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SSU Fires Defensive Coordinator

Savannah State defensive coordinator Corey Barlow has been terminated. The Auburn graduate spent two years on the SSU staff and served as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach during the 2013 season. Barlow was hired prior to the 2012 season as cornerbacks coach by former SSU coach Steve Davenport. Barlow was the last of the remaining staff from Davenport’s tenure. Head coach Earnest Wilson III had no comment on why Barlow was let go. Wilson hopes to promote from within. SSU only has two defensive assistants remaining in defensive line coach Jonas Jackson and linebacker coach Michael Wallace. Barlow is the fourth assistant to leave the staff since the end of the 2013 season. Chris Buckner (wide receivers) went to North Carolina Central, David Roberson (outside linebackers) went to Arkansas State while Lawrence Livingston (quarterbacks) was let go shortly after spring practice.

SSU Boosters To Install Officers

The Savannah State Community Booster Club will hold their next meeting on July 23 at 7pm in the Tiger Arena multipurpose room on the SSU campus. Officers for the upcoming year will be installed at the meeting. For more information, contact Booster Club president Vivian Brannen at 912- 604-6830.

Shuler Looking For A New Team

Former Savannah State basketball standout Jovonni Shuler has been playing in the professional ranks for the past few years but is now a free agent and looking for a team to play for. This past season, Shuler played in Portugal where he averaged 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game. In January, he had a career-high 32 points and 10 rebounds. During the 2011-12 season he split time between Iceland and Kuwait. While in Iceland he averaged 21 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He left right after Christmas because the team owed him two months back pay. The 6-3 Lake Placid, Florida native is currently back in Savannah, Georgia where he is working out. Normally he spends part of the off-season in class trying to earn his master of public administration degree. He says he only has four more classes to go. He also is in contact with his agent, who has connections overseas.

Commissioner Says MEAC Future Looks Good

While addressing alumni and boosters at the Savannah State Athletic Summit on July 11, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference commissioner Dennis Thomas said the MEAC has a bright future, despite the changes in the college athletic landscape. Thomas said that the conference recently signed a 10-year agreement with sponsors such as Nike, ESPN and Coca-Cola. He added that agreements with Nike and Russell will result in each MEAC school receiving about $175,000 each.


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