NFL Coach On The Rise: Steve Wilks
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Steve Wilks is a hot name when it comes to NFL teams needing a head coach. Wilks, who just finished his sixth season on the Panthers staff and 12th overall in the NFL, has drawn interest for head coaching positions with the New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. Wilks interviewed for the Los Angeles Rams head coaching position last season. The 48 year old Charlotte native is no stranger to the Savannah area, having coach at Savannah State for three years. Wilks was the Tigers defensive coordinator in 1997 and 1998 and was the SSU head coach in 1999. During the 2017 season, Wilks’ Carolina defense finished the regular season third in rushing defense (88.1 yards per game) and sacks (50), seventh in total defense (317.1 yards per game) and 18th in pass defense (229 yards per game).
Morehouse Ranked in Top 25
The Morehouse basketball team is ranked 25th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches poll and are #5 in the South Region of the D2SIDA poll. The Maroon Tigers have a 13-0 record following their 85-53 win over Lane on January 6 in Forbes Arena in Atlanta.
It was the fourth win by 20-plus points, for the Tigers who are one win away from tying the 14- game win streak achieved in the 2012-13 season. That mark remains the longest win streak in school history.
Matching their 49 percent season shooting average and out-rebounding the Dragons 50 to 32, the Maroon Tigers cruised to their 10th straight home win, dating back to last season.
Tigers Win MEAC Opener
The Savannah State men’s basketball team got the new year started on the right note following a 80-71 road win over Coppin State on January 6. The victory gives the Tigers a 1-0 MEAC record as well as snaps a six game losing streak. SSU trailed by one with 3:47 remaining but finished the game with a 12-2 run to improve to 4-12. Javaris Jenkins scored 19 points for Savannah State while Dexter McClanahan contributed in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Austin Dasent added 14 points and Ty’Lik Evans chipped in 10. On December 31, the Tigers fell to second ranked Michigan State 108-52 before a crowd of 14.797 in the Breslin Center. Despite the score, SSU only trailed 37-36 with 4:20 left in the first half but went into intermission down 51-38. The Tigers only scored 14 points in the second half and went the final 8:58 without a point as Michigan State ended the contest with a 32-0 run. Mc- Clanahan was the only SSU player in double figures with 14 points.
SSU Women on Losing Skid
The Savannah State women’s basketball team dropped their sixth consecutive game, after a 66-57 setback from Coppin State on January 6. The Eagles led 39-27 at halftime. SSU trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter before cutting their deficit to 57-51 with four and a half minutes left in the game. Kaylee Allen had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Tigers.
Jacksonville defeated SSU 74-46 on December 31. Savannah State made 21 turnovers and trailed by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter. SSU’s home game against Kennesaw State on January 3 was cancelled because of bad weather.