Sunday, August 2, 2015

NSU Spartans have new look for 2015

NORFOLK, Virginia -- The Latrell Scott era begins over at Norfolk State. At the MEAC football media day, NSU was picked to finish 7th in the conference this upcoming season. "I thnk it's great", Scott says. I don't think we've done anything to be ranked higher. It should motivate our kids."

Norfolk State finished last year 4-8 and lost their final three games under long tiime coach, Pete Adrian who stepped down. Despite losing key players on defense like Lyndon Trail of the Houston Texans, the Spartans return senior linebacker, Deon King. "I really want to go out with a bang and leave it all out there and have no regrets for myself and for my team."

The achillies heal for the Spartans has been the offensive side of the ball as they try to figure out who'll lead the way at quarterback. NSU ranked near...


East: Things looking up for Southern — yes, really

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- As the Southern football team reports Sunday for the start of preseason camp, things are looking up around campus.

Yeah, several players are academically ineligible.

Yeah, it’s unclear who will be in the athletic director’s office when the first practice takes place Monday.

And, sure, it’s not certain where that first practice will be.

But things really are looking up when you put the start of this camp in the context of the recent past surrounding the Jaguars, who generally have responded well to adversity.


Battle of El Dorado (2015) - SWAC Marching Band Showdown


Alabama A&M eyes turnaround as fall camp opens


The Bulldogs opened fall drills Saturday as they try to build on what could have been a much better finish last season. A 4-8 record could have easily been a 7- or 8-win season. Four of the losses were by a total of 15 points, including a pair of last-minute defeats by one point and three points.

With seven starters returning on offense, including a trio of talented running backs, and nine returnees on defense, there is a sense of optimism on the campus.

This year's edition is a blend of youth and experience. There are just three seniors on defense – including All-Southwestern Athletic Conference first team defensive lineman Anthony Lanier — while the offense will lean heavy on sophomores.


After long wait, Savannah State Tigers back on the football field

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- Savannah State University head football coach Earnest Wilson III was back in his element.

That was obvious as Wilson split his time between observing and shouting out instructions and words of encouragement Saturday morning as he put the Tigers through their first preseason practice on the field adjacent to Tiger Arena.

The Tigers, who open their season on Sept. 5 at Colorado State, got in a three-hour workout starting at 7 a.m.

“We got to pick this thing up, we got to execute, we got to finish,” Wilson shouted to the 94 players in uniform from his midfield spot. “When we say ‘Get to the line,’ you got to go through the line.”

It was the first time Wilson had been able to conduct a practice since last November during the last week of the regular season. Savannah State was prohibited by the NCAA from having spring practice due to Academic Progress Rate issues.


S.C. State Coach Buddy Pough gives insight on coming season

NORFOLK, Virginia -- South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough talks to the media about the 2015 upcoming season and his team chances at winning their 17th MEAC Championship in school history. Ten (10) Bulldogs were selected to the All-MEAC Preseason Team, while SC State was picked 2nd in the Preseason Poll for the third straight year.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

JSU Coach Joseph Returns an All-3.0 Soccer Team


JACKSON, Mississippi -- The returning players of the Jackson State women’s soccer team have proved that they are not just athletes but they are student athletes. The entire returning team enters the Fall 2015 semester with GPAs above 3.0.

“It feels amazing.” said head coach Dean Joseph. “Everyone on this team has committed to their academic success.” This is the first time in the head coach’s career that he has returned a 3.0 team.

Coach Joseph says that when he was first hired at JSU, he had three players below a 2.5. “The coaches worked hard at developing a system that was going to make the players successful. The whole team then worked hard at improving their grades and trying to be the best they could be in the classroom.”

After three years under the direction of Coach Joseph, the Lady Tigers all have 3.0s. Two of the original players with GPAs below 2.5 were able to graduate  with a GPA above 3.5 and a degree.

When asked what the key to his success is, Coach Joseph stated that the coaching staff is recruiting better people that are driven to be successful. “We are looking at individuals that want to be at Jackson State for the right reasons; soccer and academics. This attitude has made a remarkable difference in the commitment to academics and the program as a whole."

Arriana Rieland, Eroncia Berry, and Courtlyn Williams are leading the charge in the classroom with perfect or near perfect GPAs. Rieland, a junior defender from Elk Grove, Calif., has maintained a 4.0 while she pursues a degree in Biology. Berry, a senior forward from Greensboro, NC, has maintained a 3.971 in Business Management and Williams, a junior defender from Carmel, IN., has maintained a 3.913 in Business Administration.

With 20 soccer players returning, a total of 11 have GPAs above 3.5.

To continue the academic success of the program, new and transfer students will be given 8 hours of study hall and have weekly meetings with the academic success counselor. The coaches will remain in constant communications with the athletes to make sure there are no class issues and if any arise, tutoring will be provided.

Below is the complete list of athletes, their GPAs, and their majors.

Alyssa- Marie Almogela
Jr.BiologyWaiphu, Hi
Alexandra Astorga
Jr.BiologyCovina, CA, USA
Shatiaunna Banks-Harvey
Sr.AccountingLas Vegas, NV,USA
Sharidyn Barnes
So.Business AdministrationMesquite, TX, USA
Eronica Berry
Sr.Business AdministrationGreensboro, NC, USA
Jessica Blair
So.MarketingPort St. Lucie, FL
Kamri Brown
So.Business AdministrationSpring, TX, USA
Kylie Christian
Jr.BiologyTorrance, CA, USA
Jalana Ellis
Jr.AccountingBrampton, Ontario, Canada
Rhae'Ven Ellis
So.BiologyRidgeland, MS, USA
Ariana Gardner
Sr.BiologyGreenwood, MS, USA
Kyleigh Io
Jr.Elementary EducationParker, CO, USA
Quiona McAdam-Mitchell
Jr.BiologySt. Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Brianna Oswald
So.BiologyMary Esther, FL, USA
Arriana Rieland
Jr.Biology Elk Grove, CA, USA
Rayana Speight
Sr.HPERVictorville, CA, USA
Ariel Vinson
So.BiologyHighland, CA, USA
Sie’Yara Wells
Jr.BiologyLas Vegas, NV,USA
Courtlyn Williams
Jr.Business AdministrationCarmel, IN, USA