McGriff To Join Ole Miss Staff
Although the move has not been officially announced, former Savannah State football assistant Wesley McGriff will join the coaching staff at Ole Miss as codefensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. The Tifton, GA native spent the 2011 season as co-recruiting coordinator and secondary coach at Vanderbilt. Under McGriff, Vanderbilt’s secondary ranked fourth in the nation in interceptions with 19. McGriff graduated cum laude from SSU in 1990 with a degree in criminal justice and is married to the former Karen Bulter, also a SSU grad.
SSU Relay Teams Win
The Savannah State indoor track team ran in the 13th annual Ed Temple Classic at Tennessee State on January 7. The men’s and women’s
4x400m relay teams won as did Etchien Assinzo who competed in the men’s 800m race. Amara Jones (women’s 200m) and Aleah Hordges (women’s 400m) placed second for SSU while Jazy Seay-Blane (women’s 400m), Eric Plump (men’s 200m), Ruben Isreal-McBee (men’s one mile and men’s 3000m) all finished third in their races.
Tigers Down Coppin State
Savannah State rallied from a halftime deficit and went on to defeat Coppin State 72-60 in Tiger Arena on January 7 before a crowd of 2,310. Arnold Louis came off the bench to spark the Tigers (6- 9) with 24 points, 17 rebounds and 4 steals. Junior college transfer Deric Rudolph was on fire from the outside, making five 3-pointers, as he ended the night with 18 points. SSU won despite making just 7 of 26 free throw attempts. The Tigers traveled to Arkansas on Jan. 3 and came home with a 83-66 setback. SSU trailed by as many as 24 points in the second half before cutting the Razorbacks lead to 68-62 with 3:28 left. Arkansas answered with nine straight points as part of a 15-4 run to pull away with the win before the crowd of 11,183. Arnold had 13 points for SSU while Rudolph chipped in 11.
Lady Tigers On Losing Skid
After starting the season 3-0, the Savannah State women’s basketball team has lost four in a row and nine of their last 11 contests. Their latest setback came from Coppin State on January 7 at Tiger Arena. SSU was held without a field goal until the 13:17 mark of the first half but only trailed 27-21 at intermission. SSU cut a 15 point deficit to nine early in the second half but a 14-0 run by the Eagles put SSU behind by 23 with 6:41 left. CSU shot 70 percent from the field in the second half and 52.4 percent for the game while the Lady Tigers ended the game shooting 28.3 percent overall. Ezinne Kalu led SSU (5-9) with 10 points. Jasmine Kirkland and Fila Smith each had six rebounds in the loss, which gives SSU a 0-3 mark in the MEAC.