Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New podcast out

The latest edition of The Star's JSU Sports Podcast is up. With the season-opener at Georgia Tech looming, Al and I talk about quarterback Ryan Perrilloux's suspension, and how Marques Ivory is likely to do filling in for him. Also, we analyze JSU's position in the preaseason polls.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Dupree back in the NFL

The Jacksonville Jaguars have resigned former JSU receiver Maurice Dupree to bolster a position riddled by injury.

Dupree was signed as an undrafted rookie in May and was waived 10 days ago.

Receivers Mike Walker and Mike Thomas both have missed preseason games for the Jaguars.

The Jags play the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night in a game that is expected to be Michael Vick's return to NFL action.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Another hoops game

Georgia released its schedule Friday and the game with JSU is set for Nov. 27.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another hoops game heard from

Ole Miss just released its schedule. Its game with JSU is Dec. 29.

More hoops games

The dates of three more Jacksonville State home basketball games have been confirmed by the opponents' schedule.

The Gamecocks will play Chattanooga on Dec. 1, Norfolk State on Dec. 15 and Nicholls State on Dec. 21. The Chattanooga game is the return for the 2007 Bracket Buster game. The Nicholls State game is a tradeoff for the JSU football team's one-game visit to Nicholls in September.

JSU officials are awaiting word on the move of a conference date before releasing its 2009-2010 schedule.

The Gamecocks also have non-conference games planned with Georgia, Ole Miss, UAB, Georgia Southern, Southeast Louisiana and the Bracket Busters.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hoops schedule shaping up

Jacksonville State has yet to release its 2009-10 basketball schedule -- officials say it needs administrative approval – but several of the Gamecocks’ opponents have announced and here are the JSU games they list. Most of the times remain TBA.

UAB – at JSU, Nov. 17

Austin Peay – at JSU, Jan. 23; at Clarksville, Feb. 15

Eastern Illinois – at Charleston, Jan. 2, 6 p.m.; at JSU, Jan. 30

Morehead State – at JSU, Jan.9; at Morehead, Feb. 4

Murray State – at Murray, Jan. 14; at JSU, Feb. 13

SE Missouri – at Cape Girardeau, Jan. 4, 7:45 p.m.; at JSU, Jan. 28

Tennessee State – at JSU Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.; at Nashville, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Bracket Buster – at JSU, Feb. 20

In addition to the rest of the OVC games, the Gamecocks are also expected to have home games with, among others, Nicholls State (part of the agreement to play football this year), Georgia Southern (Bracket Buster return) and Chattanooga (leftover Bracket Busters) and road games with Ole Miss and Georgia.

JSU assistant goes global

JSU assistant basketball coach Mike Smith is headed overseas later this week to help entertain the troops.
The News Star of Monroe, La., reported in Sunday's editions Smith will be among several coaches going to Kuwait on a goodwill trip.
He'll be joining UL-Monroe head coach Orlando Early, VMI coach Duggar Baucom, Murray State's Billy Kennedy and Pittsburgh women’s head coach Agnus Berenato, the paper said.
College coaches across the country were approached in the spring about making a trip to entertain our troops in Afghanistan in August, the paper said, but when that the dates were the same as the national elections there, the trip was canceled.
“The army said it wouldn’t be a good idea to go to Afghanistan during their elections,” Early told the News Star. “A lot of times in those countries, it’s an uneasy period during their elections. Instead, they still have troops in Kuwait and would like for us to still come.
“I’m very excited about it. It’s a once in a lifetime deal. Those guys over there are fighting for our country. If I can do anything to help, I would like to lend a helping hand — try to lift some spirits.”