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Smith Signs Pro Basketball Contract

Former Savannah State basketball player Jahlin Smith has signed his first professional contract with TSV NEUSTADT TEMPS SHOOTERS in Germany. During the 2018-19 season, the Barnwell, South Carolina native started 11 of the 26 played he played in and averaged 5.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7 Smith scored 20 points against Georgia, pulled down 12 rebounds against Middle Georgia and had 15 points against Kent State.

“We are really excited for Jahlin. He will go in and be able to show his versatility with this team. General Manager Jen Gebauer really liked his overall game and felt like he was a perfect fit for the team. He has great upside and this is a great start to his pro career” said Michael Stinnett, Free Agency Basketball Director of Scouting.

Raeburn Lands Job As Offensive Coordinator

Former Savannah State head football coach Erik Raeburn has been hired as the offensive coordinator at Gannon, a Division II program in Erie, Pennsylvania. Raeburn spent three years as the Tigers head coach, compiling a record of 8-23, including a 2-8 record during the 2018 season. Prior to his stop at SSU, Raeburn was the head coach at the Division III level at Wabash in Crawfordsville, Indiana from 2008 to 2015 and at Coe in Cedar Rapids Iowa from 2000 to 20007. Raeburn, who turned 48 on June 20, won a total of six conference titles, two coach of the year awards and had a record of 135-39 at Wabash and Coe.


SIAC To Hold Football Media Day

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) will have its annual Football Media Day on July 9 at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in Atlanta.

This event will feature head football coaches and two student-athletes from each team that will be available for interviews and will have the opportunity to share their expectations and views on the upcoming football season. The predicted order of finish along with the preseason teams will also be announced during media day. Additionally, players, coaches, and invited guests will have an interactive experience after the event with a self-guided tour of the Hall.


Representing Savannah State at the event will be head football coach Shawn Quinn, defensive back John Wilson and offensive lineman Michael Johnson.

O’Neal To Serve As Bowling Committee Chair

Bethune- Cookman Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert “Tony” O’Neal has been named Chairman of the NCAA Bowling Committee for the 2019-20 season that will include the National Championship tournament. O’Neal served as a National Committee Co-Chair in 2017-18 and served as site representative for tournament first-round playoffs in Harrogate, Tenn., Houston, Texas and Cleveland, Ohio. This will be his fifth year on the committee.


O’Neal is in his 16th year with the Bethune-Cookman Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, serving as Senior Associate Athletic Director of Facilities & Strategic Initiatives since 2015. After O’Neal launched the Lady Wildcat bowling program in 2002, B-CU won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship in 2005 and made appearances in the NCAA Bowling National Championships in 2005 and 2006. The Detroit native served as the Athletics Director at Savannah State from 2004-08.

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