prairie View A&M's president, and Edward Jackson,
Southern's chancellor, will both be in attendance when the Council of
Presidents convenes on Monday. SWAC commissioner Rudy Washington said both
seem to be determined to bring the band matter to a close.
"While we can't go back and change history, we can do things now that can
positively affect our future," stated Washington. "This meeting of the minds
is one such thing. I believe the two institutions are ready to extend an
olive branch to each other. That's good, not only just for Prairie View A&M
and Southern, but it's good for our conference and for college sports
According to a story by ESPN, former Chicago Bear and Jackson State
football great Walter Payton needs a liver transplant. Peyton
has been diagnosed with a disease called sclerosing cholangitis,
a malady which blocks the bile ducts. According to Peyton's
physician, Dr. Joseph Lagattuta, people in this condition
can survive two years without a transplant.
Peyton is a the National Football League's all-time leading
Prairie View, TX(OTW)-Derick Malone scored 16 points and
as Texas Southern defeated Prairie View 69-61. It was the fourth
straight win for Texas Southern.
Gregory Burks had a game-high 31 points for PV.
PHILLIPS BATTLES BACK FROM INJURY
A year ago, Faragi
Phillips watched basketball
games from the stands,
recovering from a
debilitating back injury that
not only kept him from
playing the game he loved,
but it prevented him from
even being able to lift a ball.
A grueling rehabilitation
process now has Phillips
back on the court and
leading the Mississippi
Valley State Delta Devils'
hopes of a late-season
charge towards a winning
season and a shot at the
Southwestern Athletic Con-
A 6-3 senior guard from
Grenada, Miss., Phillips
fractured several discs in his
back prior to the start of the
1997-98 season and had to
miss the entire year.
"It was real tough. Those
were the worst days of my
life," recalled Phillips. "I
had never missed a game
with an injury. A lot of
people told me I wouldn't be
the same, so I thought it
would be hard for me to get
back to where I was before
"My first game back, I
was very excited," said
Phillips. "I can't even
explain how I felt. But I
was sort of out of control. I
had to get used to it again."
Fortunately for Phillips, it
didn't take long for him to
get back in the groove and
he's now one of the premiere
guards in the SWAC. His
20.8 scoring average paces
the SWAC as does his
average of 3.47 steals per
contest. He ranks fourth in
the league in three-point
shooting (.382), sixth in free
throw percentage (.743) and
10th in assists (2.20 pg). In
essence, he's more of a
complete player now than
he's ever been.
"Faragi's our leader.
He's been getting the job
done for us," said MVSU
head coach Lafayette
Stribling. "He's been on
championship teams before
and he knows what it takes
"We expect a lot of
Faragi, maybe sometimes
too much," added Stribling.
"He gets the chemistry
going on our team."
Is his recovery complete?
Stribling said it's close.
"He had to get his game
back," Stribling continued.
"Being out a year, it was
difficult. But looking at
where he is now says a lot
about his character.
"He's a tough kid," added
Stribling. "He's not at full
strength, but I'd rather have
80 percent of Faragi than
100 percent of some others.
He's something special."
SWAC MEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Feb. 1, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Alcorn State 9-1 .900 14-5 .737
Southern Univ. 8-2 .800 13-5 .722
Miss. Valley 5-4 .556 8-10 .444
Jackson State 5-5 .500 8-11 .421
Alabama State 5-5 .500 7-12 .368
Texas Southern 4-4 .500 6-11 .353
Grambling State 3-7 .300 3-16 .158
Prairie View 2-6 .250 3-14 .176
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-8 .111 2-16 .111
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adarrial Smylie, Southern Univ. (6-7, Jr., C, Darrow, La.):
In wins over Grambling (82-60) and Jackson State (84-73),
Smylie averaged 22.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and
3.0 blocked shots. He had 21 points, 11 boards and five
blocks vs. GSU and 23 points and 8 boards vs. J-State.
SWAC WOMEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Feb. 1, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Grambling State 10-0 1.000 15-4 .789
Miss. Valley 7-2 .778 9-9 .500
Jackson State 6-4 .600 12-6 .667
Alabama State 6-4 .600 11-8 .579
Texas Southern 4-4 .500 8-12 .400
Alcorn State 4-6 .400 10-9 .526
Southern Univ. 3-7 .300 9-10 .474
Prairie View A&M 1-7 .125 3-13 .188
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-8 .111 1-17 .056
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Felicia James, Grambling State (5-11, Sr., G, Virgin
Islands): In wins over Southern (89-83) and Alcorn State
(86-74), James posted averages of 20.5 points, 5.0
rebounds, 1.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.0 blocked shots. Her
averages included 25 points, seven rebounds and six steals
at SU as well as 16 points and three boards at ASU.
MEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - The ASU Hornets' up-and-down season
continued during the past week as they beat Ark.-PB 69-55
before falling to Miss. Valley, 67-63. The starting five scored
only 33 of ASU's 63 points vs. UAPB and only 32 of the 63
points vs. MVSU. Morever, the starting guards scored a total
of just 14 combined points in the two games.
ALCORN STATE - The ASU Braves securely held onto the
SWAC lead with impressive wins over Jackson State (75-62)
on Jan. 30 and 93-62 over Grambling on Feb. 1. Reuben Stiff
had 22 points to lead ASU past JSU while Eddrick Wheaton
had 18 vs. GSU. ASU is 14-5 overall and 9-1 in the SWAC.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF - The Golden Lions broke a 10-
game skid with a huge 109-91 road win over Alabama A&M
on Feb. 1, marking just their second win in 18 games.
Forward Shawn Eldridge was UAPB's star with 29 points, six
rebounds and four assists in this non-conference clash.
GRAMBLING STATE - The Tigers dipped to 3-16 overall
and 3-7 in the SWAC following big losses at Southern (82-60)
on Jan. 30 and Alcorn St. (93-62) on Feb. 1. The losses broke
a two-game GSU winning streak.
JACKSON STATE - JSU's three-game winning streak halted
with back-to-back losses at Alcorn St. (75-62) on Jan. 30 and
Southern (93-62) on Feb. 1 after leading at halftime of both
games. The Tigers were outscored by 15 points in the second
half vs. ASU and by 16 in the second half by SU.
MISS. VALLEY STATE - Following a 15-point non-
conference (95-80) loss at Alabama A&M on Jan. 30, the
MVSU Delta Devils rebounded with a 67-63 SWAC win at
Alabama St. two nights later. The win gave MVSU sole
possession of third place in the conference.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - The Panthers' lone game of the week
resulted in a 10-point loss at Texas Southern (83-73) on Jan.
30. The two rivals are slated to play again on Feb. 2 at PV.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - The Jaguars kept pace with league-
leading Alcorn State with big wins over both Grambling (82-
60) on Jan. 30 and Jackson St. (84-73) on Feb. 1. In the win
over JSU, the Jags hit 30 of 46 free throw attempts while JSU
shot 20 of 30. SU's 13-5 overall and 8-2 in the SWAC.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - The TSU Tigers were victorious in
their only outing of the week, an 83-73 home win over rival
Prairie View. After a 1-10 start, the Tigers are 6-11 after
winning three straight games of five of their last six contests.
WOMEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - ASU moved into a third-place tie in the
SWAC standings with a 6-4 record following a 66-43 win
over Ark.-PB on Jan. 30 and a 54-35 win over Miss. Valley on
Feb. 2. Currently 11-8, the team is attempting to post its first
winning season since going 15-13 in 1993-94.
ALCORN STATE - Quersiton Hayes scored 20 points and
four other players scored in double figures, but it wasn't
enough to avert an 86-74 loss to Grambling on Feb. 1.
Currently 10-9 overall, ASU is fighting to avoid its first losing
season since 1988-89 when the team went 11-16.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF- The UAPB Lionettes' trying
season continued on Jan. 30 with a 66-43 loss to Alabama St.
Akeshia Robinson scored 11 points, the only UAPB player in
GRAMBLING STATE - Termika Mitchell became the
SWAC's second-leading scorer on the season (16.7 ppg)
following a 24-point performance in an 86-74 win over Alcorn
St. on Feb. 1 as head coach Rusty Ponton celebrated his 35th
birthday. The team is on an 11-game winning streak and has
an NCAA-leading 50-game home court winning streak.
JACKSON STATE - Denise Franklin scored 21 points in a
61-52 win vs. Alcorn State on Jan. 30 and poured in 27 points
in a 70-68 win over SU on Feb. 2. Currently tied for third in
the conference standings with a 6-4 record, JSU is the
SWAC's top defensive team, allowing 60.4 ppg.
MISS. VALLEY STATE - MVSU lost a non-SWAC contest
to Alabama A&M (69-56) on Jan. 30 and a SWAC game to
Alabama State (54-35) on Feb. 2. MVSU scored just nine
first-half points vs. Alabama State, the second lowest figure by
a SWAC team this season.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - With just three wins on the year,
PVAMU needs four more to equal last season's total of seven.
The team's record dropped to 3-13 on Jan. 30 with a 61-54
loss vs. TSU.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - Letitia Hall scored 25 points and made
seven assists in an 85-80 loss vs. Tex.-Pan American on Jan.
27 and scored 27 points and made seven assists in an 89-83
loss vs. Grambling on Jan. 30.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - TSU's three-game winning streak is
the team's longest since the 1992-93 season. The team's
latest win was a 61-54 victory over Prairie View on Jan. 30,
improving its home record to 6-2.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Eddrick Wheaton scored 18 points as Alcorn
beat Grambling 93-62. Alcorn won it's 12th straight game at home.
Kenneth Haynes scored 21 for Grambling.
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Adarrial Smylie scored 23 points as Southern
beat Jackson State 84-73. The Jags remained two games behind
Antwan McAfee scored 11 for Jackson State.
Normal, AL(OTW)-Shawn Eldridge scored 29 points as Arkansas-Pine
Bluff shocked Alabama A&M 109-91.
Terrance Vanlier had 31 points and 11 rebounds for A&M.
UAPB shot 56 percent from the floor in the game.
In another contest, Mississippi Valley picked up a big road win,
defeating Alabama State 67-63.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Reuben Stiff scored 22 points as Alcorn
defeated Jackson State 75-62, putting a serious dent in any regular
season title hopes for the Tigers.
Marino Walker scored 13 points for J-State.
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Adarrial Smylie had 22 points as
Southern coasted by Grambling 82-60.
Chris Thomas had 16 points for the G-Men.
Normal, AL(OTW)-Terrance VanLier had 29 points as Alabama
A&M cruised by Mississippi Valley 95-80.
Faragi Phillips and Marcus Metcalf scored 20 points each
for Mississippi Valley.
A&M (9-9, 6-4) begins to look like a serious darkhorse in the
Houston, TX(OTW)-Roderick Beechem scored 18 points as
Texas Southern whipped Prairie View 83-73.
It was the third straight win for TSU (6-11, 4-4).
Ifey Anyawu had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.
Gregory Burks scored 18 points for Prairie View.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Elonna Britton had 13 points and 10 rebounds
as Texas Southern beat Prairie View 61-54.
PV's Felicia Tarver had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
BRAVES BACK IN FAMILIAR SPOT - #1
It may have taken them
13 years to return to that
plateau, but the Alcorn State
University Braves have
finally ascended to the top of
the Southwestern Athletic
records of 7-1 in the league
and 12-5 overall, the Braves
are showing glimpses of
their old glory days, when
they were a national power,
becoming the first team
from an historically African-
American university to play
in and win games in the
NCAA Div. I tournament as
well as the NIT. From the
late 1970s to the mid-1980s,
ASU won seven SWAC
regular-season titles and
eight SWAC tourney
crowns en route to earning
four NCAA and two NIT
But after ASU fell on
hard times in the late 1980s,
heralded head coach Davey
Whitney was ousted in
1989. Two head coaching
changes later, he was rehired
in 1996 and he already has
the Braves back on track.
"I didn't give any thought
to returning here when I
left," recalled Whitney.
"But when the job last
opened up, I reluctantly
applied because several
(ASU) alumni asked me to.
"I came back for us to be
very competitive," added
Whitney. "We're more
competitive now than we
were two years ago. I didn't
promise a championship, I
just promised to be
competitive. If a champion-
ship comes, then that's
What's good for the ASU
faithful is the fact that the
Braves have taken on the
best the SWAC has to offer
and they've faltered just
once, that a humiliating 70-
53 loss to rival Jackson
State on Jan. 2. The team's
last outing saw them
dismantle a Southern Univ.
squad which was picked to
tie ASU for the SWAC title.
After leading by as many as
26 points, ASU won 82-67.
"We've played very well
the last three games," said
Whitney. "Our defense has
been good all year,
especially against Southern.
The point margin certainly
was surprising. I had no
idea the game would go like
Whitney said balance is
the name of the game at
ASU. He stated, "The
strength of our ball club is
depth. We have no letup
after we substitute. We've
had people to step up for us
SWAC MEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 25, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Alcorn State 7-1 .875 12-5 .706
Southern Univ. 6-2 .688 11-5 .706
Jackson State 5-3 .625 8-9 .471
Miss. Valley 4-4 .500 7-9 .438
Alabama State 4-4 .500 6-11 .353
Texas Southern 3-4 .429 5-11 .313
Grambling State 3-5 .375 3-14 .176
Prairie View 2-5 .286 3-13 .188
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-7 .125 1-15 .063
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Thomas Dodd, Grambling State (6-10, Sr., C, Bradle,
Ark.): In wins over Ark.-PB (89-74) and Miss. Valley (76-
64), Dodd averaged 20.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists,
2.5 steals and 3.0 blocked shots. He had 27 points and 11
boards vs. UAPB and 13 points and 18 boards vs. MVSU.
SWAC WOMEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 25, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Grambling State 8-0 1.000 13-4 .765
Miss. Valley 7-1 .875 9-7 .563
Jackson State 4-4 .500 10-6 .625
Alcorn State 4-4 .500 10-7 .588
Alabama State 4-4 .500 9-8 .529
Texas Southern 3-4 .429 7-12 .368
Southern Univ. 3-5 .375 9-7 .563
Prairie View A&M 1-6 .143 3-12 .200
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-7 .125 1-15 .063
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kanesha Randle, Texas Southern (6-1, Fr., F/C, San
Angelo, Tex.): In wins over Alabama A&M (79-63) and
Alabama St. (59-56), Randle averaged 21.0 points, 9.5
rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.0 blocks. She had 24
points and 9 boards vs. AAMU and 18 points with 10
boards vs. ASU.
MEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - ASU split games in Texas on Jan. 23
and 25, beating Prairie View (58-50) before losing to Texas
Southern (79-73). The Hornets failed in their bid to win back-
to-back games for only the third time this season.
ALCORN STATE - The ASU Braves are alone atop the
SWAC standings at this stage of the season for the first time
in 13 years, the last time the team won a SWAC title. Their
six-game winning streak is the longest in the SWAC this
season. ASU dismantled Southern (82-67) in their last outing.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF - Since beating Miss. Valley on
Dec. 7 (75-62), the UAPB Golden Lions haven't tasted
victory, losing nine consecutive games. The lastest losses
were at Grambling on Jan. 23 (89-74) and at Jackson State on
Jan. 25 (70-59). The team's 1-15 overall, 1-7 in the SWAC.
GRAMBLING STATE - After starting off the season at 0-12,
the GSU Tigers have won three of their last five contests,
including back-to-back wins at home over Ark.-PB (89-74) on
Jan. 23 and Miss. Valley (76-64) on Jan. 25. Senior center
Thomas Dodd is the SWAC player of the week after averaging
20.0 pts., 14.5 rebs., 3.0 asts., 3.0 blks. and 2.5 stls.
JACKSON STATE - The up-and-down JSU Tigers are
currently up after beating Ark.-PB (70-59) in Jackson on Jan.
25, two nights after a down episode against Miss. Valley, a
game they lost by 10 points (89-79).
MISS. VALLEY STATE - MVSU's Faragi Phillips continues
to blaze the trails, solidifying his SWAC scoring lead with 30
points at Jackson St. on Jan. 23 and 15 points at Grambling on
Jan. 25. His season average stands at 21.7 ppg.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - The Panthers have lost eight of their
last 10 games following back-to-back home defeats to
Alabama St. (58-50) on Jan. 23 and Alabama A&M (96-83)
on Jan. 25. The team's 3-13 overall and 2-5 in the SWAC.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - SU's 10-2 season is now 11-5 as the
team's lost three of four games. Following a huge 92-67
defeat at Alcorn St. on Jan. 23, the team narrowly beat heavy
underdog Texas College in Baton Rouge on Jan. 25 (84-82).
TEXAS SOUTHERN - After being one of the SWAC's
coldest teams for much of the season, TSU's now one of the
hottest, having won four of their last five games, including
back-to-back wins over Alabama A&M (65-60) and Alabama
St. (79-73), both in Houston. The team's 5-11 overall and 3-4
in the SWAC.
WOMEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - Not one ASU player scored in double
figures in the team's 52-39 loss at PVAMU on Jan. 23.
Leikeisha Broughton, who leads the SWAC in field goal pct.
(.610), led the team in scoring with nine points.
ALCORN STATE - ASU hosted SU on Jan. 23, winning 72-
60. Daisha Reed led all scorers with 18 points. Quersiton
Haynes added 15 points and Cherea Wood scored 14 points.
Wood leads the team and ranks 10th in the SWAC in scoring
with a 12.7 average.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF - Juwanna Polk led the team in
scoring with 19 points in a 95-68 loss at GSU on Jan. 23. She
leads the SWAC in blocks with a 1.75 avg. and ranks second
in rebounding with 9.2 boards a game.
GRAMBLING STATE - GSU extended the nation's longest
home court win streak to 50 games with a 95-68 win over
Ark.-PB on Jan. 23 and a 101-72 win over Miss. Valley on
Jan. 25. GSU now has the ninth longest home court winning
streak of all time. Entering the MVSU contest, both teams
JACKSON STATE - Tameika Hill, the SWAC's leading
scorer (17.3 ppg), scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds
in a 67-61 loss vs. MVSU on Jan. 23. Jillian Reynolds has
missed just five free throw attempts on the year (45-of-50) and
leads the SWAC with a .900 pct.
MISS. VALLEY STATE - MVSU missed an opportunity to
take the sole lead in the SWAC standings after suffering its
first conference loss of the season at Grambling on Jan. 25
(101-72). Team leader Sherry Surney failed to score vs. GSU.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - Felecia Tarver, the SWAC's top
rebounder (11.4 pg), grabbed 14 boards in PVAMU's 52-39
win over Alabama St. on Jan. 23. Four players posted double
figures in the team's 66-60 win vs. Alabama A&M on Jan. 25.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - Starry Brady moved from fifth to fourth
place among the SWAC's scoring leaders with a 14.6 average
following a 14-point performance in a 72-60 loss at Alcorn St.
on Jan. 23.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - Kanesha Randle led all scorers with
24 points in TSU's 79-63 win vs. Alabama A&M on Jan. 23
and again with 18 points in a 59-56 win vs. Alabama State on
Jan. 25, winning SWAC player of the week. The team's seven
victories are double the wins they've mustered the past two
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Vincent Jones had 20 points as Jackson
State subdued Arkansas-Pine Bluff 70-59.
Terrance Duncan scored 11 points for the losers.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Chris Thomas had 23 points and 14
rebounds as Grambling beat Mississippi Valley 76-64. The loss
dealt a serious blow to the Delta Devils' regular season
Marcus Metcalf had 17 markers for the losers.
Prairie View, TX(OTW)-Terrance Vanlier scored 30 points
as Alabama A&M beat Prairie View 96-83.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Patrick Dyse scored 23 points as
Texas Southern beat Alabama State 79-73.
Courtney Stephens scored 19 points for ASU, who
lost despite shooting 56 percent from the fiels.
In a non-league game Southern beat Texas College 84-82.
Adarrial Smylie had 27 points and 10 rebounds for SU.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Kanesha Randle scored 18 points as
Texas Southern (7-12, 3-4) edged Alabama State (9-8, 4-4) 59-56. Randle also had
Felicia Arrington scored 14 for the losers.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Reuben Stiff had 21 points, five assists, and
six rebounds, as Alcorn belted Southern 82-67. The Braves moved
two games out in front of Southern with the win.
Adarrial Smylie led SU with 17 points. The Jags lost their
third straight game.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Faragi Phillips scored 30 points as
Mississippi Valley whipped Jackson State 87-79. The win put
the Delta Devils in a third-place tie with Southern.
Vincent Jones had 25 points and 11 rebounds for JSU.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Thomas Dodd had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and
Chris Thomas had 26 points and 12 rebounds as Grambling
upended Arkansas-Pine Bluff 89-74.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Derick Malone had 16 points as Texas Southern
beat Alabama A&M 65-60 in a mild upset.
Miguel Smith led A&M with 15 points.
In other action, Alabama State beat Prairie View 58-50.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Kanesha Randle scored 24 points as
Texas Southern pounded Alabama A&M 79-63.
Cecilia Snipes scored 12 for A&M.
SWAC NAMES NEW COORDINATORS OF OFFICIALS
COLEMAN HIRED AS FOOTBALL OFFICIALS
NEW ORLEANS -- George H. Coleman, a former official in the National Football
League as well as three collegiate conferences, has been hired as the new coordinator of football
officials for the Southwestern Athletic Conference. His appointment becomes effective
A 1975 graduate of Bishop College in Dallas, Tex., Coleman's responsibilities with the
SWAC will include the recruitment of football game officials, on-going training of officials and
the assignment of officials to athletic contests. He'll also be responsible for devising and
implementing an evaluating tool for officials.
Coleman said the experience he has gained in his 21 years as an official should help him
in his quest to elevate the image of officiating in the SWAC.
"Having had an opportunity to work with officials all over the country and to work with
the best officials around should be an advantage for me," said Coleman. "You can't work in
those situations and not learn. It's given me valuable hands-on experience."
From 1984-87, Coleman worked as a football official in the Lone Star Conference. That
was followed by stints as an official in the Southland Conference (1987-89) and the Southwest
Conference (1987-92). He then worked as an NFL official from 1993-97. He's currently serving
as a scout for the NFL.
"We're pleased to be able to hire someone with Coleman's vast experience to head our
football officiating program," said SWAC commissioner Rudy Washington. "Although it'll be a
step-by-step process to improve officiating in our conference, I believe Coleman will be able to
make an immediate positive impact."
Coleman, who mentored 10 football officials who're now working on the NCAA
Division I-A level, is married to the former Jodie Jessie of Tyler, Tex. The couple has two
daughters, the youngest a freshman at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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McELROY NAMED SUPERVISOR OF BASEBALL OFFICIALS
NEW ORLEANS -- Charles McElroy, an active official in three collegiate conferences, has
been hired as the new coordinator of baseball officials for the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
He'll work alongside retiring coordinator Lawrence Collins during the 1999 season and will assume
full responsibilities afterwards.
A native of Jackson, Miss., a graduate of Wiley College in Marshall, Tex. and a 1984
inductee into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, McElroy has officiated baseball games in the
Atlantic Coast Conference (1993-present), Conference USA (1993-present), the Gulf South
Conference (1980-present), the Metro Conference (1980-86) and the SWAC (1985). He's umpired
in seven NCAA regional tournaments between 1990 and 1997 as well as two NAIA regionals (1993
and 1997). He's the founder and former president of the Mississippi Collegiate Umpires
"I'm a firm believer in mechanics and in educating officials," said McElroy. "I want to make
all of our officials accountable for their actions.
"It'll be a tough road ahead of me, but through clinics, etc., I believe that we can get
officiating in the SWAC up to a level that we can be pleased with," added McElroy.
Off the field, McElroy works as a phlebotomist with Saint Dominic-Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Jackson, Miss., performing lab testing and typing of red blood cells.
"McElroy is a well-respected individual both on and off the baseball field," said SWAC
commissioner Rudy Washington. "His work habits and the quality of his work have distinguished
him in the sports world as well as in the workplace."
GSU TAKES NCAA HOME COURT LEAD
One of the most respected
and awesome powers in all
of women's basketball is
also now the home to the
nation's longest home court
Grambling State Univer-
sity, 11-4 overall and 6-0 in
the Southwestern Athletic
Conference, has won an
incredible 48 consecutive
home games since 1994.
That mark is the longest
active streak in NCAA Div.
I women's basketball,
thanks to a recent
Connecticut loss, which
stopped its streak at 54.
"I'd attribute our success
at home to the fact that
we've developed a good
basketball program here,"
said David Ponton, in his
third season as GSU's head
coach. "There's an im-
mense amount of pride
among our young ladies and
our fans. We have a
tremendous amount of
support from our pep band
and our cheerleaders. It
makes it tough on opposing
The last time the Lady
Tigers' suffered a loss at
home was back on Jan. 27,
1994 when they fell to Ole
Miss, 73-55. Since then, the
squad has been unstoppable
at home, a fact attested to
by several GSU opponents.
"It's tough to play
anywhere, but Grambling
has athletes who believe
they can win and believe no
one is supposed to come on
their home court and beat
them," said Alcorn State's
Shirley A. Walker. "They
have the people who can do
the job. They believe no one
in our conference can come
close to beating them. It's
not so much GSU's home
court as it is the talent that
whose Jackson State team is
usually one of the squads
battling GSU for SWAC
titles, said GSU is hard to
beat at home and away.
"Probably in the
conference, if Grambling
isn't the toughest place to
play at, then it's near the
top," said Pennington.
"Their arena is a small
place, it's usually warm and
the close proximity of the
fans to courtside makes it
tough. Plus, their arena is
always close to capacity
every time we play them."
What does having the
NCAA's longest home court
winning streak mean to the
"It verifies the fact that
we have a good program
here," said Ponton. "Every
one has stood by us in good
times as well as bad."
SWAC MEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 19, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Southern Univ. 6-1 .857 10-4 .714
Alcorn State 6-1 .857 11-5 .688
Jackson State 4-2 .667 7-8 .467
Alabama State 3-3 .500 5-10 .333
Miss. Valley 3-3 .500 6-8 .429
Prairie View 2-4 .333 3-11 .214
Texas Southern 2-4 .333 3-11 .214
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-5 .167 1-13 .071
Grambling State 1-5 .167 1-14 .067
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Faragi Phillips, Miss. Valley (6-3, Sr., G, Grenada, Miss.):
In wins over Prairie View (82-74) and Texas Southern (65-
63), Phillips averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists
and 3.0 steals. He hit a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left for
the win over TSU, a game in which he had 23 points, 6
rebounds, two assists and one steal.
SWAC WOMEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 19, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Grambling State 6-0 1.000 11-4 .733
Miss. Valley 6-0 1.000 8-3 .727
Alabama State 4-2 .667 9-5 .643
Jackson State 3-3 .500 9-5 .643
Southern Univ. 3-4 .429 9-6 .600
Alcorn State 3-4 .429 8-7 .533
Texas Southern 2-4 .333 5-12 .294
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-5 .167 1-13 .071
Prairie View A&M 0-6 .000 1-11 .083
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nicole Miller, Alabama State (5-8, Fr., G/F, Detroit,
Mich.): In wins over Southern (67-54) and Alcorn State
(67-64 in 2 ot), Miller averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds,
2.0 assists and 3.0 steals. She had 22 points, four boards,
one assist and three steals in the overtime win over ASU.
MEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - ASU split league games at home with
Southern (97-87 win) and Alcorn St. (65-59 loss) but remains
just two wins out of first place with records of 3-3 in the
SWAC and 5-10 overall. Freshman forward Tyrone Levell
averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 boards in the two games.
ALCORN STATE - Their 65-59 win at Alabama St. coupled
with Southern's 97-87 loss at 'Bama St. two nights earlier
placed the ASU Braves in a first place tie with SU with a 6-1
mark (11-5 overall). Head coach Davey Whitney said, "I
think we've found a little bit of a niche in that we can play
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF - Home wasn't kind to the UAPB
Golden Lions as they lost close games to Texas Southern (69-
60) on Jan. 16 and Prairie View (8-79) on Jan. 18. The losses
kept UAPB tied with Grambling for last place in the SWAC
with records of 1-5 in the league and 1-13 overall.
GRAMBLING STATE - The Tigers' only game of the week
was an 84-74 defeat at home to Jackson St. GSU is tied with
Ark.-PB for last in the SWAC with marks of 1-5 in the SWAC
JACKSON STATE - JSU's 84-74 win at Grambling gave JSU
a 4-2 record in the SWAC (7-8 overall) and placed the team
a game-and-a-half out of first place. Center Vincent Jones
had two blocks vs. GSU, giving him a season average of 3.0
per game, No.2 in the SWAC.
MISS. VALLEY STATE - Wins at home over Prairie View
(82-74) and Texas Southern (65-63) evened MVSU's SWAC
record at 3-3 (6-8 overall). It took a Faragi Phillips' 3-pointer
with 2.5 seconds left to propel the team past TSU on Jan. 18.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - The PVAMU Panthers overcame an
82-74 loss at Miss. Valley with an 80-79 win at Ark.-PB on
Jan. 18. Greg Burks came off the bench to net 19 points in the
win over UAPB.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - The red hot SU Jaguars went ice cold
in their swing through Alabama, losing at Alabama St. on
Jan. 16 (97-87) and at Alabama A&M on Jan. 18 (104-90).
They lost sole possession of first place in the SWAC but are
tied with Alcorn State at 6-1 (10-4 overall).
TEXAS SOUTHERN - Following a 69-60 win at Ark.-PB on
Jan. 16, the TSU Tigers came less than three seconds of
beating Miss. Valley but lost when MVSU's Faragi Phillips
hit a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, losing 65-63.
WOMEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - In ASU's 67-64 2-OT victory against
Alcorn St. on Jan. 18, Nichole Miller led all scorers with 22
points. She also led the team in scoring with 23 points in a
67-54 win over Southern on Jan. 16. In the process, she
earned SWAC player of the week honors.
ALCORN STATE - ASU's conference record dropped to 3-4
following a 67-64 loss at Alabama St. on Jan. 18. Cherea
Wood led the team in scoring with 13 points following a 23-
point effort vs. Alabama A&M on Jan. 16. Head coach
Shirley Walker stated, "Wood has played real well for us and
she is our go-to person."
GRAMBLING STATE - GSU owns the nation's longest home
court win streak (48 games) following an 86-66 win over
Jackson St. on Jan. 16. Junior LaKinya Currie suffered a
season-ending injury to her right knee in GSU's Jan. 12 game
vs. Texas Southern Two seasons ago, as a freshman, she
suffered a season-ending injury to her left knee, causing her
to miss a significant part of that season as well.
JACKSON STATE - Tameika Hill became the SWAC's
leading scorer (17.9 ppg) following a 26-point performance in
an 86-66 loss vs. Grambling on Jan. 16. She also ranks
second in the SWAC in blocks (1.86 bpg) and is third in field
goal pct. (.545).
MISS. VALLEY STATE - MVSU sports a 6-0 SWAC record
and is tied with GSU for first place. Tonya Turner, who's
ranked seventh in the conference in scoring this week (14.0
ppg), has somewhat replaced sharpshooter Sherry Surney as
the team's primary point-producer. Turner led the team in
scoring with 25 points vs. Texas Southern on Jan. 18 and with
19 points vs. Prairie View on Jan. 16.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - Elisha Winters grabbed 10 rebounds
in a 76-63 loss at Miss. Valley on Jan. 16 and Letisha
Washington pulled down 10 rebounds in a 61-53 loss vs. Ark.-
PB on Jan. 18.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - Starry Brady, the SWAC's No.5 scorer
(14.7 ppg), led the team in scoring with 15 points in a 67-54
loss vs. Alabama St. on Jan. 16 and with 17 points in a 63-58
win vs. Alabama A&M on Jan. 18.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - Kanesha Randle scored 16 points, the
only TSU player in double-figures, in a 54-53 win at Ark.-PB
on Jan. 16. Sharpshooter Sheila Pena was held to just 9 points
but she rebounded in an 80-66 loss at Miss. Valley with a 21-
point performance, making 5 three-pointers.
Montgomery, AL(OTW)-Eddrick Wheaton scored 14 points as
Alcorn defeated Alabama State 65-59, and took the lead in the
Tyrone Levett scored 22 points for the Hornets.
Huntsville, AL(OTW)-Terrance Vanlier scored 35 points with
11 rebounds as Alabama A&M hounded Southern 104-90. Miguel
Smith added 19 for the Bulldogs.
Aaron Bates led SU with 23 points.
Itta Bena, MS(OTW)-Faragi Phillips scored 21 points as
Mississippi Valley State edged Texas Southern 65-63. The Delta Devis
(6-8, 4-3) remained in striking distance of Alcorn and Southern
with the win.
Patrick Dyse and Leland Redmond scored 12 each for TSU.
In another score, Prairie View edged Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-79.
Itta Bena, MS(OTW)-Tonya Turner scored 25 points (11-14 Fts) as
Mississippi Valley beat Texas Southern 80-66. MVSU maintained a
perfect conference record (6-0).
Shelia Pena scored 21 for TSU.
Montgomery, AL(OTW)-Jasaun Moncrief scored 25 points and
Terrence Simmons added 21, as Alabama State beat Southern 97-87
in OT. The Hornets (5-9, 3-2) outscored the Jags 17-7 in
Aaron Bates led SU with 25 points.
Huntsville, AL(OTW)-Reuben Stiff scored 21 points with
five assists as Alcorn did in Alabama A&M 96-86. The Braves
(10-5, 6-1) shot 53 percent from the floor in the game, and
moved into a first place tie with Southern.
Miguel Smith scored a game-high 34 points for A&M.
Pine Bluff, AR(OTW)-Ifey Anyanwu scored 14 points to lead
Texas Southern past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-60.
Dwayne Stephens scored 17 points for the losers.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Joseph McKinney scored 18 points as
Jackson State defeated Grambling 84-74.
Chris Thomas scored 20 points for Grambling.
Itta Bena, MS(OTW)-Faragi Phillips had 25 points as
Mississippi Valley State (5-8, 3-3) whipped Prairie View 82-74.
PV's Jocquinn Arch scored 35 points in the contest.
SWAC HOOPS NEWS
MVSU MOVING UP IN WOMEN'S HOOPS
In the preseason, the
Mississippi Valley State
basketball team was picked
to finish a modest fourth
place in the nine-team field
of teams eligible to capture
the Southwestern Athletic
Through games of Jan.
11, the Devilettes were one
of two teams still undefeated
in the SWAC with records
of 4-0 in the conference and
6-3 overall. Head coach
Jessie Harris said there's a
simple reason for his team's
"In every game, a
different player steps up and
does something big for us,"
said Harris. "It's a team
effort. Everybody knew
about Sherry Surney at the
start of the season, but it
hasn't been one or two
people doing things for us.
Team play is our strength."
A look at the Devilettes'
last two games verifies
At Alcorn State on Jan. 9,
the visiting Devilettes
upended the perennial Lady
winning by 14 points, 84-
70. Lavetta King was the
star of the day with 21
Then, on Monday, Jan.
11, Surney, the team's
superstar and last week's
SWAC player of the week,
had an off night in a one-
point come-from-behind win
at Southern but Tonya
Turner turned it on, scoring
21 points following a 14-
point night in the win over
"Surney got hurt against
Alabama A&M and that has
slowed her somewhat," said
Harris. "But she's still the
same Surney. She won't let
anything stop her."
Through nine games,
Surney still leads the SWAC
in scoring (17.9 ppg) and
steals (4.11 pg). She also
averages 8.6 boards a game.
With their good start,
including the huge road wins
over Alcorn State and
Southern, do the Devilettes
have added momentum for
the rest of the season?
"We should, but you just
don't know what'll happen,"
said Harris. When we won
the way we did at Alcorn, I
thought we were ready. But
sometimes when you feel
you're there, then you have
a game like we had against
"The conference is so
balanced," added Harris. "I
don't think any team will go
through the conference
SWAC MEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 11, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Southern Univ. 6-0 1.000 10-2 .833
Alcorn State 5-1 .747 9-5 .643
Jackson State 3-2 .600 6-8 .429
Alabama State 2-2 .500 3-9 .250
Miss. Valley 1-3 .250 4-8 .333
Prairie View 1-3 .250 2-10 .167
Texas Southern 1-3 .250 2-10 .167
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-3 .250 1-11 .083
Grambling State 1-4 .200 1-13 .071
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adarrial Smylie, Southern Univ. (6-7, Jr., F/C, Darrow,
La.): In wins over Ark.-PB and Miss. Valley, Smylie
averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 3.0
blocked shots. His top game was 28 points, 14 rebounds,
five blocks and one assist vs. UAPB.
SWAC WOMEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 11, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Grambling State 5-0 1.000 10-4 .714
Miss. Valley 4-0 1.000 6-3 .667
Jackson State 3-2 .600 9-4 .692
Southern Univ. 3-3 .500 7-5 .583
Alabama State 2-2 .500 7-5
Alcorn State 3-3 .500 6-5 .545
Texas Southern 1-3 .250 4-11 .267
Prairie View A&M 0-4 .000 1-9 .100
Ark.-Pine Bluff 0-4 .000 0-12 .000
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sherry Surney, Miss. Valley State (5-6, Sr., G, Ruleville,
Miss.): In wins at Alcorn State and Southern, Surney
averaged 15.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 4.0
steals. Her top game (vs. SU) included 19 points, 10
rebounds, three assists and five steals.
MEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - In the Hornets' lone game of the week,
poor shooting led to a 76-63 loss at rival Alabama A&M on
Jan. 9. ASU hit just 30.5 percent from the field, 23.1 from
three-point range and 63.2 percent from the charity stripe.
ALCORN STATE - The Braves' regrouped from back-to-back
losses with back-to-back SWAC wins at home over Miss.
Valley (73-66) and Ark.-PB (103-63). Reuben stiff scored 22
vs. MVSU and Wallace Harris netted 20 vs. UAPB.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF - The Golden Lions added to
their tough season with huge losses of 97-78 at Southern on
Jan. 9 and 103-63 at Alcorn State on Jan. 11. UAPB is 1-11
on the season, 1-3 in SWAC play.
GRAMBLING STATE - The Tigers broke a 12-game season
losing streak with a 75-56 win at Prairie View on Jan. 9.
Forward Thomas Dodd sparked the team with 15 points, 15
rebounds and four blocked shots. However, that win was
followed with a 89-59 defeat at Texas Southern on Jan. 11.
JACKSON STATE - In JSU's swing through Texas, the
Tigers beat Texas Southern (74-59) before losing to Prairie
View (88-65). In the PV loss, JSU's starters were held to a
combined 28 points as the team shot 31.5% from the field.
MISS. VALLEY STATE - Senior guard Faragi Phillips not
only cracked the SWAC statistics this week, but his debut saw
him take the lead in both scoring (21.2 ppg) and steals (3.56
pg). He's also ranked third in 3-point shooting (.422).
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - The Panthers handed Grambling its
first win of the season as the visiting Tigers beat PV 75-56, a
game in which the Panthers hit just four of 21 free throws.
Two nights later, however, PV made 25 of 46 free throws in
an 88-65 demolition of visiting Jackson State.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - SU remains the SWAC's hottest team
as evidenced by wins of 97-78 over Ark.-PB on Jan. 9 and
111-89 over Miss. Valley on Jan. 11. The home wins upped
SU's home court winning streak to 12. Dionte' Harvey scored
a SWAC season high 37 points vs. MVSU.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - Following a 74-59 loss to Jackson
State on Jan. 9, the TSU Tigers picked up their first SWAC
win of the season with an 89-59 victory over Grambling on
Jan. 11. TSU outrebounded GSU, 47-to-20.
WOMEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - Nichole Miller scored 21 points in ASU's
63-54 victory over Alabama A&M on Jan. 9. Lakeisha
Broughton leads the SWAC in field goal pct. (.655) and
Felecia Arrington ranks seventh in scoring (13.2 ppg).
ALCORN STATE - The Lady Braves lost to MVSU by the
score of 84-70 on Jan. 9, but rebounded immediately with a
74-62 victory over Ark.-PB on Jan. 11. Tukeya Mackey and
Daisha Reed led the team in scoring vs. MVSU with 16 points
each, while Cherea Wood had 13 points vs. UAPB.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF- UAPB remains winless so far this
season with records of 0-12 overall and 0-4 against SWAC
opponents. Shantell Reed led the team in scoring with 20
points in a 74-62 loss versus Alcorn State on Jan. 11.
GRAMBLING STATE - The Lady Tigers, undefeated in
SWAC play with a 5-0 record, lead the SWAC in won-loss
pct. (.714), scoring offense (83.6 ppg), scoring margin (+12.4)
and rebounding margin (+9.7). The team's 48-game home
win streak remains unchanged.
JACKSON STATE - JSU's 14-game winning streak over TSU
was snapped in a 56-44 loss on Jan. 9. In a 48-29 win over
PVAMU on Jan. 11, JSU held the Pantherettes to just eight
first half points.
MISS. VALLEY STATE - Tonya Turner became the SWAC's
10th leading scorer (12.2 ppg) after scoring 21 points in a 68-
67 win over SU on Jan. 11 and 14 points in an 84-70 win over
Alcorn State on Jan. 9. Sherry Surney leads with a 17.9
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - The Pantherettes scored just eight first
half points in a 48-29 loss to JSU on Jan. 11. Not one PV
player scored in double-figures but Felecia Tarver, who leads
the SWAC in rebounding (13.7 rpg), grabbed 18 boards.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - SU placed four players in double figures
against MVSU on Jan. 11 but it wasn't enough to avert a 68-
67 loss. Starry Brady led the team in scoring with 17 points.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - Sheila Pena shot a SWAC season high
.875 from 3-point range, making 7-of-8 attempts in TSU's 91-
78 loss versus GSU on Jan. 11. In all, TSU made 11 three-
pointers in the game. TSU snapped a 14-game losing streak
to JSU with a 56-44 win on Jan. 9.
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Dionte Harvey fired in 37 points as
Southern fired up Mississippi Valley 111-89. The Jags shot a
sizzling 55 percent from the floor in the game.
Faragi Phillips scored 20 for Mississippi Valley.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Wallace Harris scored 20 points as Alcorn
ripped Arkansa-Pine Bluff 103-63. The win keeps the Braves
on the heels of Southern in SWAC action.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Ifey Anyanwu scored 18 points as Texas
Southern stopped Grambling 85-59.
Chris Thomas scored 20 for the losers.
In another contest Prairie View belted Jackson State 88-65.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Ashanna Wright scored 23 points and Termika Mitchell
added 22 as Grambling teed off on Texas Southern 91-78. GSU now
10-4, and 5-0, outscored TSU 44-12 in the paint in the contest.
TSU's Sheila Pena had a game-high 26 points.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Angela Lewis had 18 points as Texas Southern
whipped Jackson State 56-44. The win snapped a 14 game losing streak
Baton Rouge, LA(OTW)-Adarrial Smylie had 28 points and 14
rebounds as Southern clawed Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-78. The Jags
shot 51 percent from the floor in the game.
Shawn Eldridge scored 11 for UAPB.
Huntsville, AL(OTW)-Miguel Smith scored 21 points and
Terrance Vanlier scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, as Alabama
A&M dogged Alabama State 76-63.
Richard Millsaps scored 12 points for the losers.
Lorman, MS(OTW)-Reuben Stiff scored 25 points with five
assists as Alcorn beat Mississippi Valley 76-63.
MVSU 6-10 center Henry Jordan had 23 points and four
Alcorn (8-5, 4-1)kept pace with league leader Southern, who is
still unbeaten in league play.
Prairie View, TX(OTW)-Thomas Dodd and Chris Thomas scored
16 points each as Grambling sliced up Prairie View 75-56.
Ivan Coulter tallied 15 markers for PV.
Houston, TX(OTW)-Vincent Jones had 16 points and 11 rebounds
as Jackson State whipped Texas Southern 74-59.
Derick Malone and Leland Redmond scored 17 points each for
Houston, TX(OTW)-Angela Lewis scored 18 points as Texas Southern
whipped Jackson State 56-44. The win snapped a 14-game winning
streak for TSU.
Tamekia Hill had 14 points for JSU.
SWAC HOOPS NEWS
SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
JAN. 05, 1999
TEAM PLAY KEEPS SU IN SWAC LEAD
The quick start and
overall success of the
Southern University Jaguars
this season are evidenced by
the most recent league
In the four major
categories, four different SU
players pace the
Conference. A fifth player
ranks among the league's
best in four categories.
In scoring, 6-4 senior
guard Dionte Harvey leads
the SWAC with an average
of 18.7 points a game. He
also ranks second in free
throw percentage (.766),
sixth in steals (2.40 pg) and
ninth in field goal percentage
In rebounding, 6-7
sophomore forward Greg
Martin paces the conference
with 8.0 boards per contest.
In assists, 6-0 sophomore
guard Devan Clark is the
pacesetter with an average
of 7.70 an outing. He also
ranks fourth in steals (2.50
pg) and third in free throw
Aaron Bates, a 6-5 senior
guard/forward, leads the
SWAC in steals with a 3.60
average. He also ranks third
in scoring (17.6 ppg), sixth
in rebounds (6.1 pg),
seventh in field goal
percentage (.465), sixth in
free throw percentage (.696)
and ninth in three-point field
goal percentage (.343).
Bates says team play has
definitely been the key to the
Jaguars' 4-0 conference and
7-3 overall start.
"Defense has been the big
thing for us," said Bates.
"We've been able to play
hard on defense, get out on
the lane and get easy
"We basically try to work
as a team and pull and play
off each other," added
Bates. "We help each other
A year ago, the Jaguars
got off to an outstanding
start only to falter at the
finish. Bates said that won't
happen again this season.
"Last year was a learning
process for us with all the
new players we had," said
Bates. "This year, we know
what it takes to win. We
know we have to stay
humble because a couple of
wins don't make an entire
SU's fifth starter, 6-7
senior center and forward
Adarrial Smylie, is No.2 in
the SWAC in rebounds (7.6
pg) and field goal percentage
(.553), No.4 in scoring (17.0
ppg) and No.7 in blocked
shots (1.10 pg).
SWAC MEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 04, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Southern Univ. 4-0 1.000 7-3 .819
Alcorn State 3-1 .750 7-5 .583
Jackson State 2-1 .667 5-7 .417
Alabama State 2-2 .500 3-8 .273
Miss. Valley 1-1 .500 4-6 .400
Ark.-Pine Bluff 1-1 .500 1-9 .100
Prairie View 0-2 .000 1-9 .100
Texas Southern 0-2 .000 1-9 .100
Grambling State 0-3 .000 0-12 .000
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adarrial Smylie, Southern Univ. (6-7, Jr., F/C, Darrow,
La.): In wins over Grambling (88-76) and Jackson State
(84-76), Smylie averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5
steals and 1.5 blocked shots. He had 21 points and 8
rebounds vs. JSU and 18 points and 5 rebounds vs. GSU.
SWAC WOMEN'S STANDINGS
(Through games of Jan. 04, 1999)
TEAM SWAC PCT ALL PCT
Grambling State 3-0 1.000 8-4 .667
Miss. Valley 2-0 1.000 4-3 .571
Jackson State 2-1 .587 8-3 .727
Southern Univ. 2-2 .500 6-4 .600
Alcorn State 2-2 .500 5-4 .556
Alabama State 2-2 .500 6-5 .545
Texas Southern 0-2 .000 3-10 .231
Prairie View A&M 0-2 .000 1-7 .125
Ark.-Pine Bluff 0-2 .000 0-10 .000
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sherry Surney, Miss. Valley State (5-6, Sr., G, Ruleville,
Miss.): In wins over Alabama A&M (73-59) and Alabama
State (58-56), Surney averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds,
3.5 steals and 1.5 assists. She had 30 points and 7 boards
vs. AAMU and 11 points with 10 rebounds vs. ASU.
MEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA STATE - The ASU Hornets defeated Ark.-Pine
Bluff (79-74) on Jan. 2 before falling to Miss. Valley (80-73)
on Jan. 4. Head coach Rob Spivery stated, "We let the Valley
game get away. I don't know how, but we have to regroup
and get ready for (Alabama) A&M."
ALCORN STATE - After a disappointing 70-53 whipping at
rival Jackson State on Jan. 2, the ASU Braves narrowly
escaped a second SWAC loss at Grambling two nights later,
garnering a 62-61 win on a last second basket by Marcus
Fleming. ASU's now 3-1 in the SWAC and 7-5 overall.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF - The UAPB Golden Lions are 1-9
overall following losses over the weekend at home to Alabama
State (79-74) and Alabama A&M (82-65). The team's lone
victory was a 75-62 win over Miss. Valley back on Dec. 7.
GRAMBLING STATE - The GSU Tigers are still the only
winless team in SWAC hoops this season as they fell to 0-12
overall and 0-3 in the SWAC with defeats at home to both
Southern (88-76) on Jan. 2 and Alcorn State (62-61) on Jan.
4. Said head coach Lacey Reynolds, "We did everything but
win the (ASU) game. I've never been 0-12 but I've been in
situations like that."
JACKSON STATE - Junior guard Timmy Marks scored 37
points over two games as the JSU Tigers cruised by Alcorn
State (70-53) on Jan. 2 before losing by eight to Southern (84-
76) on Jan. 4. JSU's 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the SWAC (3rd).
MISS. VALLEY STATE - Henry Jordan, a 6-10 sophomore
center for the MVSU Delta Devils, had an incredible weekend,
tallying 18 blocked shots in two games. He had nine in a 74-
73 win over Alabama A&M on Jan. 2 as well as nine in an 80-
73 win over Alabama State on Jan. 4, both in Itta Bena.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - The PVAMU Panthers are 1-9 on the
year following four straight losses. A SWAC clash with
Grambling on Jan. 9 will be the team's first game since a 111-
50 trashing at Ole Miss on Dec. 29.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - The SU Jaguars lead the SWAC with
records of 7-3 overall and 4-0 in league play. Back-to-back
wins at Grambling (88-76) on Jan. 2 and Jackson State (84-
76) on Jan. 4 are the school's first two-game road sweep since
1993, when they defeated both PVAMU and Texas Southern.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - The TSU Tigers are 1-9 overall and 0-2
in the SWAC, having last seen action in a 71-56 loss to Drexel
on Dec. 30.
WOMEN'S TEAM NOTES
ALABAMA A&M - Cecila Snipes scored 25 points in a 74-68
win at UAPB on Jan. 4. Snipes connected on 7-of-15 field
goals, 6-of-13 three-pointers and was perfect from the free
throw line, making 5-of-5 attempts. The team is 2-7 overall.
ALABAMA STATE - Nichole Miller scored 24 points and
grabbed nine rebounds in a 63-52 win over UAPB on Jan. 2.
Miller, the SWAC's third-leading scorer, averages 13.2 ppg.
ALCORN STATE - Cherea Wood ranks seventh in the SWAC
in scoring (13.3 pg) and is tied for seventh in rebounds (7.8
pg). The Lady Braves have lost two straight games, including
a 50-44 decision to JSU on Jan. 2 and a 78-54 loss at GSU on
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF- Juwanna Polk ranks second in the
SWAC in both rebounds (9.5 pg) and blocks (1.70 pg). Her
20-rebound performance versus MVSU on Dec. 7 is the best
so far by any conference player this season.
GRAMBLING STATE - The Lady Tigers extended their home
win streak to 48 games (second-longest in the nation behind
UConn) on Jan. 4 with a 78-54 win over Alcorn State. In that
game, Termika Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points.
JACKSON STATE - Four players scored in double figures in
JSU's 72-63 win over Southern on Jan. 4. Tameika Hill led
the team with 15 points, Jillian Reynolds scored 13 points, and
both LaKimberely Johnson and Denise Franklin added 10
MISS. VALLEY STATE - Sherry Surney, who leads the SWAC
in scoring with an 18.6 avg., scored just 11 points in MVSU's
58-56 win versus Alabama State on Jan. 4. In that game,
however, Surney also grabbed 10 rebounds.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M - Felicia Tarver continues to lead the
SWAC in rebounding with a 12.4 pg average. In a 72-45 loss
at Texas A&M on Dec. 30, she pulled down 15 boards.
SOUTHERN UNIV. - Letitia Hall, who leads the SWAC in
assists with 7.60 pg, dished out seven in a 102-82 loss at GSU
on Jan. 2, and later posted five in a 72-63 loss at JSU on Jan.
4. She also ranks 8th in the SWAC in steals (2.80 pg).
TEXAS SOUTHERN - Sheila Pena leads the SWAC in three-
point field goal pct. (.444) and is 2nd in free throw pct. (.839).
She has connected on 36-of-81 three-point field goal attempts.
As a team, TSU leads the SWAC in three-point field goals
made with 79, an average of 6.08 pg.
Jackson, MS(OTW)-Kendrick Davis scored 22 points, (64 percent)
from 3-point territory, as Southern beat Jackson State 84-76.
Vincent Jones had 22 points and 14 boards for JSU.
Pine Bluff, AR(OTW)-Jamar Miles had 26 points and nine rebounds
as Alabama A&M whipped Arkansas-Pine Bluff 82-65.
Dwayne Stephens scored 13 for the losers.
Grambling, LA(OTW)-Eddrick Wheaton scored 16 points as Alcorn
edged Grambling 62-61.
Thomas Dodd had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers.
Itta Bena, MS(OTW)-Faragi Phillips scored 34 points as Mississippi
Valley stopped Alabama State 80-73. Phillips was 5-8 in 3-pointers
in the game.
Corey Williams had 17 markers for the ASU.
HOUZAH, MORRIS CAPTURE TOP HONORS
NEW FACES PLENTIFUL ON ALL-SWAC FOOTBALL TEAM
NEW ORLEANS -- The 1998 All-Southwestern Athletic Conference football team has
been released and the 50-man unit includes only 11 repeat winners from a year ago.
The team, selected by the league's head coaches, sports information directors and beat
reporters, was released on Wednesday, November 26, just prior to the final two regular-season
games of the year, the 75th annual Turkey Day Classic between Alabama State and Tuskegee in
Montgomery, Ala. (Nov. 27) and the 25th annual Bayou Classic between Grambling State and
Southern in New Orleans (Nov. 29).
For a third consecutive season, linebacker Terry Houzah of Mississippi Valley State has
captured one of the SWAC's top honors as he has been named the SWAC defensive player of the
year. Meanwhile, wide receiver Sylvester Morris of Jackson State made a huge debut onto the
All-SWAC team, winning the league's offensive player of the year award. Morris, as well as
Larry Dorsey, Houzah's coach, expressed jubilation over the honors.
"Houzah really deserves it," said Dorsey. "He worked hard. He was a guy that played
even when things were bad and he kept up his performance through that. That's an indication of
the type of person he is. It's been an honor to coach him."
On winning the offensive player of the year award, Morris stated, "It feels great. I never
set being named SWAC MVP as one of my goals. As the season progressed, it became a
thought. I'll tell you it feels great to receive this honor.
"It's amazing to start off the season the way I did and then accomplish those things,"
added Morris, who caught 62 passes for a SWAC-best 1,258 yards and 17 touchdowns. "It's
nothing but God blessing me. My goal always is to get better. I want to do better next year than
I did this year."
The first team All-SWAC offensive unit is a smorgasbord of players from different
schools, six teams to be exact.
The tight end hails from Alabama State in the form of Johnny Huggins, a 6-3, 250-pound
senior from Zachary, La. who's caught 36 passes for 506 yards and six touchdowns. Teammate
Damon Hodge, a 6-2, 195-pound junior from Thomaston, Ala., was named to one of the wide
receiver slots. He currently leads the SWAC in receiving with 77 catches for 929 yards and eight
The offensive line is comprised of three repeat first-teamers in Southern stars Chris
Williams (6-6, 338, Sr., Houston, Tex.) and Brett Clark (6-1, 281, Sr., Bakersfield, Calif.) along
with the mainstay of the line at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Terrance Beadles, a 6-4, 291-pound junior
from Atlanta, Ga. The other two first team All-SWAC offensive linemen are David Mason (6-2,
275, Sr., Jackson, Miss) of Texas Southern and Tony Blackshear (6-3, 365, Sr., Meridian, Miss.)
of Jackson State.
Jackson State's Mark Washington won first team All-SWAC honors at the quarterback
slot. The 6-4, 208-pound junior from San Antonio, Tex. owns the league's highest passing
efficiency rating (151.5) and he's thrown for more yards than any of his peers this season (2,232).
Washington completed 134 of 257 passes with a SWAC-high 26 touchdowns along with nine
The first team running backs are also the two tailbacks who ranked No.1 and No.2 in
rushing yards this season, Destry Wright (5-10, 204, Jr., Clarksdale, Miss.) and Rodney Thomas
(5-10, 225, Jr., Houston, Tex.). In 11 games, Wright had 267 carries for 1,528 yards and 10
touchdowns, an average of 138.9 yards per game. In 10 contests, Thomas picked up 1,286 yards
on 271 carries with five scores, averaging 128.6 yards per ball game.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Richard Pena is the first team placekicker. A 5-9, 180-pound
junior from Dallas, Tex., Pena connected on 32 of 39 PATs and 10 of 14 field goals for 62 total
On the other side of the ball, eight of the nine SWAC schools eligible for all-conference
consideration placed players on the All-SWAC first team defensive unit.
The defensive line consists of Charlie Edwards (6-4, 236, Jr., Rembert, S.C.) of
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Julius Gardner (6-3, 280, Jr., Prentiss, Miss.) of Alcorn State, Anthony
Bonner (6-2, 275, Sr., Marks, Miss.) of Mississippi Valley State and Chris Lazard (6-2, 230, Sr.,
Opelousas, La.) of Grambling State. Edwards garnered 64 tackles and 7.5 sacks this season
while Gardner contributed 41 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Bonner added 57 tackles and three sacks
and Lazard led the SWAC with nine sacks along with 30 tackles.
The first team linebackers consist of Houzah along with Charmmarcus Holloway (6-1,
246, Sr., Little Rock, Ark.) of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Channing Warner (6-1, 232, Jr., Marrero,
La.) of Southern. Houzah led the SWAC in tackles with 130 on the year while Holloway ranked
second with 95 and Warner fourth with 80 in addition to three sacks.
The defensive secondary is manned by Chris Akins (6-0, 201, Sr., Little Rock, Ark.) of
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Levon Edwards (6-0, 200, Sr., Talladega, Ala.) of Alabama State, Scott
Harrell (6-0, 185, So., Livingston, Tex.) of Texas Southern and Harold Wooten (6-1, 209, Jr.,
Memphis, Tenn.) of Jackson State. Akins' five interceptions for 150 yards (2 TDs) were league
highs while Edwards ranked eighth in the league in tackles with 75. Harrell had 66 tackles and
Wooten amassed 52 tackles.
The first team All-SWAC punter is Southern's Matt Bushart, who has led the conference
in punting average practically all of the year. A 6-4, 258-pound junior from Baton Rouge, La.,
Bushart is the only SWAC punter to average 40 or more yards per punt. Through 10 games, he
sports a 45.2 average with long punt of 71 yards.
Joey Jamison (5-9, 160, Jr., WR, Jacksonville, Fla.) of Texas Southern is the league's
kick return specialist after totaling 33 punt returns for 505 yards (15.3 avg.) with one touchdown
as well as 11 kickoff returns for 399 yards (36.3 avg.) with one score.
The 1998 SWAC freshman of the year is Prairie View A&M's Deontay Wilson (5-8, 165,
WR, Miami, Fla.). Wilson ranked sixth in the SWAC in receiving with 45 catches for 693 yards
and three touchdowns.
The newcomer of the year is Alcorn State's Damon Ford (6-4, 195, QB, Dallas, Tex.).
Ford ranks fourth among the conference's passers, completing 124 of 268 passes for 2,164
yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Unlike in prior years, the SWAC coach of the year award will go to the head coach of the
team which wins the SWAC championship. Inasmuch as Southern has already clinched at least a
share of the crown, head coach Pete Richardson will at least share coach of the years honors for
1998. Should the Jaguars defeat Grambling in Saturday's Bayou Classic, Richardson will win
the honor outright. If the Jaguars lose, he'll share coach of the year honors with Jackson State
coach James Carson.