Friday, October 21, 2016

ASU needs Magic City win to spark late run

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Brian Jenkins plans on having a decent meal before the Magic City Classic this time.

After coaching in his first one last season and leading Alabama State to a 35-20 victory against Alabama A&M, Jenkins passed out outside of the locker room at Legion Field.

“I guarantee you this year, I’ll make sure I eat this year,” said a smiling Jenkins during his news conference Wednesday. “I won’t go down after the game, I tell you that.”

There’s something else Jenkins must do to avoid his first losing season ever as a head coach – win out.

The Hornets are 2-5, have four games left and in danger of having their first losing season since 2009 when finishing 4-7 under Reggie Barlow. With a date at Grambling (3-1, 3-0 SWAC) on the horizon next month, that could very well be that sixth loss to ensure a first losing season ever for Jenkins.

There’s been talk Jenkins is playing with Barlow’s players, but you didn’t hear that chatter last year. Losing typically breeds those type of conversations.


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