ESPN today reports that dismissed LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is considering a transfer to an FCS school, with Jackson State University and Prairie View A&M University on his short list.
Mathieu, an all-America defensive back and special teams standout was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, and would have immediate eligibility if he transfers to an FCS program. Southern University is rumored to be off the radar for the New Orleans native, as he wishes to get out of Baton Rouge.
Southern University head football coach Stump Mitchell says he’s secure about his job situation, and optimistic about the Jaguars chances to compete for a SWAC football title in 2012. Unfortunately, the numbers on Southern don’t bear that out for a team that last posted a winning season in 2009 and a coach who has never had a winning record in stops at Morgan State and Southern.
The SWAC recently announced its partnership with French/West/Vaughan, a public relations firm that will be charged with managing the conference’s branding and marketing its postseason championships in football and basketball.
“The conference and our Council of Presidents and Chancellors are excited to begin work with French/West/Vaughan,” said SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp. “Their sports marketing and specific HBCU experience is unique and we believe they can help take the conference and our key championship events to a new level.”
Alcorn State University today announced its withdrawal from the annual Capital City Classic game with in-state rival Jackson State University. Citing a consensus from ASU athletic leadership and alumni support, the Braves will exercise their option to play JSU in Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium on Nov. 17.
“I have reviewed all the contracts going back through President Bristow. The dissolution of the independent Capital City Classic Committee poisoned the event, and we have been on life-support ever since. The time has come to pull the plug,” said Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown in a release. ” This is Alcorn’s home game and we will play it at home.” “I have wrestled with the Capital City Classic – Soul Bowl issue since being named in 2010. As president, I have a fiscal and leadership responsibility to Alcorn State University and this decision is in our best long-term interest. It makes this most sense at this point in our history. All contracts for this Classic have expired and there is no viable offer on the table that makes sense for me to sign.”
Grambling State head football coach Doug Williams will earn $250,000 annually under his new contract, the Shreveport Times today reports. The contract, retroactive to an original verbal agreement with GSU in March 2011, also contains performance-based, non-recurring salary escalators, which the Grambling State Foundation has agreed to subsidize up to $100,000 annually.
A season that began with an unlikely 1-4 start for the Grambling State Tigers ended with a familiar refrain from years past, as GSU rallied from fourth quarter deficit against Alabama A&M to win the SWAC football championship 16-15 this afternoon in Birmingham.
Western Division champ Grambling State 8-4 collected its sixth title in the 13th year of the SWAC championship game and its first since 2008. The Tigers have won all four of its title game meetings with A&M.Grambling State had fallen to A&M, 20-14, at home in a regular-season game on Sept. 24.
But the Tigers, 1-4 in mid-October, won their final seven games to collect the Eddie Robinson Trophy in Doug Williams first season since returning to campus for his second stint as head coach. (FOX News)
In his second stint as Grambling State’s coach, Doug Williams will be involved Saturday in his first Bayou Classic game since 2003, when the Tigers play Southern at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Similar to when he took over the Tigers’ program after legendary coach Eddie Robinson in 1998, Williams considers no game bigger.
The Capital City Classic may be the final game for Jackson State coach Rick Comegy.
The No. 21 Tigers (7-2, 6-2 SWAC) entertain Alcorn State (2-6, 1-6) on Saturday at 1 p.m at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Comegy’s contract expires after the Tigers’ season finale. School officials didn’t try to give him an extension during the season. Alcorn State coach Melvin Spears may also not return, as school officials plan to evaluate the program.
Willie Fuller figured Alabama A&M’s hopes of reaching the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game were all but over Saturday after Jackson State’s dominating 34-6 victory at Louis Crews Stadium.
Alabama State was beating Southern and the Hornets would advance to the title game if they could hang on.
Fortunately, for Fuller and the rest of his teammates, they didn’t.
Southern scored with nine seconds left to beat Alabama State 26-23 and as a result A&M can advance to the championship game by beating Prairie View Saturday.
Alcorn State had no problem moving the ball against Prairie View A&M Saturday afternoon. It was scoring that proved elusive.
And the Braves didn’t help themselves with four turnovers and 14 penalties for minus-120 yards as the Panthers (5-5, 5-3) pulled away in the third quarter en route to a 40-14 blowout loss for Alcorn.
Alabama A&M running back Kaderius Lacey entered Saturday’s game as this season’s leading rusher – 891 yards, 99 per game – in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The 6-0, 230-pound junior didn’t find any room to run against Jackson State as the Tigers held Lacey to a career-low three yards on 13 carries as they beat the Bulldogs 34-6.
Jackson State entered this season ineligible to win a conference championship.
The Tigers set two goals:
•Go undefeated – a goal that died with a loss to Alabama State on Sept. 24.
•Win a black college national championship – a goal all but gone after last week’s loss to Grambling.
So, now what?
2011 Farmers Insurance SWAC Football Championship Game Scenarios (as of Nov. 6)
As far as qualifying for the championship game, either Alabama A&M or Alabama State will play on Dec. 10 in Birmingham (Jackson State is not eligible for the championship game due to NCAA and SWAC post-season ban).
As Alabama A&M linemen Justin Goodrich and Jamaal Johnson-Webb were thumbing through football magazines and unwittingly testing the stress level of a couch at Hobson Fieldhouse early Monday afternoon, the former posed a question to the latter that would have seemed preposterous two months ago.
“Are we No. 1?” Goodrich inquired.
Johnson-Webb, without looking up, replied, “We should be.”
Confirmation would come a few hours later.