Wednesday, August 31, 2016

After a year away from the SWAC championship game, Southern begins the chase again

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern has become accustomed to being a championship program, which is what made the 2015 season so difficult to digest.

A 6-5 record and a third-place finish in the SWAC's Western Division does not cut it, not after the previous two seasons ended in Houston and the SWAC Championship Game.

So, Southern made sweeping changes — many of which were difficult for coach Dawson Odums — in an effort to recapture some championship mojo.

Gone is the entire defensive staff, as well as last season's offensive coordinator, Chad Germany. Odums, who was his own defensive coordinator in his first three full seasons, relinquished that role to his former college teammate, Trei Oliver. Chennis Berry was promoted from within the ranks to take over as offensive coordinator.

"We had been therCe for three years, didn’t like the direction, and I wanted to remove myself from it," Odums said.


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