Jackson To Stand
Former Savannah State football player Javorris Jackson, 28, will stand trial for the murder of Courtney Solomon, 26. Jackson is set to go to court on September 17. Police arraigned Jackson at the hospital while he was recovering from a selfinflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He has been charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm for his alleged role in the May 3 shooting.
Tickets On Sale
The Savannah State athletics department are selling reserved season tickets for the 2009 football season. The Tigers will play five home games in 2009. Football season tickets are $65. Savannah State faculty and staff will receive a $15 discount on the purchase of season tickets. To reserve your tickets now, contact the SSU Athletics Department at 912-353-5181. Ticket sales hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jackson Hired At
Mississippi Valley State announced the hiring of former Savannah State interim athletics director Paula Jackson last week as the Delta Devils new associate director of athletics. She most recently served as director of athletics at Lincoln University in Missouri. Prior to Lincoln, Jackson worked at SSU where she held several positions over three years including director of compliance, senior woman administrator and interim director of athletics. She has been the assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Morehead (Ky.) State and Clark Atlanta.
Panthers to Open
Season At FVSU
Fort Valley State will open the 2009 football season in the newly-constructed 10,000 seat Wildcat Stadium on August 29 by hosting Clark Atlanta. Donald Pittman will start a new era in FVSU football as head coach of the Wildcats. The series dates back to 1950 and FVSU have beaten the Panthers on the past 17 meetings including a 24-19 win in 2008. “I know that the fans have high expectations for the Wildcats this season. We’ll be prepared for Clark Atlanta, which is a very good team,” says Pittman. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m.
Cox Leaves SSU
Stephen Cox has been hired as assistant men’s basketball coach as well as the head women’s cross country coach at Georgia Southwestern. Cox comes to GSW from Savannah State where he was an assistant for the SSU men’s basketball team. He has also coached at Mercer and Santa Fe Community College. Cox played at Middle Georgia and Clayton State.