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SWAC Releases 2019 Predicted Order of Finish

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2019 Predicted Order of Finish on July 16 at their annual Football Media Day with Alcorn State and Southern tabbed to finish in first place in the Eastern and Western divisions respectively in a vote conducted by the leagues’ Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.

Alabama A&M, Jackson State, Alabama State, and Mississippi Valley State round out the predicted order of finish in the SWAC’s Eastern Division. In the SWAC’s Western Division, Prairie View A&M, Grambling State, Texas Southern, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff were tabbed to finish in second, third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

Sullivan Leaves SSU For Augusta

Augusta University head softball coach Melissa Brocato recently added three new student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for the Jaguars next spring in 2020.

Jakayla Sullivan
Jakayla Sullivan

Among the new players for the Jaguars is former Savannah State player Jakayla Sullivan.

In her only season at SSU, the 5-foot-8 Winder, Georgia native started in 30 of her 31 games played as an infielder in 2019 and collected 16 hits and 11 RBIs.

Athletic Conference (SIAC) won its 16th consecutive Division II attendance crown since 2003, averaging 6,252 fans for a total attendance of 287,589 during the 2018 football season, recently reported by the National Football Foundation. Since 1980, the conference has topped Division II football attendance 28 times.

Morehouse captured the Division II attendance title, attracting a total of 36,111 fans for a 12,037 average per home game. Tuskegee (Ala.) with 11,058 landed in the No. 2 spot followed by Grand Valley State (11,039), Pittsburg State (8,715), and Midwestern State (8,284) rounds out the top five Division II schools last season.

Former Alabama State Coach Dies

Houston Markham, Jr.
Houston Markham, Jr.

Former Alabama State head football coach Houston Markham, Jr. has died. Markham passed away on July 17 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Markham, the winningest head coach in Hornets’ football history, coached at the institution from 1987 until 1997, leaving the school with 68 victories which still stands as the highest total among any coach in school history.

His best season with the Hornets came in 1991 when the team finished 11-0-1, winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. The only blemish on the record for the Hornets that season came against Texas Southern when the two teams tied at 14-all, as the Hornets raced to the HBCU National Championship with a 36-13 victory over North Carolina A&T in the Alamo Heritage Bowl.

Markham, who finished with a career record of 68-47-4 (.588), also had four players selected in the National Football League (NFL) draft during his tenure.

A memorial service was held July 27 at True Devine Baptist Church in Montgomery.

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