Monday, April 25, 2016

Alcorn, JSU, MVSU each facing their own challenges

JACKSON, Mississippi -- As the final whistle blew at Alcorn State's spring game on Saturday, it brought an end to spring practice for the three SWAC football programs in Mississippi.

Braves coach Fred McNair and Jackson State coach Tony Hughes just completed their first spring at their respective schools, while Rick Comegy is set to embark on his third season at Mississippi Valley State.

But each coach and team faces a different set of challenges as their team moves into a quiet part of the calendar.

At Alcorn State, McNair, who was hired as the Braves' coach in February, is trying to keep the ball rolling after former coach Jay Hopson, now at Southern Miss, won back-to-back SWAC championships in 2014 and 2015 and appeared in the first-ever Celebration Bowl.

"The mold has already been set," McNair said during the SWAC's conference call on Monday. "The only thing we have to do is keep molding kids into championship form, which they are. Now we just have to turn them in the right direction."


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