SSU Advances In Division II Membership Process
At their July 12 meeting, Savannah State University was approved by the NCAA to continue advancement toward active Division II membership.
SSU advanced to provisional year two of the two-year reclassification process from Division I.
The Division II Membership Committee noted significant concerns related to Savannah State’s compliance program, its recent major infractions case and probationary status in Division I, and its overall readiness to be an active Division II member. In advancing Savannah State, the committee agreed the school will be required to satisfy the standard requirements of provisional year two, which are more rigorous than those of year one. Further, the committee imposed additional requirements — such as increased rules education, presidential engagement and status updates to the committee throughout the year — and noted that the school may be required to repeat year two if progress is not made.
Tiger Football Begins Quinn Era
The Shawn Quinn era of Savannah State University football began on August 9 when the Tigers reported for preseason camp. Quinn replaces Erik Raeburn, who was let go back in January. Raeburn is now the offensive coordinator at Division II Gannon University.
Quinn coached under Raeburn last season as SSU’s defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.
Since taking over the program, Quinn has installed the triple option offense. Under the Chicago native, the team is also making a footprint in the community with community service projects and attending church services as a group on a regular basis.
Savannah State, who is back in Division II and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, kicks off the 2019 season with back-to-back home games against Florida Tech (September 7) and Virginia University of Lynchburg (Sept. 14) before heading to Augusta on Sept. 21 to play Benedict in the Augusta Classic for the conference opener.
Russell Transfers To Clayton State
Savannah State women’s basketball player Praise Russell has transferred to Clayton State which is located in Morrow, Georgia.
The Jacksonville, Florida native was a part of the SSU program for three years.
The 5-foot-5 guard redshirted this past season and will have two years of eligibility remaining at the Division II school that competes in the Peach Belt Conference.
While at SSU Rus- sell played in 10 games as a freshmen and during her sophomore campaign, started eight of the 27 games she played in. She finished the year averaging 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds while dishing out 24 assists and getting 13 steals.