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Former SSU Player Signs With Colts

Former Savannah State football player Donald Rutledge, Jr. has signed a undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Rutledge played two seasons at Savannah State, from 2017-18. The Sumter, South Carolina native also earned a degree in civil engineering in 2018 from SSU.

Rutledge started his collegiate career as a walk-on at The Citadel where he was redshirted during the 2015 season.

After transferring to SSU, Rutledge sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

The following season he played in 11 contests and led the team with 81 tackles from his safety spot. He also had two interceptions, eight pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Rutledge tallied 13 tackles against Charleston Southern.

During his junior season in 2018, Rutledge played in ten games, had 53 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He had ten tackles against Bethune-Cookman and Delaware State

Donald Rutledge, Jr.
Donald Rutledge, Jr.

The 6-foot-1 safety played his final year of college eligibility as a graduate transfer at nearby Georgia Southern.

During the 2019 season, Rutledge played in 12 games, had 50 tackles, one tackles for loss, five pass breakups and one interception which he returned for a 42 yard touchdown against Louisiana Monroe.

Following the season, he played in the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 18 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California where he had two tackles and a forced fumble.

Jackson Lands High School Coaching Job

Former Savannah State men’s basketball coach Sammy Jackson was recently hired as the boys basketball coach at Headland High School in Alabama, his alma mater.

Jackson, 56, was an all-state basketball player at Headland, graduating in 1982. He continued his bas- ketball career at the University of Montevallo where he would become team captain and earn all conference honors.

Sammy Jackson
Sammy Jackson

He began his coaching career as a high school assistant at Butler High School in Huntsville from 1989-93. He was then hired as an assistant at Auburn in 1993 and later served as an assistant at Tennessee State (1994-95) and Georgia Southern (1995-99).

Jackson earned his first head coaching job at Savannah State University where he coached the Tigers from 1999-2000. After leaving SSU, he became an assistant coach at Alabama (2002-03). He then became an assistant at Alabama A&M for a decade before becoming a head coach again at Fort Valley State, where he stayed eight years until resigning after the 2018 season.

Lynch Out At CAU

Reports out of Atlanta have George Lynch is no longer the head men’s basketball coach at Clark Atlanta.

Lynch’s contract was not renewed at the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference institution. He has been the head coach there for the past two seasons, and compiled a 28-28 record (22-14 SIAC).

George Lynch
George Lynch

The Panthers lost to LeMoyne-Owen in the quarterfinals of the 2019 SIAC Tournament by eight points and lost to Miles by six in the 2020 SIAC Tourney.

CAU had a 14-16 overall record in Lynch’s first season while posting a 12-7 conference mark. This year, the Panthers improved to 14-12 overall and 10-7 in SIAC play. Lynch, a former standout at North Carolina, was the 12th pick in the 1993 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He spent 12 seasons in the league with five different teams. Following his playing career, he had stints as an assistant at SMU, and with the G-League’s Grand Rapids Drive.

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