Sunday, May 27, 2012

This Is Our House.

An excellent article aobut redshirt freshman Martez House who has apparently worked his way up the defensive line depth chart. Click Here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

JSU and the move to FBS

I know many have been wondering what's going on with the discussions on JSU's supposed move to the FBS ranks. had a chance to talk with JSU's Athletic Director, Warren Koegel, regarding the current status of where we're headed and what kind of new information JSU fans would be curious about.

In terms of going into the FBS, Koegel said that there were several factors that JSU is currently working on; raising money, upgrading facilities, and creating more marketing and promotions to get alumni back on campus. He and Dr. Meehan talk on a daily basis regarding the possible FBS move. He also said that with recent institution's decisions to stay FCS, that JSU, if invited, wouldn't necessarily pass up the opportunity. Koegel also said JSU is currently "talking to everybody", meaning institutions and conferences that are looking to go to the FBS or looking at FCS schools to move up, so JSU can make the best decision on its direction. Makes sense, right? Why wouldn't JSU be talking to other FCS schools regarding an Eastern WAC division or any other conference? It's very possible there is an alliance being built for these schools to move up together, via the WAC. Koegel wouldn't confirm or deny the possibility, understandably so. That would make a very interesting and competitive conference to the Sun Belt, MAC, and C-USA, but most of those fans believe otherwise. The NCAA would have to grant a waiver to the WAC just to stay alive. We've all heard the discussions regarding the WAC and how they may add several eastern FCS schools to their conference. We've also heard that the Sun Belt will not be adding any additional schools to their mix. That info came out this week as SBC commissioner, Karl Benson, made the announcement during the SBC annual meeting in Destin, FL.

JSU is moving ahead with upgrading the facilities to make it FBS ready if an invite were to come in the near future. According to Koegel, it could be as early as two weeks or even longer before JSU is in any position make an announcement. JSU is currently upgrading the softball and tennis facilities, but Koegel did state that upgrading The Pete was his "#1 priority." JSU is working on plans to make this happen in the near future. The baseball complex also needed to be upgraded. Both facilities will need redesigned seating, restrooms, audio and video systems, and concessions, but the The Pete will obviously be more costly and complex.

FBS status will also give JSU availability to more quality athletes. Koegel recognizes that we have some great athletes here at JSU, but when you only give 63 full football scholarships, compared to the FBS limit of 85, you limit the talent you can bring on campus. Obviously, this factor will increase the talent level at JSU. (Note: Troy fans don't take this into consideration when they most recently beat JSU. Troy wants no part of JSU in the Sun Belt and will do everything to keep us out).

Koegel realizes that JSU must also get more Alumni back on campus. JSU must create more marketing promotions and events to enhance the fundraising. Alumni will give, but they'll only give if they have something to give for. Koegel knows this. He was appreciative of so many JSU fans bringing up the tailgating issue, merchandise issue, and the JSU awareness issue. Koegel said that JSU has hired a new ticket management company, which was the reason why we haven't seen the 2012 options yet. That should be available within the next couple weeks, and JSU fans will have more options for purchasing tickets.

It has been interesting the last few weeks with all the realignment, and it is surely to get even more interesting with the new 10 year moratorium being discussed. The WAC will definitely have to move quickly with that moves for approval. We'll keep you updated as we get the information, but please let us know your opinion on this.

Jacksonville State Postgame - 2012 OVC Baseball Championship (5/24/12)

Anniston Star - Watts keeps career JSU’s season going with win over Morehead

Anniston Star - Watts keeps career JSU’s season going with win over Morehead

Monday, May 21, 2012

Walker Russell's First Year Stats

It was great to see a JSU player in the NBA. The Pistons kept him around until the end of the season which is a great sign. Lets hope he gets another opportunity next year. Here are his stats from the first year. Click Here.

Interesting WAC Article

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OVC Baseball Bracket

The bracket for the OVC baseball tournament is posted. Click Here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

JSU's Hornsby sets OVC saves record in win over Auburn

JSU's Hornsby sets OVC saves record in win over Auburn: AUBURN — It was an historic night for Jacksonville State closer Todd Hornsby, but he approached it like it was any other game.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats: Jacksonville State's Bill Jones | College Basketball by

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats: Jacksonville State's Bill Jones | College Basketball by

JSU Goes West To Add Another Big Man

After signing a 6-9 player from Memphis, JSU has added a 6-8 player from Las Vegas. Click Here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Another 3 Star B-ball Recruit Headed to JSU?

The Memphis Paper reports that Darrius Moore has signed to play basketball at JSU. Miles is a 6-9 post player from Melrose High school in Memphis. He is rated a 3 Star player by rivals and reportedly had offers from Auburn, East Carolina and UAB. Click here for the article.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The OVC Championship Softball Bracket.

Here is a link to the OVC Softball Bracket. JSU did not get a first round bye, but is on the opposite side of the bracket from UTM. Click here.

JSU's Coach Pell To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

A great tribute to one of the all time Gamecock greats. Click here.

Will Idaho Find A Way To Stay In the FCS

As JSU considers options for moving up to the FBS, its interesting to see what is going on with other schools on the fringe. Idaho is having some issues. click here.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Marquis George workout

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ealey's 2013 Draft Prospects (Link Corrected)

Here is an article about Washaun Ealey' 2013 draft prospects. Click here.

JSU takes eighth straight OVC series

JSU takes eighth straight OVC series: CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Sam Eberle hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and Hunter Rivers allowed just two hits as Jacksonville State won its eighth straight Ohio Valley Conference series with an 8-2 ...