SSU Knocked Out of Baseball Tourney
The Savannah State baseball team was knocked out of the NCAA Baseball Tournament on June 2 following a 3-2 heart-breaking loss to Alabama. The Tigers, who participated in the Tallahassee, FL Regional trailed 3-0 but scored twice in the 8th inning as Kevin Herlihy and Drew Quinney both hit RBI doubles. SSU could not get any closer and was eliminated from the tournament.
Jack May took the loss as he gave up 3 runs in 6 innings of work. Todd Hagen, David Richards and Darien Campbell all had 2 hits for SSU. The Tigers loss to Florida State 10-0 on June 1. FSU scored once in the first inning but added five in the 2nd inning and four more in the 3rd. Kyle McGowin took the loss, striking out 6 but walked 6 and gave up all 10 runs. Mendez Elder had two hits for the Tigers. SSU (33-23) left 11 runners on base.
SSU Interviews Football Coaching Candidates
Savannah State held interview sessions for the four finalists vying to be the next head coach of the Tigers. Alabama State assistant John Hendrick visited SSU on May 28 followed by Hampton assistant Earnest Wilson on May 29, Central State head coach EJ Junior on May 30 and Alcorn State assistant Mickey Joseph on Mat 31. While on campus, each candidate met with the remaining football staff, took a campus tour, met with the athletic staff, university administrators and the athletic director. There was also a open forum which each hopeful made a presentation on how to build a championship program at SSU as well as questions from the audience. Although the open forums is nothing new to SSU, many alumni and fans have raised questions concerning the entire search process, saying the administration already knew who they wanted to hire.
Hendrick had a 18- 24 record while head coach at Benedict, Wilson was a SSU finalist the last time the job was open, Junior has a record of 7-37 while at CSU and Joseph was an assistant at Alabama State when the NCAA found at least 200 violations.
Prairie View Narrows List For AD
Prairie View A&M has narrowed its choices to 6 finalists to become the Panthers next athletic director. Among the 6 are Tamica Smith-Jones, the current AD at Clark Atlanta and Henry Frazier III, the current head football coach at North Carolina Central. Smith-Jones has a masters degree from Savannah State and has been AD at CAU since 2002. Frazier was the Prairie View football coach from 2004-10.
The other 4 finalists are former Grambling AD Troy Mathieu, Howard senior associate AD Shirley Davis-Hill, Coppin State AD Derrick Ramsey and Mississippi Valley State AD Ashley Robinson.
WSSU AD Gets Contract Extension
Winston-Salem State athletic director William Hayes has been given a three-year contract extension. Hired in January 2010, Hayes makes $145,000 and his contract runs through March 2016. Hayes, 70, first came to WSSU in the mid- 1970s as a football coach and led the Rams to CIAA titles in 1977 and ’78. After 15 years as the head coach at N.C. A&T, Hayes became the AD at North Carolina Central, his alma mater. He then moved to Florida A&M as AD before returning to WSSU.