Monday, September 27, 2010

Hoops info out without fanfare

The JSU basketball schedule and roster mysteriously has shown up on the athletic department website -- with no formal announcement of the games from the school.

The Star reported most of the non-conference games several months ago, but there is an interesting addition - at Oregon Dec. 13.

The roster was just posted despite school being in session for nearly a month and after repeated requests by The Star for the information.

The Gamecocks will have a different look this year. They will return three of their top four scorers and seven players from last season, but conspicuously absent from the 16-man roster is Trenton Marshall. The 2010 OVC scoring champion was suspended for the final four games of last season and didn't return this year, multiple sources said, after a second failed drug test would have required him to serve a suspension for the first 10 games this season.

JSU officials cited a violation of the team's medical policy for the initial suspension. A message left for Marshall on his facebook account seeking comment has not been returned.

The roster also does not include April signee Leke Lewu or early signees Derick Denny and Abner Kamps.

Here's the schedule

Nov. 13 West Alabama, 7:45 p.m.
Nov. 16 at Norfolk State, 6 p.m.
Nov. 18 at VMI, 6 p.m.
Nov. 22 SE Louisiana, 7 p.m.

Global Sports Roundball Classic
at Normal, Ill.
Nov. 26 UL-Monroe, 8 p.m.
Nov. 27 South Dakota, 8 p.m.
Nov. 28 Illinois State, 3 p.m.

Dec. 1 at UAB
Dec. 4 Tennessee Tech, 7:45 p.m.
Dec. 13 at Oregon
Dec. 15 at Presbyterian
Dec. 19 SE Missouri, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 21 E. Illinois, 7:45 p.m.
Dec. 29 at South Carolina

Jan. 6 at Eastern Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 at Morehead State
Jan. 13 Murray State, 7:45 p.m.
Jan. 15 UT Martin, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 at Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 22 at Austin Peay, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 at SE Missouri
Jan. 29 at E. Illinois, 6 p.m.

Feb. 3 Morehead State, 7:45 p.m.
Feb. 5 E. Kentucky, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 Tennessee State, 7 p.m.
Feb. 10 at UT Martin, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 at Murray St., 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 Austin Peay, 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 Bracket Busters at JSU
Feb. 26 at Tennessee Tech

Here's the roster
F DeAndre Bynum, Jr. (SW Tennessee CC)
G B.J. Miller, Jr
F Stephen Hall, Jr.
G Dominique Shellman, Jr.
G/F Brice Jenkins, Fr. Palm Beach, Fla.
G Jonathan Merit, So.
G Nick Murphy, Sr.
G Jeremy Bynum, Sr.
G/F Frankie Bougher, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.
G Brian Williams, Fr., Lawrenceville, Ga.
F LeVentrice Gray, Jr. (Gadsden State)
F Latiq Agard, Jr. (Seward Co. (Kan.) CC)
F/C Garrett Frick, Fr. Santa Monica, Cal.
C Jordan Cornelius, Fr., Jackson, Miss.
F Sean Thurston, Sr.
F Nick Cook, Fr., Hattiesburg, Miss.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Slim pickin's on hoops news

There is a presumption that Jacksonville State will play basketball this season.

You wouldn't know it by the lack of information coming out of the program.

School has been in session a couple weeks now, drop/add has long passed, and there is still no word on a roster, schedule or official hiring of assistant coach Tom Schuberth despite an August report from his old school that he left there “after accepting a position as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State University.”

The OVC office still doesn't have any information on the Gamecocks. But, then, as one school publicist said, "It's football season."

Like it's the only one that matters at a school that has 16 sports.

We do know 2009-10 OVC scoring champion Trenton Marshall and guard John Barnes are gone. I do know they have players and coaches, because I saw Jeremy Bynum and Nick Murphy in the dining hall two weeks ago and I saw coaches James Green, Mike Smith and Scotty Fletcher celebrating on the field at Ole Miss.

Bracket talk

Think the polls don't matter? They certainly play a role when it comes to playoff consideration.

Each week, The Sports Network puts together its projection of the 2010 playoff bracket on its website. This week, it has the fourth-ranked Gamecocks as the No. 4 seed, drawing a first-round bye and a second-round home game against the New Hampshire-Central Connecticut winner. It’s the only projected bid for the OVC.

Last week, it had them with a first-round bye and second-round home game against Eastern Washington. It also had Eastern Illinois in the field.

The Gamecocks are ranked fourth in both major FCS polls this week. The players, at least in front of the media, are unfazed by it.

“We could be No. 1 this week and out of the Top 25 the next week,” fullback Alphonso Freeney said. “Our point is we know at the end of the season if we win all our games we’re going to be No. 1 and can’t anybody take that from us.”

JSU coach Jack Crowe realizes there is some merit to poll position.

“We had a playoff team they didn’t let in one time because we weren’t rated high enough, so we felt the other side of it – and we were good enough to be in the top 16 teams in the country,” he said, referring to 2008 when the Gamecocks were snubbed for the final spot in the then-16-team field. “So, there’s some personal satisfaction to me we get some credit, but finality is what we’re looking for.”

Monday, September 6, 2010

JSU cracks the top 10

JSU cracked the top 10 in both FCS polls today.
After stunning Ole Miss in double overtime Saturday, the Gamecocks jumped to No. 5 in the Sports Network media poll and No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll. They were 17th in both preseason polls.
The rankings are the Gamecocks' highest in their Division I history. The No. 5 ranking in the TSN poll is the highest by an OVC team since Western Kentucky was ranked fifth in 2000.
The Gamecocks received nine first-place votes in the media poll and two in the coaches poll.

Here's the Sports Network Poll Top 10
(Of course, first-place votes are in parenthesis in both polls)
Team Record Pts Pvs
1. Montana (57) 1-0 3,052 2
2. Villanova (46) 0-1 2,886 1
3. Appalachian State (8) 1-0 2,774 3
4. Southern Illinois (3) 1-0 2,716 5
5. Jacksonville State (9) 1-0 2,337 17
6. New Hampshire (2) 1-0 2,202 10
7. Richmond 0-1 2,093 6
8. Elon 0-1 2,080 7
9. South Dakota State 0-0 1,926 9
10. Stephen F. Austin 0-1 1,729 8

The Coaches top 10
Team Record Points
1. Montana (16) 1-0 662
2. Southern Illinois 1-0 598
3. Appalachian State (1) 1-0 585
4. Villanova (8) 0-1 579
5. New Hampshire 1-0 518
6. Jacksonville State (2) 1-0 516
7. Richmond 0-1 478
8. Elon 0-1 443
9. South Dakota State 0-0 426
10. McNeese State 1-0 378

Eastern Illinois is ranked 22nd in the coaches poll.

Check the Tuesday edition of The Star for a more comprehensive story and team reaction

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

JSU close on assistant coach?

Interesting piece of news from the Paris (Texas) Junior College website.
When the school announced the hiring of its new basketball coach, Chuck Taylor, on Wednesday it said Taylor is replacing Tom Schuberth, who resigned Monday “after accepting a position as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State University.”
JSU officials said no official hiring has been made. Head coach James Green has been seeking to fill a vacancy created when Kyle Roane left earlier this summer to become head coach at Forrest County Agricultural High School in Mississippi.
Schuberth was head coach at Texas-Pan American from 2006-2009, where he was named Division I Independent Coach of the Year in 2007-08. It has been his only Division I head coaching job.
He also has been an assistant at Central Florida, UAB, Southeast Missouri, Memphis and UL-Monroe.
As a player, Schuberth toured with the Harlem Globetrotters as a player on the opposition, the California Chiefs. He played collegiately at Mississippi State and UNLV.

McGee waiver granted

JSU officials confirmed Wednesday the NCAA has granted a waiver of eligibility for former Memphis defensive lineman Tim McGee, who transferred to JSU after graduating from his former school.

He will be able to play with the Gamecocks Saturday when they open their season at Ole Miss.

The ruling comes one day after the NCAA denied a waiver for former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to play at Ole Miss after he transferred under a similar rule.

See Thursday's editions of the The Star for more on this story.