Tuesday, July 25, 2017

AT&T SportsNet set to broadcast TSU home football games

HOUSTON, Texas -- Texas Southern University Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland has announced that the TSU Athletics Program has reached a renewal agreement with AT&T SportsNet (formerly ROOT Sports Southwest) to have the Tigers five home football games broadcast on the network.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with AT&T SportsNet as we look to further enhance the visibility of our football program on a local, regional, and national level," said McClelland. "AT&T SportsNet reaches the homes of millions and having the ability to showcase our program to such a large viewing audience has truly benefitted our program in a variety of ways including recruiting, brand recognition, and marketing. The continuation of this partnership is something that we're very excited about as we look forward to what should be a very entertaining season with Coach Haywood leading the program."

Texas Southern Fans can tune into all of the action on AT&T SportsNet this season as Butch Alsandor returns to the booth to handle play by play duties with sideline reporter Nick Strong providing the latest breaking in-game updates.

The first broadcast of the season is slated for Saturday, September 2nd at 8:00 pm as the Tigers host Prairie View A&M at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Texas Southern will have a quick turnaround for its next home outing as the Tigers will host Houston Baptist for Community Day on a Thursday (Sept. 7) at BBVA Compass Stadium.

TSU will host the defending SWAC East Champion Alcorn State Braves (Sept. 29) on AT&T SportsNet at BBVA Compass Stadium for its third home game of the season in a game that will be played on a Friday.

Texas Southern will host Alabama State for Homecoming (Oct. 14).The Tigers will wrap-up their 2017 home broadcast schedule versus Southern (Nov. 11) on Senior Day rounding out the list of the five TSU home football games slated to be showcased on the network.

About AT&T Sports Networks:
AT&T Sports Networks operates AT&T SportsNet and ROOT SPORTS® regional sports networks in Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions. The four networks combined reach just over 13 million households across 22 states and own exclusive rights to produce and distribute live events from more than 25 teams and conferences. AT&T Sports Networks is a subsidiary of AT&T.


Angela Adams Suggs named President of Florida Sports Foundation

Angela Adams Suggs
Photo Courtesy: FAMU Athletics
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The Florida Sports Foundation welcomes Angela Adams Suggs as its new President and Senior Vice President of Sports Development for Enterprise Florida beginning August 7. She brings a wealth of experience and an excitement to lead the Tallahassee-based Florida Sports Foundation as it continues working to support Florida’s $57 billion sports industry.

Suggs comes to the Foundation from Florida A&M University where she has held various roles since 2009. Her most recent role has been the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

Suggs served as the lead role in FAMU’s Athletics Marketing and Promotions, Development, Athletics Communications, Licensing and Branding. She was the athletics department’s primary liaison with campus direct support organizations (DSO), neutral site games such as the Florida Blue Florida Classic, affinity/support groups, and community relations. She oversaw administration for the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams along with the Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams, and Spirit Groups.

While Suggs has led the athletic administration of those teams, the Rattlers Women’s Cross Country team has won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship (MEAC) for the last five years and the Softball team has been crowned MEAC Champs each of the last four years. The FAMU Men’s Tennis team won the 2017 conference championship. Additionally, the department received the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All Sports Award for two consecutive years.

A native of Tallahassee, her previous experience includes work in sales with Brown and Brown Insurance, Joe Robbie/Pro Player Stadium and the Marriott Corporation. Suggs holds a 1992 B.S.
Cdegree in Business Economics from Florida A&M and a M.S. degree from St. Thomas University.


Vanderbilt-Alabama A&M set for 3 PM kickoff on September 9

NORMAL, Alabama -- The Vanderbilt Commodores’ first three games of the 2017 football season now have kickoff times. The Commodores’ home opener against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on September 9 will kick off at 3 PM CT and will be televised on the SEC Network Alternate channel, per Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt will be the second of three FBS opponents for Alabama A&M in the first three weeks of the season; the Bulldogs will open at UAB on September 2 — the Blazers’ first football game since 2014 — and will play at South Alabama on September 16. Last year, Alabama A&M went 4-7, 4-5 in the SWAC, but lost both of its games against FBS opponents by scores of 55-0 (MTSU and Auburn.)


Which newcomers could make an impact for GSU this season

GRAMBLING, Louisiana -- The week is here. Reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference and HBCU national champions Grambling State opens preseason camp this Sunday night on campus.

Fourth-year head coach Broderick Fobbs and coaching staff will have a little over a month to evaluate the Tigers and fill in the holes left by seven first-team All-SWAC seniors from last season’s 11-1 championship squad.

The defensive side of the ball, more specifically the defensive line, took the brunt of the departure of talent, and that’s where Fobbs will be paying extra close attention during fall practice.

Here are some newcomers or potential new starters to look for as GSU approaches the 2017 season opener at Tulane University Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

On the defensive line, it’ll be tough to replace 2016 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year in Donovan McCray along with first-team All-Conference D-lineman Samuel Reese. Fobbs and defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Everett Todd will first look to Brandon Varner.


Kerrick Jackson introduced as Southern baseball coach, promises to emphasize 'Jaguar pride'

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- When Roman Banks set out to find a replacement for legendary Southern baseball coach Roger Cador two months ago, he put together a list of criteria for what the program needed. At the top of the athletic director's list was landing a coach who could revitalize the team and lead it out from under NCAA sanctions and back to national relevance.

On Tuesday, Banks said the man he thinks is the best fit is
Kerrick Jackson, a first-time head coach with no ties to Southern who was last an assistant coach at Missouri before serving as an agent for the past two years.

Jackson did not hold back at his debut news conference, saying his expectation for the program is winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship on a regular basis again.

“The one thing I think we can all look to, and I want our players to understand, is Jaguar pride,” Jackson said. “You’ll hear that over and over and over again. It’s very simple. I believe it’s personal responsibility and delivering excellence.”

Jackson's biggest hurdle is the lingering cloud of NCAA sanctions. Given unsatisfactory Academic Progress Rates, Southern remains under the NCAA's thumb, which means Jackson will not have a full practice schedule, nor full use of scholarships. The Jaguars will be ineligible for the postseason for at least his first season.


Southern athletic director Roman Banks ends first major coaching search with hiring of Kerrick Jackson

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- When Roman Banks officially presented Kerrick Jackson with his No. 45 Southern baseball jersey on Tuesday, it ushered in a new era for Southern baseball after the retirement of longtime coach Roger Cador two months ago.

But the announcement also ends an important period at Southern, putting to rest the first coaching search since Banks was named full-time athletic director last spring.

Before Tuesday, Banks never hired a coach for a major sport while serving as interim athletic director for two years or since being promoted to full-time director earlier this year.

The only hirings he made during that time were soccer coach Jeremy Fontenot last summer and promoting former assistant Morris Scott as Banks’ successor in men’s basketball.

“It’s like being out there on the basketball court trying to win a championship,” Banks said. “But right now, instead of talking about Xs and Os, I’m talking about the whole athletic department. … I try, as the athletic director, to give the alumni, the students, the baseball alumni — everybody — what it deserves and that’s a winning product.”


Sunday, July 23, 2017

GSU's Broderick Fobbs feels there is still room for improvement for Kincade

GRAMBLING, Louisiana -- Grambling quarterback DeVante Kincade helped lead the Tigers to the HBCU national title and was the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, accounting for 35 total touchdowns last season.He was also just named the SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Despite the hype and past success, Grambling head coach Broderick Fobbs feels there is still room for improvement.

Broderick Fobbs said, "He did a really good job this offseason of really looking at himself on film, and he saw where he made a lot of mistakes. Really, truely what's scary is he left a lot on the table. So, there's a lot of growth there, but also we have to grow as a team as well because we have some new pieces to the puzzle, and we have to fit those pieces in well in order to be successful."

Kincade and the Tigers will open the season on September 2nd against Tulane in New Orleans.