SSU To Tip Off Basketball Season
The Savannah State men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip off the 2014-15 season with a exhibition game against crosstown foe Armstrong State on November 6 in Tiger Arena. The SSU women are coming off a 19-14 record a year ago and return all five starters including Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Ezinne Kalu. The fifth-year season averaged 16.1 points and 3.8 rebounds last year. The SSU men were 13-19 last year. The Tigers lost eight seniors but return seven lettermen for the upcoming squad. The Armstrong Lady Pirates were 21-8 last year and advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region championship game. ASU lost to Duke on Nov. 2 in a exhibition game by a score of 100-45. The ASU men posted a 8-18 record last season. Emmanuel Tiluscar is the top Pirate returning, averaging 12.3 points a game. The women’s game starts at 6pm while the men will tip off about 8:15.
Ford Retires From Morehouse
Hank Ford has retired from his job as compliance director at Morehouse. Ford spent about 10 years at Morehouse. Ford was hired as the athletic director at Savannah State in May 2001 and in March 2004 stepped down because of health reasons but remained on the athletic staff as the assistant for eligibility and compliance. Ford was the AD at Howard from 1996-2000 and before that was the AD at Alfred University for five years. Ford, whose athletic career spans four decades, was a basketball coach at Maryland-Eastern Shore, Tuskegee and Hampton.
Bulldogs Crush Savannah State
Savannah State’s “Air Raid” offense was grounded for yet another week as the Tigers fell to 0-9 after suffering a 59-7 loss to South Carolina State in Orangeburg, South Carolina. It was the Tigers’ 19th consecutive loss, dating back to last season. A crowd of over 10,000 saw the SSU defense played a decent game, holding the Bulldogs to 264 yards. The SSU offense was another story. By the time the Tigers crossed mid-field or earned a first down, the score was 45-0 and late in the third quarter. SC State (6-3) led 14-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at the half. Trailing 52-0, the Tigers prevented a shutout when Tino Smith threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen McGriff with just over ten minutes remaining in the game. As a team, SSU was limited to 130 yards of offense and had 99 yards in penalties. Richard Williams ran for 49 yards for SSU while Smith threw for 21 yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah Harris caught two passes for nine yards while on the defense Alfred Ansley had seven tackles and Justin Dixon had a interception.
ASU Coach Receives New Contract
Alabama State head football coach Reggie Barlow recently received a new contract and a raise. Barlow’s old contract, which was signed in 2007 and extended once, was set to expire December 31, 2014. His new contract was extended by another three years. In getting the new deal, Barlow’s salary jumps from $140,400 to $172,420. Despite the salary increase, Barlow’s salary is still lower than other coaches at six SWAC schools. Barlow is in his eighth year as the Hornets head coach and entered the season with a 42-37 overall record. The current ASU team is 4-5.