SSU Assistant Coach Resigns
When the Savannah State men’s basketball team opened their season last week against Armstrong State, longtime assistant Jay Gibbons was not on the Tiger bench. Gibbons, 36, resigned suddenly last week. The Lakeland, Florida native was set to begin his 10th season as a member of Horace Broadnax’s coaching staff. Sources close to Gibbons said it was a matter of “resign or be fired”. When reached, Gibbons said he was caught off guard by the situation. When asked about his future, he said that he has reached out to some contacts about coaching possibilities but is still weighing his options. With Gibbons no longer on the staff, Clyde Wormley, who started at SSU during the 2007-08 season, becomes the senior assistant. The other assistant on the staff is former SSU player Patrick Hardy. Joe Flegler, another former SSU player, recently joined the staff as special assistant to the head coach.
Tigers Sweep Armstrong
Savannah State tipped off their basketball season on November 6 with a double-header sweep of crosstown rival Armstrong State in a exhibition game played in Tiger Arena. The women’s game, which SSU won 94-86, drew 2,850 fans while a crowd of 4,650 saw the Tigers win the men’s contest, 66-51. In the women’s contest, the Lady Tigers shot 53 percent from the field. SSU, which led by as many as 20 points in the second half, was led by Ezinne Kalu scored 31 points and 4 steals. Jasmine Norman added
20 points and 5 rebounds while Kenyata Hendrix scored 18 points. ASU had five players in double figures and were led by Dee Haywood’s 21 points and Brigitta Barta’s 16 rebounds. In the men’s game, SSU broke open a close game with a 18-2 run in the second half and didn’t allow the Pirates to get any closer than 14 the rest of the way. Saadiq Muhammad had 12 points and 9 rebounds for SSU. Freshman guards Khalen Pinkett and Demarcus Bryant added 12 and 11 points respectively. Armstrong’s Jonathan Blair had a game-high 14 points.
Howard 51 SSU 21
Howard rolled up 607 yards of offense as the Bison kept Savannah State winless on the season. The loss extends the Tigers losing streak to 19 games gives SSU a 0-10 record. Howard quarterback Greg McGhee did the most damage as he passed for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns. Down, 7-0 in the first quarter, the Tigers knotted the game at seven when Tino Smith ran for a 57 yard touchdown. With less than three minutes left in the second quarter SSU found itself down 30-7 but Smith threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Harris to trim their deficit to 30-14. Following a Marcus Lee interception, SSU pulled within 30-21early in the third quarter after a 36 yard touchdown run by Richard Williams but that would be as close as the Tigers would get as Howard (3-7) ended the game with 21 unanswered points. The crowd of 2,102 at Ted Wright Stadium saw Smith run for 101 yards, becoming the first SSU player to rush for more than 100 yards since Justin Babb did it in 2011. Leon Prunty passed for 119 yards while Arshon Spaulding caught 4 passes for 65 yards. Trevion Ashford led the SSU defense with 10 tackles. The Tigers had 103 yards in penalties and on two occasions drove to the Bison one yard only to come away with no points.
FAMU Fires Football Coach
Florida A&M Athletic director Kellen Winslow fired Rattler football coach Earl Holmes on October 28. While many thought the termination was coming at the end of the season, none of the FAMU faithful imagined it would happen during homecoming week. The firing has drawn outrage from FAMU alumni and the school’s board of trustees recently gave Winslow a vote of no confidence. Rattler assistant Corey Fuller has been named interim coach for the remainder of the season. “This change was necessary at this time to provide new leadership and direction for our students and to ensure that we can have a new coach in place in time to build a staff and begin recruiting”, stated Winslow in a FAMU press release.